From picnicking in fancy dress to partying to The Cure: Why the Isle of Wight’s Bestival is the perfect curtain closer of the festival season

  •  Isle of Wight festival is the traditional curtain closer to the festival season
  •  After 12 hours of rain, partygoers enjoyed hottest September on record
  • The Cure and Craig David were headliners at the future-themed event

Twelve hours of torrential rain had turned Robin Hill Country Park into a sludgy brown mud pit by the time Craig David took to the main stage.

Suddenly the deluge ceased, the sun burst out from behind the blanket of grey cloud and Bestival – the traditional curtain closer of the summer festival season – had lift off.

By the time David was ‘chillin’ with his girl on Sunday’ his irresistible nostalgic mix of fun had whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

As the festival shook off the shackles of the soggy weather, the futuristic tin foil robots and revellers in fancy dress were out in force

As the festival shook off the shackles of the soggy weather, the futuristic tin foil robots and revellers in fancy dress were out in force

Before his appearance, Bestival had felt strangely flat.

Ticket sales were down. Spending on lighting and visuals on the big stages seemed to have been cut back and there was a foreboding sense that this year’s event lacked the gloss of previous years.

Major Lazer, Friday night’s big headliners never really got going, Nineties TV workout guru Mr Motivator and The Chuckle Brothers of all people featured. 

Gone was the spangly Sailor Jerry Ink City stage and the Bollywood tent, so often a highlight, appeared to take itself a little too seriously this year.

But as the sun came out so did the fun and frolics.

A sunny Sunday afternoon, which was apparently the hottest on record for September on the Isle of Wight, was the perfect opportunity to get out the picnic blanket

A sunny Sunday afternoon, which was apparently the hottest on record for September on the Isle of Wight, was the perfect opportunity to get out the picnic blanket

Suddenly the wellies came off and Bestival was awash with partygoers in their finest fancy dress.

Dressing up is a real draw for festival goers on and this year’s theme was ‘the future’, which was a curious choice considering two of the headliners were Eighties throwbacks, The Cure and The Human League. 

They were also a strange choice given the that most of those on the Isle of Wight, the majority in their early twenties, weren’t even born when Robert Smith and co were in their heyday.

But they gained a whole new generation of fans on Saturday night with a fantastic three-hour performance of their greatest hits such as ‘The Lovecats’ and ‘Friday I’m in Love’.

This year’s theme was ‘the future’, which was a curious choice considering two of the headliners were Eighties throwbacks

This year’s theme was ‘the future’, which was a curious choice considering two of the headliners were Eighties throwbacks

The Human League with Robert Oakey in the Big Top were just as good as they seamlessly went through their back catalogue.

As the festival shook off the shackles of the soggy weather, the futuristic tin foil robots and astronauts in orange NASA suits were out in force… as were the blue rinse grannies waving their inflatable zimmer frames in the air.

There was even the odd distinctive yellow Donald Trump toupee bobbing in the crowd.

Some of the smaller stages such as The Amphitheatre in the Ambient Forest and the Temple Island, which promised to take ‘all out partying to epic proportions’ did not disappoint. 

The Spaceport stage (above) was elaborately decorated with a giant steel rocket structure next to two huge inflatable astronauts and it was undoubtedly the highlight

The Spaceport stage (above) was elaborately decorated with a giant steel rocket structure next to two huge inflatable astronauts and it was undoubtedly the highlight

Electronic DJ Richie Hawtin (above) played to a lively crowd during the event

Electronic DJ Richie Hawtin (above) played to a lively crowd during the event

But the Spaceport stage, which was elaborately decorated with a giant steel rocket structure next to two huge inflatable astronauts, was undoubtedly the highlight. 

DJ Yoda set was particularly good.

A sunny Sunday afternoon, which was apparently the hottest on record for September on the Isle of Wight, was the perfect opportunity to get out the picnic blanket at the main stage to protect from the mud and enjoy some cider as Bastille treated us to a brilliant set with their cover of TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’.

Many Bestivalites love it because it’s the perfect compromise between Glastonbury, which is considered too big to navigate and Wilderness, which can lack the big headline acts and this year, as ever, it didn’t disappoint.

A slow start to what turned out to be a great festival.

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For tickets to Bestival 2017 taking place 7-10 September, visit here

 






Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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