Festival season 2012 has come to a close, and what a way to end things. It was a (rare) weekend of sunshine that saw the likes of Stevie Wonder, New Order, Florence And The Machine and The xx on Bestival‘s Main Stage – and for the first time ever, you could stream most of it on YouTube. So even if you weren’t at the Isle Of Wight bash, you could keep up with the performances from the comfort of your bed.
Drawing one of the biggest crowds of the weekend were The xx, who made their only 2012 UK festival appearance at Bestival on Friday night, and showcased some new tracks off of their new album ‘Coexist’. Florence And The Machine followed, playing a triumphant farewell show (ahead of her one year hiatus), joined by a mini orchestra, backing singers, a piano and a harp. She later shared that it was an “honour” to be headlining the Main Stage, dedicating ‘You’ve Got The Love’ to the festival, saying: “Because it’s Bestival we have to play this song!”
New Order closed out Saturday night with a set that included four Joy Division songs. Ahead of closer ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, Bernard Sumner dedicated the song to “Ian [Curtis] and all festivals everywhere”, with ‘Forever Joy Division’ appearing in massive letters across the backdrop, along with a picture of Ian Curtis.
And for those who stuck around until Sunday night, Stevie Wonder played a two-hour set that featured an endorsement for Barack Obama, covers of songs by Michael Jackson, John Lennon, The Beatles and Marvin Gaye, and a joyous rendition of ‘Superstition’.
So, how was Bestival 2012 for you? We asked a few punters, BigKids, Scroobius Pip and Gallows what the highlights of their weekend were – and you can watch their replies below, as well as loads of backstage chats with Bestival 2012 artists.