Final day at Isle of wight event also brings performances from Boy Better Know and The Jacksons
Bestival 2015 drew to a close last night (September 13) with a headline set from Missy Elliott on the Main Stage.
Performing her first UK show since appearing at Wireless in London in 2010, the set kicked with a choreographed routine from a troupe of masked dancers. Elliott was concealed in giant metallic pyramind before the US star popped out onto the stage, gyrating as she went, and shouted: “What’s up you guys! This is my first time here and what I like to do is I like to party. Do you like to party?” and launching into ‘I’m Really Hot’. Computer generated images of flames and massive jets of steam accompanied the performance.
“My show would not be incredible without my dancers who work so hard up here to keep you entertained,” Elliott said as she expressed her adoration for the UK. “Some places I just love so much and I haven’t been here in so long…I really love y’all. Y’all like my cousins. Y’all like my family, is that ok?”
Elliott performed ‘Work It’, ‘Get Ur Freak On’, ‘Pass That Dutch’, ‘Lose Control’, ‘Hot Boyz’, and ‘Shake Your Pom Pom’ among others during the set.
She brought emerging US rapper Sharaya J up on stage with her for one song and asked everyone to hold up the lights on their phones for a special tribute: “Shout out to 2Pac, Biggie, Left Eye, Jam Master Jay, and Aaliyah. I do this for my girl Aaliyah. Aaliyah, we miss you,” as a photo of the deceased singer appeared on stage and Missy poignantly picked ‘For My People’ from her back catalogue.
As she bid farewell to her fans, the set ended with a firework display. Elliott said: “I love y’all UK. Until the next time we meet.”
Earlier that evening on the Main Stage, Boy Better Know attracted one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. Backed by DJ Maximum, MCs Skepta (pictured above), Jammer, Frisco, JME and Shorty’s set included Skepta’s ‘Too Many Man’, as well as JME and Skepta’s ‘I Don’t Like’. The set ended triumphantly with Skepta’s anthemic single ‘Shutdown’.
Also on the Main Stage earlier that day, The Jungle Brothers performed before The Jacksons – made up of original members Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson and Marlon Jackson – pulled in a sprawling crowd as they played a hit-strewn set while also showing off some impressive dance routines.
The band have been on tour this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Jackson 5’s formation. Opening with ‘Can You Feel It’ they blasted out big-hitters like ‘Blame It On The Boogie’ and late brother Michael’s solo hit ‘Rock With You’ as archive footage of the five members decorated the big screens. At one point the band took a break from performing to play a special film in tribute to Michael, who died in 2009, and their early days. “Did you enjoy those memories with us? I enjoyed those memories too,” said lead singer Jermaine Jackson, before launching into classics ‘I Want You Back’ and ‘I’ll Be There’.