Bestival is the first UK festival to go worldwide with YouTube

watch it live streamed over the weekend

published: Fri 31st Aug 2012

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Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th September 2012
Robin Hill Country Park, Downend, Nr Arreton, Isle of Wight, PO30 2NU, England MAP
£180 for Thu-Sun - camping sold out, premium camping £299
daily capacity: 50000
last updated: Thu 6th Sep 2012

Those that missed out on a ticket to the sold out ninth Bestival will still be able to see the show thanks to a UK first with YouTube.

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The live stream will be available on the festival's official YouTube channel ( across all internet-connected devices and it will cover both the Main Stage and Big Top from Friday 7th until Sunday 9th September. Once Bestival comes to a close, individual songs from acts will be available on-demand for the next 90 days on the Bestival YouTube channel.

Patrick Walker, Senior Director of YouTube Music, Europe, Middle East & Africa said, "As the premiere destination for music lovers worldwide, YouTube has been working hard to expand our offering of live gigs and festivals to satisfy the hunger for great original content. We're delighted to announce a partnership with Bestival, whose dream line-up of musicians including Florence + the Machine, The xx, Emeli Sande and New Order, will now be made available to anyone, anywhere with an Internet connection."

Bestival boss Rob da Bank commented, "I've been watching festivals such as Coachella and Tomorrowland on YouTube and loving the futuristic new angle on showing festivals in a different light via a medium that nearly everyone in the music and festival worlds is tuned into. We're really pleased that Bestival is the first UK festival to go down this route."

Ben Turner, a Director at Bestival added, "Following our pioneering coverage in 3D last year, Bestival is proud to now be the first UK festival to live stream to YouTube. This type of music and festival is being under-served by mainstream TV in the UK, and we believe that it's an important step forward for music coverage overall. We also believe this approach is reflective of how today's audiences want to consume music at home."

Perhaps if it's another wet weekend, and this idea catches on, Bestival won't sell out next year, with more people forgoing their wellies, and their wallets, to watch the event from the comfort of their armchairs.

Bestival happening at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight from Thursday 6th until Sunday 9th September 2012 has over 20 stages of live music from more than 300 bands alongside a wealth of hidden treasures peppered across the site. From the old world southern American charms of the Swamp Shack and the magical aura of the Wishing Tree, to the mayhem of the Wall of Death and the rush of the Roller Disco.

New Order will headline Saturday, with Stevie Wonder headlining the Sunday. Also performing are Orbital, The xx, Sigur Ros, Justice, Two Door Cinema Club, Hot Chip, Friendly Fires, Death In Vegas, Nero, The Horrors, Gary Numan, Earth, Wind & Fire Experience feat Al McKay, Rizzle Kicks, and many more. For the line-up details as available please click here.

Tickets with camping and campervan passes have sold out, premium camping is still available priced at £299. Tickets including entry from Thursday 6th September are priced at £180 for Adult Tickets and £120 for Teen (age 13-17) Tickets. For those arriving on or after Friday 7th September Adult Tickets are priced at £170 or £110 for Teen (age 13-17) Tickets. Tickets for children (age 12 & under) are free (but must have a ticket).

To buy tickets from Ticketline, click here.

Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th September 2012
Robin Hill Country Park, Downend, Nr Arreton, Isle of Wight, PO30 2NU, England MAP
£180 for Thu-Sun - camping sold out, premium camping £299
daily capacity: 50000
last updated: Thu 6th Sep 2012

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