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Bestival 2017 Finds A New Home In Dorset

June 29, 2017

FestivalsMusic | by Harry Seymour


Conceived as an idea by DJ and producer Rob da Bank, and his wife Josie, Bestival started life as a small music festival on the Isle of Wight, and quickly gained a reputation for being one the summer highlights of the UK, and the last festival of the season. This year, Bestival is back with a stellar line up of acts, along with all the usual confetti cannons, bouncy castles and karaoke offerings, but at a new home in Dorset.

Bestival 2016. Image courtesy Victor Frankowski.

Relocating to the Lulworth Estate in Dorset, famous for its sandy beaches and rock coves, Bestival this year is welcoming acts including The XX, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pet Shop Boys, Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Danny Brown, and hundreds more. However what makes Bestival great, is the fact that the festival focuses on being a truly immersive experience, with not only several music stages including the Castle Stage, Box Stage, the rave Temple, and HMS Bestival, but also a pool party being DJ’d by garage legends DJ Luck & MC Neat, Oxide & Neutrino and Heartless Crew, an Ambient Forest, Oberon’s Observatory, fireworks, an inflatable church, a cocktail bus, free haircuts and a night club called Dada. There is so much going on that the tricky thing might be finding time to sleep.

 

Bestival 2014 – Photo courtesy Carolina Faruolo.

“Well what an adventure this promises to be… we have a beautiful new home with a massive castle in the middle of it, acres of beautiful woodland and forest, a sea view and the dramatic Jurassic coastline. Going back to our roots with Josie da Bank’s hand-drawn artwork, reviving all our favourite stages from 14 years of Bestival history and going out with all our headliners for the first time ever together, we’re pretty excited at Bestival HQ. From pop to grime, hip-hop to techno, folk to classical and every style in between we are reclaiming our place as the fun-est, most adventurous, musically savvy and downright magical festival on the map. Please come along for the ride. And remember Increase the Peace”, Rob da Bank told us.

Bestival 2016. Image courtesy Victor Frankowski.

The theme this year, is ‘colour’, so no doubt everything will be a riot of polychromatic excitement, if previous years are anything to go by. Having won awards in prior years for ‘Best Major Festival’, ‘Fan’s Favourite’ and ‘Best Innovation’, the Bestival crew certainly have a lot to live up to. The festival also has a caring ethos, supporting Amnesty, RSPB and Oxfam, and in an attempt to minimise its carbon footprint, encourages people to swim, walk and cycle to the site, whilst also recycling rubbish and bartering for goods during the weekend. And as its popularity has grown from the initial number of 10,000 visitors to almost six times as many, it has retained its anti-corporate, boutique feel.

Bestival 2016. Image courtesy Sion Roe.

Every year Bestival outdoes itself for spiritual hedonists, families and party animals alike. And if you find that all the partying leaves you needing a break, there is yoga, hot tubs, massage therapy, saunas, a make over station, and a plant based bio-café for the true hippy inside. Bestival’s move to Dorset has got everyone excited for the biggest and best end of summer finale yet.

Bestival, 7 – 10 September 2017, Lulworth Estate, Dorset.