Review :: Bestival 2017

 

Well, we hate to say it but as it gets colder and darker, the U.K. Festival season is truly coming to a close. But what better way to send us off than Bestival?

Having changed venue from the beautiful Isle of Wight to the equally gorgeous Lulworth Estate, Dorset, the journey was certainly easier and cheaper than the ferry, but the festival was noticeably smaller than before.

Credit: Bestival

A typically British weekend washout was forecast but the crowds bravely set up camp to what was a windy weekend full of mud, making us appreciate the sunny spells even more!

Going through the site, it was sprinkled with exciting former centre piece sculptures from years past, like huge spacemen, a toy robot and a giant disco ball. In-keeping with this year’s theme of colour, was a gigantic inflatable rainbow with Kanye West’s face, in the middle, naturally!

This year also boasted the largest confetti cannon exploding over The Temple stage, which was an epic multicolour paradise. The Caravanserai area was an incredible highlight, where artistic caravans are King, opera singing aerial artists swing overhead, comedy shows play out all night, teddy bears surround the bar and you can catch DJs spin out of a car.

It’s here where we caught the incredible Slamboree for a second time after an amazing set on Friday night at Club DaDa. The crazy troupe of musicians, performers and singers are the ultimate festival band and often change the lineup for different shows.

Other musical highlights of the weekend include seeing Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and an awesome show from Dizzee Rascal at the main Castle stage. Rat Pack kept the crowd raving at the epic Temple stage and DC Breaks representing Ram records played killer drum and bass as the largest ever confetti cannon exploded.

The xx headlined the Friday night with a typically gorgeous set whilst Kurupt FM performed for their hilarious yet banger filled party they’ve honed so well.

Other non musical highlights included Disco Yoga, the inflatable wedding chapel (kid you not) and some crazy trippy performance from performers, which included walking on knives, a human spinning on top of a pole (ouch), and someone dressed as a bird. Bestival, you did not disappoint.

Words by Kate Stewart // @Katiness