Bestival, it’s in the name

Where will you be heading this summer? Edinburgh, luvvie? Thailand, darling? Newcastle, pet?

I know where I’ll be: Bestival, the annual madcap festival full stop at the end of summer. And why? Well, here’s why:

1: LIVE MUSIC

I’d be a right ELW (East London Wanker) if I didn’t go straight for the jugular. Bestival easily has one of the best lineups around this year, and it’s only announced a handful of bands. From kooky hip-hop duo Outkast to sage-like music presence Beck and goddess of wonder Paloma Faith, Bestival has everything you could ask for. Each year their brilliant, hand-selected montage of music caters for just about everyone. Their headliners range from the outrageously out-there to the seminal Indie classics and their stages span from tiny woodland outliers to roller disco sets. If you want to get down to one of the most eclectic and genuinely well-crafted music festival this summer, head for the Isle of Wight (pronounced Wiggit.)

FROM THE ARCHIVE:

Read CUB’s interview with Florence & the Machine, who first performed her smash hit ‘You’ve got the Love’ at Bestival.

P.S. Candi Staton’s there this year too.

2: DJs

Oh. My. God.

Somebody at Bestival HQ has been listening, and well. Bestival has done the double by booking a stellar line up of not just bands, but DJ sets too. From Rinse-FM-born-dub-disco-spinning-London-boy Skream to XOYO’s most recent resident, Eats Everything, Bestival have the lot. And guess what? They’ve got even more. Truly living up to their Desert Island Disco theme, Bestival have booked everyone from Horse Meat Disco to their own wizzkid and festival daddy Rob Da Bank. Last year this starry-eyed writer found himself at H.M.S Bestival’s very own boat party, featuring Fatboy Slim.  All I can say is that you won’t be disappointed.

FROM THE ARCHIVE:

CUB’s definitive look at Reggae, a major part of the Bestival music scene.

3: IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC.

Hello? Who’s that? Oh just EVERY BLEEDING COOL PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE.

Unlike other festivals, Bestival truly pulls the weird and the wonderful out of the bag. From the unashamedly unabashed and ultra-gay Hard Cock Life to the almost-exclusive London based Room Service, Bestival is a hubbub of kook like no other. If you’re looking for 2am fun and frolics, then head over to the Grand Palace of Entertainment or the funky Club Dada. Need some chill? Meditate the morning after or perhaps pop along to one of Bestival’s many, utterly amazing food stalls. Whichever option you chose, you’ll be served it with a side of wonder and a massive helping of slaaaaaaaay.

FROM THE ARCHIVE:

Check out CUB’s own rundown of the best LGBT and equality societies on campus.

And there you have it, neatly on a plate. The reasons that we at CUB will be seeing you at Bestival 2014!

 

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