Returning synth-pop nightingale La Roux is first ashore, finding no trouble in our particular paradise, and leading a charge that includes alt-ragga-metal behemothSkindred, virtuoso, not to mention stylish, rock n rollers Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Bestival’s own prodigal sons and funk machine extraordinaire, The Cuban Brothers, pop chanteuse Sophie Ellis-Bextor, erstwhile Rilo Kiley, and Jenny & Johnny front-woman Jenny Lewis, whose latest single “Just One of the Guys” was produced by fellow castaway Beck, top skank masters Dub Pistols, former Kid British vocalistBipolar Sunshine, indie rockers Catfish and The Bottlemen, and Sheffield’s finestReverend and The Makers. There will also be live action from connoisseur of lifeHoward Marks, and Nimmo and the Gauntletts, Bad Rabbits, Bob Moses, Reeps One, The Wolf and Arthur Beatrice.
Both our Biofuelled Bandstand in Tomorrow’s World, and the Gypsy Camp that nestles tantalisingly on the edge of the Ambient Forest will have myriad movers and shakers strutting their stuff throughout the weekend including gravel-voiced ex-Gomez lead singer Ben Ottewell, plus Sophie Barker, The Fontanas, Paul Armfield, Thickets, Cherishport, Land of the Giants, Shoot the Moon, Juke & The All-Drunk Orchestra, Wille & the Bandits, Marlee, Fine Lines, Emmy J Mac & Buddy, The Ohmz, Plastic Mermaids, Lux Lisbon, Somahigh, Delve, Naked Fridays, Born in a Barn, The Undercover Hippy, Gideon Conn, Joe Chilcott, Franklin & James, Weatherkings, Drew, Santa Spirita, The Crew, Buddy Carson and Sounds Of Harlowe.
Helping celebrate a decade of providing cutting edge electronica for the masses, we’re very pleased to announce that we have a LittleBig.10 Takeover on Friday night featuring wonky make-out music specialist Jimmy Edgar, analogue synth duo Mouse on Mars, underground polymath and musical shape-shifter Nightwave, and psychedelic three-piece Tall Ships.
DJs groovers adding to the disco manoeuvres include deep house adventurer Hot Since 82, arms-in-the-air-inducing twosome Eli & Fur, cosmic explorer Mojo Filterand Bestival stalwarts Coley & Dan from Luv*Jam. And we’ll also have physical feats from Kawa Circus, big band brilliance from The Fabulous Lounge Swingers, and eastern promise from the Jaipur Brass Band.
Last, but not least, we have a brand new area for our Desert Island Disco, the Aperol Spritz Social. Featuring a beautifully decked out space, and a mezzanine floor to boot, the social is where you can enjoy Italy’s favourite libation, while getting down to a Rob da Bank curated bill that includes bumping house from PBR Streetgang, disco boogie behaviour from Andy Smith & Nick Halkes and BBC 6 Music funk champion Craig Charles.