In just over a month, the Isle Of Wight will play host once more to Bestival, the brainchild of head honcho, Rob Da Bank. A festival that deals in substance just as much as style, Bestival has over the years grew from a nesting-ground for music lovers to a full scale, award-winning major spectacle that has saw acts including Stevie Wonder, New Order, Elton John and Outkast grace it’s stage.

Perhaps the most eclectic of all the UK festivals, Bestival offers something enticing enough for just about everybody.  In a world where headliners are more calculable than ever, Bestival plays it right every single time. This year we see 80s legends and all round New Romantic heroes Duran Duran top the bill (who saw that coming?), alongside arguably one of the most important groups in dance history, The Chemical Brothers.  Joining them in a UK festival exclusive, is one of raps coolest and most enduring personas, Missy Elliot and with the promise of very special guests set to perform, Bestival is anything but predictable.

This year’s theme is The Summer Of Love; be that the peace and love of the 60s or the euphoric, acid house, second rush of it in the late 80s, it’s undoubtedly going to be pretty special, whether you’re in flares or a bucket hat. Set across four days at Robin Hill Country Park, this year’s line-up boasts one of the most exciting roll calls yet, with acts including Underworld, Tame Impala, The Jacksons, Mark Ronson, Sleaford Mods, Pond and Little Dragon.

Bestival doesn’t stop at music when it comes to entertaining their masses either. Its various themed areas dotted around the site are enough to tantalise anyone’s taste buds. At the very depths of the festival is the beguiling Ambient Forest; swathed in fairy lights and hammocks, this place really comes alive at night, where screenings of cult classics and documentaries are showcased at the outdoor cinema. Elsewhere, you can discover The Port; the hedonists paradise. Featuring hi-tech lasers, LED screens and a shitload of pyro, The Port is consistently manned by world class DJ’s playing the best in house, techno and any other 4/4 beat to tickle your fancy. Match this with a Bollywood tent, carnival parade and ballroom, amongst many other stages; it seems unlikely anyone’s going to be left bored this September.

For more information and to purchase tickets check out the Bestival website here. Further information can also be found on Facebook or their Twitter @Bestival.

All words by Harley Cassidy. You can read more of Harley’s writing here or follow her on Twitter @harleycassidy.


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