Known for its inspired creativity and rich design across 25 unique stages Bestival recently unveiled this year’s theme, The Summer of Love, hoping to evoke the classic festival spirit. Described as an ‘amorous adventure’ Bestival will return to Robin Hill on the Isle of White on September 10th-13th.
Ambitious to rekindle the vibe of 60s with his modern Summer of Love, festival curator Rob da Bank explained:
We’re taking it right back to our roots for the 12th annual Bestival. It’s also the 20th birthday of the club where it all started – Sunday Best, and that club and our beloved Bestival were founded on some pretty simple aims – listen to amazing music, make new friends, have fun, and maybe stay up all night. Two decades later we’re rigidly sticking to those principles, and this edition of Bestival, with its Summer of Love theme, is all about one huge musical, well, orgy… So, returning friends the Chemical Brothers rave alongside iconic popstars Duran Duran and The Jacksons, and some of my favourite modern musical mavericks – Tame Impala, Flying Lotus and Jungle – jump in bed together… and this is just the start of the party… Watch this space and feel the love!
Heading up this year’s lineup, The Chemical Brothers and Underworld are both likely to excite in equal measure. The Chemical Brothers are best known as the Manchester electronic duo responsible for bringing the big beat genre to the attention of the masses. Underworld saw themselves achieve cult status in 1996 as their tracks Born Slippy.NUXX and Dark & Long, were immortalized in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting. Underworld would team up with Boyle again in 2012 for their biggest project to date, directing the soundtrack for the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Having layed low in recent years but for a few contributions to film scores and sountracks, The Chemical Brothers’ reappearance on the festival circuit this year coincides with the reveal of a new album slated for release this year. The Chemical Brothers are renowned as one of the world’s finest live electronic acts and are known for incorporating numerous guest vocalists in their performances, so fans could potentially be in for a few pleasant surprises. Underworld and The Chemical Brothers are a choice pairing of authentic electronic acts, worthy of headline status.
Joining them on the bill for a hint of nostalgia are 80s rockers Duran Duran, and the world’s most famous musical family, The Jacksons. Duran Duran have recently been putting the finishing touches to their new album with Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers and Mr. Hudson. Whilst Jungle having made an impressive debut last year with their self titled debut album are also likely to draw attention.
Also atop the lineup is experimental producer Flying Lotus. Based in San Francisco, Flying Lotus is at the forefront of avant-garde hip-hop, releasing most consistently through Warp records, home to the likes of Squarepusher and Aphex Twin, the latter recognizable for far more than just his recent Grammy.
Also among the line up are the increasingly popular ladies of the moment, Annie Mac and Hannah Wants. Bestival’s roster of DJs also features chart favorites Duke Dumont, Gorgon City, and Redlight, whilst those with more eclectic tastes will likely be pleased to see Seth Troxler, Four Tet, Ben UFO, Jackmaster and Joy Orbison joining them on the bill.
Below is a full list of live acts and DJs
The Chemical Brothers / Underworld / Duran Duran / The Jacksons / Tame Impala / Jungle / Jurassic 5 / Flying Lotus / Gorgon City / Little Dragon / Roisin Murphy / Duke Dumont / Kate Tempest / Jamie xx (Live) / Boy Better Know / Todd Terje (Live) / Action Bronson / Future Islands / Level 42 / Young Fathers / Flight Facilities / Rae Morris / Jungle Brothers / The Cuban Brothers / Pond / Sleaford Mods / Fat White Family / Lapsley / Cymande / Slaves / Shura / George the Poet / Dean Blunt / Snap! / The Crazy World of Arthur Brown / Mr Wilson’s Second Liners /The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band / Reggaerobics / Circus Raj
Annie Mac / Lily Allen presents FUNLORD / Seth Troxler / Tale of Us / Hannah Wants / Four Tet / Black Butter Presents… / Madlib / Jackmaster / Joy Orbison / Ben UFO / Guy Gerber / David Rodigan MBE presents Ram Jam / Erol Alkan / Mike Skinner presents Tonga / Andrew Weatherall / SHY FX’s Party on the Moon / Mistajam presents Speakerbox / Benji B presents Deviation / Redlight / Jonas Rathsman / The Heatwave / Norman Jay MBE presents Good Times / Wookie / The Shellac Collective / Late Nite Tuff Guy / SG Lewis / Joe Hertz / World Of Rave & Music Mondays presents: Billy Daniel Bunter, Slipmatt, Rat Pack, Mark Archer (Altern-8), Kaotic Chemistry, Baby D, Liquid & Uncle Dugs / Work It DJs / Juicebox DJs / Venum Sound
Tickets went on sale this morning, with student options available. The main stage headliners for Friday and Sunday of Bestival are still to be announced along with many more acts.