Bestival Festival

Are you off to Bestival Festival 2016?
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Yes we know that Bestival is a mix of Best and Festival. The festival organisers Rob da Bank and his wife could be trying to make claim that this is the best festival out there.  Hippy Clothing HQ are not here to judge but, we have heard good things about this festival found on the beautiful Isle of Wight .  This is one of the last festivals in the 2016 summer festival calendar and is always eagerly awaited by UK festival goers.

Where & When

Yes that’s right another festival on the Isle of Wight. Any why the heck not?!  For anyone who has not been to the Isle of Wight before then you are in for a treat. The place is just beautiful! You can expect sandy beaches and stunning views and that’s just a wee amount of what the wonderful island has to offer. On visiting you will be sure to find the place a fabulous holiday destination.
With a wonderful location, it only seems right to get a load of people over there to have a cracking good time at a festival. When the Isle of Wight festival was in it’s infancy the question was asked ‘would people really go to an island festival?’, I think that question has been answered with a resounding yes.

I was born on the IOW and although no longer live there can say the people are friendly and as mentioned above the scenery is beautiful. Just make sure you plan your journey well in advance as if your popping over from the main land there are only a couple of options that get very busy at this time of the year. Be prepared to sit in traffic if you travel at busy times.

DJ Rob da Bank and his wife Josie stage the 4 day music event, hosted on the islands Robin Hill Country Park on the island.  When Bestival started in 2004 it gathered 10,000 folk and has now grown to 55,000 a day.

This years party will take place from the 8th – 11th September.

The Bands

I’ll say this for sure – there are a shed loads of musicians playing at Bestival Festival this year. Unfortunately the websites layout is rather higgledy-piggledy and so reading the line up is some what of a mission. All of the artists are on one page in no particular order. I have no idea who is on what day but from the line up it does sound like there is something there for most people.  A few artists we picked out are Leftfield, The Cure, Hot Chip, Sean Paul, Human League, Goldie, Carl Cox,  and Fatboy Slim. There are so many other great names attending but it would be silly to keep naming them. Trust me when I say there are of DJ’s and bands to pick from. You will have  fab weekend.

Want to see if you can make sense of the line up yourself then pop over to the festival website here


Bestival Festival is so good that it has won a plethora of awards. There are many more to come I am sure! Here are just a couple for you;

‘Best Medium-Sized Festival’ in 2005 – 2007 and in 2009.
‘Fan’s Favourite’ – 2011 and ‘Best Innovation’ – 2005.
‘Best Major Festival’ in 2010 and 2012.
‘Best Major Festival’ at the 2015 UK Festival Awards.

Not a fan of music then look out for the worlds biggest bouncy castle, The Chuckle Brothers and much more in entertainment over the weekend.
There will be camping and fires in the evenings so ensure that you take a warm selection of hippie clothing as we all know the weather can start to get a little chilly in September.