Bestival 2011

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torsdag 8 september 2011 söndag 11 september 2011

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HeHello and welcome to the wonderful world of ‘Sunday Best presents Bestival’! On this page we aim to give you a short(ish) but very sweet summary of all things Bestival. For further detailed info, use the index below to guide you around the site… and don’t forget to use the scroll bars (on the actual website) to view the full story if its a long’un!

Bestival is an award winning 3 day boutique music festival set at Robin Hill - a beautiful leafy country park (a veritable Garden of Eden!) near Downend and Newport in the heart of the Isle of Wight.

The wonderful world of Bestival was born out of ten fun years of pioneering music events and record releases from Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best empire. The BBC Radio 1 leftfield DJ had a dream to one day create his vision of how the modern day festival should be. Along with Creative Director and wife Josie da Bank and co founders / partners John and Ziggy from Get Involved that dream is now fulfilled. On a mission to change the face of independent festival culture, the fearless foursome are bringing some magic to the shores of the Solent and spreading the love worldwide.

It’s Rob and Josie da Bank’s creative vision that sets Bestival apart. Whilst the massive musical brain of Rob ensures the Bestival line-up is the most eclectic you’ll ever experience, it’s Josie’s creative wand that casts its magic over Bestival land. From the most original boutique campsite experience, to the Bollywood Cocktail Bar, fancy dress en mass and even a Hidden Disco, it’s this uniqueness that makes Bestival a wondrous world of discovery and adventure that will inspire peace, love and dancing not only in September but all year round…

The first Bestival, in September 2004, was headlined by Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim, Zero 7, The Bees, Mylo and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and was a ground-breaking success.

Bestival 2005 meanwhile saw Royksopp, The Magic Numbers, Super Furry Animals, 2manydjs, The Go! Team and Soulwax take to the stage (amongst many others!). It also set the World Record for the Biggest Fancy Dress Party (10,000 people dressed as Cowboys & Indians!) and was voted (by the festival-going public) the Best (Medium-sized) Festival and the Most Innovative Festival at the 2005 UK Festival Awards. Many thanks to those who voted for us!

Bestival 2006 was headlined by Scissor Sisters, Gogol Bordello, Pet Shop Boys and a cast of thousands… you lot… and once again saw us coming up trumps by winning the Best Medium Sized Festival category at the 2006 UK Festival Awards.

Bestival 2007 was headlined by The Chemical Brothers, Beastie Boys and Primal Scream and we once again won Best Medium Sized Festival. Thank you for voting for us once again!

Camping - Most people who come to Bestival camp and it really is the best way to experience the festival. We do recognize though that some people want a bit more comfort than that… so you can hire a Tipi, Yurt or PodPad… and then kick back in the comforts these afford. You can also bring you own Campervan to Bestival - but you will need to buy a campervan ticket first! For those that want to stay in a B&B or hotel, we recommend you head over to to find yourself accommodation (look for places in or near Newport, Ryde or Cowes).

Travel – the Isle of Wight is much nearer than most people think! For example, door to door from central London can be as little as 2 hours (inc the ferry crossing). Wightlink and Red Funnel operate frequent ferry services from Portsmouth and Southampton respectively and both companies also sell Bestival tickets. Head over to the Practical Info section of this website for further info on travel, including information about train services to and from Portsmouth/Southampton, Shuttle Bus services from the ferry ports to the festival site and general car travel info.

Children – Bestival is very kid-friendly. In fact, they’ll love it! We also have a Breastival baby temple area for new mothers! You will find further info on this in the What Else section of this site

So, have a good look around for lots more info… if you still can’t find what you are after please email us at

lots of love

x The Bestival Team
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  • Jonny_Five

    Was anybody else absolutely blown away by DJ Hype in the Bollywood tent? I sweated my body weight and more! Gimmie da Hype, gimmie da Hype! Big up Bestival crew! All amazing! :D

    22 sep 2011 Svara
  • Radostiya

    I saw it! I envy myself :)

    20 sep 2011 Svara
  • pre-s-ton

    one word - Björk, say no more. and yeh wat happened to Snares? that was disapointing, altho i have seen him about 5 or 6 times before but still, annoying.

    17 sep 2011 Svara
  • chatterboxreb

    the best festival I have ever been to, without a doubt!

    15 sep 2011 Svara
  • Candyscar

    Im still recovering, and i still have bruises

    14 sep 2011 Svara
  • petzhold

    amazing line up! so many unbelievably creative and fun stages! and so many nice funky-dressed goers! looking forward to the next... thank you so much for everything, everyone

    14 sep 2011 Svara
  • ron1999

    Was great :) i could do without the sniffing dogs tough....

    14 sep 2011 Svara
  • relequel

    Post-Bestival depression is really getting to me...

    14 sep 2011 Svara
  • heyloparis

    two and a half hour of the cure, pretty much the best thing ever, unless buckley, cobain or hendrix returned to life

    14 sep 2011 Svara
  • orlinek

    apart from being moved to overflow camping, this weekend was feckin' brilliant

    13 sep 2011 Svara
  • Chrisbo26

    Life is pretty much complete now having seen The Cure! :)

    13 sep 2011 Svara
  • Katiee93


    13 sep 2011 Svara
  • Phage

    yea I really was looking forward to venetian snares :(

    13 sep 2011 Svara
  • willajd

    where were venetian snares and joker???

    13 sep 2011 Svara
  • Wreckedd

    Toots & The Maytals, despite the rain, were by leaps and bounds the best thing this year, can't beat the heart warming vibes that reggae provides!

    13 sep 2011 Svara
  • Phage

    This was amazing, The Cure, Mogwai and HEALTH were the best!

    13 sep 2011 Svara
  • craigus12

    loved the gale force winds

    12 sep 2011 Svara
  • Teddeh

    Way too many great acts to mention! Quality, quality festival but I've never had to queue THAT much to get to one before

    12 sep 2011 Svara
  • el_Kava

    bestival blew my mind . David Rodigan is a legend.. thanks to the organisation, really enjoyed !!

    11 sep 2011 Svara
  • jamesusillxd

    2 1/2 fucking hours!? SO jealous :(

    11 sep 2011 Svara
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