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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Bestival 2017

While this year’s Bestival has shifted location from the Isle of Wight, some things never change and 2017’s lineup looks as good as ever. So let’s dive into the creative and colourful world of the award-winning festival to highlight some of the moments we’re most excited about.

As Bestival moves home to Dorset’s Lulworth Estate, we adopted typical millennial behaviour and ruined all surprises by Google-ing the new location. In doing so, the first image we’re presented with is of acclaimed ‘local Dorset celebrity’ and estate owner James Weld. He’s not dressed quite like your typical Bestival-goer but that scenery looks more than picturesque – so we’re already impressed.

To learn more about this year’s new venue, this is what festival co-founder and DJ Rob da Bank says about the change of scene; “Well what an adventure this promises to be… we have a beautiful new home with a massive castle in the middle of it, acres of beautiful woodland and forest, a sea view and the dramatic Jurassic coastline. Going back to our roots with Josie da Bank’s hand-drawn artwork, reviving all our favourite stages from 14 years of Bestival history and going out with all our headliners for the first time ever together, we’re pretty excited at Bestival HQ.” OK, we’re sold.

What immediately stands out on this year’s lineup are the headliners. Because not just are they well-known performers but they fill that quota for the type of artist you always wanted to catch live but maybe missed out on due to sold-out tickets or just a limited touring schedule. The pedigree we’re referring to includes electronic duo Justice, synth-pop legends Pet Shop Boys and the hopefully-not-still-injured A Tribe Called Quest. That’s not to mention The xx, who return after seven years since their 2010 performance marked one of their first ever festival shows. We also see littered among the headliners some names of acts who have already stormed 2017’s festival scene; from Dizzie Rascal to Danny Brown. Final mention must go to indie rockers Circa Waves who continue to edge their way up festival bills.

But lineups like these come as a blessing and a curse. Because alongside the main stage remains a selection of competitive choices. The Temple stage will host some of the biggest names in house, including Jackmaster, Dusky and of course Annie Mac. Arguably equally tempting includes David Rodigan’s ‘Bollywood’ stage (featuring Toddla T and Midland), new venue Stacey’s (playing host to Mr Scruff and South London favourites Soul Train and Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Club), as well as the eclectic mix on offer at ‘The Box’, including Jamie T, Kurupt FM and Charlotte Church.

If that wasn’t enough, you can’t forget all those cheeky extras that give Bestival its quirky charm. You name it, confetti cannons, inflatable churches and carnival parades; it’s a whole new world for you to get lost in.

But the question remains; after all that, where will our ‘local celebrity’ Mr Weld be partying? Rumours are flying round his presence will rival Corbyn’s Glasto appearance. On first impressions, he looks like a Lawn kind of man but who knows, we may find him tripping his wide-eyed way through the woods of the Ambient Forest covered in face paint. Either way, one thing’s for sure, 2017 looks like the perfect opportunity to get stuck in and Increase the Peace.

Bestival will take place 7-10th September 2017 at the Lulworth Estate, Dorset. Weekend and Day tickets are available here.

Featured insert (I Love Bestival): Victor Frankowski

In post body (Annie Mac): Caitlin Mogridge

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