Offering a line-up of big music names and scene setters and a 'Summer of Love' themed fancy dress world, packed full of surprises, secret stages, colour and fun. Bestival is held at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight, from Thursday 10th until Sunday 13th September 2015.
Headlined by Missy Elliott, The Chemical Brothers (live), Underworld, and very special guests. Joining the line-up for the first time for a UK festival exclusive appearance are Duran Duran, plus The Jacksons, Tame Impala, Jungle, Jurassic 5, a UK exclusive from Flying Lotus, Skrillex, Mark Ronson (DJ set), Hannah Wants, Greg Wilson, High Contrast, London Elektricity, Benga, Special Request, Horse Meat Disco, Monki, Mele, Slimzee, Etherwood, Fred V and Grafix, Dynamite MC, Low Steppa, Kiwi, Logan Sama, Mella Dee, Flava D, Gorgon City, Little Dragon, Roisin Murphy, Duke Dumont, Kate Tempest, Jamie XX, 47soul, Alice Jemima, Andy Votel presents Twisted Nerve, BaDow, CoCo and the Butterfields, Esther Joy Lane, Dub Pistols, Wiley, Skepta, Roni Size Reprazent, Drenge, Jaguar Skills, DJ Yoda and his Breakfast Of Champions, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Gabrielle Aplin, Dinosaur Pile Up, Dodgy, Kero Kero Bonito, Lloyd Yates, Seafret, Xockha, Yrslf, the Chuckle Brothers, and more.
Taking to the ones and twos will be DJs including Annie Mac, Lily Allen presents Funlord, Seth Troxler, Tale Of Us, Hannah Wants, Four Tet, Black Butter Presents, Madlib, Jackmaster, Joy Orbison, Ben UFO, Guy Gerber, David Rodigan presents Ram Jam, Erol Alkan, Mike Skinner presents Tonga, Andrew Weatherall, Shy FX's Party on the Moon, MistaJam presents Speakerbox, Benji B presents Deviation, Redlight, and more.
For the line-up details as available see the Bestival line-up page.
David Rodigan has become a lifetime resident for Bestival and Camp Bestival.
Early bird tickets including entry from Thursday are priced at £195 for Adult Tickets and £130 for Teen (age 13-17) Tickets. Student tickets are priced at £185 (For full-time students only. Valid NUS or ISIC ID required at the box office. No other student ID accepted). For those arriving on or after Friday tickets are priced the same. Tickets for children (age 12 & under) are free (but must have a ticket). A campervan ticket is priced at £92.50 (per vehicle), a caravan pass is £105, and car parking is priced at £15 advance (or £20 cash on arrival). Adult Wild Copse camping tickets are priced at £325, and £165 for a teen Wild Copse camping ticket.
Once again 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 the weekly payment plan, which lets you spread the cost of a Bestival ticket across 20 weeks for around £8.95 per week after your initial deposit.
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, illuminated night parades, and more, as one of the most colourful events on the festival calendar.
There's a new arena for 2015 at Bestival dedicated to energising pursuits, from wild music runs and hugging Karma Llamas to euphoric yoga and rock climbing, Slow Motion is it’s own relaxed festival within a festival offering Surf lessons, mountain-boarding, coasteering, rock climbing, paddle-boarding and mountain biking, and a chance to take in the sights with a trip on our brand new Caravanserai inspired Land Train.
Another new attraction this year is Carnivale situated in the Wishing Tree Field. Featuring a pirate ship stage with a cast of oddball performers and dancers expect sea shanties, morning shakedowns and eye-catching exploits, Commedia Dell’Arte inspired pirates, acrobatic monkeys, and a Carnival Day Parade and Night Parades. Plus, there’s a workshop tent offering carnival arts, costume making, face painting, dance and musical workshops. There will also be a History of Carnival exhibition showing film footage of carnivals from around the world and discover the history of the costumes on display.
A collaboration across several art forms, Carnivale will host Spandy Andy, Sink the Pink, Mr Wilson's Second Liners, Mariachi El Pinche Grin Go, Shademakers, Area 51, Cirque Bijou, Emergency Exit Arts, Batala Portsmouth, Kinetika Bloco, Mandinga Arts, Preston Carnival, Brouhaha, New Carnival Company, VIP Puppets, Artemis, Quture, CTD Dance Company, Rainbow Connections, Utopia Mas, The Love Float (a collaboration between Shademakers and the IOW Police Volunteer Cadet Force) and The Parlour Make Up, and Rob da Bank.
Also a new area, The Commune, is an ocular spectacular featuring the Flower of Fire, a nine-petalled 15 and half metre pyro-installation radiating peace and love from the centre of the Magic Meadow all weekend long. The Commune is designed by Josie da Bank and programmed by Lost & Found’s chief facilitator Bobby Lost. Situated among a convoy of peace wagons and bespoke traveller vehicles, there will be an array of Happy-nings, from sober morning raves and late night UV underwear parties, to talks from real revolutionaries, capturing the genuine counter culture spirit of freedom and the expansion-of-possibility felt by the movement in the sixties. 'Happynings' will include, 'Love in' Cuddle Workshops, Laughter Yoga, Blindfolded Ecstatic Dances, Silent Speed Dating, Sacred Cacao Ceremonies, Drum Circles, Acro-Yoga, Singing from the Heart, 'Guerrilla Good Guys' - a workshop to spread love around the festival unseen, free expression and dance with the Hare Krishnas, Gratitude Workshops and the Love Stop Cafe.
At night The Commune will pulse with passionate beats from top conscious DJs from the conscious clubbing scene like WeAreOne, Morning Gloryville, Right Here Right Now and Battersea Conscious Club, spinning heartful house and dharma disco. Each night will see ‘Glow Show’ - a dare to bare UV underwear and body painting tribal party. Plus there will be the Talking Stick Tipi with game changing talks on consciousness, revolution, freedom, connection, expression, rebellion and politics.
Guinness World Record attempt
Bestival is trying to enter the record books again this year, this time with the largest number of buskers in one place, led by CoCo and the Butterfields over four hundred buskers must gather in the main arena, for a mass rendition of 'The Beatles' All You Need Is Love'. Would-be record breakers are invited to bring any instrument they like, and help create a world record breaking biggest busk ever. All they need to do is sign-up using the form on the official website and say what instrument they be playing.
Films in the Forest
Films in the Forest kicks off on Friday with Woodstock, and Pride. Saturday's films are Behind the Candelabra, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. On Sunday the programmer features Searching for Sugarman, and High Fidelity.
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.
This year Bestival has become a member of pioneering project Energy Revolution, a festival charity (pending incorporation) that crowdsources donations and invests in clean energy to tackle climate change and create a sustainable future for everyone. When booking a car park, caravan or camper ticket there will be an option to add a £3 donation to Energy Revolution. Help to do your bit by using renewables where possible, donate and help Bestival to make a real difference!
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