End of an era.
Bestival has had a rocky couple of years. From the outside looking in, the most popular small festival in the UK has been as successful as ever, but for long-time attendees, some of the magic has been lost, leading to lots of negativity after this year’s festival.
After promising to take the festival “back to its roots”, organiser Rob da Bank is taking it somewhere else entirely: to Dorset. From 2017, the Isle of Wight and Robin Hill will no longer host Bestival and it will instead take place on the Lulworth Estate, also the home of spin-off festival Camp Bestival.
Speaking in a statement on social media, Rob da Bank said:
Hot off the press – yes Bestival is moving! We can confirm we have submitted a licence application for a new site at the Lulworth Estate in Dorset and we’re super excited about our shiny new Bestival adventure. We have an incredible line-up, headliners confirmed and ridiculous new stages and installations coming your way in 2017.
We remain fully committed to supporting the Isle of Wight through music, charities and projects and will be giving Islanders an exclusive ticket offer for the new site. Plus we’re working towards a new event for the Island. Watch this space…
This seems like quite a dramatic reaction to negative press, but it won’t change anything. Common complaints about disorganisation aren’t going to go away, they will probably only get worse as the organisers adapt to a new location.
What it does do, however, is allow more people to attend. Travelling to the Isle of Wight has always been a nuisance, so taking away that problem makes everyone’s jobs that little bit easier. Bestival will no doubt be missed by the youth of the island who, apart from getting drunk on beaches, have almost nothing to do.
Oh well, just looks like the Isle of Wight Festival will have to step up and stop being terrible from now on.