Bestival has cemented a reputation as one of the biggest and most exciting music festivals of its type in Great Britain, being the only music festival to take place on the Isle of Wight, at Robin Hill Country Park.
Curated by Rob Da Bank, Bestival boasts one of the most varied and exciting line-ups there is with sounds spreading far across the musical spectrum. Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop, house, techno, drum & bass, acoustic, spoken word, folk, you name it, Bestival has it, and what’s more, some of the locations you can see these artists in are one of a kind.
This years headliners, as always, incorporated world famous bands, record breaking solo artists and legendary DJs, with this years headliners including dance music heroes such as The Chemical Brothers, Underworld and Duran Duran, all time R&B stars The Jacksons, hip-hop extraordinaires Jurassic 5 and new school favourites such as Skrillex, Tame Impala and Rudimental.
Most of the headliners that were just mentioned will be playing on Bestival’s main stage, however a number of otherworldly locations will host more of the programmes offerings. The infamous Port will be where the dance music underground will come out to play, with the likes of Seth Troxler, Tale Of Us, Joy Orbison and Annie Mac playing on The Port’s Funktion One sound system surrounded by hi tech laser shows and nautical sideshows.
Stardust Field, Temple Island and The Magic Meadow are just some of the other areas that will be free for your imaginative mind to explore, with a new stage, The Kaleidoscope Stage, being added this year. Appearing throughout these areas will be the likes of Hudson Mohawke, Kate Tempest, Hannah wants, DJ Yoda, Lily Allen Presents Funlord, Little Dragon, FKA Twigs, Flying Lotus, Skepta, Gorgon City, Boy Better Know, Jaguar Skills, Ella Eyre, Ben UFO, Redlight, Jackmaster, Roni Size and many more.
Bestival also makes a big point that “it’s not all about the music”, as throughout the huge expanse that the festival stretches over there will be comedy, theatre and art installations, street food vendors, poetry, fancy dress, pop up parties, wrong pong, talks and debates, interviews and collectives from all over the world showcasing their talents.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Bestival