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August 2020 (To be confirmed)

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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.

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