Preview: Bestival 2016
As the 2016 summer of music festivals draw to a close, there is one festival that has many revellers waiting in anticipation as they prepare to be launched into the future…
Bestival will return to Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight on the 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th of September for its 12th instalment. Proud winners of last year’s Best Major Festival award, you can expect four days of world class musical acts, the world biggest bouncy castle, heaps of glitter and even a 20 metre high vast rocket!
The man that makes it all happen, Rob Da Bank has declared the Port stage as DEAD and encourages everyone to be intrigued by the new Space Port! He states
“So, here we go again, but this time we’re going far… far away… into the future. Prepare yourselves for a Bestival unlike any other with futuristic new stages, and as ever it’s a broad church of music from every decade and every genre… bring it on!”
So what can be expected from this year at Bestival? Bestival has always been up there as a festival that is willing to put out its feelers and try something a little different; it boasts fantastic production and organisation. It’s a festival that hits a huge spectrum of genres, from acoustic local talent to international superstars. But it’s certainly not all about the music; it encapsulates the minds of those that pride themselves on being creative, encouraging festival goers to trek through the luxuriant trees in the Bestival Ambient Forest to find themselves in the Amphitheatre, an enchanted world of arch amusements. During the day it becomes ‘a provocative feast of furious follies’ and by night, an ‘unmissable whiff of penetrating tongue in cheek fun.’
The festival will begin welcoming campers on the Thursday and has already revealed what will lie ahead as the to the future theme further dictates the production. Shy Fx takes over the Big Top with their Party on the Moon to spread dance floor lunacy into the future. Also with Shy Fx will be Giggs, superfly disco funk legends The Fatback Band, and genre swerving Redlight. On Friday the Big Top will be where Grime fans dreams will all come true, as Eskimo Dance, Wiley, Section Boyz and Big Narstie to name a few, will take over the Big Top tent.
The Spaceport will welcome Diplo, also known for his vital role with Major Lazer. When Diplo first brought his Mad Decent Soundsystem to rip up Bestival in 2009, the night was truly legendary, so expect more of the same and a lot more besides.
Fans of the dance world will be holding out to see no other than music legend and three deck wizard Carl Cox manning the Space Port with a huge collection of house classics on the Saturday. The Bestival team state:
“A mainstay of contemporary dance culture over the last three decades, we’re super-excited that he’ll be joining our futurescape playing an unmissable, career-spanning House Classics set.”
Also on the Spaceport across the weekend you will find Fatboy Slim, Eats Everything, James Zabiela, Klose One and Skream. The Spaceport will also play home to a Purple Rave themed night in memory of Prince with audio visuals, featuring sets from Heidi, Rob da Bank and Tayo.
The Church of Dance Temple Island will become home to a range of different genres and Goldie will be on hand to perform an exclusive hip hop set. Temple Island will also be the home of Rob Da Bank’s official jungle and drum & bass set with MC Aled Jones in attendance. Here you will also find Koe Goddard, MJ Cole, GotSome, My Nu Leng and Shadow Child.
The Sunday night at Bestival is the main highlight for many, as fireworks fly in the sky above the main stage for closing, and what better way to close the festival than with dancehall legend and Grammy award winning, Sean Paul. The Jamaican born international superstar is known for his hit single back in 1996 ‘Baby Girl’. In 2002 he released the top selling album ‘Dutty Rock’ which sold 6 million copies worldwide and included tracks such as ‘Gimme the Light’. Joint headlining alongside Sean Paul on the Sunday night will be American rapper Wiz Khalifa who rose to fame with his break through single ‘Black and Yellow’ and went on to release ‘See you Again’ the soundtrack to Fast and Furious 7. These two urban legends will be closing the main stage as the night draws in. “We love a big finale at Bestival,” says Rob da Bank. “We also love hip-hop and dancehall.”
We’ve only just scratched the surface of what this years Bestival has to offer, each year the main man behind the production and organisation Rob Da Bank, excels Bestival goers expectations. Expect an array of food stalls from the Chocolate Bears Kitchen to The Cauldron and the Rattling Pan. Expect to get married at the Bestival Church, expect to get lost in the Ambient Forest, listening to comedy on the Amphitheatre as the clock ticks through til midnight. Expect a large carnival packed into a campsite that goes on for acres, if you really want your summer festivaling experience to go out with a bang, then this years Bestival is the place to be!