Tuesday 6 December 2016

Bestival 2016 event goes back to The Future

Published 08/09/2016 | 02:51

Major Lazer will perform at this weekend's Bestival on the Isle of Wight
Major Lazer will perform at this weekend's Bestival on the Isle of Wight

Thousands of revellers are heading to the Isle of Wight for the last major music festival of the summer.

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New wave rockers The Cure, dance act Major Lazer and dancehall stars Sean Paul and Wiz Khalifa will take headline slots at Bestival 2016, which is being held for the 13th consecutive year.

One of the quirkier events on the festival calendar, Bestival is known for its fancy dress parade and colourful stages which this year take the theme of "The Future".

Organiser Rob da Bank said: "This year Bestival is all about jetting into the future, so we've got loads of acts playing that we think will be future stars on this planet in years to come - from Izzy Bizu, Mura Masa and Tourist through to acts well on their way like Bastille, Skepta and Years & Years.

"We've got amazing headliners from The Cure, Major Lazer and Sean Paul and Wiz Khalifa on the main stage and Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox and Diplo on the Spaceport.

"There's loads of off-the-wall action all around the site to keep everyone on their toes and the sun is shining. We can't wait to open the gates and get the party started."

The Cure lead singer Robert Smith said he was excited to return to Bestival after headlining in 2011.

He said: "We are very, very happy to be back at our favourite festival. We can't wait to play a special set to show the future is what it used to be."

Other acts during the weekend include Hot Chip, Animal Collective, the Human League, Wolf Alice and Kitty, Daisy & Lewis.

Major Lazer said: "We started at Bestival five years ago, and it was one of our favourite shows to date. Feels like home for us, rugged and real music fans.

"Since then we finally impacted in England, and we can't wait to do our new show and play all the records for the fans at one of the best festivals in the world."

Bestival takes place at Robin Hill Country Park from September 8 to 11.

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