I think I have finally recovered from the incredible four days we just spent at Bestival. May I just say before I ramble on about the site, acts etc. That it was the best festival I have ever been to, every detail of it was amazing.
Getting the ferry is a nice little addition to your normal UK based festival. Make’s it feel like your going on a lovely holiday saying goodbye to the mainland and then pulling up to the very picturesque Isle of Wight. Then it is only a short journey until you get to enter the truly magical site of Bestival.
The site is huge but manageable when walking from one end to another. Although I think one day my iPhone pedometer clocked up about 60,000 steps (around 25.5 miles), however that does include me dancing around for hours. When walking through the site you get taken through completely different settings, one minute you feel like your at the circus, the next your strolling past a ginormous robot before you end up thinking your in India when in around the Bollywood tent.
The highlight out of all there is to see though for me was the Port Stage, a music stage that has been created to look like a steel? boat. HMS Bestival with a beautiful mermaid sitting on the edge – I believe the mermaid is homage to the late and great Amy Winehouse. The Port was home to the most amazing DJ sets throughout the weekend with the likes of Hannah Wants, Mark Ronson, Slimzee and so many more playing throughout the 4 days.
In the daytime you can be strolling through the Ambient Forest, taking part in yoga or aerobics which is the perfect recovery session. Or as we were you can be starting early and raving at the Temple Island stage to some of the legends of Old Skool Rave music 😉 The food on offer was great, we tried an ‘Isle of Wight Speciality’ of crab meat and prawns on chips – crazy sounding but it was delicious (check them out on twitter @CrabOnChips). We obviosuly got stuck in to the generic festival food carts, hog roast, steak burgers, chips lots of yumminess!
Rob & Josie Da Bank really should credit themselves on such a beautiful, creative and fun festival. We experienced no troubles and their were a lot of families there so it really is for everyone. The theme of ‘Summer of Love’ gave us lots of entertainment seeing the great hippy and love themed fancy dress, it really added an element of peace and love.
We were really lucky that the line-up was pretty much made for us. We got to see so many of our favourite artists if your interested some the artists that stood out to us the most were Toddla T & David Rodigan B2B, Boy Better Know, DC Breaks, World of Rave, Novelist, High Contrast & on Sunday we celebrated our 2 year anniversary and I was lucky enough to see my favourite artist Skrillex – arghhhhhhhh! He was amazing I didn’t stop moving the whole set, at nearly two in the morning in the torrential rain!!
TOP TIP TIME: the entrance to the festival is a large downhill slope which is fine when your full of excitement and stamina when you arrive. On the way back up however it is a different story, carrying all your gear back up that hill was the hardest thing is I think I have ever done – I recommend when your still relatively fresh on the day before you leave taking a few bits back to your car or if your walking talking very little!
Get yourselves over to the Isle of Wight next year Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September 2016 and witness the amazing Bestival for yourself. I believe early bird tickets go on sale on the 18th September at special prices, so go grab yourselves some it is so worth it!
I would upload videos of sets but as you can imagine they are not of the best quality! Any questions on our time spent at Bestival just give me a shout!