• Perform with Cirque Bijou at Bestival!

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    Cirque Bijou are providing an exciting opportunity to be involved in a fantastic participatory spectacle show as part of Bestival 2018.
    We are looking for people of all ages and abilities, so if you like to dance, have some rhythm, coordination and can follow simple choreography this is your chance to be part of an epic show performing alongside world class circus artists.

    To apply for this opportunity, please complete and submit the questions below and send a 15 second video recording that shows your dance and movement skills.

    If successful you will be given a complimentary ticket in order to take part in the show and two meals a day from Thursday to Sunday
    You would need to arrive at the festival location, on the night of Wednesday in order to rehearse on Thursday. There will also be one walk through on Friday & Saturday before the show on Sunday night. We are recruiting up to 50 volunteers, so it’s an opportunity to meet lots of great people and it could be fun to apply with a friend.

    Find out more about Cirque Bijou here

    APPLICATION
    How would you describe your experience of dance and movement?
    Please let us know any experience you have had whether at school, professionally, after work classes or just going out dancing with friends – we want people of all experience levels who love movement!

    To be completed and submitted alongside a 15 second video recording that shows your dance and movement skills which must be sent through with your full name as the title.

    All content of submissions, application and video, will remain private
    You must be 18 or over
    You will be required to be sober before the performance starts on Sunday night and remain sober until the show finishes at 11pm
    Application deadline – Friday 20th July
    Applicants will know by Sunday 22nd July whether they have been successful.

    Please send applications to arts@bestival.net titled FINALE APPLICATION If you have further questions please contact arts@bestival.net

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  • Bestival Day Tickets Now on Sale

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    We’re just three weeks away from the first ever mid-summer Bestival and due to huge demand, we have put a limited number of day tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday on sale. Bursting with eye-popping wonder, mind melting stages, must-see destinations, off-the-wall amusements and amazing circus trickery, now you can take your pick of three days of incredible music and good times, this August.

    Rob da Bank says “So many mates, random people in the streets and Bestival fans online have been asking if it’s possible to do day tickets for years, and now that we have a much easier site to access we’re finally able to bring that to life. We still believe that Bestival is best experienced as a three or four-day knees-up but if you can only come for a day or two now’s your chance!”

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    Friday 3rd August sees the opening of the castle stage and the first ever UK performance of Diplo & Mark Ronson’s Silk City. A UK festival exclusive, Silk City are the hottest dancefloor act on the planet right now, and this is your chance to catch a bit of history.

    As if that wasn’t enough, we also have essential performances from Mura Masa, Bicep (DJ set), Sundara Karma, IAMDDB, Django Django, IDLES and lots more. Bass bin pressure comes from the likes of Metalheadz, DF Tram, Mabel, Lotto Boyzz, Not3s, Kojo Funds, and more. And tongue-in-cheek fun comes courtesy of Jodie Harsh & Friends and Sink the Pink presents Ta’Dah!

    Saturday 4th August sees yet another UK festival exclusive headline set, this time from London Grammar. The Notts trio have worked their way up the ranks and deservedly command Saturday’s headline spot, don’t miss something special!

    There will be much more music throughout the day from the legendary Grace Jones, plus First Aid Kit, Thundercat, David Rodigan & The Outlook Orchestra, Stefflon Don and many more. We go head to head with Oasis festival featuring Amelie Lens, and more, Ram Jam ups the sound system ante, a Madchester dance icon throws Bez’s Acid House Party and we have a reggae set from the one and only Vic Reeves, among many other marvels throughout the day.

    Sunday 5th August, the final day of festival fun at Bestival’s initiation into a new season, sees MIA’s only scheduled UK appearance of the Summer and it’s got momentous written all over it. Especially as it will be followed by our Biggest Ever Finale featuring a high wire on fire, a huge choir, a virtuoso violinist and a dazzling firework display!

    Music throughout Sunday will include Plan B, Chaka Khan, Rudimental (DJ set), Flava D, Dubioza Kolektiv, Gentleman’s Dub Club, and Solardo. There’s Yuletide thrills with East 17’s Christmas Party, and Mike Skinner & Murkage present Tonga, and we have Camelphat, RAM Records, Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts, Gilles Peterson, Jaguar Skills, and many more.

    Circus freakery, audacious action and curious capers will astonish all weekend with a real life Human Cannonball, Lords of Lightning, the World’s Largest Confetti Cannon, and Dubstep Dodgems. Explore incredible venues like Temple, Stacey’s, Caravanserai, Bollywood, Ambientland and many more, and experience Wellbeing and Healing feelings with Spiinbox Spinning Raves, Slow Motion Therapies, Gong Baths and more. And there’s a host of delicious food and drink from Rob & Josie’s Gin Festival to the Feast Collective and beyond.

    So, what are you waiting for? Take your pick of four days of next level festival inspiration! Standard adult day tickets are on sale now at just £60. Child tickets and VIP tickets are also available.

  • 15 More Reasons to Head to Bestival

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    1. Do some “research” into the myriad flavours of 50 gins from around the world at Rob & Josie’s Gin Festival

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    2. Let’s go dancing in our retro boogie wonderland, Stacey’s, with Norman Jay MBE, Gilles Peterson Craig Charles and loads more

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    3. Feel like you’re flying with traditional yoga poses, Pilates and dance at Aerial Yoga

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    4. Taste the most indulgent vegan junk food anywhere in festival land at Biff’s Jack Shack

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    5. Catch Techno doyen Amelie Lens at her only UK date for months to come

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    6. Celebrate our early Yuletide dancing by a dirty great battleship at East 17’s Christmas Party

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    7. Boost your Bestival experience with an IV recovery drip or vitamin infusion and get straight back to the party, thanks to Effect Doctors

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    8. We do divas! Can you resist Chaka Khan or Grace Jones?

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    9. Dance with viral sensation and clubbing legend Bradley Gunn Raver #SelfieAlert

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    10. You’ve never lived until you’ve rocked a homo hip-hop party. Everyone enjoys a Hard Cock Life

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    11. Ravercise or exerave… either way, get on your bike and throw your hands in the air at the Spiinbox Spinning Raves

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    12. Shake yer booty to Stefflon Don’s dizzying mix of dancehall, hip hop and R&B

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    13. Do you like lemon drizzle and a lovely cup of tea? Dorset Women’s Institute are waiting for you at the WI Tea Tent

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    14. You only get one chance this summer to see Diplo & Mark Ronson’s Silk City, and that’s with us

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    15. Flaming hire wire walkers, a massive choir, a virtuoso violinist and loads of fireworks! Don’t miss our biggest finale ever!

  • Be an Oxfam Volunteer!

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    To sign up and find out more click here

    Fancy joining a fantastic community of people who love festivals and want to give something back? Volunteering with Oxfam is a brilliant way to experience the festival while also helping to fight poverty around the world.

    How it works…

    You will be asked to complete three 8 ¼ hour shifts over the course of the festival and the rest of the time is yours to enjoy. As part of the online application process you’ll be asked to part with a one-off refundable deposit which is equal to the price of the festival ticket. This deposit will be returned four weeks after you have completed your agreed shifts and gives you access to over 20 other festivals this summer, too.

    By volunteering your time, you make Oxfam’s life-saving, life-changing work possible – and take us a step closer to beating poverty for good. What are you waiting for?

    To sign up and find out more click here

    This year, Oxfam will be at UK festivals to talk to people about ‘Water For Life’ – they are campaigning to get clean water running worldwide. Because if everyone had clean water, more people could build futures full of possibility, not poverty.

    Take your #stepsforwater picture!

    In Asia and Africa, the average trip for women to collect water takes nearly 8,000 steps – a huge burden that’s trapping them in poverty. So, Oxfam are asking people to take a picture of their shoes and post it on social media, tagged #stepsforwater. They’ll then collect together everyone’s steps to show how many of us believe in Water For Life.

  • $hit Disco - the number two soundsystem at Bestival!

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    This is no bog standard dance. Prepare to get your booty shaking in quite a different way as we unleash $hit Disco! Keeping you occupied while the loos are occupied, Sanitation Point 9 – that’s the toilets down by the Big Top to all normal people – will host our number two soundsystem getting a little bit funky and dropping bombs while you’re dropping… well, you get the picture…

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    Rob da Bank says: “Back in the heady days of Manumission in Ibiza, the biggest gig you could get as a DJ on the island was playing in the toilets there… Yup, it’s true, they put a DJ booth in the bogs and I finally got a gig there after having witnessed Fatboy Slim playing to 50 toilet queuers the week before. Our mate Pete from Pompey has now revived toilet DJing with $hit Disco and we can’t wait to unveil his awesome stage next to Sanitation Point 9 near the Big Top. It’s gonna be totally $hit!”

    Run by the legendary Pete Callard, a man with a strong constitution, there will be all kinds of outhouse action to keep toilet time entertaining. So, if you’re caught short down by the Big Top you’ll be privy to sounds that’ll drive you potty. Don’t miss the chance to have a wee boogie. $hit Disco, you know it’s gonna be excrement.

  • Rob da Bank takes over Bestival's Spotify!

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    Yes, our head honcho Rob da Bank has taken over our Spotify for a very special Bestival 2018 playlist!

    “so in a rare moment of peace and quiet (jammed in tight on a train with my headphones on) i knocked up a little playlist repping some of my fave acts off the Besti line up…from newcomers Biig Piig and Mall Grab and of course our exclusive Thursday headliner Jorja Smith to old timers Jimmy Cliff and Chaka Demus and Pliers its a kinda patchwork quilt of sounds from folk to indie to full-on electronic wizardry… turn up the sunshine and dive on in!”

    Listen below…

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