BESTIVAL IS BACK!
Bestival | Thurs 7th to Sun 10th September | Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Last summer’s Bestival drew criticism in some parts for being more of a stripped boutique vibe compared to recent years. I still loved everything about it and you can read more about it in my Bestival 2016 review here. They promised to return stronger in 2017 and it looks like they have been true to their word! For the first time in Bestival’s history, they have announcing all four headliners: The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, Pet Shop Boys and Jamie T plus Justice, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Shadow, Little Dragon and many more with more to be announced soon.
This year is the beginning of a new era for Bestival with is moving from the Isle of Wight to the Lulworth Estate in Dorset. This is home to sister Festival, Camp Bestival and has been a huge success and fantastic venue. The festival takes place on 7th-10th September and they will be exploring the wonders of colour on their mission to increase the peace.
Rob da Bank says: “Well what an adventure this promises to be… we have a beautiful new home with a massive castle in the middle of it, acres of beautiful woodland and forest, a sea view and the dramatic Jurassic coastline. Going back to our roots with Josie da Bank’s hand-drawn artwork, reviving all our favourite stages from 14 years of Bestival history and going out with all our headliners for the first time ever together, we’re pretty excited at Bestival HQ. From pop to grime, hip-hop to techno, folk to classical and every style in between we are reclaiming our place as the funnest, most adventurous, musically savvy and downright magical festival on the map. Please come along for the ride. and remember Increase the Peace”
One of my absolute favourites The xx have the honour of being the first ever Castle Stage headliners at the new home. In keeping with their reputation of booking some of the biggest legends in Hip-Hop they welcome A Tribe Called Quest to headline Saturday performing what will be their last UK Show of their tour. Closing the festival on the Sunday night will be synth-pop geniuses Pet Shop Boys.
Commenting on their headline show, Pet Shop Boys said: “Amazingly it is over ten years since we last played Bestival but we remember it being one of the most enjoyable festivals ever. Looking forward to bringing our new show there this year – and seeing how the audience has decided to dress up!”
And completing 2017’s quartet of headliners is Wimbledon’s finest, no not Vinny Jones but Jamie T! Jamie will be the man kicking it all off with an exclusive performance topping the Thursday night bill on our second stage, The Box.
Complimenting the headliners will be super suave Gallic funksters Justice, plus, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Shadow, Little Dragon, Danny Brown, Rag’n’Bone Man, Laura Mvula, Soul II Soul, MNEK, Circa Waves, Ray BLK, Lucy Rose, and Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon among many, many others yet to be announced.
And there will be DJ sets from Annie Mac, Andy C presents 25 Years of RAM, Kurupt FM, David Rodigan presents RAM JAM, DJ Yoda, Maceo Plex, Jackmaster, Kölsch, Dusky, Toddla T presents Carnival, Artwork presents Art’s House, Sink the Pink and loads more to boot.
Bestival’s creative essence will explode before your very eyes with a cavalcade of brilliant new stages, incredible destinations and stone cold classics, including their brand new main stage The Castle Stage, the eclectic wonders of The Box, the hands in the air nirvana of Temple, Bestival’s heart and soul, Bollywood, and the righteous vibrations of Reggae Roots.
Back by very popular demand HMS Bestival is the last word in off the hook partying, plus you can dance like there’s no tomorrow in new venues The Frozen Mole and Stacey’s, delve into the vintage madness of last year’s hit venue the Caravanserai, and old favourite Club DaDa returns along with the enchanting Ambient Forest, and at our steam punk vision, Oberon’s Observatory.
Bestival 2017 is a whole new world to explore and to keep you on your toes we’ll also have the dazzling delights of The World’s Biggest Confetti Canon, Castle Fireworks Finale, the Love-Bot, The World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle, Bestival Inflatable Church, Confetti Wedding Disco, The Feast Collective, Slow Motion, Revolution Rides, Carnival Day Parade and Night Parades, the Sugar Skulls Cocktail Bus, Sunday Best Cardboard Record Shop, Lost in the Woods, Ancient Woodlands, Free Haircuts, Campsite Recycling Hubs, Kids’ Field and for all you vexillophiles out there, Flags by Angus Watt.
There is a special limited offer of one-off ticket deals. For the next 48-hours only (that’s unitl 7am Saturday 11th February) you can grab your Bestival weekend ticket for £150 (plus booking fee), or £190 (plus booking fee) if you want to throw in coach travel from Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Newport (IOW), Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading, Ryde or Southampton. These deals are only available from Ticketline so, what are you waiting for? Grab your ticket now!