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Bestival 'aims to be more inclusive'

Wed 25 May 2011

Bestival 'aims to be more inclusive'

Isle of Wight-based music event Bestival was set up with the aim of making it inclusive, the curator and founder has stated.

Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank explained that the fancy dress part of the annual bash has helped him to achieve this goal, even as the size of the festival has grown.

Speaking to the Independent, he said dressing up is now a "core" element of Bestival and thousands of people do it each year.

"The idea was to add colour to the show and to make it more inclusive. Rather than just watching some bands and having some beer and burgers, we want people to be the show themselves," said the organiser.

He added that some of those who book Isle of Wight holidays to attend Bestival have been known to stay in their fancy dress costumes all weekend.

The 2011 Bestival is headlined by The Cure, who have chosen the Isle of Wight event for their only European show of the year, while Primal Scream, Katy B and Brian Wilson are among the other acts.

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