Since Bestival's inception in 2004, Rob Da Bank's carefully curated festival has grown from a mere 10,000 in attendance to now well over 50,000. With a reputation as a friendly festival and gaining in credibility with each passing year, attendees of Bestival 2015 are sure to be treated to an unforgettable festival experience, with a top notch atmosphere.
Bestival is no stranger to huge headliners either, with the likes of The Cure, Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim, The Beastie Boys, My Bloody Valentine, Massive Attack, Kraftwerk, The Prodigy and Bjork visiting the Isle of Wight over the past few years - Bestival 2015 will be no different.
Bestival also regularly picks up well deserved accolades including best medium sized festival, and best major UK festival on a number of occasions.
For the sheer size, scale and fun loving atmosphere that permeates proceedings, Bestival remains an unparalleled, essential experience for all festival lovers.
Bestival 2014 was a record breaker! The four-day Desert Island Disco was an incredible paradise filled with the coolest castaways having the best party of all time. Ever.
Rocking the magical Desert Island location and casting their spell across a sea of sequins, they had headline sets from OutKast, Foals and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, plus unbelievable disco action from Major Lazer, Disclosure, London Grammar, Basement Jaxx, Sven Väth, Annie Mac, Chase & Status, DJ Yoda, and The Cuban Brothers. There was more off the hook dancefloor behaviour at our brain-exploding rave boat The Port, the debut of our Invaders of the Future and Reggae Roots stages, the return of BBC Introducing and the magnificence of The Big Top hosted by BBC 6 Music, making it an incredible year for catching the best music around.
But as ever it’s not just about the music, there was food glorious food at the brand new Feast Collective, delicious cocktails at Josie da Bank’s Jam Jar Bar, jaw-dropping genius at Caravanserai, glam joy at the Grand Palace of Entertainment, madness and mayhem in the Ambient Forest, pageantry aplenty with the amazing Carnival Parade, and some especially epic fancy dress from you lot, beloved Bestivalites, who make this festival so special.
Pushing the boundaries of mind blowing spectacle to new levels, there’s also the small matter of a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest Disco Ball. Glittering like a bejewelled colossus in the Magic Meadow, it topped the tape at a record breaking 10.33 metres, it’s as high as a three storey building, is covered in 2,500 mirrored tiles that would stretch out for a kilometre if you laid them end to end, and is filled with 350 cubic metres of air; equivalent to one thousand beach balls!
Marking a monumental end to the 11th Bestival, the record breaking joy was followed by the disco kings themselves, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, and their utterly magnificent Desert Island Disco finale set. Emotional and predictably next level, it was brimming with a pantheon of the greatest hits that have benefitted from Nile’s golden touch, and was brought to a close with our legendary and exquisitely beautiful fireworks.
As the dust settles, plans for Bestival 2015’s Isle of Wight adventures are already underway and it’s going to be a corker! So if you want join in, put 10th – 13th September 2015 in your diary and grab an early bird ticket when they go on sale.
Disabled Access Information
BESTIVAL 2015 DISABILITY ACCESS INFORMATION
Applications are now open for all accessibility at Bestival 2015 including camping, car park and Personal Assistant tickets.
Applications for Bestival 2015 Disability Access campsite, ONE FREE Personal Assistant Pass or car parking will close on Friday 14th August 2015 – no applications will be accepted after this date.
Event organisers are committed to making Bestival as accessible as possible and great efforts are being been made to achieve this where reasonable. The grounds at Bestival are slightly hilly (some are more difficult than others including from and to both Red Gate and Blue Gate if on foot) and Bestival is an outdoor music event utilising fields and farmland that could pose problems (particularly in wet weather) for mobility, and large volumes of people and noise for those with learning difficulties.
With a little help here and there though the organisers feel that it is definitely manageable and we provide ONE free entry pass only for a Personal Assistant to this end for those who may find they have physical and mental challenges across the weekend.
In recent years the Disability Access Campsite and Car Park have filled up very quickly so please buy your tickets and apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment and difficulty at Bestival. Once they are full, they are full and no more people can be allowed in these areas.
Please read ALL the following information very carefully, and then:
1. Read and understand ALL the information
2. Purchase your tickets (you do not need to purchase a pass for the Personal Assistant)
3. Apply using the correct online form
REGISTATION & BUYING TICKETS
Very Important: Once the link is removed, spaces will no longer be available in the Disability Access Campsite but you can still apply for a Personal Assistant Ticket and also use the facilities in the Disability Access Campsite should these be needed by you.
You MUST purchase a ticket (for the person with a disability) before applying for accessibility camping or a Personal Assistant’s pass. If the person with a disability is a child or teenager, email Bestival first so they can pass to Ticketline to contact you to book the ticket.
Please do not apply if you have not purchased a ticket, as applications without a confirmation of purchase number will not be considered. You do not need to purchase your ONE FREE Personal Assistant pass, this is provided for free by Bestival and given to you at Bestival, NOT sent in advance. You will be sent information on how to collect your Personal Assistant pass in August 2015 after the applications have closed.
You will need to attach information to prove you require ONE FREE Personal Assistant pass and a place in Disability Access Camping. This can be any official documentation and is for our records. If you require more than one personal assistant, they will need to purchase a ticket to enter.
Once you (the person with the disability or parent of the child with a disability) have your ticket, you can apply. If it is a child you are applying for, email the address below which will be sent to Ticketline so they can enable you to purchase the relevant ticket.
As not everyone wishes to use Disability Access Camping, there are three applications and these all include applying for your ONE FREE Personal Assistant pass:
DISABILITY ACCESS CAMPSITE ONLY (INCLUDES ONE FREE PERSONAL ASSISTANT PASS)
ONE FREE PERSONAL ASSISTANT TICKET ONLY APPLICATION (TO BE USED IF YOU WANT TO CAMP IN BOUTIQUE, WILD COPSE, CAMPERVAN/CARAVAN, TANGERINE FIELDS OR GENERAL CAMPSITES)
NON-CAMPING ONE FREE PERSONAL ASSISTANT TICKET APPLICATION (TO BE USED IF YOU ARE NOT PLANNING TO CAMP AT BESTIVAL IE. STAYING AT HOME OR IN A B&B)
Electric wheelchairs can tackle most areas without too much hindrance but the ground can be quite uneven in places and is predominantly on grass. If it rains it may get muddy and access around the site (other than on the paths) movement may be very difficult. Your Personal Assistant will need to assist you if it becomes difficult. The terrain is predominantly short grass with firm soil so movement around the main arena and other stages is possible for fit wheelchair users in good weather.
PLEASE NOTE: Internal transport to get around Bestival is not provided.
Bestival recognise that some of you may need to find a space to step away from the crowds and noise. They do all they can to provide this but it is difficult in a festival environment … Bestival will do their best.
The Accessible Camping Area is positioned as near as possible to the main Main Stage and arenas. It is a few minutes from here to the main arena on relatively flat ground and is one of the quietest and closest to the arenas. It is the best location that can be achieved for all of the needs of the people Bestival try to accommodate.
DISABILITY ACCESS CAMPSITE
The Disability Access Camping Area is positioned as near as possible to the main Main Stage and arenas. It is a few minutes from here to the main arena on relatively flat ground and is one of the quietest and closest to the arenas. It is the best location that can be achieved for all of the needs of the people Bestival try to accommodate.
Please note that you should prepare to bring a tent or campervan that will fit in a 7m x 5m space. Of course, those who require a little more space will be helped if there is space available. NB: Your family and friends can camp with you in the Accessibility camping area but your group including the person with a disability, a Personal Assistant and children can be a maximum of 6 people. Other people with disabilities who are your friends and family should apply separately.
General campsites are for all members of the general public and car parks are located outside the festival arenas and campsite areas. Other than accessible toilets, there are no provisions for those with disabilities but people with disabilities can use the facilities in the Disability Access Campsite should these be helpful.
Those in the Disability Access Campsite will need to follow signs for Blue Gate (Robin Hill). Only one vehicle is allowed in the camping area and this includes motorhomes or campervans. If there is no space, you will be asked to park your car away from the campsite area.
If you are in General Admission Camping, Boutique Camping, Campervan/Caravan Field, Wild Copse or Tangerine Fields, they have separate car parks for you to use and if you choose public transport, you will enter using the same entrances as other members of the public (please note that these entrances have hills and you will need to arrange your transport in and out of the festival with the Festaxi service in advance of the festival).
A car park for day visiting persons (with weekend tickets as we don’t sell day tickets) with a disability is close by and accessible throughout the weekend. Friends will have to park in the main car park, however.
Please note that Bestival is in a field where normal home-type levels of facilities are just not possible. They do their absolute best but sometimes vehicles get stuck in traffic, things break or don’t work and they'll be doing their best to fix it, and of course look to improve each year with newer available facilities.
Please note that facilities for those with mobility difficulties such as showers and toilets should NOT be used by your other guests. It’s important that those facilities are kept for people who need them most. Those with disabilities are the priority in this campsite.
- Charging points for electric wheelchairs are available – these are undercover outdoors so can be affected by damp conditions so chargers are left at users risk.
- Some customers will be eligible for power hook-ups but this is for more extreme cases where there are life-support needs only
- Certain medical support is available from the on site medical centre but any specific medical needs should be discussed before purchasing a ticket.
- On-site hospital. Bestival has a hospital on site but it is NOT a residential hospital. No-one should be left in the on-site hospital overnight, or be left unattended by their Personal Assistant if in this environment.
- Accessible lavatories will be positioned at various places around the festival and Bestival aim to protect them from public use. Please check out where they are on site so you know where to go when you need to go.
- In the Accessibility campsite, showers and toilets are provided – Stewards will be on hand to help with any issues that may arise during the weekend
- Bestival do not supply motability buggies or any other form of onsite transport so you will need to bring your own if it is needed
- Bestival do not supply medical equipment or essential medical supplies so you will need to bring these yourself or arrange delivery
- You are a member of the general public and are not permitted in backstage areas to bypass public walkways
If you have any pressing questions that are not answered here above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bestival 2015 Lineup
To see this years lineup, please use the link below
Here are the latest news items about this event.
Location of Bestival 2015
History of Bestival
Bestival has been held annually in late summer since 2004, in a small country park called 'Robin Hill'. The festival is organized by BBC Radio 1 leftfield DJ Rob da Bank and is an off-shoot of his Sunday Best record label and club nights. Creative Director and wife Josie da Bank and co founders / partners John and Ziggy from Get Involved are also involved in organising Bestival.
The Isle of Wight was chosen for many reasons as the site of Bestival, primarily due to its notable natural beauty. It is also known that the Isle of Wight holds more carnivals per capita than anywhere else in the United Kingdom. Besides being generally smaller, there are several qualities that make Bestival and will make Bestival 2014 different from the Isle of Wight Festival. It is considered more alternative and diverse, offering a large selection of vegetarian foods; a dressing up tent and a 'secret stage'.
Bestival is well known for its fancy dress themed days (usually the Saturday of the festival). In 2005, an attempt was made to set the Guinness World Record for most people in fancy dress at any one event.