Bestival Announces 2017 Lineup

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After Bestival’s shock announcement in December that they would be leaving Robin Hill, many wondered what the new direction for the festival would entail. This week saw the first signs of that with it’s first lineup announcement.

In a press release, Rob Da Bank said “Well what an adventure this promises to be… we have a beautiful new home with a massive castle in the middle of it, acres of beautiful woodland and forest, a sea view and the dramatic Jurassic coastline. Going back to our roots with Josie da Bank’s hand-drawn artwork, reviving all our favourite stages from 14 years of Bestival history and going out with all our headliners for the first time ever together, we’re pretty excited at Bestival HQ. From pop to grime, hip-hop to techno, folk to classical and every style in between we are reclaiming our place as the funnest, most adventurous, musically savvy and downright magical festival on the map. Please come along for the ride. and remember Increase the Peace”

The eclectic announcement features Bestival veterans The XX, alongside sythpop icons The Pet Shop Boys, and legendary hip-hop outfit ‘A Tribe Called Quest‘ performing what will be their last UK Show.



Commenting on their headline show, Pet Shop Boys said: “Amazingly it is over ten years since we last played Bestival but we remember it being one of the most enjoyable festivals ever. Looking forward to bringing our new show there this year – and seeing how the audience has decided to dress up!”

It also features live sets from Jamie T, Justice, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Shadow, Little Dragon, Danny Brown, Rag’n’Bone Man, Laura Mvula, Soul II Soul, MNEK, Circa Waves, Ray BLK, Lucy Rose, and Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon

On the DJ front, Annie Mac, Andy C presents 25 Years of RAM, Kurupt FM, David Rodigan presents RAM JAM, DJ Yoda, Maceo Plex, Jackmaster, Kölsch, Dusky, Toddla T presents Carnival, Artwork presents Art’s House, Sink the Pink and more will be appearing.

In addition, the site boasts new stages and areas, Including the return of the Reggae Roots stage, a new second stage known as ‘The Box’, and a steam-punk arena built around Oberon’s Observatory.

More information, and tickets are available at Bestival’s website.

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