Festival: Bestival 2011

Having returned from the mighty Reading Festival after being in attendence for the just the Friday, we’re very aware of the fact that the British summertime, along with all the festivities and other brand-sponsored musical events that it brings, is coming to a rather abrupt end; a bit like a few other things going on in our lives right now, we can’t believe how quickly its flown by, and are pretty winded at how suddenly these proceeding cease without any forward warning. So what’s the best way to deal with it? Once last fling, of course. One last grope. One last dance courtesy of the ever-so-fun-fest, Rob Da Bank’s Bestival 2011

Yes, the present flag-bearer of the Best Major Festival 2010 title (we were there, and can confirm it were reet good) is back and bigger than a bread box. A Jaegermeister-strength line up in terms of genre, buzziness and prominence, here’s what Rob The Creator had to say about it:

‘My brain literally never stops whirring, thinking and puzzling over who to book for Bestival. The ‘anything goes’ approach seems to have worked so far so I’m proud and pleased to announce Pendulum as Friday  headliner who will smash the hell out of Robin Hill for sure. Just as importantly PJ Harvey will be making her only UK festival appearance of the year at Bestival and then from The Maccabees to Public Enemy, Mogwai to Fatboy Slim and a shedload of up and coming artists its possibly our most out there line up yet… and let’s not forget The Cure headlining Saturday night! Dont be shy, get in there now!’

Alongside the mouth-watering acts Mr Da Bank has already mentioned above, Crystal Castles, Paloma Faith, Robyn, Grandmaster Flash, The Drums, Kelis and, uh, Village People will be delivering their own brand of powerful performances, and are quite likely to insist that despite it not technically being the summer anymore you should throw the hell down and have a boogie. Carrying on with it’s reputation for having the best-dressed festival attendees in all the land, this year’s costume theme revolves around that of Popstars, Rockstars and Divas. So essentially that means the world and his wife that happens to be planning a visit to the Isle Of Wight for this particular occassion is highly likely to visit this wonderful section of a popular Camden-based costume shop at some point in the next couple of weeks, so you can expect a lot of Lady Gagas and Michael Jacksons to tip up.

Musical offerings aside, Bestival has always maintained a reputation for being just that little bit different from the usual graft of festival promoters taking your money so you can sit around in mud waiting for the one band on the line up you actually know to eventually turn up for their 30 minute set. Other amenities and goings-on include increasingly-popular Underground Restaurant – a festival rendition of the French-esque eatery based in Kilburn – as well as the Swamp Shack, Roller Disco, Wall Of Death, Freesports Park, Crazy Golf, Campsite Hubs, Ambient Forest, and Herbert’s Dream. We have little-to-no idea of what most of those extra fun bits involve (although we have played crazy golf on the odd occasion), but we’re very certain that Herbert’s Dream is the sure-fire ticket to a good time, mainly as we imagine Herbert to have at least as warped-a-mind as the true purveyors of this fantastic event. We’ll certainly be sure to bring you a fully detailed report, either way.

Bestival 2011 is sold out. However, those wishing to still attend and have got the dollar to back it up can try out The Ticket Trust, a Bestival-endorsed ticket exchange between festival fans that won’t result in you paying a million-billion more than you’ll likely have to if you decide to buy from a tout.

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