• Bestival's Biggest Ever Finale Revealed

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    Roll up, roll up and be amazed, as Bestival, the most colourful show on Earth, joins forces with the UK’s leading contemporary circus innovators Cirque Bijou to unveil Bestival’s Biggest Ever Finale – the ultimate festival climax in celebration of 250 years of circus. Full of both peril and appeal, we guarantee you’ll never have seen a finale quite so astounding. The culmination of four days of heavenly music and circus trickery on over 20 stages and micro-venues in eight unique arenas, don’t miss this historic end to our 15th Bestival, now in the heart of the summer, 2nd to 5th August on the Lulworth Estate, Dorset.

    “We do love a finale at Bestival and the fact that nearly everyone stays on Sunday night attests to the strength of that…not content with seeing Plan B and then MIA smash it on the Castle Stage, the evening will then take a theatrical high octane turn with our amazing mates from Cirque Bijou and friends who will walk a flaming high wire amongst many other feats of circus daring with our awesome fireworks as the backdrop. Warning – you will not wanna go home after this!” Rob da Bank

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    “We have been working with Bestival for many years in the amazing venue Caravanserai, and this year we are able to celebrate 250 years of circus in the UK by bringing one of our favourite outdoor shows to Lulworth. Appropriately, the show is based around one of the most iconic, exciting and spectacular skills in circus: tight wire walking. We will be adding a new twist and it will be performed by some of the most exciting circus artists in the UK and Internationally.” Billy Alwen, Artistic Director, Cirque Bijou

    Set to a glorious and glittering backdrop of our acclaimed fireworks display by the award-winning Two TIgers, and taking place in the Magic Meadow, Bestival’s Biggest Ever Finale will feature a dazzling high wire act, as four exceptional circus artists come together to create a radiant display in the sky. Renowned high wire artist Jade Kindar Martin’s most daring creation, FireWire, will see him perform solo on a record-making 100ft wire ablaze with flames.

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    He will also be joined in the air by his wife and Hollywood stuntwoman Karine Mauffrey, and intrepid high wire couple, The Bullzini Family – both couples share in the age-old circus tradition of having wed on the high wire – and together they will present innovative choreography above the Bestival crowds. There is no CGI or sleight of hand, this will happen before your very eyes; be prepared to feel the heart-in-mouth alarm and awe-struck excitement of real circus magic.

    Illuminating the aerial action, a choreographed troupe of 50 LED umbrella dancers will create an incandescent spectacle, as bewitching violinist Diana Yukawa and the mellifluous harmonies of London Contemporary Voices serenade the masses with a programme of stirring cosmic song.

    A unique exhibition of daring and delights, Bestival’s Biggest Ever Finale will be truly unmissable.

  • Happy Record Store Day!

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    Today is Record Store Day!

    We love vinyl here at Bestival HQ and although we celebrate physical music all year round, we’ll always jump at a special day to pay homage! Especially if we can also use the day to support independent stores, labels and venues – we’re in!

    So here are a few releases from the Bestival line-up who have releases today, a First Aid Kit single, Diplo album, and a re-issue of Prince’s 1999 which we’ll pay homage to at Purple Rave with Rob da Bank and Tayo!

    Check them out:

    First Aid – You Are The Problem Here

    Diplo – California

    Prince – 1999

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  • Festivals stop sucking!

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    Bestival are pleased to announce that as Earth Day 2018 approaches this Sunday 22nd April, all 65 members of the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) have now pledged to ban single-use plastic straws from their events in 2018 with a commitment to remove all single-use plastics by 2021.

    Following their trial run in 2017 when Bestival replaced 80,000 plastic straws with paper versions or in most cases removed entirely, January this year saw promoters Josie & Rob da Bank extend the initiative, launching the Final Straw campaign to include sister events Camp Bestival and Common People, while urging fellow AIF festivals to stop sucking and follow suit.

    As the eradication of plastic waste has become an important topic of national debate, fellow promoters have been swift to act and join the cause. The Bestival team estimates it will reduce its own plastic waste across its events portfolio this year by 100kg, which is equivalent to the weight of two average North Pacific Giant Octopuses, and believe the Final Straw initiative could see as many as 1.4 million plastic straws removed from circulation this summer; that’s enough straws to stretch out from London to Southampton and back when laid end to end.

    As part of the AIF’s wider Drastic on Plastic campaign, this Sunday, 22nd April the Bestival website, along with other member sites, will be ‘wrapped in plastic’ for 24 hours to highlight the extent and impact of our plastic use. Following Earth Day, the Bestival team will continue to campaign for change and advocate the removal of single-use plastic straws at events across the country.

  • Bike to Bestival returns with not one but two rides!

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    Bike to Bestival is back and it’s bigger than ever with not just one route but two! Last year’s Bournemouth to Bestival ride was so successful it’s back, and, upping the ante for 2018, we are adding a two-day Bristol to Bestival route for pro-riders. With free entry to the festival, an exclusive Bike to Bestival t-shirt and reserved camping for all official participants, we want you to join us to help to reduce our environmental impact and to raise money for two fantastic charities!

    Rob da Bank says: “Here we go again. We’re always going to love people who really put the effort in to make it to the party, so Bike to Bestival gets us all very excited. Our Bournemouth ride is properly established now and with the addition of a pro-rider Bristol leg, both raising money for two brilliant charities, there’s plenty of opportunity for all you adventurous Bestival types. So, bust out your spandex and saddle up to support some great causes on your way to our Jurassic Coast knees-up.”

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    Run in conjunction with Velo Domestique once again, this year our Bournemouth Bike to Bestival ride will be raising money in aid of the Campaign Against Living Miserably [CALM]. Setting off on 2nd August riders will be accompanied by a team of skilled marshals who will keep everyone on track, motivated, and ensure they arrive safely at Bestival. Riders of any ability can join this 25-mile ride but must have a roadworthy bicycle to take part.

    Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM, said: “CALM has always worked closely with the music and festival community, so we’re delighted to partner with Bestival this year, especially on the Bike to Bestival ride. Events like this allow CALM to raise awareness of the fact that suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, as well as highlighting the support available for anyone who is struggling. Cycling is of huge benefit to general wellbeing on top of physical fitness and can be especially powerful when groups come together to take on a collective challenge. We’re wishing all riders well and look forward to championing CALM at Bestival 2018.”

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    Raising the stakes for our second year on the Lulworth Estate, we also have a new Bristol Bike to Bestival ride run in conjunction with Door & Rivet Café raising funds for The Bristol Bike Project. Only open to advanced riders, the Bristol to Bestival ride will take two-days beginning on Wednesday 1st August with a stopover at a campsite en route, arriving at the festival on Thursday 2nd August. There will be marshals accompanying riders, but we must stress it is a tough route and only experienced applicants can be considered.

    Participants for each ride will be required to pay a £50 administration fee and raise a minimum of £200 for our chosen charities. The Bestival team will give successful entrants all the help they need to get their fundraising pages set up, as well as some help through our promotion channels. Registration is open from today (16th April) and closes on 4th May. Successful applicants will be notified by 9th May. Interested riders can make their applications here.

  • Our Fave New Music this Week!

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    It’s Saturday, YAY! To celebrate, here is some of our favourite new music from the Bestival line-up to grace our ears in the past week!
    First up, it’s the huge new one ‘Rain’ by Bicep, taken from their Rain EP released 11th April 2018 via Ninja Tune.

    Another act gracing Temple at our Circus this August, is HAAi, who has recorded this incredible hour long mix for XLR8R. Weekend vibes!

    Darkzy’s new EP Dark Nightz dropped a week ago, and this is the opening track from it, Running Back To You.

    And a brand new mix from Solardo, The Spot! A 60 minute insight into their world, bringing you the most cutting edge house & techno from around the globe, whilst also including the Spot Light mix series featuring some of the hottest artists going.

    We Are Scientists have released yet another smash hit from their new album ‘Megaplex’!

    Check out this Drunk Stories show on Soho Radio from the incredible Beans on Toast and then see him on The Big Top this August!

    Ghetts is bringing the vibe on this new collab with Lights – watch now on GRM Daily!

    And finally a set in Paris from La Fleur who takes over Temple with Marrakech’s Oasis Festival!

  • Bestival Loves Record Breakers

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    Everyone loves a world record. From extremes of nature and the pinnacle of human achievements to some fantastically stupid things people do, we’re all fascinated by how far boundaries can be pushed. Realising just how compelling being the tallest, the smallest, the fattest, the thinnest or if you’re in it to win it is, twins Norris and Ross McWhirter set up the Guinness Book of Records in 1954 for then-Guinness MD Sir Hugh Beaver. Since then, renamed as simply Guinness World Records, it has been the go to almanac of accomplishments and recognised international authority for verifying world records.

    It’s fair to say the Bestival crew is a little bit obsessed with world records. It all started when we had the biggest fancy dress party ever and then before you could say “most sugar puffs in an armpit”, we were attempting all sorts of strange and unusual things from the most people in one pair of underpants (record achieved thanks very much) to the largest group of buskers playing together (the jury is out on this one).

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    One indisputable verified Guinness Record that we totally smashed was for the World’s Largest Disco Ball, which stands three storeys high, glittering with enough mirrors to stretch along 10 football pitches. A lovely man called Mark McKinley, who everyone knows from Officially Amazing, came to Bestival and confirmed we broke the record, so we had a massive party where some of us attempted a Sambuca record but that didn’t go as well… Since then we’ve got the World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle and have plenty of plans afoot. But we’re not the only ones who love having a go at being world record breakers. Here are seven more amazing real world records pushing the envelope of absurdity.

    A total of 542 people dressed as the Dark Knight in Calgary in 2014 to become the largest gathering of people dressed as Batman.

    The World’s heaviest onion was Tony Glover’s allium cepa, which weighed an eyewatering 18 pounds, 11 ounces or almost a stone and half.

    A bloodhound called Tigger was the dog with the longest ears. His longest ear, the right one, measured a mind-boggling 34.9cm or 13.75 inches. The left was a mere 34.2cm.

    The fastest man to “run” 100m on all fours is Kenichi Ito who most recently did it in 15.71 seconds. He has beaten the record on five separate occasions.

    Charlotte Guttenberg is the world’s most tattooed female senior citizen with 98.75% of her body inked. Her partner Chuck Helmke is the most tattooed male senior citizen but is a slacker by comparison with just a 93.75% covering.

    Elaine Davidson is the lady with the most piercings in the world. Since getting her first one in 1997 she has had 4225 piercings, mostly in her face.

    And finally, our old mate, the mighty Norman Cook holds the Guinness World Record for most Top 40 hit singles under different names, from Fatboy Slim and Freak Power to Beats International and Pizza Man.