Sunday, August 2, 2009


Bestival, 11th, 12th, 13th September 2009, Isle of Wight (Robin Hill Country Park)

Blimey, the Bestival dudes really know what they’re doing! Set on the Isle of Wight it rounds off the summer season of music festivals, with possibly the best line-up of them all. Sadly, if you had loose and vague plans to go, you are too late. The bastard sold out weeks ago, unless you have alternative accommodation on the island, in which case you could get yourself non-camping tickets or day passes. Happily, there is a podcast available for your listening pleasure:

Old favourites Kraftwerk and Massive Attack are joined by the newer acts like electro prodigy La Roux, pop masterminds MGMT and folky goddess Bat For Lashes. Bestival’s DJs this year include DJ Yoda, turntable icon Carl Cox and the 2manydjs boys, and you can’t say fairer than that. The best thing is that in addition to an interesting, quality, musical treat, Bestival also boasts a killer comedy lineup, performances and activities galore. Admittedly, there is a bit of a hippie vibe going at Bestival, but as soon as you get over the white people with dreadlocks and that some clothes have bells on them, you’ll realise that these crusties know how to organise a proper party.

Where most festivals have fallen short, Bestival excels: you can have tea and toast for breakfast, there are plenty of showers, there is a mojito tent, there’s a farmer’s market, other people’s children are safely ensconced within a ‘Kidsgarden’ and the standard of living promises Norway compared to most festivals’ Sudanese conditions. Bestival does not compromise, the line-up is lean and fighting fit, the setting is stunning and you are going to be spoiled rotten with treats for your belly and brain. Only one warning; if the content wasn’t so inventive, up-to-the-minute and effortlessly cool, if the program became even slightly baggy, Bestival could turn into Smugival. Not that that’s a word, but you get my drift.

Mia Tagg 2009®

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