Bestival 2013

An eclectic, award-winning utopia

The Basics

Cutting the cake for its 10th birthday, the multi award-winning Bestival will take over the fields and forests of the UK’s Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight. More than 400 acts will perform across a multitude of stages from open-air dance floors to Big Top and Bollywood tents, wooded amphitheatres, bandstands, roller rinks and anywhere else they’ll fit in.

The line-up is curated by leftfield DJ Rob da Bank, so acts pendulum between global superstars and household names to doe-eyed newbies, comedians, poets, speakers, walk around theatre and anything else that entertains.

It’s also famous for getting fans to dig into their fancy dress boxes. This year’s dressing up theme is HMS Bestival, which should complement the usual tomfoolery and quirkiness rather nicely, me hearties.

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Elton John
0.00 | 3.55

Elton John

Fatboy Slim
0.00 | 4.46

Fatboy Slim

Snoop Dogg
0.00 | 5.07

Snoop Dogg

Wu-Tang Clan
0.00 | 5.03

Wu-Tang Clan

Richie Hawtin
0.00 | 6.17

Richie Hawtin

Carl Cox
0.00 | 58.16

Carl Cox

Seth Troxler
0.00 | 3.04.58

Seth Troxler

Annie Mac
0.00 | 1.13.25

Annie Mac


Elton John And His Band / Snoop Dogg / Fatboy Slim's Bestival Birthday Bash  / M.I.A / Franz Ferdinand / The Flaming Lips / The Knife / Wu-Tang Clan / Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers / Bombay Bicycle Club / The Roots / Disclosure / Rudimental / Belle & Sebastian / Jessie Ware / DJ Fresh (live) / Tom Odell / Hot Natured / James Blake / Sinead O' Connor / Squarepusher / Bastille / The Walkmen / Angel Haze / The Polyphonic Spree / Johnny Marr / Crystal Fighters / Savages / Courtney Pine / Ghostpoet / Peace / The Strypes / Dexys / The 1975 / Max Romeo / John Cooper Clarke / Sam Smith / Nina Nesbitt / Lissie / The Wonder Stuff / London Grammar / Caravan Palace / Clean Bandit / Jon Hopkins / The Correspondents / Valerie June / Musical Youth / The Cuban Brothers / Matthew E White / Jagwar Ma / While She Sleeps / Evian Christ / Parquet Courts / Merchandise / Mikill Pane / True Tiger / Molotov Jukebox / Moulettes / Introducing Recreate 'Discovery' Live / Filthy Boy / Wheelchair Sports Camp /  Ady Suleiman / Hudson Taylor / Sexy Sushi / Is Tropical / Skaters / Lulu James / Swim Deep / Drenge / Champs / Woodpecker Wooliams / Lloyd Yates / Barbarossa / The Keepsakes / Isaiah Dreads / Parlour Flames / Charley Macaulay / Devilman / Fleetwood Bac / Jaipur Kawa Brass Band / Kawa Circus / Lewis Watson / Jaws / Ruen Brothers / Dog Is Dead / To Kill A King / Man Without Country / Chlöe Howl / East India Youth / Beans On Toast / Too Many T's / Tythe / Le Carousel / Sean Mcgowan / Signals / Golden Fable / Cherishport / Sarah Close / New City Kings / The Slow Show / Troumaca / Velvet Stream / Wight Harmony / Mr Tom / J-Cats / AJ Holmes & The Hackney Empire / London Afrobeat Collective / Zee Guveya's Heritage Survival Band / Lokandes / Little Axe / Airtist / By The Rivers / Muha / Tantz / Myles Sanko / Martin Newnham / The Goat Roper Rodeo Band / Cable Street Collective / Mama Con Yuka & Amazee / Electric Jalaba / Rabbit Foot / Ouse Valley Singles Club / Tankus / The Henge / Claire Nicolson / The Crew / Duveaux / The Fontanas / J.C. And The Supernumeraries / Drew / Santa Spirita / Fitz / Kay Elizabeth / Chainska Brassika / Plastic Mermaids / Paul Armfield / Emmy J Mac / Laurie Mcvay / The Dance Preachers / Lucid Marlee King 

Richie Hawtin / Carl Cox / Annie Mac Presents / Seth Troxler / A-Yo! (Mark Ronson Vs Zane Lowe) / Knife Party / Julio Bashmore / Maya Jane Coles / Erol Alkan David / Rodigan MBE Presents Ram Jam: Dub Phizix Feat Mc Strategy, Melé, Artwork, Prince Fatt & Venum Sound / Duke Dumont / Dixon / Kerri Chandler / Eats Everything / Fake Blood / Numbers Tweak-A-Holic Feat Jackmaster & Spencer Plus Redinho, Sophie & Special Guest Rustie / DJ Yoda Featuring The Trans-Siberian March Band / Joy Orbison / DJ EZ / Hudson Mohawke / Cyril Hahn / Fabio & Grooverider / Hospitality Takeover Feat. High Contrast, Danny Byrd, Nu:Logic, Fred V & Grafix - Hosted By Wrec & Dynamite / Toddla T Sound / Greg Wilson / Ben UFO / Micky Finn / Bobby Tank / JFB / Marcel Dettmann / Rob da Bank / Horse Meat Disco / Room Service / Greg's Greats / Daft Punk Tribute Night / Redlight / Bondax / The 2 Bears / Jaguar Skills / Heidi / Ed Rush / DJ Falcon / Jesse Rose / Justin Robertson / A Love From Outer Space (Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston) / Shadow Child / Bicep / Hieroglyphic Being / Addison Groove / Oneman / Daniel P Carter (BBC Radio One Rock Show) / Catz N Dogz / My Love Is Underground / Cashmere Cat / Krankbrother / Ben Pearce / Psychemagik / London Grammar / Happa / Dollop Wilkinson / Eton Messy / Alexander Nut / Roska / Bodhi / T.Williams / Henry Krinkle / Karma Kid / Dark Sky / Maribou State / Chrome Sparks / Run Riot / Kashii / The Allergies / Chris Coco / DJ Woody / PBR Streetgang / DJ Scotch Egg / Misty Conditions / Bill Brewster / Russ Cuban & Phat Phil Cooper / Handsome Dave Rocker / Chris Tofu / Reeps One / Heavenly Jukebox / Tythe Jerome Hill / Ben Hoo / Longjack / Mojo Filter / Pete Callard / Rev Milo Speedwagon / Tom Williams / Warm DJs / Olli Dutton / The Dudes / Copy Paste Soul / Krysko / Applescal / Pete Gooding B2B Danny Whitehead / Pathaan/  Johnno (Bugged Out) / Feeling Gloomy / Sunday Best Forum Allstars / Flying White Dots / March Hare / Gutterslut / Kry Wolf / Coley From Luv*Jam / Crispin J. / Glover / Bad Zuke 

…plus more to be announced

The Venue

Bestival 2013

Downend, Isle of Wight
PO30 2NU Newport
United Kingdom

Robin Hill Country Park is located just outside of Newport on the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of England.

There are several ferry crossings to the island from Southampton, Portsmouth, Southsea and Lymington, where shuttle buses and taxis take festival-goers to the site.

Getting There

Our Recommendations

What We Love

  • We love dressing up and Bestival is the ideal chance to dig the fancy dress box out from beneath the bed. Each year the festival has a different theme and in 2013 it’s HMS Bestival, so expect everything from pirates and pina coladas to mermaids and Moby Dick.

  • The choice of entertainment on offer at Bestival is astounding. This isn’t just your average stage in a field festival, far from it, Bestival boasts 20 stages across ten fields including The Grand Palace of Entertainment, with its fairground front has comedy, cabaret and games behind its doors, the Disco Shed (yes, an actual garden shed) with gnomes, planted pots and tunes, the Indian-themed Bollywood Bar, an Ambient Forest, treasure hunts, the Sunday Best cardboard record shop, dressing up boxes, cocktails, a Spiegel Tent, polka tents, mazes, mini villages and just about anything else the Bestival crew can dream up.

  • This year Bestival are adding on a £1 charity donation onto all Bestival tickets. The money raised will go directly to the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust (Reg Charity no. 1087163) to help fund their fantastic work offering counselling and support to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight. 

    Eileen Monks OBE, Director of the Youth Trust: “The Isle of Wight Youth Trust is so lucky to have the fantastic support of the Bestival team and by donating £1 you will be helping vulnerable children and young people on the Isle of Wight." The Bestival Foundation is also a proud supporter of the Youth Trust.

What To Know

  • Just as with everything else, the food and drink at Bestival is tasty, eclectic and hand-picked. Grub down on delicious Indian street food, pimped-up American fare like mac n cheese with bacon or frankfurters, try gyoza, spring rolls and samosas served from a 1948 Ford pickup or nosh down some cake and tea from the lovely ladies at the WI Tent.

  • It’s not all about hedonistic pleasure though; festival-goers can learn some new skills too. Get your hands dirty down at the Gypsy Camp by learning some bushcraft and foraging skills or making your own masks, or head to the Science Tent for interactive demonstrations and exhibits. Children will love to get involved too in the Kid’s Garden where they can make sticker art, play in giant bubbles and on bouncy castles, watch theatre and circus shows and so much more.

  • Just as with everything else, the food and drink at Bestival is tasty, eclectic and hand-picked. You can nosh down on delicious Indian street food, pimped-up American fare like mac n cheese with bacon, try gyoza, spring rolls and samosas served from a 1948 Ford pickup or grab some cake and tea from the lovely ladies at the WI Tent.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When can I arrive and when do I have to leave?

    The car parks are expected to open from 9am on Thursday 5th September and the campsites and box offices from midday, as per previous years. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday car parks and box offices are expected to open at 9am.

    No entry is allowed into the site after midnight on any night. Campsites are expected to close at 2pm on Monday 9th September and car parks at 4pm.

  • Yes, you can bring in a reasonable amount of alcohol per person into the campsites for your own personal consumption. To save on having to carry all your stuff in one trip you will be allowed to re-enter the festival site with alcohol on Thursday and Friday but only with a reasonable amount for personal consumption. You’ll be asked to leave any excess alcohol outside the event.

  • Yes there are several options for charging mobile phones at the festival in the campsite areas; these are provided by independent traders and not by Bestival.

  • Yes there are showers available to use for campers at Bestival. Do be prepared for a queue (in all areas including Boutique and Wild Copse) as unfortunately the number of showers can't be increased on site due to the island’s shortage of water. It’s probably best to do at off-peak times such as the afternoon when they are quieter.

  • Yes there are plenty free water points located around the main arenas, fields and campsites. These will all be marked on the Bestival 2013 site map.

  • In 2012 fields that opened on Thursday included Tomorrow’s World, Magic Meadow, Grassy Hill, Wishing Tree, Stardust Field and Arcadia. Many of these fields will be open again, with a full line-up of live music and DJs in The Big Top.

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