Anyone who follows me on Twitter or has read this site for an length of time will be familiar with my love for Bestival.
I went with a group of friends, both old and new, for the first time last year and was blown away by the amazing vibe – the whole festival is full of love and happiness – even when you are knee deep in mud and on the wrong end of a hurricane.
Along with the fabulous live acts, DJs and fairground rides, Bestival brings you a touch of magic too. Dress up with no limits, get lost in the Ambient Forest or dance around at the Wishing Tree…this is the place for free spirits who just want to enjoy themselves for a few days in the beautiful fields of the Isle of Wight.
Now. I never wish the Summer away…but today I came close as I heard the brilliant news that the legend himself, Stevie Wonder, will be headlining Sunday night at the best Festival in the UK this year.
Festival organiser Rob da Bank says: “What can I say? What a day! I see part of my job at Bestival as giving you acts you may never have seen or will get the chance to see again… so, I’m hoping you feel as happy as I do as we announce the legendary Stevie Wonder as Sunday night headliner! A winner of 25 Grammy Awards, the most ever for a solo artist, this man’s music has always been part of the da Bank home listening experience and also a favourite at our Sunday Best and Bestival parties and this is a very rare chance to see a legend in action. See you there!”
Sounds almost as excited about the whole thing as I am, doesn’t he?! Stevie heads up a sterling list of acts so far, including:
Stevie Wonder / New Order / The xx / Sigur Rós / Friendly Fires / 2manydjs – live / Soulwax / Justice / Two Door Cinema Club / Hot Chip / Bat For Lashes / Nero / Emeli Sandé / Orbital / SBTRKT / Warpaint / De La Soul / Roots Manuva / Major Lazer / Sister Sledge / Gary Numan / The Horrors / Spiritualized / Death In Vegas / Doom / Ben Howard / Michael Kiwanuka / Sub Focus / Azealia Banks / Alabama Shakes / Kevin Saunderson feat. Inner City live / Gallows / Rizzle Kicks / Buraka Som Sistema / Sage Francis / Grimes / Bellowhead / Earth Wind & Fire Experience feat Al McKay / Django Django / Little Dragon / Gold Panda / Adam Ant & The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse / The Cuban Brothers / Top Cat featuring Sir Coxsone Outernational / Chairlift / Iceage / Ren Harvieu / Lianne La Havas / Delilah / First Aid Kit / Gesaffelstein / Daughter / Zulu Winter / Ane Brun / Friends / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs / King Khan and The Shrines / The Japanese Popstars / Chas & Dave / Dub Pistols / Factory Floor / Charli XCX / Errors / King Krule / Toy / Kindness / Dismantle / Dirty Beaches / Drums Of Death / Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard / General Levy / Slagsmålsklubben / Jaipur Kawa Brass Band / Field Music / Jinja Safari /Jaipur Kawa Circus / B.Dolan’s Church of Love & Ruin / 2:54 / Frankie Rose / Porcelain Raft / Milagres / 3 Bonzos & a Piano / Prince Fatty / Liz Green / Trailer Trash Tracys / Forest Swords / Alt-J / Skinny Lister / Josh Kumra / Ryan Keen / Stay+ / Nina Nesbitt / BIGkids / Gabrielle Aplin / Fiction / Turbowolf / Misty’s Big Adventure / This Is The Kit / Young British Artists / Patterns / Ghost Outfit / L.A. Salami / To Kill A King / Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo / Heathward / Laurel Collective / ahab / Gecko / Model Society / Sky Sphere / Blackhouse Crow / The Lovely Eggs / St Spirit / Charming / Shepherds / Seán McGowan
DJ Sets From Rob da Bank And Friends:
Annie Mac Presents / Four Tet b2b Caribou / The 2 Bears / David Rodigan MBE presents Ram Jam / Dirtybird showcase feat. Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin & Eats Everything / François Kevorkian / Moodymann / DJ Yoda / Maya Jane Coles / Scuba / Kavinsky / LTJ Bukem / Plastician / Greg Wilson / Doctor P / Pearson Sound / Borgore / Flux Pavilion / Max Cooper / Gemini / Krystal Klear / Pangaea / Billy Daniel Bunter / Pariah / Trolley Snatcha / Warm & Electric Minds / Scratch Perverts / Koan Sound / Camo & Krooked / Giles Smith & James Priestley (secretsundaze) / Mosca / Numbers showcase: Oneman b2b Jackmaster, Deadboy, Spencer, Redinho / Ben UFO / PBR Streetgang / Jaguar Skills & His Amazing Friends / Blawan / Girl Unit / Chris Coco / Pete Gooding / Phil Mison / DJ Shepdog / Shellac Collective / DJ Charge
That’s a seriously impressive Bestival lineup in my eyes.
So – what are you waiting for? Get your tickets and organise your travel over on the website, and learn more about how the festival runs too.
Oh, and the fancy dress theme this year is WILDLIFE which is simply amazing – the mind is boggling with ideas already!
Are you thinking about coming along to Bestival? Or have you bought your tickets already? Who are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comment box below and you never know..we may see you there! x
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