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Bestival set for biggest bash to date

Thu 29 Aug 2013

Bestival set for biggest bash to date

This year's Bestival is set to be the biggest and best yet, as festival organiser Rob da Bank looks to make the party a fitting celebration for ten years of the event taking place on the Isle of Wight.

Running from September 5th to 8th at Robin Hill Country Park, this year is indeed set to be the biggest Bestival, as the Isle of Wight Council recently accepted proposals to raise the capacity of the event from 60,000 last year to 80,000 in 2013.

Furthermore, the sound system being erected at this year's 20 stages and venues across the festival site is set to be the biggest and most complex to date, delivering a non-stop party atmosphere and 24-hour dancing to be enjoyed for those who can hack the pace.

Rob da Bank commented: "As you might have guessed, I'm rather fond of a dirty great big sound system, so I'm extremely excited to welcome the Digital Soundboy, Swamp and Trojan Sound System crews to our tenth birthday shindig, keep an eye out for me bogling down the front.

"And don't miss out on all the crazy goings on in Club Dada and Pig's Big Ballroom, you won't be disappointed!"

This year's festival line-up also includes some heavyweight names, including The Flaming Lips, Franz Ferdinand, Fatboy Slim, Tom Odell, Belle & Sebastian, Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Roots, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Jessie Ware, DJ Fresh, Squarepusher, The Polyphonic Spree and musical legend, the bespectacled one himself, Sir Elton John.

"Bestival never stops booking live bands and DJs for your pleasure and this year's no different - from John Newman's soul swing to Simian Mobile Disco's intelligent rave and if you haven't seen Pretty Lights electronic workout prepare to be blown away," Rob da Bank stated.

"Besti regulars Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, Dub Pistols and Mr Pete Tong plus a load of first timers are all queuing up to pop their Bestival cherry. Not long now people!"

Music is not the only attraction for festivalgoers heading to Bestival this year though, with an array of other sights to see and activities to get involved in for happy revellers.

A Druid opening ceremony to the whole show will take place at the Big Top arena on Thursday September 5th evening, with the Wight Druids (Celli Ynys Wyth) asking for blessings on the event from the "earth mother, sky father and the ancestors, Dryads and 'spirits of place' of the Isle of Wight".

Other attractions are set to include Hot Breath Karaoke, Gino's Italopop Disco, Drum Machine, Films in the Forest, The Knees Up Tent, The People's Front Room, the Polka Tent, Tongue Fu and the Wheels of Four Tunes, plus more.

As mentioned above, this year's Bestival site will feature 20 stages and is to be spread across an array of arenas. These will include the Stardust Field - featuring the Big Top, Come Dancing Spiegeltent, Bestival Radio and Club Dada.

Meanwhile, the Grassy Hill arena will offer a Pamper Luonge for those looking to chill out and take the weight off, as well as a lost and found and Grand Palace of Entertainment.

The Wishing Tree Field will offer such attractions as the Caravanserai, the Surplus Supper Club, the Swamp Shack and Big Love Inflatable Church, while the Magic Meadow features the Wagamama Lounge, Disco Shed and will also play host to a spectacular end of festival fireworks display.

Tickets to Bestival 2013 are still available - although probably not for much longer - and start from £190 for weekend adult entry from Thursday, while teens aged 13 to 17 can gain entry on this date from £127.

Kids under 12 years old can get in for free as long as they are accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801631171-ADNFCR

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