The dates for the fifth Bestival, again at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight, are Friday 5th until Sunday 7th September 2008.
My Bloody Valentine are confirmed as the Friday night headliner (an English festival exclusive), with Amy Winehouse headlining Saturday, and Underworld headlining Sunday. Also playing are: Aphex Twin (English Festival Exclusive), The Breeders, CSS, George Clinton And Funkadelic/Parliament, Gary Numan, The Human League (exclusive two performance concert), Pendulum (live), 808 State (live), Foals, Lee Scratch Perry, Baaba Mal, The Wedding Present, The Cuban Brothers, Transglobal Underground, King Creosote, Chas & Dave, Red Snapper, Micah P Hinson, Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, and many more. For the full details (as available, including some day & stage splits) click here.
There's also DJs: DJ Yoda, Layo & Bushwacka, Annie Mac, Slam, Rob da Bank, Mark Moore, DJ Hype, Bailey, TC, Sub Focus, Chase & Status, Kevin Rowland, Yuksek, Touché, Digital Mystikz and Sgt Pokes, Loefah, Kode 9 and Space Ape, Freestylers, DJ Derek, Sombrero Sound System, and many more.
BBC Introducing will have a stage at Bestival. The BBC Introducing stage plays host to the best new UK artists, nominated by new music shows from across the BBC. The stage will be showcasing a host of up-and-coming bands including; Subgiant, Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong, The Duke Spirit, Teenagers, Tawiah, Fuck Buttons, Cage The Elephant, Ladyhawke, Metronomy, Ox Eagle Lion Man, These New Puritans, Lets Wrestle, Little Dragon, Imperial Leisure, Gideon Conn, Zombie Zombie, George Pringle, The Restaurant, Vessels, The Ghost, Peter Von Poehl, St Vincent, and Six Nation State.
As well as the music, Bestival has the world's biggest fancy dress party - this year with a theme of "30,000 freaks under the sea", so get out your underwater fancy-dress garb - plus the Bollywood cocktail bar, Laughter Clubs, a Farmers market, Kids area, Morris dancing, magical moments and more, as one of the most colourful events on the festival calendar.
The car park will be open from 9am on Thursday 4th Sept, with the box office opening at around 11.30am and the campsites will open at midday. On Friday 5th September thew Box office opens at 9am. On Monday 8th September the car parks and campsites close at midday. There is no entry into the site after midnight on any night (that's Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun).
Main Stage Field
Fri from 12:0000:00; Sat from 11:0000:00; Sun from 11:0023:00.
Fri from 12:0003:00; Sat from 11:0003:00; Sun from 11:00 01:00.
Big Top etc
Fri from 12:0004:00; Sat from 11:0004:00; Sun from 11:0001:30.
All the music arenas in 24hr Field will end by the Big Top times above apart from Club Dada which will go until 5am Fri & Sat and until 4am Sunday.
Tickets for this festival have now sold out they were priced as follows:
Adult Tickets: £130. Ticket holders aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21*.
Age 13 to 15 Child Tickets: £65. Age 13 to 15 Child Tickets are for anyone aged 13 to 15 on 05/09/2008. Child ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21*.
Age 12 & Under Child Tickets: FREE (ticket required) Age 12 & Under Child Tickets are for anyone aged 12 and under on 05/09/2008. Child Ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21*.
*NB: One ticket holding parent or guardian can only accompany up to 4 people under the age of 18.
Campervan Tickets: £50 (per vehicle). Your Campervan must be specially adapted for people to stay in (which does not include transit vans with a mattress in the back or 4x4s with the seats folded down). If your vehicle is longer than 7 metres you will need to purchase two Campervan Tickets. Cars will not be allowed into the Campervan area at any time so consequentially Caravans, Trailer Tents etc are not permitted.
All Tickets include camping. All tickets purchases will incur a booking fee.
Camp Bestival's organisers are committed to making the festival as accessible as possible and great efforts are being been made to achieve this. However, Bestival is an outdoor event in a Country Park and on farm land that is predominantly positioned at the bottom of a valley between two hills that rise fairly steeply, and as such it will present challenges for wheelchair users and those with serious mobility issues. However, with a little help here and there it is manageable and Bestival provide free tickets for carers to this end. Carers can apply for a free carers ticket and a disabled pass. The Disabled Camping Area is positioned near to the main Robin Hill entrance. Vehicles with a blue badge (or similar) can park in the disabled camping area. It is about 5 minutes from here to the main arena but it should be noted that this journey will be downhill on the way there and uphill on the way back. There are charging points for electric wheelchairs available upon request and disabled toilets onsite. Contact the organisers if you have further questions.
More information will be here when available.
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