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Bestival 2017 – NextFest Preview

September generally signals the close of the festival season as we know it, and for many Bestival is the last chance to have a summer hoorah in a field, with music, before the British weather well and truly spoils everything by going all grey, rainy(er) and cold(er).

Bestival started out in 2004 as a relatively small festival, featuring performances from The BeesSuper Furry Animals, and 2manyDJs, at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight. 13 years later sees the festival having grown at a somewhat exponential rate, with a shift over to a brand new venue at the Lulworth Estate in Dorset.

Photo: Carolina Faruolo

Taking place from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th, Bestival 2017 is back and bigger than ever. With headliners including The XX, A Tribe Called QuestJamie T, and The Petshop Boys. However, before we plunge deep into ‘line-up territory’, we should let you know…Bestival isn’t ALL about the music, you know?!

Of course, you have the usual suspects in the form of food huts, bars, and market stalls, but there is plenty more to see aside from that and the music on offer. Why not bruk out some badddddd shapes at the Hip-Hop Yoga tent? Or how about winning big at the Drag Queen Bingo? Maybe you’d like to make some work for your idle hands, before old Satan gets in there himself, and indulge in some origami with Lisa Moro? All of these things and more are available at your fingertips.

So, we can hear your collective jaw grinding as you chomp at the bit over who we’ll recommend you check out…

Up first we definitely think you should be checking out Danny Brown, one of the hottest acts to come out of Detroit’s hip-hop scene in the past decade. Brown‘s distinctive vocal delivery and his ability to take anything and spin it into yarns of solid gold have ensured that he has a global cult following. Not to mention his fourth, and latest, album, Atrocity Exhibition, which was released last year on Warp Records. We strongly recommend you go and see what Danny Brown is all about while you have the chance. Really Doe.

Next, we have more hip-hop in the form of Josh Davis, AKA the dynamic…the soulful…DJ ShadowShadow really needs no introduction. Since he dropped his debut long-player, Endtroducing, on an unsuspecting public, he hasn’t looked back. He has skillfully clocked up a raft of solo albums and, more recently, founded his own Liquid Amber imprint, which showcases some of the most exciting, forward-thinking new artists of our generation. Whether Shadow is performing his own tracks or whether he’ll be throwing down one of his almighty DJ sets matters not, all you need to do is be there when his needle hits the groove.

Finally, you definitely won’t go wrong by paying Toddla T’s Bestival Carnival a visit. The line-up is seriously off the chain with this element of the festival, as is joined by CocoMixpak‘s awesome Dre Skull and JubileeNadia RoseThe HeatwaveOFFMENUT!‘s Sir Spyro, Jamz Supernova, and Murder He Wrote & Lisa Mercedez. With that much bass on offer, there are bound to be tidal waves heading down the English Channel.

The wee-ones are catered for too at the Circus Area. Hosted by the wonderful BigTopMania, the kids’ section of the festival offers them the opportunity to learn some circus skills, so they can run rings around you with even more ease than they currently do.

Some final phase tickets are still available, so if you want to head to Bestival we suggest you get your skates on and grab yours while you still can.


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