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Sunday 11 December 2016

The Cure and Major Lazer to headline 'future' themed 2016 Bestival

Published 29/01/2016 | 10:06

The Cure frontman Robert Smith said the band are 'very, very happy' to be headlining this year's Bestival
The Cure frontman Robert Smith said the band are 'very, very happy' to be headlining this year's Bestival

New wave rockers The Cure and dance act Major Lazer have been announced as headliners for Bestival.

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As well as the Boys Don't Cry singers, other acts added to the line-up for the last major festival of the summer, held in September on the Isle of Wight, include Hot Chip, Animal Collective, Bastille, The Human League, Wolf Alice and Kitty, Daisy and Lewis.

And the event, famous for its fancy dress parade, has announced the future as its theme.

Festival organiser Rob da Bank said: "Prepare yourselves for a Bestival unlike any other with futuristic new stages, and as ever it's a broad church of music from every decade and every genre.

"Saturday night headliners and one of my favourite bands ever, The Cure, played Bestival five years ago and almost had to be dragged off stage after a three-hour mammoth greatest hits set.

"Robert Smith popped down last year and we shook hands on it all happening again - bring it on.

"Friday honours go to Major Lazer who have killed it every time they've played, on a bigger stage each time - I remember going to see an exhausted, sweating Diplo after his last main stage show for us and he said 'Headline next time?', so here we are.

"It's not all about the headliners, as we know, so I'm super-pleased to have acts as diverse as Hot Chip, Years And Years, Animal Collective and Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley, through to the hottest DJs Kurupt FM and the Black Madonna.

"This is just the start of the trip - see you in the future."

Smith 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."

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 8-11.

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