Bestival 2018: second year at new Dorset home for multi-award winning festival
Few festivals on the UK circuit can compete with the amount of awards that Bestival has won over the past decade and a half. The brainchild of record producer Rob da Bank and his wife Josie, the annual festival – which was held on the Isle of Wight from 2004 to 2017 before relocating to the Lulworth Estate in Dorset last year – has won 'Best Medium-Sized Festival' four times, 'Best Major Festival three times and, most recently, 'Fans' Favourite'; helping it to gradually blossom into one of the United Kingdom's greatest musical events.
Meanwhile, thanks to its steadfast line-ups of acts that are both buzzy and well-established, its quirky on-site guest perks and its picturesque natural vistas of the water, the festival has grown from a crowd of 10,000 in 2004 to over 55,000 today.
Acts are yet to be confirmed for 2018, but with the pedigree of recent years it's safe to say that Bestival 2018 won't disappoint. So be sure to watch this space and pick up Bestival tickets at StubHub.
Best of Bestival
Over the years, Bestival has cultivated diverse line-ups. The da Banks, as well as their partners, have carefully curated a host of acts that serve guests' appetites for performers that are both nostalgic and of-the-moment.
Among Bestival's headliners and highlighted music makers are singers-songwriters such as Amy Winehouse, Gil Scott-Heron and Ellie Goulding; rappers like the Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, the Beastie Boys and Missy Elliott; indie rock heavyweights including Florence + the Machine, Fleet Foxes and Two Door Cinema Club; and long-standing iconic pop acts like Elton John, The Cure and Duran Duran.
In 2017 the headline acts were Jamie T on Thursday, The xx on Friday, A Tribe Called Quest on Saturday and Pet Shop Boys on Sunday. Other acts included: Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Rag 'n' Bone Man, Laura Mvula, Soul II Soul, Circa Waves, Blossoms, Lucy Rose and Annie Mac.
Bestival: festival with a conscience
The festival aims to be environmentally-friendly too, and has set up green initiatives, such as swapping recycling for cups of tea, using water saving taps, and monitoring power usage. Bestival is a philanthropic event, with the festival donating some proceeds to organisations like Oxfam, Amnesty International and Water Aid.
In addition to its charitable and sustainability efforts, the weekend traditionally includes one day where attendees dress in their finest fancy dress. In 2005, an attempt was made to set the Guinness World Record for most people in fancy dress at any one event, and by 2010 Bestival achieved it, when 55,000 festival goers set a new world record.
Similar festivals to Bestival
Once you've picked up Bestival tickets at StubHub, why not look into some of the other brilliant festivals held across the UK? Kendal Calling has grown from a two-day, 900 capacity event in 2006 to a 25,000 capacity four-day music festival, while few festivals are set in as spectacular surroundings as Wilderness.
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