And.... we're off. Bestival 2011 is go and we can't think of a better way to fight off those blues now that summer is almost over. One big, fancy-dress-filled party and The Cure and Bjork are invited. There's plenty of brilliant music on the bill, but here are five things you should check out away from the stages on Friday...


1. Become a film star

After remaking Willy Wonka and Ghostbusters at last year's Bestival and Camp Bestival, the Videopia team are back to help you and your friends turn into Hollywood stars (kind of). Using their mobile studio and a lot of enthusiastic (drunk) punters - you could be watching yourself on the Videopia big screen.

2. Watch spoken word artists in the Lizard Lounge

Deep in the Ambient Forest, you'll find Scroobius Pip and his merry band of spoken word performers. Including Kate Tempest, Chris Redmond, Jodi Ann Bickley, David J, Josh Idehen, John Osbourne, John Berkavitch, Inua Ellams, Musa Okwonga, Brendan Tapley and the Roundhouse Poetry Collective.

Scroobius Pip

3. Go to the Freesports Park

Yeeeeeah extreme sports! Everyone loves them right? Standing in absolute awe while half believing you could do that trick yourself, but keeping quiet in case anyone challenges you to prove it. Watch the pros who can actually do it, and not just in their heads, as they put on mountain bike, BMX, inline, skate and parkour displays.

4. Look into the future

Head over to Tomorrow’s World for a solar-powered bandstand, science tent, living pub, and a local farmers' market... it's the future.


5. Um, hang out in your frontroom

We all know what it's like, a bit too much cider, a few too many freaky people offering 'free hugs', not enough sleep - there's always a moment at a festival when you just need some 'quiet time'. Head over to the 'Peoples Front Room' for art, sculptures and photography, as well as some special musical sets.

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