The summer is finally coming to a close and what a better way to round everything off than with Isle of Wight’s Bestival. Held annually since summer 2004, the festival is renowned for its electronic/ dance vibe. Set in the heart of the beautiful countryside of Robin Hill Country Park, the event spans across four mind-boggling days from 8th to 11th September 2016.
Bestival has assembled a reputation for being wild and wacky. It’s a festival that centres on escapism. Each year, the festival conserves a fancy dress tradition (usually the Saturday) with every year featuring a different theme. Last’s year theme embraced positivity with its theme ‘Summer of Love’ in a reaction to all the negativity occurring around the world. The theme took festival goers all the way back to the 60’s, a decade of love, peace, freedom and of course old school hipster clothing! This year’s no exception either with the announcement of their 2016 theme: The Future is Here. The experimental idea encourages people to dig deep into their fancy dress box, searching for something considered ‘outside the box’. Why not opt for the sexy robot look or take a more familiar approach and dress up as a Star War’s beloved Storm Trooper. You’ll have to prepare yourselves for futuristic stages, space-age costumes and an incredible selection of pop stars.
The Bestival Family has a long lived history for breaking records, making it bigger and more bad-ass every year. Head all the way back to 2005, festival goers set a new Guinness World Record for the most people in fancy dress at one event! Bestival has reached above and beyond to create what’ll hopefully be the world’s biggest bouncy castle! Let’s face it; you’re never too old to enjoy a bouncy castle! And what’s more, you’ll be bouncing your way past records! Apparently recorded to have been taller than the Great Wall of China and able to accommodate 100 keen festival goers at one time, don’t miss the chance!
The Bestival line-up in 2015 saw the likes of headlining acts such as; Duran Duran, The Chemical Brothers and Missy Elliott. Last year the festival secured the ‘Best Major Festival’ at the UK awards, but Bestival continued to strive to make it even better than the last! This year’s acts to play at Bestival include headliners ‘The Cure’ and Major Lazor. Over the years, the festival has secured some pretty legendary acts including the likes of Snoop Dogg, Elton John and even Stevie Wonder!
Before you head down to Bestival, here’s what to expect from some of the lineup. Let’s take a look at 3 main headlining acts who will guarantee an unforgettable performance. First up is Major Lazor. You can find the duo headlining on Friday night. They first performed at Bestival five years ago and still to this day recall it as one of their best shows! Their music spans across multiple genres from reggae, dancehall and house. They have performed at some of the biggest festivals including Reading, Wireless and Free Press SummerFest. You can expect a performance bursting with energy and dance inspired vibes which’ll have the crowd going wild! Next up is The Cure. The well-established English band certainly has some experience behind them, forming in 1976. It’s not the first time the band stepped footing at Bestival either, headlining back in 2011. While they are typically associated with gloomy rock music, they’re renowned for producing multiple upbeat songs as well. Some of their most well-known tunes include ‘Just Like Heaven’ and ‘Lovesong’. Estimated to have sold over 27 million albums as of 2004, they will not disappoint. Last but not least is Southampton’s legend, Craig David. Singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer has sold over 13.5 million records and has been nominated for twelve Brit Awards. His performances can be described as ‘seductive’ in the way he delivers everything from R&B to his classic hits ‘Rewind’ and ‘Fill me in’.
For most of the festival, the weather seems to play in the hands of festival goers. Thursday and Friday are expected to be reasonably warm; however you can expect a good chance of heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday. This year has secured an outstanding line-up ranging from futuristic music such as Years and Years which is in line with this year’s theme to veteran performers such as ‘The Cure’. Netherless, it’s a festival that carry’s high expectations and never fails to disappoint.