If looking for something a little out of the ordinary, then the Isle of Wight’s annual Bestival is certainly a festival with a twist. Far from the normal run-of-the-mill concerts, the Bestival is a fun and frivolous coming together of music, art and crafts, dance, spa treatments, cinema, fancy dress and food served with a healthy helping of creativity and late night parties.

A truly entertaining 4 days from the 6th – 9th September,  the award-winning festival has one foot in the flower power, peace promoting era of the original Woodstock music festivals and is set to be even wilder and wackier this year with its underlying wildlife theme that is challenging all visitors to really let their hair down.
Dancing, is the name of the game and out of the Satin Lizard Lounge, Club Dada, The Knees Up Tent, Polka Tent, Boom Boom Club presents Coney Island Palace, Guilt and Shame present Up All Night and Eyebrow Productions presents Collision, to name just few of the parties taking place, there is plenty of musical choices to keep everyone on their toes. The list of musicians and Djs is even longer and headliners include the likes of Stevie Wonder, Florence + the Machine, New Order, Sigur Rós, The XX and Mike Snow.

The Bestival organizers however, state that the festival is ‘not all about the music’ and have brought together a whole hoard of truly innovative, eclectic and interesting ideas such as a Bollywood Cocktail Bar, Wishing Tree Stage, a mirrored Belgian Spiegal Tent, an Ambient Forest, Roller Disco, The Swamp Shack, Tomorrow’s World, The Wall of Death, Soul Park and Soul Baths Spa and Pamper Lounge. There are even Boutique Campsites complete with a bar area and up-market showering facilities and tents, campervans and motorhomes for hire. Add to this plenty of innovative food outlets to spark both the appetite and the imagination and entertaining programs such as the Crafternoon Tea Club, Camp Cooks, Lost Picture Show, Daily Birthday Party, GerrysMagic, The underground Restaurant with Entertainment,  Kawa circus, Mr Motivator, Four Screws Loose, Gay Bingo, Keda Breeze’s Hoochie Coochie Kabaret, Let’s Get Quizzical, Mazy’s Art Club, Ping Tron, The Unexpected Items and other activities such as tug of war, the late night Grindhouse Cinema and the Nomad Cinema and this is no ordinary festival.

Highlights

Bestival Carnival Parade: Check out the website for an opportunity to get a group together to represent the festival wildlife theme and star in what Bestival claims will be the most exciting festival parade they have ever had.
Fancy Dress: Tradition at Bestival has it that visitors represent the theme for the festival with as much colour and imagination as possible. Be as creative as you dare.
Bike to the Bestival: start the party in style by joining the musical ‘Buskers on Bikes and biking to the festival from Central London on the 4th September and arriving in time for a pre-Bestival celebratory party on the 5th. All in aid of raising money for Cancer Research UK while having a good time, bikers are asked to attempt to raise at least £200. Registration however, is now open and includes a £40 fee for bag transportations, a return ferry ticket and food along the way. Please note that this does not include entry tickets to Bestival. Further information is on the Bestival website www.bestival.net.
Tickets: All Bestival ticket information is listed on the official website. For those without transport can also book the Big Green Bus that will be leaving from 12 places around the UK and will include the Ferry crossing.
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