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2 minutes ago, Tr234 said:

What time do things end at the new site? Liked how they used to have the port open till about 3 am at the old site

Still got stuff going til 3/4 in the arena. 

Got mates who are saying it seems less busy than previous years, although better than last year. Appreciate its difficult to tell on a new site though 

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I just got back

Good fun but an awfully organised festival. Acts pulling out and set times constantly changing.

Also nowhere near enough entertainment during the day - really only worth going out and about when it's dark

I had fun but I don't think i'd go again

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12 minutes ago, Matt42 said:

I just got back

Good fun but an awfully organised festival. Acts pulling out and set times constantly changing.

Also nowhere near enough entertainment during the day - really only worth going out and about when it's dark

I had fun but I don't think i'd go again

Pretty much our thoughts too.

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Just got back will post more later, but I had a very different experience....

Thought it was very well organised overall (especially considering the weather) and there was loads to do. The main stage opened at 11am 2 days and 12.45 on the 3rd and there were so many other small stages to discover new things.

Reminded me of the Bestival's of old with all the smaller venues like Stacey's (my favourite), Club Dada, Reggae area etc 

 

 

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Hope everyone had a great time! Like the previous poster said, hope it survives as I love the festival and would love to go again next year!

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And again we fucking loved Bestival...still are loving it! Still in CV field :D

We'll def be back!

Soulwax - absolutely outstanding 

Haven't had any issues on site, the whole thing running smoothly, any set times changes only added to the randomness of the festival :)

5 gold stars to the Bestival team, I couldn't be happier :)

 

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25 minutes ago, Nobody Interesting said:

Sadly this does not surprise me.

Why so? This years clientele really that bad or other reasons? 

A terrible thing to have happened, and I can't help but feel it may damage Bestivals already ropey future. 

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27 minutes ago, Nobody Interesting said:

Sadly this does not surprise me.

Really?

The festival crowd seem especially murderous this year?

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I actually thought the crowd was more pleasant than the last couple of years. A higher % of older people.

The reports of the murder are very sad. 

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Really sad news about the murder, wasn't sure if it meant the ambient forest or another wooded area where the body was found but either way horrible news to hear.

In terms of the festival I really enjoyed it. Amazing site with so much to see and do. Theres such a wide variety of musical styles on offer so something for everyone and the range of food and drink is one of the widest at any festival I have been to. Personal highlights were Yonaka, Jamie T, the XX, Dizzee Rascal and Eton Girls Choir. 

By Sunday it was getting difficult to get around on site but the hay went down which did ease things however I was gutted that Loyle Carner got cancelled! I was down by main stage and the stewards were getting people to leave but i was told 'it's been cancelled'. When asking if he meant the whole festival or just Loyle Carner, he just repeated himself which wasn't helpful.

After returning to campsite, I decided to leave to get out of the car park before it got too messy and there wasn't much else on that I was bothered about Sunday evening/night.

i think some of the negative comments I have read about the festival are harsh as the weather can't be helped, and contingencies were in place and they did react to it. I think people forget how much work must go into running a festival and following Rob da banks social media he does seem very hard working and hands on so hats off to him. Would definitely return again next year! 

 

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53 minutes ago, FloorFiller said:

Why so? This years clientele really that bad or other reasons? 

A terrible thing to have happened, and I can't help but feel it may damage Bestivals already ropey future. 

 

53 minutes ago, Ed209 said:

Really?

The festival crowd seem especially murderous this year?

Never seen so many 'in your face' drugs dealing going on and on a couple of occasions when the reply was no thanks they got really nasty.

There was an edge to lots of areas - we only went in the Ambient Forest once as it felt wrong. Groups taking and dealing drugs after dark. Not a nice feel to it.

Lots of talk of fights all over too.

There was just something 'not right' - apart from places like Caravanserai which had a proper festival feel to it.

Security were obvious by their lack of being seen!

 

PS Cheers for the downvote for my post!!!!

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That's really weird. I've been to Besti five times since 2007 and never really seen any trouble at all! 

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21 minutes ago, Matt42 said:

It's not the drugs that get on my nerves it's how people act on the drugs that does

I agree, if I came across differently sorry. Each to their own but the in your face ones taking and dealing were well out of order here. So much worse than anywhere else I have been.

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1 hour ago, Nobody Interesting said:

I agree, if I came across differently sorry. Each to their own but the in your face ones taking and dealing were well out of order here. So much worse than anywhere else I have been.

I saw a fair few plain clothed security guards about - they stuck out obviously but I guess they weren't trying hard to be undercover

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I thought it was pretty good - you can't really blame them for the weather and they coped pretty well with the mud and wind I reckon. 2 main gripes:

- the campsites are really hilly, there's barely any flat ground in there at all, plus  have to go down he hills to go in and out which wasn't great in the mud

- the camp toilets were pretty atrocious- not enough,  not emptied, not enough compost ones

Overall though I reckon this year can be classed as a success (murder notwithstanding). And I now know I can pitch a tent well enough for it to withstand a gale force battering!

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I waited til I got a reply before posting this re the Eco Bond.

We took all the rubbish we made to the refund place on Sunday but were told we did not have enough rubbish. We put every bit we created in our bags (even taking some food plates back to our tent too)....... and every bit was recyclable so the black bag was empty. For those who did not go it was two bags each, one for recycling and one for other waste and both were full sized refuse bags.

If we put every thing we had, clothes, boots, the lots even the tent in them we could not have filled the four bags.

So I wrote to Bestival to ask why creation of waste was rewarded by refunds of eco bonds but those who try and be as 'eco' as possible are penalised (other festivals like Shambala even have  a green camping area for those who create no waste and even so, their bags are small and easy to fill).

Their reply was that we should have gone around the camp sites and picked up rubbish to fill the bags.

I cannot express fully how disgusting that is of them to expect someone to walk around picking up other peoples litter (buried in several inches of mud to boot) just to get the Eco Bond refunded. How do we know what we might be picking up and where it has been?

I see this eco bond as simply a way of charging an extra £10 per ticket with every effort made to not have to refund it.

 

Anyway, some might find Bestival's stance fine but they can now forget our custom ever again - and they can reply on us to suggest to our friends to give this festival a miss.

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doesn't suprise me bestival did that, upon checking for new reviews on their facebook today (ordered by newest first), i noticed in the weeks before the festival had even started there's a load of mysterious 5-star text-less ratings were posted on the page before it had even started :rolleyes:

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47 minutes ago, Nobody Interesting said:

I waited til I got a reply before posting this re the Eco Bond.

We took all the rubbish we made to the refund place on Sunday but were told we did not have enough rubbish. We put every bit we created in our bags (even taking some food plates back to our tent too)....... and every bit was recyclable so the black bag was empty. For those who did not go it was two bags each, one for recycling and one for other waste and both were full sized refuse bags.

If we put every thing we had, clothes, boots, the lots even the tent in them we could not have filled the four bags.

So I wrote to Bestival to ask why creation of waste was rewarded by refunds of eco bonds but those who try and be as 'eco' as possible are penalised (other festivals like Shambala even have  a green camping area for those who create no waste and even so, their bags are small and easy to fill).

Their reply was that we should have gone around the camp sites and picked up rubbish to fill the bags.

I cannot express fully how disgusting that is of them to expect someone to walk around picking up other peoples litter (buried in several inches of mud to boot) just to get the Eco Bond refunded. How do we know what we might be picking up and where it has been?

I see this eco bond as simply a way of charging an extra £10 per ticket with every effort made to not have to refund it.

 

Anyway, some might find Bestival's stance fine but they can now forget our custom ever again - and they can reply on us to suggest to our friends to give this festival a miss.

You seem to give Shambala a pass but it was no different to Bestival and your experience this weekend pretty much mirrors our experience at Shambala (didn't generate enough waste to fill bag so walked around the site on sunday morning picking up other people's litter, told bag still not full enough so had to do a stint in the recycling/sorting to get eco-bond back). 

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6 hours ago, Nobody Interesting said:

I agree, if I came across differently sorry. Each to their own but the in your face ones taking and dealing were well out of order here. So much worse than anywhere else I have been.

Clearly this is tragic but it could have happened anywhere. of all the festivals I've been to, fortunately I've never been close to being unsurprised that there might be a murder. I think your over egging this 

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