Desert Island Themes & Headliner Dreams

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Grab your roller boots and fluorescent paint as the successful S.S Bestival of 2013 has run aground on a desert island inhabited by disco dwelling natives. Yes, festival season is nearly upon us with a barrage of line ups being released, yet Bestival continues to stand out with an undeniable edge through its brilliant fancy dress theme.

Vada attended last year and I can safely say it is the most eccentric and fun filled festival I have ever experienced. It’s a true spectacle that draws you in and immerses you in madness for one beautiful weekend. For a full recap of events, read my review here.

So let’s look forward to 2014 and what we know so far. As for the theme, expect tribal mask, neon paint and glitter balls. It will be as flamboyant and fantastic as ever. We also know that Outkast will be headlining one night on the main stage. The R & B group will fill the field with good vibes in the form of smash hits such as ‘Hey Ya’ and ‘Roses’. So that means there are two headline spots to fill and the secret Thursday evening set. Who should fill them? I have some suggestions below.


The Icelandic songstress is a perfect match for Bestival. Her fragmented persona and bizarre stage show would surely captivate the audience with mega cult hits such as ‘Army Of Me’ and ‘Human Behaviour’ sounding unbelievable on the main stage. After a successful headline performance in 2011, I believe it’s time for her to return to the Isle of Wight.

Fleetwood Mac

Bestival is no longer comparable to the likes of Reading & Leeds or T in the Park, it is a major UK festival and has proved itself to be worthy of the high accolades it has collected. Evidence of this was Elton John choosing Robin Hill County Park as the venue for his first festival performance in over 30 years. With this precedent the legendary Fleetwood are not out of Bestival’s grasp. With the new re-addition of Christine McVie, the likes of ‘Everywhere’ and ‘Gold Dust Woman’ would be pure heaven for the bohemian masses of the festival.


Bestival are also known for supporting hard working British artists and rewarding them with a prestigious headlining slot, having previously hosted the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Florence + the Machine. Foals proved their worth at Latitude last summer, so I believe Bestival would be the perfect step up as they could easily hold the crowd with the power of ‘Holy Fire’.


Having been foolishly billed on the Big Top stage last year, M.I.A deserves her time on the main stage to really showcase the power of her new LP ‘Matangi’. She is one of the most creative and iconic British performers working currently so it’s time for her to assert her status and cause chaos with ‘Bad Girls’ and ‘Y.A.L.A’. I also think she would suit the theme perfectly.


Perhaps a stranger choice due to ‘Exile’ not performing as well commercially as its predecessor ‘Happiness’, yet I truly believe Hurts are one of the most dramatic and intriguing live performers I have ever seen. A Bestival crowd would surely appreciate the majesty of ‘Miracle’ and ‘Stay’ whilst the duo also have the capabilities to create a twisted disco with their synth stylings on the likes of ‘Better Than Love’.

Who do you think should headline? And are you excited for the theme? Let us know below. See you on the island.

About Sean Ward

Design type pokemon, often found in tall grass at festivals covered in mud and neon paint. A strong obsession with tea, cocktails and Kate Bush. Sharing musical nuggets of goodness each week. @Sean_Ward93

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