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Missy Elliott brings down curtain on Bestival


Bestival's Sunday line-up is spearheaded by singer and rapper Missy Elliott

Bestival's Sunday line-up is spearheaded by singer and rapper Missy Elliott

Bestival's Sunday line-up is spearheaded by singer and rapper Missy Elliott

Bestival revellers got their freak on to the sounds of Missy Elliott as the US artist drew the final major festival of the summer to a close.

Playing in the UK for the first time in six years, the rapper handed out signed trainers to fans in the front row during her headline performance.

Thousands of people jumped around to her hit track Get Ur Freak On as rain poured on the sold-out event's fourth night at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight.

The 44-year-old had long eluded festival organiser Rob da Bank, who told Radio 1 Newsbeat she twice turned down his offers to play.

Earlier, the Jacksons injected a healthy dose of nostalgia in to the evening, providing the soundtrack to the sunset with disco classics such as ABC.

The group shared memories of their earlier years, when they performed with their late brother Michael Jackson, with a short video.

They said Michael, who died in 2009, was "here in spirit".

The Isle of Wight event has attracted around 50,000 music fans this weekend, many in fancy dress for the event's Summer of Love theme.

Skepta reunited with rap group Boy Better Know in the mid-afternoon, with Too Many Man a highlight.

The day began with crowds challenging the world record for the biggest busking session.

Armed with French horns, drums, banjos and ukuleles, 446 people turned out for a mass rendition of All You Need is Love by the Beatles.

The official record currently stands at 384, but organisers have yet to officially submit today's effort to Guinness World Records for consideration.

British singer Craig David returned to the stage with his new project TS5, which saw him take over the DJ decks as well as the microphone.

Speaking about the decision to temporarily change the emphasis of his musical career, he told the Press Association: "I come out of the box with number one records, millions of records sold, and you're expected to bring so much.

"There's a level when you just need to live, otherwise you're just churning out music - if my song goes in at number one or number 101, I really don't care, as long as it sounds good to me."

PA Media