Bestival again proved that it’s still a very special place for dance music fans. The theme was Summer of Love and in every corner of the festival people were certainly feeling the love with some awesome fancy dress. Black Butter Records took over the Big Top on Thursday evening followed by Underworld headlining which got me hoping I wasn’t going to peak early. The highlights of the night, Oneman B2B My Nu Leng definitely smashed it kicking off with some bass classics and a personal special moment Kele Le Roc performing ‘My Love’ with Gorgon City had me screaming this is why I love Bestival.
Friday is always a day to hunt out what bestival has to offer, tracking down the Love-Bot to send your love and Caravansari full of artists, performers and the quirkiest of all of bestival. Highlights included Jurassic 5 and their deck style guitars, Flying Lotus’ visuals forced our futuristic minds only to be dragged back to the 80s stomping our feet to Wild Boys and Rio with Duran Duran. The Port then welcomed Seth Troxler with the best tech house rave music with open arms, even though at the end he forgot where he was and nearly thanked Glasto. Saturday made me proud to be British! The Chuckle Brothers pulled the largest crowd at the Big Top I’ve ever seen, banging out rave tunes, oh dear oh dear! Even caught a security guard dancing hard to Mark Ronson’s hip hop set in Bollywood. Chemical Brothers headlined and brought 90mins of their electronic back catalogue, mouths dropping with amazement to their renowned visuals. Annie Mac Presented many B2B at the port which finished off a perfect day.
Missy Elliot definitely turned up on Sunday showing how you put on a show, making up for being away from the UK for so long. While most were getting stuck in the mud at Skrillex, I was supporting one of Bristols greats, Gotsome made sure everyone was moving in the rain at Diesal Only The Brave stage. Hip Hop with ASkillz B2B with Krafty Kuts was the only way to end Bestival for me.
Words by Amy Shawe