London Grammar, M.I.A., & Jorja Smith announced as headliners for Bestival 2018

plus Grace Jones, Plan B, Django Django, Rudimental, Faithless (DJ set), & more

By Mike Marshall | Published: Tue 6th Feb 2018

London Grammar

Bestival 2018

Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August 2018
Lulworth Castle, Lulworth, Dorset, BH20 5QS, England MAP
£180 + £10 eco-bond + £1 charity 'donation' (mandatory)
Daily capacity: 35,000

The first acts have been announced for Bestival 2018, which will take place at Lulworth Castle, in Dorset, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August

London Grammar will headline on Saturday, while M.I.A. will close the festival on the Sunday night. Also playing on the main Castle Stage across the weekend will be Grace Jones, Plan B, Chaka Khan, Mura Masa, Sundara Karma, Thundercat, Jimmy Cliff, David Rodigan and the Outlook Orchestra, Kojey Radical, Dubioza Kolektiv, Gentleman's Dub Club, Songhoy Blues, The Cuban Brothers, IDLES, This Is The Kit, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Oh My God! It's The Church, L.A. Salami, Son Of Dave, and Stefflon Don.

Rob da Bank says: “Here come the girls... and a few boys too! Yes, it’s Bestival 2018 and we’re here with the first wave of our all-singing all-dancing line-up. With UK festival exclusive headliners London Grammar and Jorja Smith to legends in the game Chaka Khan, Jimmy Cliff and Grace Jones, and always representing the new blood from Mura Masa and IAMDDB to Mabel and Idles, we’re covering all bases. As any Bestival veteran knows we don't just do music, so come and check our Hot Yoga, Dubstep Dodgem rides, wood-fired hot tubs, AmbientLand craft tent, East 17’s Christmas Party!, and loads of circus-based trickery, including a Human Cannonball, high wire fire walking and a pretty buff strongman popping up on the Main Stage.”

Commenting on their exclusive headline set, London Grammar’s Dot Major said: “We are so excited to be coming back to Bestival this year! Our show there back in 2014 was one of our favourite shows we have done on home shores. I’ve been going along for years as it’s such a magical festival and this time we get to headline!  can’t wait to see you all there.”

Headlining the Big Top on the Thursday will be Jorja Smith, with Django Django, Kelela, IAMDDB, Mike Skinner & Murkage present Tonga, Holy Goof, Donea'o, Jaykae, Mabel, Not3s, Kojo Funds, Charlotte de Witte, Agoria (live), Ghetts, Mr Jukes, Casisdead, Lotto Boyzz, Sink The Pink, Phil Taggart, Ratboy, Shame, Superfood, Black Honey, Confidence Man, Touts, Whenyoung, We Are ScientistsNilufer Yanya, Ebenezer, House Gospel Choir, Hak Baker, Adrian Sherwood, Caravana Sun, Grace Carter, Mellah, The Correspondents, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Blossom Caladron, Beans on Toast, Dutty Moonshine Band, Digital Love: A Tribute to Daft Punk, London Astrobeat Orchestra Performs: Talking Heads, Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana, and Park Hotel performing during the festival.

The Temple stage will see Rudimental (DJ Set), Bicep (DJ set), Amelie Lens, Solardo, Denis Sulta, Mall Grab, Honey Dijon, Artwork, and Camelphat, as well as Flava D, Palms Trax, Objekt, Nastia, Eli & Fur, Alex Niggemann, Benjamin Damage, Amine K, Mella Dee, Moxie, Darkzy, FineArt, Haai, Jamz Supernova, Goldierocks, Tasty Lopez, and Bradley Gunn Raver.

Goldie, Metalheadz, David Rodigan presents RAM JAM, RAM Records, The 2 Bears, Billy Daniel Bunter, Raindance, Rob da Bank, and Foor will grace the Bollywood stage, along with Radar Radio, Foor, House of Pharaohs, Happy Meals, Nathan Dawe, Biig Piig, and LeBon.

HMS Bestival will host Faithless (DJ set), East 17's Christmas Party, Jaguar Skillz, Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts, So Solid Crew, WookieMatt Jam LamontShogun Audio pres. Alix Perez, Technimatic, Pola & Bryson, Glxy & SP:MC & Visionobi, Bez's Acid House, Stanton Warriors, Big Freedia, DJ Brace, Jodie Harsh & Friends, Kiddy Smile, Savage, Schlachthofbronx, Buttmitzvah, and Hard Cock Life.

At Stacey's there'll be Gilles Peterson, Hot Chip Mega Mix (DJ set), Norman Jay, Craig Charles, Donna Leake, Andy Blake, Reach Up - Disco Wonderland, JazzHeadChronic pres. The South London Soul Train, Shaka Loves You, Amy Alsop, and Perry Kaye.

In AmbientLand you'll find Chris Coco, Jane Fitz, Mixmaster Morris, Flying White Dots, and Flying Mojito Bros.

The Caravanasi has Temple Funk Collective, Urban Voodoo Machine, Buffos Wake, ChainSka Brassika, Ska V Goldsmith, My Baby, John Fairhurst, DJ Chris Tofu, DJ Penny Metal, and DJ Ecklectic Mick.

And finally, in Club Dada there'll be Vic Reeves (reggae set), Reggae Roast ft. Natty Campbell, DJ Shepdog (Nice Up!), Ezra Collective, Jazz Re:Freshed, Henge, King Lagoon's Flying Swordfish Dance Band, Tokyo Sex Wail, Captain Cumbia, Wara, Immigrant Swing, Movimientos, DJ Chris Tofu, Thrill Collins, and White Mink Electro Swing Club.

There's many more acts are still to be announced across all stages including the Friday night headliner. There are psychedelic sideshows and attractions in venues including Temple, Bollywood, HMS Bestival (AKA The Port), Stacey's, AmbientLand, Caravanserai, Club Dada and a magnificent charm of stages and immersive micro-venues scattered across the site.

Early bird tickets for 2018 are on sale, priced as follows:-

Refundable Bestival Eco-Bond (Mandatory): £10
Bestival Charity Donation (Mandatory): £1
adult weekend: £139
teen (13-17) weekend: £92.50
child (12 & under): free but needs ticket

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