Bestival 2013 - 5 to 8 September 2013
Bestival 2013 is boarding now! Bestival returns to the beautiful Robin Hill Country Park, near Newport on the Isle of Wight for its 10th anniversary from 5-8 September 2013 with another mega exciting line-up!
Preparations for the four-day 10th Bestival Birthday spectacular are well underway with the headline acts Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim (Friday), Snoop Dogg (Saturday) and Elton John (Sunday). We've also added more ferry capacity for foot passengers than ever before making Southampton the gateway to Bestival 2013.
Official Bestival tickets and Bestival ferry packages are available by following the links below - don't forget to check-out our 15% early-bird ferry discount!
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Bestival 2013 is Boarding Now!
Bestival Line-Up (so far...)
Band and DJ-wise, Bestival 2013 will be a magical mix of the old and the new, the vintage and classic, all rubbing shoulders with the ultra-modern and leftfield. From one of the biggest selling artists of all time (and certainly the best at fancy dress), Elton John, through the party blazing hip-hop of Snoop Dogg to the big beats of Fatboy Slim and amazing rare shows from the likes of The Knife, to the newest of the new bands and acts like Jagwar Mar, Merchandise and Cashmere Cat plus literally the finest selection of house and techno DJs - from Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox to Besti stalwarts Erol Alkan and Annie Mac - this will be the best Bestival yet!
The full live music line-up announced so far includes Wu-Tang-Clan, M.I.A. (UK Festival Exclusive), Franz Ferdinand (English Festival Exclusive), Flaming Lips (Uk Festival Exclusive), The Knife, Bombay Bicycle Club (English Festival Exclusive), The Roots (UK Festival Exclusive), Belle & Sebastian, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Tom Odell, Sinead O’connor, Chic Feat Nile Rodgers, Squarepusher, Hot Natured, Angel Haze, The Polyphonic Spree, Johnny Marr, Bastille, Peace, The Strypes, Dj Fresh, Rudimental, Dexys, The Walkmen, John Cooper Clarke, Lissie, The Wonder Stuff, Caravan Palace , The Cuban Brothers, Matthew E White, While She Sleeps, Merchandise, Mikill Pane, True Tiger, Sexy Sushi, Is Tropical, Skaters, Lulu James, Swim Deep, Drenge, Jagwar Mar, Fleetwood Bac, Jaipur Brass Band, Kawa Circus, Lewis Watson, Jaws, J-Cats. Click here for DJ Sets announced so far.
Red Funnel's Bestival Highlights from 2012
Commenting on his Bestival Sunday night headline slot, Elton said; “I haven’t played any of the major festivals in the UK in recent years, so when the opportunity to play Bestival came up I was very interested. I’ve heard that the Bestival audience comes in fancy dress and I can’t wait to see that - they must all look amazing from the stage. At various times I have worn enormous feathered head-dresses, cloaks, hot pants, jumpsuits, clown suits, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, French maid, The Eiffel Tower and The Statue Of Liberty onstage! Wearing fancy dress makes us all feel less inhibited, so I think it’s a great way to enjoy live music".
“2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ album, so you can expect to hear several tracks from that album. My shows always involve audience participation, singing and dancing, so make sure there is plenty of room for movement inside those fancy dress costumes!”
Can you believe that 2013 will see Bestival hitting those magic double figures? That’s right, Bestival is ten and we’re really pushing the boat out for what promises to be the biggest and best year ever.
To celebrate we’re beating the drum for a whole decade of dancing on the Isle of Wight, by revealing our 2013 theme and inviting you to jump aboard HMS Bestival! Yes indeed, we’re manning the rails, splicing the main brace and rocking the sailor’s hornpipe – it’s all hands on deck, so best make sure we like the cut of your jib!
Taking time out from splicing the main brace, Rob da Bank said; “All the nice girls love a sailor and all the boys love a mermaid. Think deckhands, anchors, beach parties, Moby Dick, tattooed ladies, Titanic, shipwrecks, Hawaii, Treasure Island, rum bars in scuzzy ports, message in a bottle, the crow’s nest, sea legends, monster breakers and tall tales of life on the ocean waves. Nautical but nice! There’s no better time to join the good ship HMS Bestival and our trusty crew of merrymakers than now, so get your 2013 tickets and prepare to set sail me hearties!"
"After 10 years of running our beloved festival, Bestival is still as psychedelically wondrous to us as the September day in 2004 when we first threw open the gates. 2013 will be a vintage year. No increase in capacity, but more land, a raft of exciting changes around the site (including some great new spaces) and all dressed and made up in Bestival’s signature style".
Travelling with Red Funnel to Bestival...
6 Reasons to buy tickets from Red Funnel!
1. Official. Red Funnel are an Official Ticket Agent for Bestival. Never buy from non-official ticket sources.
2. Value. Our early-bird Bestival packages include a 10% ferry discount when they go on sale and a FREE staged payment plan to spread the cost.
3. Honest. Our ticket prices include secure recorded delivery and any applicable booking fees. There are no hidden charges that appear later in the booking process.
4. Easy. You can purchase ferry travel for a vehicle or foot passenger at the same time & tickets for the Official Bestival shuttle bus service on the Isle of Wight.
5. Flexible. You can pay using Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Maestro, Amercian Express or through PayPal, the choice is yours!
6. Capacity. For 2013 we are offering more ferry capacity for foot passengers from Southampton than ever before.