Spring has finally graced us with its presence, festival season is imminently upon us, and we’ve been presented with an array of festival line-ups. If there is one festival which truly encompasses everything a festival should be, it’s Bestival.
Embracing everything eccentric in their annual fancy-dress themes, this year they have chosen Desert Island Disco and announced that this year’s festival is a ‘new religion, a new way of life, a new way to dance until sunrise’. Glastonbury ticket sales have proven to be even more elusive this year by selling out 120,000 tickets in a record time of one hour and twenty seven minutes. If you seek the bizarre and rarefied experience of Glastonbury, then Bestival is the next best thing. Here are five bands you simply can’t afford to miss at the Isle of Wight bash this September
The pioneers of 90s hazy rock are opening up the festival this year: For those that want to venture on a nostalgic trip back to the kaleidoscopic world of 1990s psychedelic funk, then Beck must be at the top of your bucket list. For those of you who live under a rock and are unaware of their era-defining work, then listen to ‘Loser’ and ‘Where It’s At’.
Foals have come a long way from touring around small, austere o2 academies, to now securing that pinnacle headline slot. Spanish Sahara is inherently anti-disco in its use of nebulous guitar riffs and morose tone, but Desert Island themed? Yes, in the most darkest and paradoxical way. With soaring guitar-hooks and unbounded power and emotion in their performances, you cannot afford to miss the quartet from Oxford this summer.
The band recently departed from the underpinning sounds of guitars, and typical lyrical subjects of love and lust in their recent album Present Tense. Instead, the band have adopted dark acidic synths, and lyrics far more embedded in complexity and cynicism. The dark vibe of the whole album, combined with Hayden Thorpe’s beautiful delicate vocals will undoubtedly naturally transcend into the festival environment.
Returning from their seven year hiatus, Outkast are taking over almost every festival this summer. Outkast tested and redefined the conventions of hip hop as an art form, and embrace an array of genres which makes their live performances distinctive and yet adaptable to every music taste. They’ll remind us what classic R&B used to be about, and will send the crowd into a hip-hop frenzy when they unleash Hey Ya and, notorious hits like Miss Jackson.
I unfortunately missed his much revered set at Glastonbury last year, and watched it back full of regret and jealous bitterness. I am far from a devoted fan of Disco, but Chic can’t be ignored or missed, and let’s be honest you can’t have a Desert Island Disco without Chic. Chic managed to maintain his influence throughout the anti-disco backlash, and is still prevalent today, playing alongside artists such as Daft Punk and Disclosure. Fusing funk-inspired disco, mastery on the guitar, and welcoming glitter balls, flares and platforms, he is a match made in heaven for Bestival’s theme this year.
Bestival will take place on the 4-7 of September, making it the perfect end to summer.