Bestival is the Isle of Wight's crowning glory and it's returning for another year. Few festivals have managed to gain such a growing reputation in a relatively short space of time as much as this has and Bestival 2013 is set to be the best yet!
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 are 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 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 Lineup
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Location of Bestival 2014
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 the 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 the Bestival 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.