Punters at this year's festival noted that the event had been downsized this year, leading to the speculation


The organisers of Bestival have responded to rumours that the festival will soon end after this year’s event was downsized.

Attendees at the Isle of Wight festival last weekend (September 8-11) noted on social media that this year’s festival had been downscaled from previous years. As The Line of Best Fit reports, observers noticed that a number of the stages were smaller, there were fewer bars and the lay-out of the festival had generally been altered. This has fuelled speculation that Bestival may be experiencing difficulties, with some rumours suggesting that the festival would be coming to an end altogether.

However, Bestival have today (September 13) taken to their social media platforms to confirm that the festival will indeed run next year, with festival founder Rob da Bank tweeting from his personal account that he’d already booked one headliner for 2017.

On their Facebook page, Bestival addressed the fact that the 2016 festival had changed from previous years by explaining that the changing nature of the festival market this year had ensured that downscaling was necessary.

“Bestival was obviously a slightly different beast this year,” the statement reads. “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.”

Read the full Facebook statement below.

Bestival also confirmed on Twitter that next year’s festival would be held between September 7-10.

As previously mentioned, Rob da Bank confirmed that Bestival already had their first headliner for 2017, before then ruling out Fatboy Slim as the name that he’d booked.