All the wonderful jewels and hidden delights of this year’s Bestival have been unveiled, as festival-goers prepare to head to the event which starts in just two weeks time and for the first time will include a stargazing platform.
Tucked away in unknown corners of the Robin Hill Country Park there are a myriad of pleasures to discover and hours of enchantment and hilarity to unearth. Brimming with wondrous and unexpected raptures, Bestival is a gold mine of the preposterous; a demented kingdom of unanticipated folly in moonstruck fields of Elysium.
Side-stepping everyday affairs and lurching headlong into inexplicable territories, you may happen upon one of Bestival’s greatest hidden treasures, the absurdist utopia that is Club DaDa. Brought to you by Continental Drifts (the peeps behind Shangri La and London Remixed Festival) and DJ Chris Tofu, they’ll gleefully fill your brains with the finest swinging new music in a vintage remixed style, before sending you off, further into Bestival’s depths.
Keeping everybody who’s stumbled upon this particular joy in previous years on their toes, the wildly unpredictable Polka action is moving to a brand new and brilliant wooden home called the Travelling Barn. Featuring an anarchic mash up of the best Balkan and Polka music and the newest young folk musicians and hoedown bands, it’s a whirlwind of sound and sensation, with nought but a fantastic Real Ale bar to keep you anchored in reality.
Supercharging old school beats and throwing down some deliriously danceable treats, Bestival’s paean to treasures of yore, Pig’s Big Ballroom, programmed by Greg of Greg’s Greats renown, always fails to disappoint on an epic scale, blowing all and sundry away with red blooded and vivacious melodic thrills from across musical hinterlands and decades. And this year they have the inimitable Mungo Jerry on board to take things to even greater new heights, too!
And that’s not all; Ray-Ban will be on hand for the very first time to share The Order of Never Hide. Join the order online at their website Ray-Ban.com, and then visit their venue in the Magic Meadow to take part in a series of curious challenges soundtracked by our resident Bestival DJs.
Onwards into the unknown, gazing into the heavens, Bestival are proud to present Oberon’s Observatory. Built by Dr. Oberon, the observatory is a ramshackle but beautiful edifice with a stargazer’s viewing platform, replete with bestiscopes for studying the curiosities happening across the festival and searching for the stars.
And for those in the know, the Caravanserai troubadours have returned once again with a whole new bunch of performers from Cirque Bijou in their wake. Expect the same theatrical wonderstuff, trapeze and magic, an excellent menu at their side-show bar!
Bestival curator, Rob da Bank, says:
“I love all the music at Bestival, (obviously!), but one of the things I get most excited about every year is all the wildness and magical stuff you just fall into without realising what’s happening. We’ve got some top notch line-ups for Club Dada, all the mad Polka stuff in the lovely Travelling Barn and Pig’s Big Ballroom action that will make you dance all night long, so be sure to check them out. And keep on exploring – you never know what you might find”.