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Courtney Pine 2013 colourOn course for a truly epic 10th birthday spectacular, the good ship HMS Bestival is abuzz with excitement as a whole new raft of able-bodied shipmates join the ranks of Bestival 2013.

With an already gargantuan line-up featuring Elton John, Snoop Dogg, MIA, Franz Ferdinand, Wu-Tang Clan, Flaming Lips, Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox to name but a few, Bestival have got ten fields of wonderment with over twenty stages, big soundsystems, insane sideshows, magical happenings and so much more in our 24hr escapist world, and they’re going full steam ahead this September 5th-8th to Robin Hill Country Park for the party of our lives, at the greatest show on earth!

Rob da Bank says: “Bestival is ten years old this year and I always want our festival to stay fresh and new, so I’m well pleased with the latest artist additions… Courtney Pine, legendary jazz musician, is going to open the whole birthday spectacular on the Thursday and from that point on we’re gonna be treated to a plethora of new bands and talent from indie upstarts Savages and London Grammar to incredible electronic explorations from Hieroglyphic Being and Evian Christ. Not forgetting returning hero James Blake who’s part of the fabric of recent Bestivals. Hope you enjoy listening to all this lovely lot!”

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Getting into the buccaneering Bestival spirit, organisers are very pleased to announce that James Blake will be bringing his atmospheric bass adventures to captivate the crowds. One of the brightest talents to emerge in the past five years, James’s singular sound is one definitely not to be missed.

Photo by Richard Dumas
Photo by Richard Dumas

Possibly the most exciting band on the live circuit right now, Savages are set to blow the crowd away with their frenzied post-punk. Forget any lazy comparisons to a litany of old bands, Savages are vital and we can’t wait to see them!

UK jazz giant and all round legend Courtney Pine will be opening the show at  the 10th Birthday party on Thursday evening. Renowned for pushing sonic boundaries, there couldn’t be a more apt opener for what is destined to be Bestival’s most mind-expanding extravaganza yet!

There will also be music across the weekend from reggae kingpin Max Romeo, super-bombastic doo-wop visionary Willy Moon, anthemic guitar pop types The 1975, classical-electronica crossover geniuses Clean Bandit, hotly-tipped electro-pop trio London Grammar, the frankly sublime The Child of Lov, 80s reggae supernova Musical Youth, footwork fanatic Evian Christ, Brooklyn punks Parquet Courts, genre colliding six-piece Molotov Jukebox, alt-folkers Moulettes and the jaw-droppingly authentic ‘Introducing’ Recreate ‘Discovery’ (live).

There will also be plenty more live music from Filthy Boy, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Ady Suleiman, Hudson Taylor, Champs, Woodpecker Wooliams, Lloyd Yates, Barbarossa, The Keepsakes, Isaiah Dreads, Parlour Flames, Charley Macaulay and Devilman.

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Tenth anniversary late night booty shaking action will also be in plentiful supply with a series of super-phat soundsystems due to be announced in the coming months, but just to whet your appetites we can reveal that Numbers will be showcasing Tweakaholic featuring Jackmaster & Spencer, there will be sleazy four-four from Bicep, Chicago vibes from Hieroglyphic Being, heady jams from Addison Groove, underground party joints from Rinse FM’s Oneman, consciousness expanding sounds from Psychemagik, bass alchemy from Happa and dreamy euphoria from the one and only Chris Coco.

Plus there will be deck destroying sets from  PBR Streetgang, DJ Scotch Egg , Misty Conditions , Bill Brewster, Copy Paste Soul, Krysko, Applescal, Pete Gooding B2B  Danny Whitehead, Pathaan, Johnno (Bugged Out), Sunday Best Forum Allstars, Flying White Dots, March Hare  and  Gutterslut.

All this and there’s still one more headliner and lots of new attractions to announce, so keep checking and Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to tag your tweets #hmsbestival.

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