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Bestival - robot in Tomorrow's World fieldCruising the high seas, HMS Bestival has already enlisted an enviable band of salty seadogs to come aboard, from legendary headliners Elton John and Snoop Dogg plus a wealth of musical wonders including MIA, Franz Ferdinand, Wu-Tang Clan, Flaming Lips, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox and many more, right down to the hottest & most exciting new bands around like The Strypes, Tom Odell, Jagwar Ma as well as current UK Album Chart-toppers Bastille.

But, as ever, they want to give you more!

Voyaging deeper into the heart of the global music scene, Bestival organisers are delighted to have teamed up with the Rhythmtree Festival, a fine bunch of fellow Isle of Wight party dudes, to salute all the amazing music that’s out there, bringing our own special bit of World Music Day to the Bestival Bandstand on Saturday 7th September.

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Rob Da Bank, Bestival curator said: “There’s a lot of amazing music in this world and we only really ever hear a tiny amount of it, so I’m really pleased that the chaps from Rhythmtree have put together such a great line-up for our World Music Day. Taking over our solar powered Bandstand in the Tomorrow’s World field all day on Saturday, you’ll be able to sample the delights our planet has to offer, from Malaysian mayhem to Ghanaian soul.  And don’t forget to have a bit of tea and cake from the Women’s Institute while you’re there!”

Taking in the four corners of the Earth, the gamut of musical colours and rhythms will be on show, from Afrobeat to The Andes and far beyond.  Highlights of our celebration of World Music Day include the stylistic melting-pot of AJ Holmes and the Hackney Empire, London Afrobeat Collective’s incendiary party machine, Zee Guveya Heritage Band’s Zimbabwean fusion, Lokandes’ Andean madness, erstwhile Tackhead man Little Axe’s sublime blues, Airtist’s organic beats, Modeste Hugues’ Malagasy guitar and By The River’s roots-reggae. Plus there will be music from MuHa, Tanz, Myles Sanko, Martin Newnham, Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Cable Street Collective, MamaconYuko, Electric Jalaba, Rabbit Foot and OVSC.

While you’re filling your boots with heady sounds from around the world, be sure to explore the array of thought provoking entertainment on offer in the Tomorrow’s World field. The Solar Powered Bestival Bandstand which will play host to our World Music Day will be showcasing a veritable smorgasbord of treats all weekend long and, just across the way, The Wonderland Inn will provide the local Bestivale brew.

Of course, Bestival wouldn’t be Bestival without the crowning glory of the field, The Women’s Institute Tea Tent, serving fantastic tea and truly scrumptious homemade cakes plus there will also be the Besti-versity Tent with inspirational talks from future thinkers and Bestival Foundation’s Rob da Bank’s Music Club will also be providing free music lessons for all! The Science Tent will be alive with workshops and demonstrations, Wight Astronomy will be on hand with telescopes of all sizes to scan the skies for stars and planets and there will be myriad activities from both national and local Charities. And don’t forget The Art for All Tent and the Daemon and Doppleganger Clay Tent and much, much more!

There’s still one more headliner and lots of new attractions to announce, so keep your peepers pointed at and on their Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to tag your tweets #hmsbestival.

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