Bestival 2017 is over for another year, with Pet Shop Boys playing an incredible show that brought a splash of much needed colour to the muddy crowd gathered at the Castle Stage last night.
Despite a brief halt on Sunday afternnon, festival goers headed out to make the most of an incredible line up, and all the hidden highlights of Bestival’s new Dorset home.
Here’s the story of the festival in glorious photos.
It’s the first time that Bestival has taken place in Dorset, and it’s looking as colourful as ever
A beacon of positivity in these dark times, Happy Kanye is Bestival’s latest collaboration with Hungry Castle & Cool Shit. The inflatable masterpiece stands over seven metres tall, and revellers can even clamber inside the rainbow sculpture.
Ray BLK kicked off proceedings with a storming set on the Temple Stage on Thursday evening
Ray BLK tore up the Temple Stage as part of Annie Mac’s takeover on Thursday evening. The Temple stage is a new addition to the festival, and Rob da Bank told NME: “This is a huge electronic stage, with everyone from Jackmaster to Dusky to Annie Mac on there, and it’s a huge show piece stage. There’ll be big elephant carvings and huge pyro at night.”
Bestival’s known for it’s wacky world records – like the world’s biggest bouncy castle and their accolade for the most peope in fancy dress at one event, so this year they’ve not dissapointed and we’ve been gifted with the world’s biggest confetti cannon – which goes off twice a night.
Along with the world’s biggest confetti cannon, Bestival just so happens to boast the world’s biggest disco ball. They don’t do things by halves.
Blossoms brought the party to Bestival on Thursday evening as they opened The Box Stage
Blossoms frontman Tom Ogden shares a tender moment with guitarist Josh Dewhurst
Jamie T triumphed on The Box Stage with a massive headline set that saw him cover Foo Fighters and give a shout out to Dave Grohl
Jamie T played fan favourites including ‘Sheila’ during his massive Box Stage show
Punters get their groove on at the Samsung Hypercube
Revellers enjoy a play in front of The Castle.
Bestival’s known for it’s eclectic array of entertainment.
These two are bringing the galactic vibes to Bestival
The xx headlined Friday night at Bestival with a jubilant performance full of colour.
“I want you to know that we see you and we love you” singer and guitarist Romy Madley Croft told the adoring crowd.
After The XX finished, HMLTD brought the party to The Box
HMLTD were looking magnificent before they headed to The Box
Twin Atlantic get ready to rock backstage at Bestival
Stefflon Don commanded the Castle Stage on Saturday afternoon.
Rejjie Snow swaggered onstage for a wicked afternoon set.
The rain finally stopped for Danny Brown’s Castle Stage set, which received the biggest reaction of the afternoon
Rory Charles Graham aka Rag’n’Bone Man before his massive set on The Castle Stage
Rag and Bone man was in fine form during his set on the Castle Stage, calling out Donald Trump and talking about the merits of inflatable willies.
Rag n’ Bone Man salutes his crowd at Bestival 2017
Dizzee Rascal got one of the biggest crowds of the weekend so far with a huge set on the Castle Stage
Dizzee’s return to Bestival was an absolute triumph
Saturday saw the final ever A Tribe Called Quest show, as they headlined Bestival.
Bestival played host to A Tribe Called Quest’s final show
Bestival’s famous Lovebot was back once more to bring the good vibes
Circa Waves brought the T Shirt Weather to a muddy Castle Stage
Soulwax brought a much needed sign of life to Bestival after rain brought a halt to the entire
Soulwax brought the biggest production of the weekend, complete with three drummers and a light up robot
Pet Shop Boys brought the pop to the final night of Bestival 2017
After a muddy final day of Bestival, Pet Shop Boys brought the Technicolor glee
Pet Shop Boys brought Bestival to a perfect end
And with a massive firework display, Bestival is over again. See you next year