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Bestival 2011 lasers (c) dnsn.comBestival organisers have today (Wednesday) announced plans for a brand new, mind-blowing arena dedicated to a decade of dancing here on the Isle of Wight.

Bestival HQ have been busy working out how best to mark a whole decade of great Bestivals and have come up with the most ambitious and largest on-site project since the annual festival began. The Port is a landlocked harbour with HMS Bestival as its centrepiece, surrounded by a pier, nautical sideshows and all the action of a bustling port… in a festival!

Richie Hawtin colourThe Port will boast state of the art sound (provided by Funktion One), hi-tech lasers, LED screens and a boatload of pyro exploding from HMS Bestival’s funnels. DJs will man the bridge, steering the good ship through day and night of techno & house, with many of the world’s leading DJs playing onboard this hyperreal ship.

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Taking a little time out from reaching for the lasers, Rob da Bank says: “I’m probably more excited about this new stage for Bestival than anything else in the last decade of creating fun and mental spaces for people to party on. We’ve got a tree you can rave inside, a forest with films and a giant metal spider that breathes fire, but we’ve never had a life-sized ship transmitting the best techno and house DJs across the waves while lasers strafe the crowd and a lighthouse booms its foghorn!

Annie Mac colourManning the bridge of the incredible 24 metre long ocean-going liner will be a cavalcade of the finest names to grace club culture including Richie Hawtin, Annie Mac Presents  and Carl Cox. 

With a lighthouse come helter skelter, a dockers’ bar, amazing aerial performances via a huge crane, delicious dancing girls and camp sailor boys on-stage, plus dance podiums throughout the arena for the crowd, a coruscating brilliance of unbelievable pyrotechnics, sparkle, flame and fire effects, confetti, and smoking funnels, The Port is where you’re going to want to be.  The Port; it’s brand new and good for you, so put on your dancing shoes!

Keep your eyes peeled for more mega Bestival announcements including the Friday night headliner. And remember keep checking www.Bestival.net and our Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. And don’t forget to tag your tweets #hmsbestival.

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