Festivals like Burning Man, Pitchfork Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival are motifs youd expect to see on any music enthusiasts bucket list - these are, after all, some of the most legendary international music festivals hosting the freshest crop of talent. For those who are fond of the weird and the wonderful, though, there is a festival that is perhaps lesser-known, but that boasts of a lineup that is more left-of-field - a curated experience thatll leave you with no doubt that youre in the hands of an unmatched selector.
Bestival is a four-day music festival held at the Robin Hill country park on the Isle of Wight in England, and there are several reasons why you should keep an eye out for it.
The Story Behind the Festival
Bestival is the brainchild of DJ and record producer Rob da Bank and his wife, Josie; an offshoot of his Sunday Best record label and club nights, this is the more diverse and vibrant cousin of the renowned Isle of Wight festival.
Having started DJing on turntables over twenty years ago, Rob da Bank has always shown a preference towards alternative electronic music and quirky chill out tunes, so get ready to bid that mainstream EDM goodbye!
What Sets Bestival Apart
Bestivals got quite a bit going for it - besides being smaller in size, the festival is famous for its fancy dress themes which are generally held on the Saturday of the festival; even qualifying for the Guinness World Record for most people in fancy dress at one event in 2010 with a whopping 55, 000 participants.
Bestival supports several social and environmental causes through Isle of Wight-based charities and youth organisations - and theres nothing we love more than a festival that not only shows festivalgoers a good time, but also cares about the world we live in.
Generally described as a boutique festival thanks to the lack of corporate play, innovation is the name of the game at Bestival.
Other quirky features it has had in the past include one called Breastival, a quiet place dedicated for breast-feeding mothers, as well as an inflatable church where people could get married.
Theres also Caravanserai, a collection of vintage caravans and fair rides that have been converted into a charming bar and sideshow stage, teeming with beats, vibes and electro swing.
With so much to offer in one venue, this festival is more a wonderland than anything else.
With 2015s line-up including the likes of Jungle, Jamie xx and Hudson mohawke, its definitely time to start packing for this quirky ride of a lifetime - whatever you do, dont forget to pack your dancing shoes!