The A-Z Of Bestival 2016: 26 Things To Get Excited About

For 12 years, Rob and Josie da Bank have been putting on the best party to close out festival season down on the Isle Of Wight. From the best bands and DJs new and old to spectacular effort put into the dazzling production, it’s an assault on the senses and one of the most fun weekends of the year. This year (September 8-11) the fancy dress theme is the future and the likes of The Cure, Major Lazer, Wiz Khalifa, Sean Paul, Bastille, Wolf Alice and more will perform. Whether you’re a Bestival veteran or virgin, here’s the A-Z of this year’s festival to help you start preparing for the time of your life.

A – The Amphitheatre
An enchanted world of arch amusements featuring a provocative feast of curious follies by day, and an unmissable whiff of penetrating, tongue in cheek fun by night.

B – Bollywood
The essence of Bestival, complete with a massive Temple entranceway plus loads of Indian day beds and parasols outside and fresh decor inside it really does look AMAZING!!


C – Caravanserai
An arcadia of vintage caravans, Wurlitzers, object d’art, circus madness and alchemy that will blow your mind.

D – Dance Hall legend
Sean Paul is half of a Sunday night headliner double bill with hip-hop super god Wiz Khalifa!

E – Eskimo Dance
The original and best garage rave featuring Wiley, Section Boyz, Chip and more.

F – Feast Collective
Festival food on a whole ‘nother level, dig in to the best street food and artisan grub around.

G – Greco Roman
Joe Goddard’s stable of deep and delicious house music maestros will keep you reaching for the lasers all night long.

H – Hot Tubs
Bathing Under the Sky’s handcrafted wood-fired hot tubs guarantee the ultimate luxurious and relaxing experience.


I – Invaders of the Future
Discover your new favourite band now!

J – The Jagerhaus
One of the most futuristic stages you’ll ever see, filled with amazing music and ice cold Jager.

K – Kurupt FM
Kurupt FM’s Champagne Steam Rooms are leaving Brentford and coming to the Big Top to drop bare garage bangers!

L – Llama Karma
Bestival is the only festival where you can hug a Llama!


L – Leftfield
The loudest live dance band ever. Beware the bass.

M – Major Lazer
Currently smashing it on the charts with former Number One single ‘Cold Water’, Major Lazer are gonna smash up the Main Stage on Friday night.

N – Namaste
Ever get the feeling that the ancient Indian spiritual practise of Yoga needs a bit of oomph? We have the answer. Try lord of drum n bass, Goldie’s Yogangster in the Big Top Sunday.

O – Oh dear
Oh dear, oh dear. The Chuckle Brothers are back.

P – Parade
Our carnival parade is an unmissable riot of dancers, drummers, drag artists, stilt walkers and more. Prepare to be stunned!

Q – Queens
If you like to walk on the wild side then don’t miss Sink the Pink, Jodie Harsh and even more fierce action in the Ambient Forest.

R – Robert Smith
Lead singer of The Cure, our Saturday night headliners and one of the greatest bands of all time.

S – The Spaceport
The ultimate stage – a laser-loaded megastructure that lights the way for the future of festivals.

T – Temple Island
All-out rave behaviour for the discerning dance music lover.

U – Underbelly
See what lurks in darkened corners of our Future paradise, you never know what you might find.

V – Vant
Up-and-coming indie rockers whose last record ‘Karma Seeker’ was Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’!

W – World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle
It’s massive and bouncy. Come and have a go!

X – Xylaroo
Brand new Sunday Best signings and some of the sweetest voices you’ll hear all weekend.

Y – Years & Years
Maybe the hottest band in the UK right now and we’ve got them just for you.

Z – Mr Zippy and Mr Babeface
That’s Reggie n Bollie to you. X Factor heroes are sure-fire crowd pleasers.