The Best of Bestival 2015
The brainchild of Josie and Rob de Bank, Bestival has grown hugely since its 2004 roots of 10,000 festivalgoers, to support 50,000 in recent years. With the number of festivals ever growing each year, competition is rife, and thus so is the need to deliver something different. Which Bestival certainly does.
It’s the variety of Bestival that makes it like no other. It’s designed to appeal to all. Legendary dance duo The Chemical Brothers headline this year’s line up, but alongside them, Tame Impala rub shoulders with Jamie xx, Duran Duran and Todd Torje, Flying Lotus and George the Poet. This is not to mention – The Jacksons, Jungle, Action Bronson, Future Islands, Level 42, Young Fathers and Slaves, as well as top DJs, including Annie Mac, Lily Allen and Seth Troxler. Rob de Bank sums it up better than I ever could; ‘With its Summer of Love theme, [this year’s Bestival] is all about one huge musical, well, orgy’. No matter what music you’re into, it is guaranteed there is someone on the line-up to get excited about.
As well as the obvious musical benefits of attending, the atmosphere of the site is incredible. The thought put into solely the production of the site is incomparable to any festival of its size. The walk from one end to the other takes hours, purely because of the sheer amount to look at. Last year’s ‘Desert Island Disco’ theme sported the world’s biggest disco ball suspended into the air amidst the headliner’s Chic performance. Bestival boasts it’s incredible 40 stages, including ‘The Port’, a full-sized warship booming the best Dance/EDM DJs all hours of the day, and Temple Island. Perhaps the most rewarding experience of any attendee is stepping off the beaten track, and finding the hidden crannies and areas offering a diverse range of opportunities and unique experiences, completely unexpected from a festival.
The now legendary fancy dress theme this year is ‘Summer of Love’, which no doubt will produce some memorable sights! The atmosphere is unlike no other. Despite the sizable crowd, there’s a real sense of togetherness. The diversity of the festival attracts a broad spectrum of people, all brought together by common passions, a community atmosphere unfortunately lost in many of the large modern festivals.
Bestival takes place 10-13 September, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight. Tickets are on sale now.