Ones To Watch at Bestival 2017

Bestival 2017As the festival season draws to a close, a new chapter in the flamboyant world of Bestival is about to begin. Born on the Isle of Wight, this year sees the event move to 17th Century Lulworth Estate. These enchanting and wooded grounds are the canvas for music events pioneer Rob Da Bank to unleash his wondrous festival, widely considered as the official after-show party of the festival scene, and the only way to see the summer out in style. With such a reputation to uphold and a party to end all parties to deliver, it's no surprise Bestival 2017's Castle Stage headliners are dance-oriented with musical back drops that lend more to the modern electronic era than, say, folk and fiddles.

The three big hitters this year are The xx, A Tribe Called Quest and the hits-a-plenty Pet Shop Boys. A wonderful array of era-defining bands that are sure to capture the imagination of this already imaginative crowd. It should also be known that this festival expects just the same from its punters in terms of that festival look. So, every year there is a theme of fancy dress; this year, we get to explore colour.

Jamie T’s DIY ethos is what got his name spreading like wildfire, and even with a 5-year absence from the scene he came back effortlessly with catchy track "Zombie". Current album Trick sees him exploring new avenues, conveniently manoeuvring in that aforementioned dance era. With classic songs like “Sheila” and “Sticks ‘n’ Stones”, this punk-infused poet is sure to delight with his ever-changing mood.


Jonny Flynn and the Sussex Wit perform earlier on the bill and I don’t care who you are - if you can’t enjoy a bit of folk and country on a summer's day, well, shame on you music lover. And this man has plenty of work to explore. Expect new directions from his latest record Sillion. Great leaps ahead from a man very comfortable finger picking at your heart strings.

The reason I took this gig if I’m honest, is because of the festival's reputation for being diversely brilliant and offering huge spectacles in terms of stages and production. So, let’s look at HMS Bestival. An old familiar with the IOW crowd and fair play for shipping the ‘ship’ across the land. This sea bruiser shoots lights into the dark abyss, houses DJs and, as I’m told, freaky dancers, throw themselves high above the crowd. 2ManyDJs will be mashing up the classics, while Sink The Pink will be queer, drag and all things fabulous as they bring the success of their club nights to the open seas.

I heard a voice a while back, a song hit me in a style that has always been distant from my musical tastes, but which blew my mind upon hearing it. Rag 'n' Bone Man is sure to be the act everyone wants to see. He has a voice that stands alone in deep textures and the phenomenal success of songs like “Human” and “Skin” is sure to get huge sing-a-longs from the crowd.

Finally, I get the chance to experience the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show. He often comes to Bristol and I miss him every time. So bring it on, Bestival 2017, and keep it colourful.

What are you waiting for? Looks like there's still time to nab some Bestival 2017 tickets.


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