Bestival is ten years old and Vada are tagging along for the celebrations! Rob da Bank has promised a bigger, brighter and bolder Bestival than ever, which when your festival prides itself on being completely opposed to social conformity, will be no easy feat. I will be attending the festival and will offer an extensive review of live acts, DJ sets, the campsites, arenas and the general festivities of the greatest event to ever grace the Isle of Wight.
The tenth anniversary is a great time to lose your Bestival virginity; they have the legendary Elton John headlining the main stage, a celebrated figure within the gay community, as well as a whole host of established and up-and-coming acts that Vada have showcased over the last couple of months, including Bastille, Savages, London Grammar and The 1975. These acts will share the stage with heavyweights such as Franz Ferdinand, MIA, Wu Tang Clan and Bombay Bicycle Club. There will be two huge parties on the main stage as Fatboy Slim and Snoop Dog will be headlining on Friday and Saturday, whilst MIA opens Thursday with a headline set on the big top stage.
Bestival prides itself on its free and liberal atmosphere. Just by reading through the vast number of areas within the site you get an idea of the melange of communities and people who come together to celebrate music on the beautiful Isle of Wight. This year’s traditional fancy dress theme is nautical, as guests prepare to board the HMS Bestival. To celebrate, a new area will be included entitled ‘Bestival Goes Cruising’ which will feature some of the most prominent gay entertainers and experiences including Room Service, Horse Meat Disco and the legendary Jodie Harsh.
It will be my first time at Bestival, and I cannot wait. I have always admired its eclectic line ups and independent nature and have only ever heard good reports. With year’s line-up, I would highly recommend it to our readers.