Bestival celebrated its eighth birthday this past weekend as music fans gathered on the Isle Of Wight to catch acts like The Cure, Bjork and Pendulum play some massive headline sets. If you missed out on Rob Da Bank’s summertime bash, then take a look at some of our favourite shots from the weekend.
Yuck played an early afternoon slot on the Main Stage on Friday, as well as a smaller show over at Sailor Jerry’s Ink City the following day.
This year’s fancy dress theme was ‘Rock Stars, Pop Stars & Divas’. Looks like this lot were chanelling a bit of Slipnkot (with outfits that were also well suited for festival rain).
Noah And The Whale’s Charlie Fink takes to the Big Top tent on Sunday afternoon.
Bestival is certainly the most colourful festival of the summertime season.
On Sunday, the Main Stage featured a performance from The Drums, who had the chance to showcase tunes from their new album, ‘Portamento’.
Frankie And The Heartstrings enjoy the mostly rain-free weekend on the Isle Of Wight.
Graham Coxon played an explosive set at the Big Top tent on Friday, sandwiched between Patrick Wolf and Mogwai.
So they’re not rock stars, pop stars of divas, but every festival needs a few Stormtroopers.
Saturday saw a Main Stage performance from Crystal Castles.
Nope, that’s not fancy dress. That’s just The Village People, who brought hits like ‘Macho Man’ to life on the Main Stage.
What better way to end the summertime festival season than with a performance from The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson?
Friendly Fires curated their own event, featuring SBTRKT (and Ed’s dance moves), at the Rizlab stage on Friday night.
That’s one use for old music magazines and vinyls…
Zola Jesus helped close out Sunday night at the Big Top tent.
Bestival isn’t just about the music. You can also watch people risk their lives pulling ridiculous stunts like this.
Mercury Prize 2011 winner PJ Harvey took to the Main Stage on Saturday night, ahead of Rob Da Bank and The Cure. Click here to watch our video interview with her from the weekend.
Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav, along with his classic massive watch necklace, gives NME‘s photog a thumb’s up as his band plays on the Main Stage.
Public Enemy perform on the Main Stage on Friday afternoon.
The best part about festival fancy dress? Wigs can cover up how disgusting your hair looks after a few nights of camping.
Sunday was a big night, with Main Stage sets from Robyn, James Blake and Bjork.
The Big Top tent featured some impressive laser shows across the weekend.
The Cure played an impressive 32-song set on Saturday night, which included a performance of ‘The Caterpillar’, featuring the return of keyboardist Roger O’Donnell.
The King Blues headlined the Sailor Jerry’s stage on Friday night, following a surprise show from Frank Turner.
The Maccabees aired some brand new tunes during their Sunday afternoon performance.
Primal Scream brought ‘Screamadelica’ to life on Saturday night. Don’t forget to watch our video interview with Bobby Gillespie from the weekend.
On Friday night, the Main Stage saw the likes of Chromeo, Magnetic Man, Zane Lowe and Pendulum.
Feeling a bit hungover? You can dance it off with a morning dance routine Mr. Motivator (or this oddly-dressed crew) at Bestival.
Pendulum closed Friday night on the Main Stage, playing what might have been their ‘last UK show for the foreseeable future’.
Metronomy played a late-night slot over at the Psychadelic Worm stage on Saturday night.
And so festival season 2011 comes to a close. Vote for your band of the summer now.