Bestival Preview

Laura Randall

Bestival is always our final chance to sleep in colossal communal camping grounds, not shower for days on end and party through the night to the sounds of our favourite bands, whilst eating some of the best fish finger butties known to man. It’s the final party of the summer and our chance to toast our farewell to the much loved festival season.

The beauty of Bestival is in its quirkiness, tomfoolery and nonsense as this year welcomes the theme of popstars, rockstars and divas! The award winning 3 day boutique of fantastical frolics, outstanding DJs, supercool bands and the frenzied passion brought on by the inventive, and often hilarious, fancy dress, creates a haven for the eclectic people it attracts in hordes.

Over 400 live acts, DJs and comedians are on the line up for 2011 and a mixture of tents, stages and oddities dotted through the woods (think toboggan rides and this year’s new addition- a roller disco) will be filling the landscape of the Robin Hill countryside from the 8th-11th September.

In two weeks time even the waters around The Isle of Wight will be awash with festival goers as some brave and foolish people take up the challenge of SWIMMING, yes, SWIMMING, to the Island. And if that isn’t telling enough of the kind of characters to expect, the Sailor Jerry’s tattoo tent gets booked up within hours of opening with eager inkees desperate to get the memory of their 3 day party etched on for life.

And on top of all the mischief and fandango there’s a pretty damn good line up to distract us from the monkey business the chaos of the festival brings out of us.

One of the most highly anticipated acts to grace the stage this summer is OFWGKTA. The controversial LA hip-hop collective, fronted by Earl and Tyler, The Creator, are frequently known to have shows that end in anarchy due to their misogynistic and homophobic lyrics that, Tyler says himself, are not to be taken literally.

Among many other of the latest additions to the line up, Odd Future’s appearance is sure to cause both a stir and a frenzy as fans excited to see the likes of Frank Ocean will be eager to see the group perform.

An encyclopedic bill mixes pioneering acts with fast rising newcomers including the dubstep prodigy James Blake, who owned 2011 with his groundbreaking and powerful self titled album. Metronomy are also entertaining us, along with Noah + The Whale set to perform songs from their third album and the captivating performer PJ Harvey, who has only performed the haunting “Let England Shake” a handful of times on home soil.

Bestival Cocktails

Other acts to be excited about include 2 Bears, the legendary Fat Boy Slim, newly announced Hercules & Love Affair, SBTRKT after the phenomenal success

of his recently released, self entitled album, and, of course, The Cure.

So get your Tina Turner wig out ‘cause this year looks set to be a banger of a party.

But as an extra note- if you are unfortunate enough to be missing the shebang of the year then Bestival is one of the first festivals in the world to be broadcast in 3D! It’s not quite as good, but as far as consolation prizes go, it could be worse.

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