Bestival: Time To Set Sail

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It’s almost time for Bestival 2013, so I’ve created a definitive list of things that cannot be missed at this bizarre and unusual festival. I am experiencing the whole thing myself for the first time and the range of areas, entertainment, and variety of performers is really exciting.


To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bestival, Rob Da Bank has asked us all to board the HMS Bestival in our best nautical costumes for a celebratory knees up on the Thursday night with a party to end all parties. It’s promised to be a night of mayhem with a host of special guests, all celebrating the wonderment of the festival.


Biofuelled Bandstand

Located in the Tomorrow’s World field, this bandstand is the best place to relax and hear the sounds of the future. The intimate surroundings are the perfect place to discover a new musical obsession whilst enjoying a pint of BestivAle.

biofuelled bandstand

Bollywood Field & Cocktail Bus

I’m travelling to the site with a friend of Indian heritage who has expressed how she wants to spend time with her people and I am really not going to protest when the Bollywood Field looks like one of the coolest and free spirited areas on the site. With a vintage bus that has been turned into an incredible cocktail bar and plush seating areas, I feel like this will be our pre drink spot.

bollywood bus

The Wishing Tree

I can see myself stumbling towards this magnificent whimsical beacon of light after a heavy night and discussing life with strangers as the sun rises. What else are festivals for?

Wishing Tree

Temple Island

Perhaps the most obscure area of the whole site, Temple Island is a melange of fantasy and reality. Hosting some suitably obscure performers, London Grammar and Karma Kid will be performing. Awash with characters, sculpture and secret doors, a drug trip without the impending doom of overdosing on the Isle of Wight.

temple island


Bestival will end with a bang, with a spectacular closing fireworks display planned on the Sunday evening. Enjoy the nostalgia in the aptly named, Magic Meadow.


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