Sunday Best presents Bestival 8–11th September 2016
  • The Ultimate Sunday Night Finale Revealed!

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    Busting out from the houses of joy, our mighty main stage is going to take a spanking as we turn up the levels on a Future soundclash that will bring Bestival 2016 to a jubilant close. Announcing not one but two Sunday night headliners, hip-hop will meet dancehall for a mind-blowingly triumphant booty shaking party in the ultimate Sunday night head to head on the Isle of Wight.

    Rob da Bank says: “We love a big finale at Bestival, we also love hip-hop and dancehall and a massive soundsystem superclash between Wiz Khalifa and Sean Paul seems like a solid plan to close off another big weekend of music of raving, partying and expanding your minds at Bestival. Pull up!”

    Commenting on his Sunday night headline performance Wiz Khalifa said: “Can’t wait to be back in the UK and perform at Bestival. The fans here have such good energy, it’s going to be lit.”

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    Looking forward to his headline appearance, Sean Paul said: “I can’t wait to play at Bestival… I’ve heard the grand finale on the Sunday night is the best festival spot in the UK and I’m gonna bring the fyyyaahhh”

    Yes! In a UK festival exclusive, we have not just one but two Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers – hip-hop superstar Wiz Khalifa and dancehall legend Sean Paul – who will be the twin big things at the greatest party the Future has ever seen. Kicking off with Sean Paul, who will be taking it uptown with sweet beats and all the bass, you can expect to be dutty wining all the time as we transcend the normal and head into the unknown. Famed for getting the dance bouncing with tracks like Get Busy, Temperature and Entertainment, you know this is going to go Full Frequency… but that’s just part one.

    Once the dancehall behaviour has lit the blue touch paper on our most epic of finales, we get the hip-hop as Wiz Khalifa takes to the stage to drop the dopest flow. Pittsburgh’s finest rhymer, Wiz came to worldwide attention for his track Black and Yellow, and keeps on smashing them out of the park, with Work Hard Play Hard (something the Bestival crew are well versed in), See You Again and We Dem Boyz cementing his place as one of hip-hop’s MVPs and one of our favourite ever MCs. Guaranteed to take the party into the stratosphere, if that’s not a sure fire knock out one-two, we don’t know what is.

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    But you know us, we don’t know when to stop! Capping one of our most incredible Sunday nights ever will be Purple Rave a truly spellbinding audio-visual tribute to Prince. A huge and enduring influence on everyone in the Bestival family, Prince was unquestionably up there with the greatest musicians in history. So, don’t you dare miss our eye-popping pyrotechnic paean showcasing hits, rarities, the odd cheeky bootleg and more, all accompanied by a coruscating firework spectacular that will be our heartfelt tribute to the one that got away.

    And keeping the good news flowing we have got even more future sailors joining the Bestival bill, who we predict will be making jubilant appearances across the weekend, including Oxford quartet Glass Animals, and fast, mesmeric masters Crystal Fighters.

  • 108.9 Straight For Your Mind

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    Combining Brentford’s number one pirate radio station with their manor’s most exclusive nightspot, Kurupt FM’s Champagne Steam Rooms will be taking over Bestival’s original dance mecca, Bollywood on Saturday 10th September, presenting their very special vision of The Future. So, hold tight for bare reloads and all night bangers as we unveil their pure fyah line-up.

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    Thrust into the limelight on the back of their hugely successful BBC Three comedy, People Just Do Nothing, the Kurupt FM crew – MC Grindah, the man like Beats, Decoy, Steves and Chabuddy G – will be shutting it down, dropping the classic UKG riddims throughout their Bollywood takeover. And, upping the legend factor, they will be joined by a litany of truly big hitters including Metalheadz don Goldie & MC Codebreaker, Radio 1’s Toddla T, Ruff Sound originator Novelist, Rinse FM’s Sir Spyro, Radio 1 Xtra’s voice of a raving nation Target and Brummy soldier Mystry.

    Utterly unmissable, this one is destined to go down in Bestival lore, head to Bollywood early to avoid disappointment!

  • The Ultimate Future Festi-Food Haven: The Feast Collective

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    With a host of musical manna, futuristic stages and sublime entertainment already announced, you might think Bestival’s Future couldn’t be more dazzling, but you’d be wrong. Inflaming your future food affections, we are mouth-wateringly delighted to announce the pioneering culinary artists who will be serving up this year’s menu of appetising eats and treats at The Feast Collective.

    Rob da Bank says: “Ever since we started Bestival, making sure that all the food we offer is top notch has been really important to us, so I am really proud to be able welcome so many mouth-watering stalls to The Feast Collective. We’ve got amazing sea food, loads of amazing gluten-free choices, and flavours from right around the world, so make sure you dig in and enjoy!”

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    It might be The Future but you can forget all about 3D printed cheeseburgers or Major Tom’s protein pills and get stuck into a seductively scrumptious array of nutritious and delicious food from some of the finest purveyors of bonne bouche around, including this year’s Feast Collective hosts Le Rac Shack, who will be dishing out a proper melt down of a play list from cheesy classics to tunes that’ll make you go gooey at the knees. Plus, we’ll have winners of the Best of the Best prize at the 2015 British Street Food Awards, Seadog; ‘real’ Southeast Asian street dishes and food to inspire happier living from Makatcha, and the wrap-based goodness of rich, succulent meaty meat combined with fresh, vibrant and inspiring salads from The Cauldron.

    Don’t miss out on The Chocolate Bear Kitchen’s gluten-free and inclusive dining menu, with thoughtful vegan, dairy-free and raw options. Indulge in Polar Pops’ 100% natural ice lollies, handmade in the UK from real fruit and vegetables with no added sugar, or become a shrimpster and explore the taste of the ocean in a brioche bun with Shrimpy.

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    You can also expect delectable heart-warming and good for the soul soup that will change your life from The Rattling Pan, the ultimate fried chicken sandwich from Butchies, the very best Mauritian street food flavours from Coco Labelle and inventive oriental fare from Ta Ta Eatery. And finally, be sure to visit The Best of Taste of the Wight Stall, who will be bringing a selection of the Island’s finest produce, from Krista’s Cold Pressed Juices to toasties made with local pesto and cheese.

    Forward thinking food adventures in a field, The Feast Collective is the future of festival cuisine.

  • Swim2Bestival is 10!

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    As Bestival hurtles headlong into The Future, 2016 will also see the landmark 10th Swim2Bestival take place. Founded in 2007 by a group of uni-mates looking for a new way to get to Bestival, they set about organising an epic journey; a swim from the mainland to the Isle of Wight. In its 10 years, Swim2Bestival has raised over £78,000 for charity and helped more than 135 swimmers to cross one of the busiest shipping lanes in Europe to reach, quite possibly, the best festival in the world… Bestival.

    Rob da Bank says: “A very happy 10th birthday to the Swim2Bestival gang and all who have bravely swum the Solent in that decade, braving freezing water, ferries and the occasional jellyfish. Rather you than me! Having said that, this year I am jumping on my paddle board and escorting the staff Swim2Bestival across from Spitbank back to my home in the wild West Wight… again raising money for many great charities. See you on the water!”

    Celebrating Swim2Bestival’s decade of achievements the Bestival crew are ready to get involved, too. In the weeks leading up to this year’s event, fourteen members of Bestival staff, including 10 swimmers, three rowers and the boss himself Rob da Bank, who will be jumping on his paddle board, will take on the Solent testing their strength and stamina across the 1.3-mile stretch of cold and choppy water.

    They will be raising money for a selection of charities including the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, who takes young people sailing to regain their confidence, on their way to recovery from cancer and the Isle of Wight Youth Trust who do amazing work with Young People on the Island; providing counselling, advice, information and support services. Some of the Bestival team have also opted to raise money for charities that have they have been touched by such as Jersey Calais Refugee Aid Group and Brain Tumour Charity.

    PLEASE support us in raising funds to support these charities. Head to the Swim2Bestival page for more information about this year’s swimmers, or make a donation to Bestival Staff swim by clicking one of the links below or here.

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  • The Bestival Ryde Slide is back!

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    The Bestival Ryde Slide is back on Union Street this coming 17th July! Featuring a brand new design, this year the slide will be faster than ever, so grab your lilo and get ready for the thrill of your life.

    Rob da Bank said: “Yes folks, we’re back! Sliding down the street on a crazy inflatable has never been so much fun, so we had to do it again. And this time, with added fancy dress and a little bit of tinkering, it’s going to be even better. So please enter the draw, donate to a load of good causes and let’s get sliding”.

    Wayne Whittle said: “It’s happening again in Union Street, Ryde, thanks to Bestival and our supporting friends HSS, Island Roads & Isle of Wight Council who make this event possible. We will once again be handing the profits to our Ryde Big 5 Community Groups & Charities who will also be helping out on Bestival Ryde Slide day.

    It’s still the wackiest way to fundraise and I have it on good authority that the more money you donate the better our chances for a sunny Sunday on July 17th”.

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    With 600 places up for grabs, hopefuls who want to be in with a chance of skimming down the slide at top speed are asked to make a donation of £5 to be entered into our prize draw. All donations go to local charities: Aspire, Inshore Rescue, Wight Brainy Bunch, Ryde Arena and The Waterside Trust.

    We don’t just want you to get your swimming caps on though, you’ll have to get your thinking caps on too, as we are running a fancy dress competition for the 600 people lucky enough to be chosen to slide. From futuristic frogmen and novel Neptunians to space age seadogs and ladies of the lake, let your imaginations run wild and you could win prizes including tickets to this year’s Future-themed Bestival and Bestival Ryde Slide t-shirts. And to top it all off, there will be a Bestival Soundsystem with DJs including Rob da Bank to keep the party atmosphere going all day long!

    The event will run from 11am – 6pm on Sunday July 17th 2016 from the top of Union Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight.

    For a chance to be one of the lucky water sliders, Islanders will be asked to donate a minimum of £5 to local charities. Once you have donated you will be automatically registered in the prize draw – winners to be announced at the end of June.

    Bestival Ryde Slide has been organised to raise funds for charities local to Ryde and the Isle of Wight All proceeds will go to Local Charities – Aspire Ryde Community Centre (Holy Trinity Church), Ryde Inshore rescue (Independent lifeboat), Wight Brainy Bunch, Ryde Arena and The Waterside Trust.

  • Slow Motion comes Back to the Future!

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    The launch pad for a halcyon journey that will help us live our lives more fully, Slow Motion is an enlightened festival within a festival. A serene realm of wellbeing overlooking Bestival’s elysian fields, it’s a sign post to The Future, giving you a chance to breathe while stepping into a more horizontal escape, guiding you to your own natural euphoria, this coming 8-11 September on the Isle of Wight.

    Rob da Bank says: “Slow Motion nailed it in its debut at Bestival last year – and did just what we wanted, providing an alternative space to get away from the hedonism for a while and rediscover yourself and your mates and festival family in a relaxing escape. Everyone loves a big party but we like to look after ourselves at Bestival too, and with everything from the amazing Revolution Rides’ spinning raves to meditation, yoga and the re-energising joys of The Hideaway Healers through to full on surfing action and The Huffing Post UK’s new Zen Den, this is the place to put the good stuff back in… Then to party!!”

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    Focusing on the self, head to Bestival’s summit and step back from the melee in The Hideaway Healers’ Pamper Paddock. Select a therapy to re-energise both mind and body from a choice of Reiki, Shiatsu, Holistic or Thai Yoga Massage, or talk with our team of qualified therapists to tailor a treatment to your needs to give things a bit of shake-up. Indulge in the decadence of Bathing Under the Sky’s revitalising Hot Tubs, which you can book right now, unchain your creativity and oblige your tie-dye yearnings with Hannah and Rosie at The New Craft House and try your hand at some therapeutic Paper Cutting care of Poppy Chancellor.

    Cleanse the sins of the night before with The Revolution Rides. Created especially for Bestival and one of last year’s biggest hits in Slow Motion, join the power of music with a pedal-powered workout led by all round motivator and Olympic sports coach Tim Weeks. The HuffingtonPost UK Yoga Shala is the place to re-centre yourself with a variety of yoga from Acro to Kundalini, and Hip-Hop Yoga to Voga. This year’s yoga programme features an awesome line-up of headliner yogis such as Felix Price and Diahann Holder of the Urban Avatars who have been brought to us through our friendship with Yoga Connects Festival, Acrobalance with last year’s flying superstars Pip & Eugene, and a very special visit from Goldie introducing Yoganster to the yoga massive! You can also head off site for some Slow Motion Adventures with the Isle of Wight’s iSurf, who will be leading surf and SUP (stand up paddleboarding) exploits for the more daring Bestival-goers!

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    Feed your mind and find yourself at The HuffingtonPost UK Zen Den. Brand new for 2016, The HuffPost UK Zen Den is a place for soul searchers and those who want to zone in and enjoy some ‘me time’. Expect gong baths, breath meditation with Michael Townsend Williams from Stillworks, Transcendental Meditation with The David Lynch Foundation, Tai Chi in the woods, as well as chanting and guided meditations to ground, balance and connect.   Divine your future with the mystic arts of astrology and Tarot at the Astro Village. Develop your visual vocabulary at Cosmic’s Arts Space, and cultivate your knowledge at Bestiversity.

    Undertake a spiritual odyssey at the new Sunday Best Music Tent, brimming with our man da Bank’s restorative grooves, marvel at the wonder of one of the festival world’s most stunning venues Caravanserai, where lounging among the object d’art and repurposed caravans with a delicious cocktail has never been more invigorating, or delight in the simple pleasures of a cup of tea and a slice of cake at The WI Tea Tent. Feel the curiously relaxing contentment of *Llama Karma* from West Wight Alpacas and wonder at the Island’s ultimate birds of prey experience at The Bird Sanctuary with Haven Falconry.

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    Nourishing the soul is undoubtedly important but don’t miss out on divine pabulum and real soul food including Milgi’s natural, nourishing and healthy fare, cold-pressed raw juice from Made by Krista, top quality artisan coffee, speciality teas, handmade chai and delicious cakes from The Coffee Camper, appetizing cocktails in the eye-opening tranquillity of The Observatory Cocktail Bar, and the honeyed joys of The Craft Ale Bar.

    And creating a utopian space for the party people of The Future in Slow Motion’s enlightened surrounds, The Kids’ Field will be an oasis of activities, experiences, random entertainment and a full programme of theatre shows, circus skills and crafts and games!

    It’s all good clean fun, so don’t miss out on Future festival times at Slow Motion. And, if you missed its debut in the Summer of Love, check out the Slow Motion film below and begin to cultivate your mindful awareness.