Bestival to leave Isle Of Wight – confirms new site

One of the UK's best festivals moves to Dorset

Bestival have confirmed that it will no longer he held at its legendary Isle Of Wight site – confirming that it will now be moving to a new location in Dorset.

After a relatively low turn-out from fans this summer and a downsizing of the site itself, Bestival earlier this year denied that the festival would be coming to an end. Having been held at Robin Hill County Park on the Isle Of Wight since 2004 and having seen performances from the likes of The Cure, New Order, Bjork, LCD Soundsystem and many more – now, its future lies elsewhere.

“Hot off the press – yes Bestival is moving!,” said organiser and DJ Rob Da Bank. “We can confirm we have submitted a licence application for a new site at the Lulworth Estate in Dorset and we’re super excited about our shiny new Bestival adventure. We have an incredible line-up, headliners confirmed and ridiculous new stages and installations coming your way in 2017.”

He added: “We remain fully committed to supporting the Isle of Wight through music, charities and projects and will be giving Islanders an exclusive ticket offer for the new site. Plus we’re working towards a new event for the Island. Watch this space…”

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Denying that the festival would be coming to an end, Bestival earlier said: “Bestival was obviously a slightly different beast this year. Festival land has changed a lot, more competition, a wobbly economy etc., and for whatever reason many festivals have not sold as well. We did 40,000 [15,000 under its usual capacity] which resulted in a more compact boutique vibe and back to our roots but by my [Rob da Bank] own high standards sound and tent spec was not always what we would have wanted it to be – we can assure anyone coming back in 2017 that this will be rectified.

“As far as the festival market goes we can’t dictate what will happen but we can promise that Bestival will be back to its very high standards next year and we will continue to listen to you and use that feedback to improve every year.”

Bestival 2016 also saw police seize £175,000 worth of drugs from punters.