The first wave of acts for the season ending Bestival on The Isle of Wight have been announced today. Bestival is a four-day music festival held at the Robin Hill country park on the Isle of Wight, England. It has been held annually in late summer since 2004. The event is organized by DJ and record producer Rob da Bank along with his wife Josie and is an off-shoot of his Sunday Best record label and club nights. In keeping with this years “Summer of Love” theme Bestival has announced it’s usual eclectic mix of Dance and Indie acts.
This years Bestival will run between September 10th-13th and the organisers have pulled a rabbit out of the hat announcing that the Saturday night main stage headliners will be the Chemical Brothers who are back for the first time since 2007.
Rob da Bank says: “We’re taking it right back to our roots for the 12th annual Bestival. It’s also the 20th birthday of the club where it all started – Sunday Best, and that club and our beloved Bestival were founded on some pretty simple aims – listen to amazing music, make new friends, have fun, and maybe stay up all night.”
Another firm Bestival favourite is Underworld, who will headline the Big Top on Thursday night as part of a UK festival exclusive for us! Commenting on their opening night appearance, Underworld said: “Can’t wait to be back on the Isle of Wight with the Bestival crew. Be sure to get there early to catch us on Thursday night and start the weekend as you mean to go on”.
No Bestival is complete without a surprise act or two and in this years line-up for the first time for a UK festival exclusive appearance are iconic trailblazers Duran Duran. Frontman Simon Le Bon says: “This year sees the beginning of a new Duran Duran live show. I couldn’t imagine starting it with more of a bang than an appearance at Bestival.”
Bestival will also have a UK festival exclusive appearance from the world’s most famous musical family, The Jacksons, and live sets from psychedelic riff merchants Tame Impala, soul-powered collective Jungle, bloc party hip-hop kings Jurassic 5, a UK exclusive from unique beat sculptor Flying Lotus, garage duo Gorgon City, who, as you’ll know, are ‘ready for your love’, genre-swerving four-piece Little Dragon; the golden voiced Roisin Murphy, and deep house don and UK singles chart-topper Duke Dumont.
Bestival has plenty more live music from the likes of Kate Tempest, Jamie xx (Live), Boy Better Know, Todd Terje (live), Action Bronson, Future Islands, Level 42 , Young Fathers, Flight Facilities, Rae Morris, Jungle Brothers, The Cuban Brothers, Pond, Sleaford Mods, Fat White Family, Lapsley, Cymande, Slaves, Shura, George The Poet, Dean Blunt, Snap!, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, Reggaerobics and Circus Raj.
With a host of DJ’s including the queen of Radio 1’s dance shows Annie Mac, rabble rousing as Lily Allen presents FUNLORD, and many others there will be plenty to keep those Bestival fans dancing through the night.
Tickets for Bestival’s Summer of Love are on sale now, and will be available on a weekly payment plan, which lets you spread the cost of a Bestival ticket across 25 weeks for around £7 per week after your initial deposit. So there are no excuses not to get loved up at Bestival come September.
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