Festival Preview: Bestival 2017

Everyone’s favourite boutique festival is nearing closer and it’s set to be more enchanting than ever, hosting its first year at the charming country estate of Lulworth on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic Coast. After a successful 13 years at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wright, the four-day culture-brimmed extravaganza is relocating with what promises to remain an ever-eccentric climax to the year’s festival season. Yep, we’re talking September’s spectacular Bestival, and as always, we’re bursting with glittering excitement.

Known for its quirky annual themes – setting the Guinness World Record for the largest group of people in fancy dress in 2010 – Bestival’s set for another luminous year with 2017 knighted ‘The Year of Colour’, following last year’s ‘Future’ theme.

Photo: Mike Massaro

Photo: Mike Massaro

Joining the creative visionary of Rob da Bank and co’s peace-loving utopia are an excellently eclectic melting pot of today’s most thrilling artists, from nostalgic favourites to fresh new breakthroughs, bowling thorough the likes of pop, grime, hip-hop, techno, folk and dance, triumphing with the perfect strike.

Headlining the festival at The Castle Stage include Mercury Prize winners – and 2017 nominees – The xx, set to charm Friday night revellers with their ever-atmospheric brand of electronic indie.

Photo: Victor Frankowski

Photo: Victor Frankowski

Expect perhaps a fitting farewell for Saturday night’s closers with long-loved New York hip-hop collective A Tribe Called Quest, who take to the stage with what’s rumoured to be their last live performance before an imminent final break-up.

The festival’s finale this year is down to London synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys with their extensive catalogue of new wave dance hits from the eighties to 2016 release, Super – a suitably ‘Bestival’ choice.

Also set for main stage supremacy over the weekend is the return of grime great Dizzee Rascal, recent Mercury Prize nominee Loyle Carner, dancehall-tinged hip-hop riser Stefflon Don and Michigan oddball, rapper Danny Brown.

Photo: Bestival 2016

Photo: Bestival 2016

For those hitting up the festival from the Thursday night, Wimbeldon hip-hop-come-punk legend Jamie T will grace the stage of The Box, later joined by the likes of grime collective Kurupt FM, contrasting indie-folk success Nick Mulvey and florescent Finnish-pop newbie ALMA.

Also at the weekender, the Invaders Of The Future Stage has curated a line-up of only the finest up-and-comers. See the likes of garage-rock Glaswegian gals Honeyblood, jangle-pop Brighton boys The Magic Gang and blistering alt-rock quartet Dead! There’s the infamous Temple hosted by Annie Mac, Bollywood to include Toddla T’s Bestival Carnival, Reggae Roots with only the best in Jamaican beats, and not to forget the return of HMS Bestival.

Photo: Victor Frankowski

Photo: Victor Frankowski

Bestival will also pride the world’s largest disco ball and the biggest confetti cannon – among many other aesthetic structures –  to ensure only a colossal event of celebration and colour. We’ll let you check out Happy Kanye for yourself…

Get yourself a ticket and we’ll see you on the Jurassic Coast, 7th – 10th September!

Check out the full line-up here.