Bestival announces all three headliners and the theme for 2017!

It’s a brand-new era, so prepare for the truly immersive experience of Bestival 2017. Announcing four incredible headliners and a huge bill of amazing music, we are entering a new chapter of light and sound, exploring the wonders of Colour on our mission to increase the peace this 7th – 10th September at the Lulworth Estate, Dorset.

Rob da Bank says: “Well what an adventure this promises to be… we have a beautiful new home with a massive castle in the middle of it, acres of beautiful woodland and forest, a sea view and the dramatic Jurassic coastline. Going back to our roots with Josie da Bank’s hand-drawn artwork, reviving all our favourite stages from 14 years of Bestival history and going out with all our headliners for the first time ever together, we’re pretty excited at Bestival HQ. From pop to grime, hip-hop to techno, folk to classical and every style in between we are reclaiming our place as the funnest, most adventurous, musically savvy and downright magical festival on the map. Please come along for the ride. and remember Increase the Peace”

We are honoured to say that The xx will be the first ever Castle Stage headliners at Bestival! Never anything less than breath-taking, we can’t think of a more fitting band to get the main stage action underway in our new home.

Commenting on their headline performance, The xx said: “Bestival was one of the first festivals we played, back in 2010, and it had always been a dream for us…we even begged to play the previous year. In 2012 we returned to play the main stage and we’re so happy to say we’ll be headlining this year, at the new site in Dorset. The Isle of Wight will hold a special place in our hearts but we’re excited to bring our new show to their new home”.

Guaranteed to be momentous, we are extremely excited indeed to announce that hip-hop heroes A Tribe Called Quest will headline Saturday at Bestival 2017, performing what will be their last UK Show.

Bringing our debut mainland Bestival to a suitably triumphant close, we are completely over the moon to announce synth-pop geniuses Pet Shop Boys as our Sunday night headliners. Quite simply legends, we think they’re the perfect band to bring some mind-blowing colour to our first Lulworth Estate finale!

Commenting on their headline show, Pet Shop Boys said: “Amazingly it is over ten years since we last played Bestival but we remember it being one of the most enjoyable festivals ever. Looking forward to bringing our new show there this year – and seeing how the audience has decided to dress up!”

And completing 2017’s fantastic foursome of first-time headliners we are delighted to announce Wimbledon’s finest, Jamie T will be the man kicking it all off with an exclusive performance topping the Thursday night bill on our second stage, The Box.

We’ll also have mind-blowing live music from super suave Gallic funksters Justice, plus, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Shadow, Little Dragon, Danny Brown, Rag’n’Bone Man, Laura Mvula, Soul II Soul, MNEK, Circa Waves, Ray BLK, Lucy Rose, and Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon among many, many others.

And there will be DJ sets from Annie Mac, Andy C presents 25 Years of RAM, Kurupt FM, David Rodigan presents RAM JAM, DJ Yoda, Maceo Plex, Jackmaster, Kölsch, Dusky, Toddla T presents Carnival, Artwork presents Art’s House, Sink the Pink and loads more to boot. Check the line-up so far listing at the end of this press release for even more names playing across the weekend. 

Redrawing our favourite party in the spirit of its original pioneering vision, Bestival’s creative essence will explode before your very eyes with a cavalcade of brilliant new stages, incredible destinations and stone cold classics, including our brand new main stage The Castle Stage, the eclectic wonders of The Box, the hands in the air nirvana of Temple, Bestival’s heart and soul, Bollywood, and the righteous vibrations of Reggae Roots.

Back by very popular demand HMS Bestival is the last word in off the hook partying, plus you can dance like there’s no tomorrow in new venues The Frozen Mole and Stacey’s, delve into the vintage madness of Caravanserai, and Club DaDa, and kick back in the enchanting Ambient Forest, and at our steam punk vision, Oberon’s Observatory. 

Bestival 2017 is a whole new world to explore and to keep you on your toes we’ll also have the dazzling delights of The World's Biggest Confetti Canon, Castle Fireworks Finale, the Love-Bot, The World's Biggest Bouncy Castle, Bestival Inflatable Church, Confetti Wedding Disco, The Feast Collective, Slow Motion, Revolution Rides, Carnival Day Parade and Night Parades, the Sugar Skulls Cocktail Bus, Sunday Best Cardboard Record Shop, Lost in the Woods, Ancient Woodlands, Free Haircuts, Campsite Recycling Hubs, Kids’ Field and for all you vexillophiles out there, Flags by Angus Watt.


Bonobo hits Soundwave Festival Croatia

Heading for a fifth anniversary celebration, over five days and three stages, Soundwave Festival Croatia has curated a formidable lineup that will combine with the always-electric Soundwave atmosphere and the glorious holiday surroundings to make this a trip to remember for a lifetime.  

Bonobo hits Soundwave in the midst of his awesome tour supporting universally acclaimed album 'The North Borders', while sellout successes for UK promoter Soundcrash Quantic and Alice Russell make an appearance at Soundwave, and anticipation is high for DJ Shadow's debut performance in Croatia. Robert Glasper Experiment recently wowed audiences with a live collaboration with Kanye West, and DOOM's hip hop credentials are unrivalled, making his billing at Soundwave extra special. Plus, DJ YodaLapalux, Hiatus Kaiyote, Homeboy SandmanAndrew Ashong,  Illum Sphere, Kelpe and many many more
The Argonaughty boat parties embark just seconds from the main stage, and this year there are 16 separate parties to enjoy, hosted by the likes of Ninja TuneSoundcrash and Tru Thoughts, and featuring sets from artists of the calibre of Bonobo, Mr Thing, Quantic, Om UnitShigetoKutmah and Craig Charles to name but a few. There's even a boat party with a full-on brass band on board. The three-hour Funktion 1-powered tours of the Dalmatian coast are the ultimate highlight of the Soundwave experience and a chance to get up close to the artists. 

DJ Shadow, DJ Yoda and more added to Soundwave Festival

DJ Yoda

Soundwave Festival Croatia announces the addition of one of the world’s most influential DJs and producers to an already stacked lineup. He released ‘Entroducing’ – one of the most important records in the history of hip hop and electronic music – and has years of touring experience under his belt. Now the peerless DJ Shadow joins a bill that already includes man of the moment Bonobo playing live, the most blunted man in America DOOM, the Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave on drums, and Quantic’s Ondatropica live project among many more! And the additions don’t end there. Certified party-starter DJ Yoda, Brainfeeder disciple Lapalux and Australian soulsters Hiatus Kaiyote also join the lineup to ensure festival-goers get a balanced, nutritious diet of music to go with their side-orders of sun, sea and happiness.

Spread over five days and three stages, Soundwave invites like-minded music lovers to enjoy the finest boutique festival experience in the ultimate sun-drenched location. Ask any past Festival attendee what their favourite bit of Soundwave was and most will tell you it was the infamous boat parties, a chance for 200 Soundwavers to get up close and party with some of the artists  performing at the festival. The festival site has its own dock, seconds from the main stage, from which The Argonaughty embarks on a Funktion 1-powered tour of the Dalmatian coast, taking in the delightful Komati Islands on a three-hour journey of music, friendly people and stunning scenery. For 2013, Soundwave has laid out 16 boat parties, hosted and curated by the likes of Ninja Tune, Soundcrash and Tru Thoughts, and featuring sets from artists of the calibre of Bonobo, Mr Thing, Quantic, Om Unit, Shigeto, Kutmah or Craig Charles to name but a few. There’s even a boat party with a full-on brass band on board. Check the full lineups and purchase tickets here. Tickets for this are selling fast, so get in quickly.

Soundwave Festival Croatia is the place to let loose, unwind and party to quality hip hop, reggae, soul and funk. Set in a secret cove at the heart of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, Tisno is a beautiful backdrop to one of Europe’s finest boutique festivals. The site is just a short walk from the fishing town of Tisno in this idyllic part of the country, which sits between Zadar and Split airports. Flights are available from all over the UK and Europe, and transfers will be available to book throughout the festival. As Soundwave Festival Croatia marks its fifth anniversary, you’re invited to join the fun for the most epic festival yet, as the organisers pull out all the stops to make this a music holiday to remember. Grab your slice of action and indulge in a blissful combination of sunshine, music and revelry! For a definitive – and truly independent – boutique festival experience with a lineup that never compromises on quality Soundwave Festival Croatia is the place to be this summer. 

DJ Shadow joins The Great Escape lineup

On the 13th May, Shadow will provide a unique insight into his work to date, and explain how the Shadowsphere was both conceived and realised. From his record-breaking debut album ‘Endtroducing…..’ via the first UNKLE record, the Quannum Projects label, the ‘4-Track Era’ project and his involvement in the ‘DJ Hero’ franchise, Shadow will step out of the sphere to lift the lid on his inspirational career.

Sufjan Stevens headlines The Dome on Saturday 14th May – again a co-promotion with The Brighton Festival. Hailing from Detroit, Sufjan’s beautiful lo-fi, alt-folk pop has been the soundtrack of the summer for many in recent years. His seminal and critically acclaimed album of 2005, Illinois, and its standout track Chicago put Sufjan firmly on the map, finding him fans across the UK. Earlier this year and to much acclaim Sufjan took his new production out on tour throughout the US. The hyper coloured, visual elements solidified the futuristic feel of 2010’s ‘THE AGE OF ADZ’. You will be in store for a real audio-visual treat.

As previously announced Friendly Fires are also headliners at the Dome with their sparkling modern pop which has ignited many dancefloors and dominated radiowaves with both their albums of off-kilter, pulsating electronica.

Full line up so far:

Friendly Fires ** DJ Shadow**, Sufjan Stevens ** (Dome Shows), Katy B, Warpaint, The Joy Formidable, Villagers, Twin Shadow, Marnie Stern, Alela Diane, Max Richter, Hauschka, Little Dragon, Smoke FairiesD/R/U/G/S, Brother, Becoming Real, Trophy Wife, PVT, Dutch Uncles, Tribes, SBTRKT, The Heartbreaks, Spark, Nedry, Worriedaboutsatan, Big Deal, Matthew and The Atlas, The Soft Moon, Teeth, Ghostpoet, Marques Toliver, Worship, Tripwires, Dustin O’Halloran, Lucy Swann, Visions of Trees, Seams, Marcus Foster, Ben Howard, The Holidays, The Jezabels, Said the Whale, Team Me, Bonjay, Deep Sea Arcade, Seekae, The Mountains and the Trees, Winter Gloves, DZ Deathrays, Woodhands, Heathers, The Bonfires, Paper Crows, Dan Parsons, NLF3, Brasstronaut, gable
with many more to be announce soon…


Tickets for DJ Shadow and Sujfan Stevens go on sale through this Thursday at 9am. Please note top up tickets for Sufjan Stevens are limited so be quick.