Offering a line-up of big music names and scene setters and a themed fancy dress world, packed full of surprises, secret stages, colour and fun. The dates for the 11th Bestival, held at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight, are Thursday 4th until Sunday 7th September 2014.
This year's theme is 'Desert Island Disco'. The event will have Guinness World Record judges on site this weekend to see if Bestival curator Rob da Bank has succeeded in the challenge laid down by disco legend Nile Rodgers to create the world's biggest disco ball — over 10 metres. The ball will make an appearance this weekend and the judges will be on hand to confirm whether it's a record breaker.
Latest additions include Sohn, Lucky Elephant, Beans on Toast, Shed, Years and Years, The Dollymopps, Back to the Phuture, Mark Jones, Reverend and the Makers, Ekkoes, Kids on Bridges, Too Many T's, New Build, Goldierocks, Astronomyy, Beaty Heart, Ergo, Rage on Gold, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Rag & Bone Man, Paul Woolford, and more.
Thursday headliner is Beck, Friday it's Outkast , Saturday is topped by Foals, and Sunday's headliner is Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. Also confirmed are Busta Rhymes, Disclosure, Major Lazer, London Grammar, Sam Smith, Wild Beasts, Clean Bandit, Caribou, Chvrches, Laura Mvula, Paloma Faith, Basement Jaxx, Candi Staton, Sven Vath, Damian Lazarus, Boys Noize, Annie Mac, Green Velvet, Chase & Status (DJ Set), Andy C, Wilkinson, 1-800 Dinosaur (James Blake, Dan Foat, Airhead, Mr Assister), Route94, Bicep, Richy Ahmed, Krystal Klear, Monki, Loadstar (2 Shy, Adapt, MC Jakes), Jaguar Skills, Gorgon City, Rob Da Bank, Prince Fatty, Toddla T, Congo Natty, Jus Now, Jah Shaka, Mad Professor, Natty, David Rodigan (With Randall ( Awol Set) & Mc Fearless, Mele, Stylo G, Venum Sound), Hackman, Lorca, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Desert Island Disco, Yoga Beats, Zane Lowe, Feel My Bicep (Bicep, John Talabot, Medlar), James Zabiela, Will Saul, Frank Tope, Tayo, Mr.Motivator, Jerome Hill, Steve Cobby, Faith (Ame, Luke Solomon, Terry Farley, Stuart Patterson), Cholombian, Dom Servini, Blonde Ambition, Morning Glory, and more.
For the line-up details, as available click here.
Early bird tickets including entry from Thursday are priced at £195 for Adult Tickets and £127 for Teen (age 13-17) Tickets. Tickets for children (age 12 & under) are free (but must have a ticket). A campervan ticket is priced at £90 and a caravan £101 (per vehicle), and car parking is priced at £15 advance (or £20 cash on arrival).
This year Bestival are adding on a £1 charity donation onto all Bestival tickets. The money raised will go directly to the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust (Reg Charity no. 1087163) to help fund their work offering counselling and support to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight. The Bestival Foundation is also a proud supporter of the Youth Trust.
There's also a 24 week payment plan which means that an adult ticket can now be bought at a payment of £19.05 per week .
Once ticket buyers have signed up to the payment plan, which basically means giving your agreement by ticking the bank mandate form on Ticketline's website, Bestival will automatically debit your card on a weekly basis. NB: Booking fees will be charged with your initial transaction.
Terms and conditions
Bestival has rules for those attending with teens. Ticket buyers are asked to note that adult tickets can only be used by persons age 18 or over. Teen tickets can only be purchased by persons over the age of 30. Purchasers of a child ticket or a teen ticket must be either the parent or legal guardian of the teen or child for whom the ticket is purchased. Child and teen ticket holders can only enter the festival with the person who purchased their ticket i.e. their parent or legal guardian.
Any Teen ticket holders attempting to enter the festival without this person will be denied entry to the festival. For safety reasons, any persons attempting to enter the festival with a Child Ticket holder that they are not the parent or legal guardian will be denied entry. Each adult attending can accompany up to a maximum of 2 Teen Ticket holders. Teen ticket holders must camp in the same location as their families and are not allowed in the arena field unaccompanied after 10pm. Teen ticket holders must be accompanied by their parent/guardian at all times after 10pm. Child ticket holders are not allowed in the arena or campsites unaccompanied at any time.
As well as the music, Bestival has the world's biggest fancy dress party for 80,000 festival goers - Bestival offers cocktail bars, laughter clubs, a farmers market, kids area, morris dancing, magical moments and more, as one of the most colourful events on the festival calendar.
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.
For those leaving the island by ferry please arrive no earlier than 1 hour before your departure time on Monday.
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More information will be here when available.
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