Festival flexing season is off to a fantastic start already. Reading & Leeds got their guns out for the lads and ladies yesterday, and it got us all hot under the collar, so it did. Today it’s the turn of Bestival to get us all a fluster with summer excitement when it’s only January. Ooh, they are naughty.
Bestival really has pulled a bit of a blinder with their lineup so far. It certainly hits more than a few of the right spots.
So let’s talk about those headliners for starters. First up, we’ve got The Cure, and what else is there to say? It’s The motherfucking Cure. Making a return to Bestival as headliners, after having delivered a sprawling three hour greatest hits set in 2011, this will be another chance to catch the gothfather himself, Robert Smith, and his band of miserable men. I’m biased though. I love The Cure. I need to see them as much as one might need, well, a cure…
Then we’ve got the collaborative masterwork of Diplo and Jillionaire that is is Major Lazer. Themselves making a return to the festival, having played back in 2011 too, but this time they’re headlining, though. Riding on the back of an immensely successful 2015 (thanks in no small part to ‘Lean On’ absolute gobbling up airplay with wildfire gluttony, and becoming Spotify’s most streamed track ever), this is going to be a real ‘made it’ moment for Major Lazer, and by proxy one hell of a party.
The final big headliners are still to be announced, but you know that something wicked this way comes if these are who have been announced already. Especially since Hot Chip are just casually Thursday headliners. Not to mention the cornucopia of cool that is the rest of the line up. There’s too much to go into much detail, but you can check it all out below, and I will just wildly exclaim; SKEPTA! GHOSTPOET! RIDE! SKREAM! WOLF ALICE! ANIMAL COLLECTIVE! ANIMAL FUCKING COLLECTIVE!
Once more, Animal Collective.
Compose yourself Morgan.
Anyway, as usual there’s a fancy dress theme that festivalgoers are encouraged to embrace. This year it is ‘the future’, and as festival organiser Rob Da Bank says;
“So, here we go again, but this time we’re going far … far away … into the future. Prepare yourselves for a Bestival unlike any other with futuristic new stages, and as ever it’s a broad church of music from every decade and every genre.”
Well, this year, it might really be the bestival.
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