5 Acts You Should See At Bestival

I’ve seen my fair share of muddy fields this summer (and Reading was the final straw for my poor Wellies), so the thought of facing one more festival is a bit exhausting. However, when it comes to Bestival, no amount of exhaustion or mud-stains can keep me away. A trip to the Isle Of Wight to be surrounded by people dressed as wildlife and to watch the likes of Stevie Wonder and The xx perform? There’s really no better way to close out festival season 2012.

So if you’re heading to Bestival this weekend, here are our top five tips for which acts to catch while you’re there.

5Kate Nash
We hadn’t heard from Kate Nash for a while, and then she suddenly returned as a punk rocker with ‘Under-Estimate The Girl’. Some people loved it, most people hated it and thought she’d committed career suicide. Her response? “It is important to push boundaries, to try new things, and not to re-create. I’m extremely proud of the work I have done on both of my albums before now – ‘Made of Bricks’ and ‘My Best Friend Is You’ – but just to let you all know, I will never make those albums ever again.” So it looks like this new direction is here to stay. If you’re intrigued to see how punk-rocker Nash translates to the stage, then Sunday is your chance.

Where/When: Sunday, Replay With Rob da Bank

4Bat For Lashes
If you’re not at Bestival this weekend and live near London, then don’t fret – you can catch Bat For Lashes playing an iTunes Festival show with Elbow on Friday. But if you are at Bestival, then swing by the Main Stage to hear some fresh new tunes from her forthcoming album ‘The Haunted Man’ (out October 15th).

Where/When: Sunday, Main Stage

3Florence + The Machine
Following her recent appearance at Reading and Leeds Festivals, Friday night’s headline act Florence Welch revealed that she’ll be taking a year off from music before starting on her next album, so it could be a while before we see her on a stage again. Even if you’re not at Robin Hill Country Park this weekend, you can still stream the whole thing via Bestival’s YouTube channel – making it the first ever UK festival to do so.

Where/When: Friday, Main Stage

2The xx
This will be The xx’s only summer 2012 UK festival appearance, and they’ll be hitting up the Main Stage right before Flo. If you want to prepare yourselves, you can stream their entire new album ‘Coexist’ (through this rather nifty player that tracks where in the world it’s been streamed) at coexist.thexx.info/.

Where/When: Friday, Main Stage

1Stevie Wonder
And the obvious highlight for Bestival 2012 will be Stevie Wonder. What better way to close out the festival season than singing along to hits such as ‘Superstition’ and ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You’? Even Bestival organiser Rob da Bank is thrilled with the booking, having recently told NME:

I’ve been thinking about booking him for a while, maybe even a couple of years. We’ve been talking on and off for about a year and in the last six months the correspondence has been pretty steady. He’s an iconic act and there were a lot of hoops to jump through, but we’re dead chuffed to get him. I’ve always been a huge fan, I grew up listening to him. I think it’s a bit of a curveball. It’s come as a bit of a surprise to people. It’s nice to announce something unexpected. The reaction has been great, better than I thought it was going to be actually. I knew it was a good booking, but it seems like the Bestival faithful have really taken to it.

Where/When: Sunday, Main Stage

And speaking of Rob da Bank, he’s been recording special daily video messages for us as he prepares the site for Bestival 2012 – you can watch the first two below. Stay tuned for the rest of his messages, and all of our video interviews from the weekend.