Bestival 2016

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Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September 2016
Robin Hill Country Park, Nr Arreton, Downend, Isle of Wight, PO30 2NU, England MAP
£190 adult weekend (+booking fee)
Daily capacity: 79,999
Last updated: Mon 5th Sep 2016

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 future themed Bestival is held at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight, from Thursday 8th until Sunday 11th September 2016.

Bestival are hoping to break a record this year by hosting the world's biggest bouncy castle.


Wiz Khalifa and Sean Paul headline Sunday, The Cure will headline Saturday night, Major Lazer top Friday night’s main stage and Hot Chip headline Thursday night in the Big Top.

The line-up for the weekend includes Animal Collective, Aurora, Bastille, Beaty Heart, Benjamin Damage, Bicep, The Black Madonna, Bodhi presents ROOTS, Caravan Palace, Craig David's TS5, Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, David Rodigan presents Ram Jam, Eats Everything, Purple Rave, Glass Animals, Crystal Fighters, Eskimo Dance featuring Wiley, and Ghostpoet, Hospitality presents Camo & Krooked, London Elektricity, S.P.Y b2b Nu:Tone, Danny Byrd b2b Brookes Brothers, Maduk, and MC Wrec & Dynamite MC. The Human League, Jagwar Ma, Katy B, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Krept & Konan, Kurupt FM's Champagne Steam Rooms, Loyle Carner, MØ, Kano, Odesza, Snakehips, Mura Masa, Wstrn, Lady Leshurr, Billie Marten, Frances, Izzy Bizu, The Cuban Brothers, Fatherson, Subgiant, The Wytches, The Sherlocks, Pretty Vicious, All This Noise, Asylums, Black Honey, Born InA Barn, Clean Cut Kid, Coco, Creeper, Danny L Harle, Eska, Fickle Friends, The Greasy Slicks, Hinds, The Japanese House, JP Cooper, K.Flay, L.A. Salami, Louis Berry, Milk Teeth, Moose Blood, PC Music All Stars, Pinegrove, Pup, Rationale, Richie Hawtin, Ride, Shy FX's Party On The Moon, Skepta, Skream, Slamboree, Tourist, Wolf Alice, Years And Years, Leftfield, Oh Wonder, Honne, Anne-Marie, The Showhawk Duo, The Twilight Sad, Tiggs Da Author, ESPA, New Desert Blues, Alice Jemima, Xylaroo, Too Many T's, Lauran Hibberd, DJ Zinc, World of Rave & Music Mondays Crew, with History of Rave action from Slipmatt going b2b with Billy 'Daniel' Bunter and a DJ set from Altern8. Plus many more.

Latest additions Jaguar Skills, Ashworth, Bugged Out's Little Bugger, Cirque Du Soul, Joe Smooth, Justin Robertson, Kid Canaveral, Nimmo, Roy Davis Jnr, Strong Asian Mothers, SWMRS, A Man Called Adam, Aidan Knight, Ardyn, Bobby O'Donnel, Burt Cope, C.C. Smugglers, Deaf By Disco, DJ GG, Dr SID, Ella and the Blisters, Feeling Gloomy, Full Nelson, Graceland, Gregs Greats, Ian Void, Idiot Savant, Jay-L, Jules & Lisa, Kaf-Tan, Kemback, Lucy Cait, Martin Davies, Miss Chameleon, Mojo Filter, Nick Gabriel, Noble Jacks, Not Saffron, Pete Kosanovich, Rev Milo Speedwagon, Stevie Wonderland DJs, Tasty Lopez & Karistocat, The Beau Bow Belles, Black Kat Boppers, The Caulfield Beats, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, The Shellac Collective, The Tom Seals Band, Thomas Urv, Timo Garcia, Tom Colborn, Tony Tunes, Uncle Junior, Vote Pedro, Vula Viel, and Ziriguidum.

For the full list of confirmed acts and line-up details as available see the Bestival line-up page.

David Rodigan is a lifetime resident for Bestival and Camp Bestival.


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Phase 2 tickets are priced at £190 for Adult Tickets and £120 for Teen (age 13-17) Tickets. Student tickets are priced at £180 (For full-time students only. Valid NUS or ISIC ID required at the box office. No other student ID accepted). Tickets for children (age 12 & under) are free (but must have a ticket). A campervan ticket is priced at £90 (per vehicle), a caravan pass is £100, and car parking is priced at £15 advance. A Wild Copse adult tickets is priced at £299, a Wild Copse teen ticket is priced at £149.50, and Wild Copse Child tickets are free. Prices are currently the same for Friday or Thursday entry.

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.

Payment plan

Bestival’s weekly payment plan means a Bestival ticket can be secured for just £7 a week! Spreading the cost across 25 weeks, an initial £25 deposit payment (plus booking fees and p&p), followed by 24 weekly payments of around £7, gets you a ticket for the same price as paying in one go.

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.

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On site

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.

Slow Motion

Slow Motion returns providing an alternative space to focus on the self, hosting The Hideaway Healers’ Pamper Paddock offering a choice of Reiki, Shiatsu, Holistic or Thai Yoga Massage, or therapy. There's Bathing Under the Sky’'s Hot Tubs, which you can book in advance. Tie-dye workshops with Hannah and Rosie at The New Craft House plus some therapeutic Paper Cutting care of Poppy Chancellor. The Revolution Rides offers a pedal-powered workout led by Tim Weeks. The HuffingtonPost UK Yoga Shala is the place to re-centre yourself with a variety of yoga from Acro to Kundalini, and Hip-Hop Yoga to Voga. This year’s yoga programme features yogis such as Felix Price and Diahann Holder of the Urban Avatars who hcome via the Yoga Connects Festival. Acrobalance with Pip & Eugene return and Goldie introduces Yoganster to the yoga massive! Off site there's some Slow Motion Adventures with the Isle of Wight’s iSurf, who will be leading surf and SUP (stand up paddleboarding) exploits.

There's also The HuffingtonPost UK Zen Den for soul searchers who want to zone in and enjoy some 'me time'. Expect gong baths, breath meditation with Michael Townsend Williams from Stillworks, Transcendental Meditation with The David Lynch Foundation, Tai Chi in the woods, as well as chanting and guided meditations. There's even a chance to divine your future with the mystic arts of astrology and Tarot at the Astro Village - probably where you'll realise you you could have been watching a band like normal festival goers do. There's even the opportunity to develop your visual vocabulary at Cosmic’s Arts Space, and cultivate your knowledge at Bestiversity.

Talking of music (and we haven't been for some sentences) there's also the new Sunday Best Music Tent, the Caravanserai, and god bless it The WI Tea Tent, or more weirdly (again) Llama Karma from West Wight Alpacas and a birds of prey experience at The Bird Sanctuary with Haven Falconry.

Fortunately there's also food, coffee, speciality teas, handmade chai and delicious cakes, cocktails, and craft ales. Plus The Kids’ Field offering activities, experiences, random entertainment and a full programme of theatre shows, circus skills and crafts and games!

Lucha VaVOOM

Rita D'Albert and Liz Fairbairn bring Lucha VaVOOM to Bestival with their breath-taking combination of Mexican wrestling (or Lucha Libre as it’s known) and eye-popping high class burlesque. Featuring masked wrestlers performing acrobatics in one-fall wrestling matches with hilarious commentary, and beautiful Buxoticas in between bouts, and taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Big Top, there will be high flying manoeuvres, tag team action and mid-afternoon delights from The Crazy Chickens, Dirty Sanchez, Chupacabra, El Presidente, Magno, Dragon Lee and Diamante Azul. Inter-bout burlesque action comes from Miss Rita, dancer and hula hoop artiste Karis, and long-time Bestival beauty Marawa the Amazing.

Disabled info

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.

Ferry returns

For those leaving the island by ferry please arrive no earlier than 1 hour before your departure time on Monday.

More info

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