Isle of Wight looks forward to this year’s festival frolics

The Isle of Wight’s two major UK festivals, Bestival and the Isle of Wight Festival, have both recently announced details of what’s in store for 2014 ticket holders.

Pic: Paul Waite

Bestival – Robin Hill Country Park, 4-7 September
Bestival has confirmed three of its four headliners as Beck, OutKast and Foals, and announced a slew of big supporting names including Busta Rhymes, Disclosure, Major Lazer, London Grammar, Wild Beasts, Caribou and Laura Mvula.
The biggest fancy-dress party of the year has already announced this year’s theme, Desert Island Disco. Organisers Rob and Josie da Bank plan to bringing back HMS Bestival, centre of last year’s theme, amid tropical palm trees, grass skirts and mirrorballs.
Recently-reformed hip-hop heroes OutKast, who announced their comeback only last month, will headline the main stage on Friday 5 September, while legendary musical alchemist Beck will enchant Thursday’s big top crowd. Foals, confirmed as Saturday night headliners, admit to being slightly daunted, but said: “We couldn’t be more excited and honoured” going on to promise “a night of madness, mayhem and good times!”.
The Oxfordshire indie band graduated to headline status last year at Latitude, a performance which won them Best Live Act at the 2013 Q Awards. Since then, the third Foals album Holy Fire has achieved international acclaim and chart success.
Check the Bestival Line Up page for more info as it’s released.
Tickets are currently available, with a four-day adult camping pass costing £195.

Isle of Wight, Seaclose Park, 12-15 June 2014

Pic: simon Haytack

Meanwhile, Bestival’s neighbour the Isle of Wight rock festival has announced its own headliners, with a UK exclusive from Red Hot Chili Peppers taking pride of place on Saturday 14 June.
The critically-acclaimed Caifornian funk-rockers called a booking at the Isle of Wight festival “a once in a lifetime opportunity” adding: “it will be our only show in the UK or Ireland this year…so we intend to make it really special”.
Scotland invades the Medina Valley on Friday 13th June, with rousing rockers Biffy Clyro headlining and dance-pop superstar Calvin Harris closing the night. Other acts already confirmed for the weekend include Travis, Clean Bandit, The Specials, Rudimental, The Horrors, The Polyphonic Spree and veterans The Waterboys.
The historic Isle of Wight festival of the late 60s was a major counter-cultural phenomenon, and the third, in 1970, was bigger than Woodstock. The new incarnation, originally called Rock Island, was launched in 2002, and has since rapidly expanded beyond its recreation ground site, spreading out along the Medina river.
Three-day camping tickets currently cost £190 to adults, and are free for kids. Day passes are £75.

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