The last festival before we unwilling draw our summers to a close; Bestival is the only way to sign-off this year’s festival season. Taking place on 10-13 September, an amazing line-up, spectacular sets and a whirlwind experience will bring your summer to a spectacular end.
A – ALEX ADAIR
A Soundcloud sensation, Alex Adair beautifully fuses tropical house and mellowed-out electronica. His remixes for artists such as Jessie Ware and his debut single Make Me Feel Better has led to comparisons to Caribou. There’s a lot of hope for this young artist.
B – BADOW
Hailing from the Isle of Wight, BaDow is the best new blues/rock trio. Currently still studying, Jodie, Sam and Bradley have spent the last two years gigging and honing their ambitious, blues-y style. Make sure you catch them before they’re big.
C – THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS
Over the past twenty years this dance brotherhood have redefined live dance music, immersive audio and impeccable visuals to create an awe-inspiring experience of which will change your view on dance music forever. Expect a set featuring sounds from their eighth studio album (which will be released soon) and all the crowd-pleasing tracks from their career at the Main Stage on Saturday.
D – DURAN DURAN
Defying the odds and staying relevant throughout the decades, Duran Duran is a household name. Elements of glam, art-pop and dance have propelled them through more than 30 years of success and record sales of 100 million. Make sure you don’t miss out on a legendary performance which will perfectly fuse art, fashion and pop.
E – EAGULLS
Some call them brash; others have dubbed them fast and furious, but Eagulls truly is a band wedged in between post-punk and slacker rock. Hailing from Leeds, there are undertones of anger, disillusionment and aggression, but conversational lyrics and a punky attitude keep them fresh.
F – FAT WHITE FAMILY
This post-punk five-piece has been tearing its way through the past few years, leaving behind endless trails of destruction, epic gigs and blown minds. A must-see for those thrill-seekers who love to get beaten up to thrashing guitars and raging drums.
G – GIRLPOOL
LA duo Girlpool is bringing girl power back to the music industry. Set on global domination, their garage punk/pop is unlike anything else out there. They’ve got talent, attitude and style by the bucket load.
H – HONEYBLOOD
With their first album a critical success, the Honeyblood duo took the indie scene by storm with their incredibly well-written, bittersweet pop. Magical and punky, these Glaswegian girls will have you twirling and spinning to their incredible sound.
I – INVADERS OF THE FUTURE
Dedicated to discovering the best new music, bands and talent out there, the Invaders of the Future space is set out showcase your next favourite band… Who knows, bands debuted there may be headed for the main stage headline slot one day.
J – JUNGLE
This spectacular seven-piece, led by the duo known as J and T, has created a wonderfully unique modern soul sound that propelled their debut album to become one of the top albums of 2014. Their live performances are the stuff of legends and they are not to be missed.
K – KATE TEMPEST
Talented, passionate and uncompromising, London poet Kate Tempest embodies the spirit of Bestival. From raves to playwriting, there is not a creative field she hasn’t dabbled in, and succeeded at. Make sure not to miss her set for her wonderful performance poetry.
L – LUCKY ELEPHANT
Combining synths, drums, ukuleles and all manner of interested and unusual instruments, Lucky Elephant are not your average four-piece. Uplifting melodies and spurring lyrics will have you singing their lyrics over and over – don’t miss them.
M – MISSY ELLIOTT
For her European festival exclusive, Missy Elliott will be gracing the Main Stage for the headline slot on Sunday night. A genre-defining artist, and a true innovator, her first UK show in six years will be something that will go down in history. With tight beats, breath-taking flows and a career that other MCs can only dream of, Missy Elliot’s set will be the most spectacular end to Bestival.
N – NENEH CHERRY WITH ROCKETNUMBERNINE
A musical icon that needs no introduction, Neneh Cherry subverts the norm and maintains a fascinating counter-cultural stance. Her multi-genre sound fascinates many and her live performances are utterly spellbinding.
O – OBERON’S OBSERVATORY
In homage to the glorious night sky, Oberon’s Observatory is a ramshackle but delightfully dreamy viewing platform. Watch from the platform (through the Bestiscopes) the bizarre Bestival goings-on and find the old projection room where 19th century scientific minds questioned the universe or wind down your night star-gazing.
P – PALACE
This four-piece alt-blues band is totally unique. James Buckley-esque guitars and smooth, mellow vocals has led to a cult following and a lot of hype. Soft and relaxed, but with riveting bass lines such as in I Want What You Got, Palace is a must-see.
P – POND
For psyche-pop lovers, there’s one set that will make your world go round. The funk-infused psychedelia of Pond with their hints of pop and marvellous experimental hooks will have you twirling all night.
R – REAL LIES
Real Lies, whose music expresses night time euphoria followed by the lows of the next morning, loss, longing and vulnerability will provide you with the blissful break you’ll need. The Real Lies trio are bringing back mellow electronic pop to a country in desperate need of it.
S – SLAVES
Slaves are the most exciting punk duo for a decade. Thrashing away at their instruments (the singer even stands up whilst drumming), the boys bring the fun and no-fuss attitude back to punk music. With hints of blues-y garage, blindingly brilliant conversational lyrics and stage chat that will have you in fits of laughter.
T – TAME IMPALA
For epic melodies, spacey sounds and an almost cosmic vibe, Tame Impala (led by Kevin Parker) is the only option. The psych-rock extraordinaire and his band are releasing their new album just before Bestival kicks off, so expect some of their brand sounds along with fan favourites such as Elephant and Expectations.
U – UNDERGROUND
Layering conversational lyrics over techno, trance and breakbeat may seem like an unusual combination, but duo Rick Smith and Carl Hyde have used it to create a sound that is uniquely Underground. Make sure you catch their set for incredible modern electronica and to hear Born Slippy live.
V – VERY SPECIAL GUESTS
You’ll have to wait and find out who…
W – THE WISHING TREE
For the fifth year, The Wishing Tree will be a centrepiece of the Bestival site. An interesting and magical netherworld, make sure you take trip and find out what lurks between the branches.
X – XOCHKA
Combining guitar riffs with synths to create a lo-fi indie rock sound, XOCKHA’s melodies drift in a dream-like state. With airy vocals and a strong rhythm section, they’ll have you mellowed out in no time at all.
Y – YRSLF
Heavy hitting beats, various synthesisers, guitars, drums and bass combine to create YRSLF’s unmistakeable sound. Having won Bestival’s emerging talent competition 2015, it’s clear they’re going to be big in the future. Catch them at the beginning of what will be an amazing career.
Bestival takes place 10th-13th September 2015
Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight
Words by Annie Lunnon
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