This year, Bestival has arguably their best line-up yet – and with so much to choose from, it’s always handy to have a guide to the best established and upcoming acts gracing the stages…
Andre 3000 and Big Boi haven’t performed on stage together since 2004, and with this year marking the 20th anniversary of their debut album, ‘Southernplayalisticadillakmuzik’ (try saying that right first time) they’re sure to have some surprises up their sleeves.
Past Bestival favourites, the Oxford juggernauts bring three albums’ worth of intelligent, off-kilter rock to the main stage. Worth watching for frontman Yannis Philippakis’s dancing alone.
Guy and Howard Lawrence’s unique brand of house music has marked them out as an essential booking for any festival worth its reputation, and one year since the release of debut album ‘Settle’, their star shows no sign of waning.
Nothing helps to evoke a carnival mentality better than Diplo’s Major Lazer. Breakout hits ‘Bubble Butt’ and ‘Pon de Floor’ are guaranteed to get even the most lethargic festival goers back on their feet.
Nobody predicted the runaway success of Clean Bandit – however, the unassailably catchy number one single ‘Rather Be’ has introduced hoardes of listeners to their unorthodox electropop, and no doubt they’ll win over many more once festival season has drawn to a close.
Growing up in south London, spoken word artist Kate Tempest honed her craft on the picket lines of protests and male dominated underground rap battles, but now a seasoned Bestival professional she returns with her ‘Everybody Down’ show.
From the thrashy ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ to the more sentimental ‘Bros’, Wolf Alice’s set will have something to fit every mood. After this festival season the momentum will surely pick up for one of 2014’s most hotly tipped bands.
DUB PHIZIX AND STRATEGY
Manchester-born Fabric favourite Dub Phizix brings his finely crafted brand of drum and bass to the Bestival stage with vocalist Strategy in a year where the underground is steadily making the transition to mainstream. Drum and bass puritans won’t be disappointed.