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Bestival 2011 - 20 must-see acts

  • Who: Bjork When and where: Sunday, Main Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Bjork hits the European festival scene only once this summer. Expect to be amazed by her weird and wonderful set.

    Photo: Carsten Windhorst/Press

    Added: 27 Jun 2011

  • Who: PJ Harvey When and where: Saturday, Main Stage Why you’ve got to see them: With the stunning ‘Let England Shake’ and two Mercury Music Prizes under her belt, don’t miss the mystical PJ Harvey at Bestival.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 23 Feb 2011

  • Who: Chromeo When and where: Friday, Main Stage Why you’ve got to see them: This Canadian duo’s biting beats and 80s inspired synthpop is enough to get anyone on their feet.

    Photo: Guy Eppel/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2010

  • Who: The Drums When and where: Sunday, Main Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Their appearance at Reading And Leeds last year earned them a cult following with fans eagerly awaiting their second album ‘Portamento’, out next week. Jonathan Pierce’s sweet vocals and eccentric dancing will win over any crowd.

    Photo: Rachel Wright/NME

    Added: 06 Jan 2011

  • Who: Fatboy Slim When and where: Sunday, Big Top Why you’ve got to see them: Bringing back songs from summers past, Fatboy Slim injects a good kind of nostalgia with hits ‘Praise You’ and ‘Weapon Of choice.’ A set that will have you declaring "tune" after every song.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 14 Apr 2011

  • Who: Crystal Castles When and where: Saturday, Main Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Not many people can pull of crutches at a gig, especially not Jessie J, but somehow Alice Glass still managed to dominate the NME Awards tour despite being in plaster. Expect a chaotic, brilliant, riot of a performance.

    Photo: Dan Kendall/NME

    Added: 07 Sep 2011

  • Who: Primal Scream When and where: Saturday, Big Top Why you’ve got to see them: Come celebrate 20 years of ‘Screamadelica’ with Primal Scream as they perform their legendary album in full. A must for hardcore fans and newbies alike.

    Photo: Dan Dennison/NME

    Added: 25 Jun 2011

  • Who: Tom Vek When and where: Saturday, Psychedelic Worm Tent Why you’ve got to see them: After a six year break from the music industry, Tom Vek is back and taking his experimental sounds to Bestival. Anyone who saw his gigs at Reading And Leeds can vouch for his live shows.

    Photo: Dan Dennison/NME

    Added: 28 Aug 2011

  • Who: Katy B When and where: Saturday, Main Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Ms Dynamite and Magnetic Man collaborator Katy B hit the UK music charts with her debut album this year, don’t miss a savoir of British pop music perform the tracks live.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 16 May 2011

  • Who: The Cure When and where: Saturday, Main Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Their only European show this summer, Robert Smith and co are sure to make the crowds sing with their endless classics. Sounding as good as they first did over 30 years ago.

    Photo: Timothy Cochrane/NME

    Added: 17 Jan 2011

  • Who: Public Enemy When and where: Friday, Main Stage Why you’ve got to see them: If you were only but a foetus in the 80s, here’s your chance to see an explosive performance from the group who stood strong at the forefront of the American hip hop movement.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 07 Sep 2011

  • Who: Yuck When and where: Friday, Main Stage Why you've got to see them: Indie rockers who boast former members of Cajun Dance Party, effortless heartbreaking pop from the ones to watch.

    Photo: Dan Kendall/NME

    Added: 07 Sep 2011

  • Who: Mogwai When and where: Friday, Big Top Why you’ve got to see them: Boasting seven albums, the Glaswegians are genuinely one of the most exhilarating live bands around. Their cult following are sure to fill the fields in September for the band, rain or shine.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 07 Sep 2011

  • Who: Magnetic Man When and where: Friday, Main Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The dubstep super group. Artwork, Skream and Benga are on the Isle Of Wight for their first ever Bestival performance, bringing with them songs both captivating and bass-laden.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 21 Feb 2011

  • Who: The Maccabees When and where: Sunday, Main Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Even if the heavens open, even if you’re coated in a thick layer of mud, The Maccabees will be able to make you smile with a mix of old hits and, fingers crossed, new material.

    Photo: Dan Dennison/NME

    Added: 07 Sep 2011

  • Who: Kelis When and where: Sunday, Main Stage Why you’ve got to see them: 2001 NME Award Winner, Kelis hails an impressive track record. With nine top ten singles in the UK charts, two Grammy nominations and shed loads of awards – don’t miss her.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 07 Sep 2011

  • Who: Metronomy When and where: Saturday, Psychedelic Worm Tent Why you’ve got to see them: This electro-pop bunch put on a legendary show, complete with synchronized light shows and dance routines. Back on the scene this year, hear the new album live.

    Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Added: 11 Jul 2011

  • Who: Brian Wilson When and where: Friday, Main Stage Why you’ve got to see them: One fifth of the legendary Beach Boys, Brian Wilson is nothing short of a legend. The nostalgic band’s stack of hits are sure to get the Isle belting out melodic (out of tune) harmonies in beer filled… unison.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 25 May 2011

  • Who: HEALTH When and where: Sunday, Psychedelic Worm Tent Why you’ve got to see them: The LA noise rockers bring a chaotic show of expert proportions. Coupled with their mates Crystal Castles playing over the weekend too, this could get brilliantly messy.

    Photo: Ross Gilmore/NME

    Added: 22 Mar 2011

  • Who: DJ Shadow When and where: Sunday, Big Top Why you’ve got to see them: With three albums under his hat and an abundance of music to keep everyone entertained, DJ Shadow will not disappoint. His take on hip hop, fused with samples and old school synth, makes his set one worth watching.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 16 May 2011