Those of you looking for a change of pace from some of the other music festivals happening over the summer, or for one last chance to get away before the monotony of Autumn, should look no further than the fantastic Bestival 2011.
Having only been around since 2004 the festival, which is held at The Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight, is still relatively new. Despite its young age the greatness of Bestival is undeniable; it was voted as the best UK festival last year and boasts one of this year’s top line-ups. Headliners The Cure, Pendulum, and Primal Scream will be joined by acts like Tom Vek, Graham Coxon, The Maccabees, Katy B, Public Enemy, and our very own Fat Boy Slim.
If the line-up alone isn’t enough to sway you then the Afterburner, which has to be seen to believed, should be. Expected to make a triumphant return this year the 360-degree multi-stage arena is centred around a 10 metre high fire, water, and smoke spouting tower that comes alive after dark. A DJ booth at the very heart of the construction pounds a beat to synchronize the mechanical mayhem.
Tickets bought directly from the organisers are now all sold out, but don’t despair; you can still buy them from Ferry companies Red Funnel, and Wight Link. Tickets are £180.50 for adults (16+), £93 for teens, and £170.50 for full-time students. Ferry travel is, obviously, essential; adults travelling on foot will have to pay £22.70, but senior citizens pay slightly less at £15.20. If you’re travelling by car expect prices to differ.
Don’t miss out on this fantastic festival. End your summer with a bang.
Originally published in the July issue of BN1 magazine.