Preview: Bestival

Preview: Bestival

Perhaps never before has a festival line-up been so well aligned with its theme.  The universe has come together in perfect balance, the stars have fallen in to place.  September 4th – 7th will see some of the best disco artists old and new congregate on a tiny island nestled below the UK mainland, for the 11th Bestival’s desert island disco weekend.

*Okay, so when we say the universe and the stars, we probably mean Rob and Josie da Bank – founders, curators, producers and creative directors of Bestival.  We talked to Rob about the process ahead of Bestival 2013 – you can check it out here.

**Also there’s a high chance of rain.  Maybe it won’t be quite so desert as we might hope.

Anyway, the bombardment of glittery, groovy, good-time artists set to take the stage seem enough to ward off rainclouds for a few days.  Hip hop’s most feel-good, dance-worthy duo Big Boi and Andre 3000 unite for the first time in years as OutKast.  Of course there’s the fun of their ridiculous fusion of genres, sounds and styles, but there’s also something special about watching a reunion of an act that, for many in the crowd, was likely the first CD they bought and learnt all the words to.  Remember 2003’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below?

Further back in time and space, 70s disco vanguards Chic, ft. Nile Rogers, return to the island after a stonking festival circuit last year.  As Rob da Bank said, ‘you realise this is just one huge disco jukebox that is gonna keep firing out the hits all night!’  Add to that, the infectious Basement Jaxx, whose music shimmers with the feeling of an outrageous carnival, and has carried them from the first ever Bestival through to this year’s 11th.

They’re in good company, with the bombastic dancehall vibes of Major Lazer, and the recent disco forays of Skream too.  Joining them all is Caribou, whose spiraling music is often the default for a sunny Saturday, and who brings an entire live band to the Isle of Wight this year.

The discotheque ain’t the only way to party, though, and artists like Beck, London Grammar, Disclosure and Laura Mvula promise to soar through crowds with their soulful, atmospheric sets.  We’re just as happy to be stranded on an island with the heady, intense guitars of Foals and Wild Beasts, too.

The full line-up so far is on the Bestival website, with more announcements due soon; watch this space.  The whole weekend oozes summer, and makes the Isle of Wight truly seem like the most groovy escape in all the seven seas.  Dig out your disco flares, your shaking hips and your dance floor strut – only a few months to go…

Alice Lawrence