Snoop Dogg shocked and amused the Bestival audience by getting a lapdance onstage during his Saturday night (September 7) headline slot.
While performing a cover of the Akon track ‘I Wanna Fuck You’, which Snoop featured on, Dogg took to a chair centre-stage while three dancers writhed over him. It was the comic highlight of a set dotted with Dr Dre, House Of Pain, Katy Perry and Calvin Harris covers, as well as Snoop classics ‘Gin And Juice’, ‘Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)’ and ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’.
Emerging in his guise of Snoop Lion, he opened the set with the ragga-based ‘Here Comes The King’ before delving into his back catalogue for ‘Tha Shiznit’ and demanding “Give me some pimp music!” before ‘PIMP’. Strip club-style dancers wriggled around the stage as Snoop tackled ‘Gin And Juice’, asking the crowd: “How many in the house tonight like to smoke weed? Give me some music to get fucked up to.” Then Snoop played snippets of Katy Perry’s ‘California Gurls’ and Calvin Harris’ ‘Feel So Close’ during a mid-set section which culminated in a rendition of House Of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’.
Snoop closed with a trio of major hits, the aforementioned ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ and ‘Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)’, plus ‘Young, Wild And Free’ before leaving the stage saying: “I feel like I love you.”
Earlier, The Polyphonic Spree played a spirited early set on the Main Stage, featuring a cover of The Monkees’ ‘Porpoise Song’ and singer Tim De Laughter dedicating the show, which mingled old favourites such as ‘Light And Day’ and ‘2000 Places’ with electronic pop numbers from new album ‘Yes, It Is’, to “the Popeyes and Nemos” in the crowd. The band would go on to play their set of the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack in the Big Top later in the day.
Next, Bastille took to the stage for a set opening with ‘Won’t You Let It Lie’ and ‘The Things We Lost In The Fire’. “Thanks for coming out nice and early,” said singer Dan Smith as the band launched into a set including ‘Icarus’, ‘Laura Palmer’, ‘Flaws’ and a track from their ‘Other People’s Heartache Pt 2’ mixtape from 2012. Describing ‘The Silence’ as “a new-ish song”, and claiming to have attended the festival as fans “for the last five years”, the band went on to play a cover of DeBarge’s ‘The Rhythm Of The Night’, with Dan claiming, “you’ll probably know when to join in”. “We honestly thought it was going to be us and a load of sleeping, hungover people,” Dan muttered modestly before a final ‘Pompeii’.
In the Big Top tent, Johnny Marr played a rapturously received set consisting of tracks from his celebrated new album ‘The Messenger’, a cover of ‘I Fought The Law’ and several Smiths tracks – ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’, ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’, ‘How Soon Is Now?’ and ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’, which he introduced with the dedication “this is for everyone in this tent, nobody outside it”.
Battling sporadic showers and yelling “shiver me timbers!”, Franz Ferdinand ran through a headline-worthy set at a frantic pace. Opening with ‘No You Girls’ and the near-title track (‘Right Action’) from their new album ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’, they weathered a brief downpour during ‘Do You Want To’ by telling the crowd “the only way to keep going is to keep moving”. With ‘Walk Away’ marking the only mid-paced moment and new songs such as ‘Stand On The Horizon’ and ‘Love Illumination’ dotted throughout the setlist, Franz barrelled through classics including ‘This Fire’, ‘The Fallen’, ‘Michael’, ‘Take Me Out’ and ‘The Dark Of The Matinee’, dropping a segment of Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ into ‘Can’t Stop Feeling’. They finished with 2009 single ‘Ulysses’.
Following Snoop’s performance, The Knife headlined the Big Top stage with their bizarre and intriguing ‘Shaking The Habitual’ show. The set began with an introductory warm-up exercise where a compere led the crowd in a series of “communal rejection” routines and demanding “all the guys, I want your balls to bounce – are your balls bouncing?” The Knife then took to the stage in black monk cowls to play neon harps, elongated woodblock drumpads and luminous shakers, before the stage was cleared of instruments and the set continued with only a troupe of experimental dancers accompanying the tracks, with Karin Andersson singing the songs from the wings or behind a solitary piano, or simply playing the studio recording.
Bestival continues today with sets by Chic, James Blake and Parquet Courts and a final headline slot from Elton John.
Snoop Dogg played:
‘Here Comes The King’
‘Gin And Juice’
‘California Gurls’ (Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg cover)
‘Ups & Downs’
‘Feel So Close’ (Calvin Harris cover)
‘I Wanna Fuck You’ (Akon ft. Snoop Dogg cover)
‘Tired Of Running’
‘Smoke Weed Everyday’
‘Nuthin But A ‘G’ Thang’ (Dr Dre ft Snoop Dogg cover)
‘Let’s Get High’ (Dr Dre cover)
‘Jump Around’ (House Of Pain cover)
‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’
‘Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)’
‘Young, Wild And Free’