Bringing you the future of festival’s now, Bestival 2016 will be a wonderland of dusk till dawn Spaceport raving, psychedelic adventuring, Slow Motion revitalisation and Mexican wrestling at the greatest party the future has ever seen. But every summer will always be a summer of love to us, with the eternal sunshine of peace and love guiding us across Robin Hill’s rolling fields. And so, heading back to where our future started with flowers in our hair, we are very pleased indeed to announce the line-up for The Commune, our vibe central on the Isle of Wight that resonates with the spirit of Bestival.
Commune curator Bobby Lost says: “We’re so excited to be bringing The Commune back. Last year it was all we dreamed it could be; a beautiful space to come and move outside your comfort zone without getting off your chops’”.
Among a captivating convoy of vintage busses and peace wagons in the Magic Meadow lies The Commune, a realm of inner exploration where you can reveal yourself and Dance Your Naked Truth, find illumination at the Glow Show’s UV underwear party, free your voice at the Eye C Open Mic, work your body courtesy of Hoop and Glory with Mela Wella, and let it all go by Kicking the Shit Out of Yourself.
You can also put a new perspective on gender with Men’s Space, get in touch with your inner badass with Namaste Bitches!, celebrate the female at Sacred Sisters, rave and shine with Shake Awake, attain a heightened state with Shake Your Shakti, silent speed date at I See You, find The Quay to the Future and create genuine security for the future with CND.
But that’s not all, The Commune is also home to Celestial Dreaming. An incandescent eye-opener designed by And Now: and visible far across Bestival’s Elysian Fields, it will radiate the burnished light of 450 points of fire arranged in incandescent orbits, celebrating the majestic brilliance of the universe, helping to increase the peace.
Finally, while you’re in the Magic Meadow don’t miss the re-invention of the novel! Step right up and marvel at the miracle of the modern age at The Medicine Show by TooFar Media! Thrill to spectacular sights and sensational sounds as fiction, music, and art are amalgamated before your very eyes!
Explore your consciousness and feel the connection at The Commune.
We’re super excited to announce that Fatboy Slim’s headline Spaceport set at Bestival will be beamed across the nation for a very special Radio 1 Essential Mix, bringing BBC Radio 1’s Summer of Dance to a triumphant end!
Taking the controls of our seven storey space rocket on its inaugural outing and banging out the beats like only he knows how, Norman Cook AKA Fatboy Slim already knows exactly how to blast the Bestival crowd into the Future, so expect nothing less than full on party behaviour and mind-blowing music on the airwaves on Sunday 11th September.
Busting out from the houses of joy, our mighty main stage is going to take a spanking as we turn up the levels on the Future of partying that will bring Bestival 2016 to a jubilant close. Announcing not one but two Sunday night headliners, rocking the hip-hop and dancehall for a mind-blowingly triumphant booty shaking shindig 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 two massive super-sets from 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!”
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.
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.
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.