Sunday Best presents Bestival 8–11th September 2016
  • Carnival Returns to Bestival!

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    Navigating the glitter-filled frontiers of festival performance and sailing straight into The Future is Carnival! Don’t miss our motley crew of dancers, drummers, drag artists, DJs and more who will be spreading some seriously contagious carnival fever into Bestival 2016’s Future.

    Produced by Kirsty Henderson in collaboration with Bestival, Arts Council England and Shademakers, one of Europe’s leading carnival groups, you can expect a weekend filled with fantastical shows to take you to another dimension.

    Anchored in the Magic Meadow, the Shady Lady pirate ship stage has sailed the galaxies to bring you the weirdest, wildest and most wonderful carnival stars who’ll be blowing minds to a tasty high-energy soundtrack. Barulho, a rhythmically possessed samba bloco, and Carnival Collective, boasting Brazilian drums and dirty bass lines, will be filling the air with their exotic beats.

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    Get your dose of tropical vibes on Saturday night with Love Carnival, who’ll be setting the dancefloor alight with a delectable selection of DJs and MCs. Reaching for his carnival favourites we’ve got AAA Badboy at the decks, and our brother from another planet, Dub Boy will be swapping skills with Jus Now taking their international sounds into the unknown with a fusion of dancehall, soca, rave and reggae.

    If all that doesn’t get you doing the robot, we’ve got Hype Dance on hand to get your body popping and our pirate ship rocking with their blend of bhangra, calypso and African dance. Keep your telescopes trained on Cirque Bijou whose mischievous seers will be roaming Bestival on a heavenly quest, packed with stilt walking, mesmerising juggling and acrobatics.

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    You’d have to be on another planet to miss the Day Parade, which will be bursting into Bestival each day packed with more energy, music and colour than you can shake a light sabre at. Getting the party started in the most fabulous style will be Sink the Pink, Bestival’s resident divas. These Glamazons from beyond infinity will be partying like it’s the year 3000. Kinetika Bloco will be bringing their distinctive musical mash up showcasing a unique new British Carnival sound.

    And the party won’t be stopping when the sun goes down and our site is infected with the menacing minds of the Macnas crew. Emerging from cover of darkness the night parade will be lighting up the skies with Cirque Bijou’s kaleidoscopic glowing umbrellas to the beat of explosive percussion from Batala Portsmouth. As the moon shows its face, intoxicate your eyeballs and dance the night away with the illuminated Day of the Dead skeletons from the New Carnival Company.

    Grab your hover board, don your cybersuit and join us on an epic journey into the future of carnival, and beyond!

    MUSIC FROM:
    BARULHO CARNIVAL / BATALA PORTSMOUTH / CARNIVAL COLLECTIVE / COCO P / DON’T FLOP / DOUBLE HITCH / DUB BOY / HYPE / JUNGLE RAVE / JUS NOW / AAA BADBOY / KINETIKA BLOCO / LOVE CARNIVAL SOUNDSYSTEM / MARIACHI EL PINCHE GRINGO / RAMPAGE / THE HAPPY SKIFFLERS / VULA VIEL / ZIRIGUIDUM

    PERFROMANCES FROM:
    AREA 51/ CIRQUE BIJOU / DANCE VIBEZ / DAY PARADE / HELEN DAVENPORT / LILY’S DANCE/ MACNAS / SELVA / NIGHT PARADE / REGGAE AEROBICS / ROUNDHOUSE PERFORMERS / RYDE EXTREME PERFORMERS / SANDOWN BAY ACADEMY / SHADEMAKERS / SINK THE PINK / NEW CARNIVAL COMPANY

  • The Jägerhaus comes back to the Future!

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    We’re delighted to announce that the Jägerhaus is destined to return to Bestival 2016. One of the most futuristic designs you’ll encounter on your festival travels, this year’s line-up is a thirst-quenching smorgasbord of advanced sonic sorcery taking in earth-quaking bass, skanking beats and mellifluous marvels.

    A much anticipated live set from genre-resistant duo Maribou State tops the Jägerhaus’s Magic Meadow-based manoeuvres, plus they will have DJ sets from liquid DnB wizards Fred V & Grafix and Hacienda legend Greg Wilson, plus live reggae action from Stylo G x Jacob Plant.

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    Keeping you refreshed through the weekend there will be more live music from the likes of Theme Park, Boxed In, Trim, Elderbrook, Postaal, Raye, Bad Sounds, Pictish Trail, Virus Syndicate, Aldous RH, Loose Meat, NYTCLUB and 808INK.

    And don’t miss DJ sets from Lemmy Ashton, M.A.X, Dirty Freud, Data 3, The Sultan presents JägerHaus Closing Party, Paolo Di Liberto, Ton Dis Up!, Simon Singleton, Deja Bruh, Pepper, JägerHaus Sunday Sessions, Top Rankin’ Sound System and the Haus DJs who will be tearing it up long into the night.

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    There’s still time to book your place at Bestival with our amazing £25 deposit scheme. For just £25 (plus booking fee) you can secure your Bestival ticket at Phase Three prices now.

    Pay the balance by 1st September and join us we venture into The Future with headline sets from Major Lazer, The Cure, Sean Paul & Wiz Khalifa and even more amazing music from Bastille, Years & Years, Katy B, Hot Chip, Carl Cox, Diplo, Fatboy Slim, Skepta, Craig David & so much more!

  • Even more new music for The Future

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    The clock is ticking and The Future is very nearly here. With just over two weeks until Bestival 2016’s psychedelic adventures begin we give you even more amazing musical greats who will take you on wild, harmonic excursions and keep you reaching for the lasers long into the night at the greatest party on the planet this September on the Isle of Wight.

    Rob da Bank says: “The Future is fast approaching and I’m super-excited about all the new explorers who will be joining us on our journey into the unknown. From dance music legend and big Sunday Best favourite Joe Smooth and sublime selector Jaguar Skills, to hot tips Ashworth, Kid Canaveral and Nimmo there’s a little bit of something for everyone, just the way we like it!”

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    Ensuring dancefloor devastation of a truly futuristic kind, we are delighted to announce that super-beat ninja Jaguar Skills will be stepping up to the ones and twos at Robin Hill for a trademark tear up that is destined to take us to a new dimension in space and time. We’ll also have performances from musical polymath Ashworth, our old muckers Bugged Out with their Little Bugger, seductive sonic types Cirque Du Soul, classic house legend Joe Smooth, wigged-out wonder Justin Robertson, Scottish alt-poppers Kid Canaveral, infectious disco divas Nimmo, Chicago don Roy Davis Jr, genre-skirting trio Strong Asian Mothers and vowel-phobic punks SWMRS.

    Don’t miss Manchester rave legends A Man Called Adam, Canadian folk troubadour Aidan Knight, slick pop siblings Ardyn, Strobewax co-founder Bobby ODonnell and Oxford’s own Burt Cope. And expect to be blown away by CC Smugglers, Deaf by Disco, DJ GG, Dr Sid, Ella and the Blisters, Feeling Gloomy’s Bowie Tribute, Full Nelson, Ghettospheric, Graceland, Greg’s Greats, Ian Void, Idiot Savant, Jay-L and Jules and Lisa.

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    Plus, there will be even more sonic marauding from the likes of Kaf-Tan, Kemback, Lucy Cait, Martin Davies, Miss Chameleon, Mojo Filter, Nick Gabriel, Noble Jacks, Not Saffron, Pete Kosanovich, Rev Milo Speedwagon, Roy Davis Jr, Stevie Wonderland, Tasty Lopez & Karistocat, The Beau Bow Belles, The Black Kat Boppers, The Caulfield Beats, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, The Shellac Collective, The Tom Seals Band, Thomas Urv, Timo Garcia, Tom Colborn, Tony Tunes, Uncle Junior, Vote Pedro, Vula Viel and Ziriguidum Samba Band.

    Booking your place at Bestival couldn’t be easier with our amazing £25 deposit scheme. For just £25 (plus booking fee) you can secure your Bestival ticket at Phase Three prices now.

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    Pay the balance by 1st September and join us we venture into The Future with headline sets from Major Lazer, The Cure, Sean Paul & Wiz Khalifa and even more amazing music from Bastille, Years & Years, Katy B, Hot Chip, Carl Cox, Diplo, Fatboy Slim, Skepta, Craig David & so much more!

    And, if you’re having trouble persuading your friends to come along to our luminous dreamworld, dial Rob da Bank’s Decision line now on 0845 388 BEST (0845 388 2378) for just 5p plus your standard rate per minute, and let the man himself twist their arms.

  • A carousal of curiosity: Caravanserai

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    As the summer sun beats down on Robin Hill, the wagon train of Monsieur Bateman’s incomparable masterpiece Caravanserai has made its way to Bestival’s Stardust field and a rendezvous with The Future. An arcadia of vintage caravans, wurlitzers, object d’art and alchemy, helmed by the inimitable Continental Drifts, Caravanserai is a cocktail-fuelled carousal of curiosity filled with eye-popping delights, raucous gypsy-bathed lilts and brass-powered beats, making it an unmissable stop on your date with destiny this September 8-11 on the Isle of Wight.

    Rob da Bank says: “Caravanserai is without doubt one of the most incredible things you’ll ever come across at a festival anywhere in the world. Distilling the essence of merrymaking through the ages to create something truly futuristic and astounding, all topped off with delicious cocktails, this one should be at the top of your to do list”.

    In time-honoured tradition Caravanserai will be a melange of madness and music both live and deejayed, featuring fevered enchantments from Budzillus, Cut Capers, Daytoner, Dejavoodoo, DJ Chris Tofu, DJ High Daniels, DJ Kosta Kostov, DJ Penny Metal, Forest of Fools, Immigrant Swing, Lee Bruck, and Madame Electrifie.

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    Plus, there will be outlandish expressionism from Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, New York Brass Band, Oh My God! It’s The Church, Owen Penrice, Rumpsteppers, Samuel Wulf & Lso, Seas of Mirth, The Balkanoes, The Ska Vengers, Thrill Collins, Transylvania and WBBL.

    But that’s not all, adding an air of sorcery and wonder to proceedings Cirque Bijou will present Cirqueserai, an aerial, acrobatic pageant of the preposterous that is sure to blow your minds!

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    And don’t forget, you can book your place at Bestival with our amazing £25 deposit scheme. For just £25 plus your booking fee you can secure your Bestival ticket at Phase Three prices now.

    Pay the balance by 1st September and join us we venture into The Future with headline sets from Major Lazer, The Cure, Sean Paul & Wiz Khalifa and even more amazing music from Bastille, Years & Years, Katy B, Hot Chip, Carl Cox, Diplo, Fatboy Slim, Skepta, Craig David & so much more!

  • Win Flights, VW Camper or First Class Train Travel to Bestival

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    With only T-29 days until we blast off into the future for Bestival, getting to the wonderful Wight Isle is a hot topic. Fear not, STA Travel are on hand to offer you the incredible opportunity to win the journey of a lifetime for four people to the UK’s Best Major Festival to see Hot Chip, Major Lazer, The Cure, Sean Paul, Wiz Khalifa and many more.

    This once in a lifetime competition will give you the chance to win one of these three unbelievable prizes

    Fly to Bestival
    You and three friends could be in with a chance of flying to Bestival in a private aeroplane! Is there a more stylish way to travel? Boarding the Britten-Norman Ltd aircraft from your local airfield, you will fly over to the Isle of Wight landing in Bembridge Airport where a chauffeur will be waiting to whisk you to Robin Hill, home of Bestival. While onsite you will stay in the STA Travel Hostel experiencing the luxury of crawling into a real bed after a long night partying. Expect bacon sarnies for morning fuel and yoga sessions to stretch out your dancing feet. At the end of the weekend, you will be flown back home in time for dinner

    Road Trip to Bestival
    How about an unforgettable road trip? Get to Bestival like a true bohemian, spreading the peace and love in a VW Campervan. One lucky winner will win one of these classic campers for the weekend with room for three friends. The van will be dropped off at your front door ready for you to load up with all your festival essentials. Car ferry, Bestival tickets plus a Campervan pass are all included.

    First Class Train to Bestival
    First class train travel from your nearest train station for you and three pals to the ferry port where you will board and float across the Solent over to the great Isle. You will then be collected and driven to the Bestival doors. Accommodation is also included in the STA Travel Hostel, no need to bring a tent!

    To be in with a chance of winning one of these incredible journeys, click here!

  • Apply to Our Carnival Producers Course Now!

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    Do you know how to be a producer?

    This is your chance to take part in a free carnival producers course lead by the top industry professionals who will guide you through the processes of producing a festival specific carnival and give you an opportunity to take part in making and performing in Bestival’s carnival parades 2016.

    You could be the future of Carnival so come and get involved in this incredible collaboration lead by directors, designers and producers who want to give you the chance to create the future.

    The Info
    Wednesday 17th August – Saturday 20th August 2016
    5 days on the Isle of Wight
    Shademakers HQ, Castle Works, Castle Rd, Wroxall, Ventnor PO38 3DS
    1000 – 1800 daily
    18 – 25 year olds
    Food provided
    20 spaces available
    Accommodation: You will need to pay for your accommodation
    Camping for approx. £10.00 per night– bring your own tent.
    B&Bs from £35 per person
    Once the course is complete we will develop your on site role for Bestival.
    Join us as part of the Shademakers carnival team on site at Bestival to put your skills into action. Perform, make, stage manage, mix sound, the options are endless.
    You are not required to take part in all workshops and will be given the chance to select what you are interested in. If you are not a performer or a set builder that is ok. This course is about exploration and collaboration of carnival skills.

    View the 2015 Carnival film here!

    Who is involved?
    Sharon George and Paul McLaren, Shademakers
    Noeline Kavanagh, Artistic director, Macnas
    Charles Beauchamp, Mandinga
    Kirsty Henderson, Arts Producer, Bestival
    Pete Bateman– Set builder extraordinaire

    What skills will you learn?

    1. INTRO TO CARNIVAL/ SHADEMAKERS / PRODUCING FOR BESTIVAL
    2. PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS – MACNAS
    3. DANCE WORKSHOP – SHADEMAKERS
    4. COSTUME DESIGN/MAKING – MANDINGA/SHADEMAKERS
    5. SET DESIGN/MAKING – SHADEMAKERS/ PETE BATEMAN
    6. PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT/ FESTIVAL PRODUCING –BESTIVAL

    COSTUME DESIGN AND CONSTRUCT
    Paul McLaren, Charles Beauchamp and Pete Bateman will discuss their influences and their approaches to design. You will have a chance to explore ideas and learn ways to develop and research your idea in order to bring it to life. Look at contruction behind the costume and make use of the carnival library around you.

    PERFORMANCE/ DANCE
    Macnas create transformative and interactive theatre spectacle for audience’s communities and festivals globally. They make work across diverse art forms and landscapes creating parades, street shows, spectacle and theatre. Noeline Kavanagh of Macnas and choreographers from and Shademakers will discuss, demonstrate and encourage you to develop characters in order to bring costumes to life.

    SET DESIGN AND BUILD
    Shademakers teams will work with you to explore float design and construction methods. There is an option to work on a larger build, earn techniques in foam, back pack structure, aluminium, wire forming, textile techniques, decoration and vacuum forming.

    PRODUCE
    Bestival’s arts producer Kirsty Henderson will talk to you about the details and processes required to produce a live performance. She will share her spreadsheet secrets in managing budgets, technical requirements, negotiating contracts and managing the live event.

    THE FUTURE FOR YOU:
    This course will give you the core structure to produce, design and create your own work in outdoor arts.
    We want to educate the next generation of producers to help us all develop new quality work.
    You will be given the opportunity to:

    - Work with the Shademakers, Mandinga and Macnas at Bestival 2016.
    - You may also be selected to go to a live event with Shademakers at either Sandown or Ryde Carnival on the Isle of Wight as a performer or technician.
    - Have a chance to work on Sandown Illuminated Carnival: Weds 31st August or Ryde Illuminated Carnival: Saturday 3rd September

    PLEASE FILL IN THIS FORM IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO APPLY.
    WE WILL BE IN TOUCH TO CONFIRM YOUR PLACE ON THE COURSE.
    IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT SHADEMAKERS ON 01983856168

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