Bestival 2014

An award-winning wonderland of music, comedy, theatre, fancy dress and more

This guide is for the 2014 edition of the festival, but we have a new one for 2015!
Go to 2015 Guide

The Basics

Bestival is a multi award-winning, madcap jamboree that boasts more than 400 acts from superstars as big as Elton John and The Cure to emerging DJs and, quite literally, anything in between.

Sewn together by leftfield DJ Rob da Bank and his wife, expect poetry, theatre, comedy, speakers and art across the beautiful Robin Hill Country Park too.

You’ll find entertainment everywhere at Bestival, from open-air dance floors and wooded amphitheatres to Big Tops and Bollywood tents. The magical Isle of Wight event is also famous for getting fans to dig into their dressing up boxes with a different fancy dress theme for each festival.

If you like the quirky and the cool with a heavy dollop of tomfoolery, Bestival is for you. With every year welcoming a colourful theme, 2014 is the year of the Desert Island Disco!

Bestival 2014 logo
Edition
2015 2014 2013

Headliners

Outkast
0.00 | 4.11

Outkast

Foals
0.00 | 3.49

Foals

Beck
0.00 | 3.48

Beck

Busta Rhymes
0.00 | 3.51

Busta Rhymes

Diplo
0.00 | 2.54

Diplo

Disclosure
0.00 | 6.18

Disclosure

Wild Beasts
0.00 | 5.35

Wild Beasts

Clean Bandit
0.00 | 4.50

Clean Bandit

Lineup

THE BIG TOP
Back To The Phuture
Mark Jones
Reverend And The Makers
Ekkoes
Kids On Bridges

TEMPLE ISLAND 
Klangkarussell
Kidnap Kid
WOZ
Tayo & Rob Da Bank
Monkeylove Stunt Team

 

REGGAE ROOTS STAGE 
Toddla T
Dub Phizix
Prince Fatty
Ashley Beedle

RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY STAGE 
Jackmster & Oneman
Redinho
Kool Clap (Live)
Spencer b2b Optimo

UNKNOWN STAGE
BECK

MAIN STAGE
Disclosure

BOLLYWOOD 
Skream
Derrick Carter
Route94
Horse Meat Disco
David Rodigan
Randall
Fearless
Mele
Stylo G
Venum Sound
Hackman
Lorca
Awesome Tapes From Africa
Desert Island Disco

TEMPLE ISLAND
T Williams
Shadow Child
Preditah
Lxury
Maribou State
Pedestrian
Spoils & Monkey Wrench
Star One

 

THE BIG TOP 
The Radiophonic Workshop

THE PORT 
Sven Väth
Damian Lazarus
Eats Everything
Boys Noize
Bella Sarris
South London Ordnance
Rob Da Ban

REGGAE ROOTS STAGE
Congo Natty: Rebel MC & Tenor Fly & Congo Dubs
SL2
Trojan Sound System
Uzimon
Ghost Writerz

RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY STAGE
DJ Harvey
Hugo Capablanca
Pachanga Boys
Daniel Avery
Eric Duncan
Jolly Mare
Andre Laos

MAIN STAGE
Foals

THE PORT
Annie Mac
Green Velvet
1-800 Dinosaur
James Blake
Dan Foat
Airhead
Mr Asister
Route94
Bicep
Richy Ahmed
Krystal Klear
Monki

TEMPLE ISLAND
Sigma
Shift K3y
Ed Solo
My Nu Leng
Friend Within
Dot Major
Karma
Purple Ferdinand

RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY STAGE
JME & Skepta
Preditah
Plastician
Slimzee and Riko Dan
Logan Sama
Elijah & Skilliam
DJ EZ
 

BOLLYWOOD
Zane Lowe
Bicep
John Talabot
Medlar
James Zabiela
Will Saul
Frank Tope
Tayo
Mr Motivator
Jerome Hill
Steve Cobby

REGGAE ROOTS STAGE
Jus Now
Robbo Ranx
Rodney P
Mr Benn
Shepdog
Jstar
Eva Lazarus
Wrong Tom
Turntable Dubbers
Count Skylarkin
Wreck It Up Crew

BBC INTRODUCING STAGE
Bondax
Karma Kid
Seb Wildblood
Farrow
Night Flowers
Blessa
Joel Culpepper
Phildel
The Gorgeous Chans

THE FOLLOWING ACTS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED BUT THE DATE HAS NOT YET BEEN CONFIRMED

MAIN STAGE
Outkast
Goldierocks
New Build
Too Many T's
Busta Rhymes

CLUB DADA
Klischee
The Sweet Life Society
The Jenova Collective
Maniere des Bohemiens
DJ Chris Tofu
DJ/VJ Nick Hollywood
The Chiken Brothers
Swing Patrol
Sam And The Womp
John Fairhurst
Eclectick Mick
Voodoo Love Orchestra
The Brass Funkeys
Marc Stylus
Subculture Sage
Paperboy
The Sidewalk Doctors
Phoenix City All-Stars
Buster Shuffle
New York Brass Brand
Temple Funk Collectiv

PIG'S BIG BALLROOM
Mungo Jerry
Gregs Greats
The Shellac Collective
The Henry Brothers
Top Tony Tunes
Stuart
Macbeth & His Band
Dr Sid
Sara Spade
Hannah Rickard
DJ78
Li'l Lonesome
Brother Graham's Hayride
Genie And The Jivebombers
Ms Chameleon's Mechanical Melodies
The Untouchables
Auntie Maureen
Thomas Truax
C.C Smuggles
It's A Wind Up
Black Kat Boppers
DJs Flutter & Wow
Calaita Flamenco Son
Ethan Ash
Ezio
The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band
The Boogie Woogie Man

THE ORDER OF NEVER HIDE
jim8track
Nicky Holloway
Phil Mison
Reverend Milo
Roy The Roach
Sombero Sound System
Thomas Urv
Tyhte 
Warm DJs

REGGAE ROOTS STAGE
DJ Dapper Dan
DJ Mipsey
Jim8track
Reggae Roast
Richie Phoe
Tay 

APEROI SPITZ SOCIAL
Andy Smith & Nick Halkes
Craig Charles
House Of Disco DJs
JFB
PBR Streetgang

SPIEGETENT
Nina Conti
Abandonman
Andrew Maxwell
Jarred Christmas
Daniel Sloss
Matt Richardson
Joel Dommett
Paul McCaffery
Andy Askins
Late Night Gimp Fight
Alistair Barrie
Felicity Ward
Damian Clark
Gordon Southern
Barry Castagnola
Benny Boot
Matt Reed
Wayne Deakin
Kai Humpries
Danny McLoughlin
Ivo Graham
Paul Myrehaug
Lou Sanders
Sarah Bennetto
Alex Edelman
Luke Benson
Hannah George & Matt Hitt
Marcus Olaoire

BBC INTRODUCING STAGE
Mary Anne Hobbs
Nemone
Tom Ravenscroft

INVADERS FROM THE FUTURE
Astronomy
Beaty Heart
Ergo
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
Rag & Bone Man
Rage On Gold

UNKNOWN STAGE
Arthur Beatrice
Bad Rabbits
Bipolar Sunshine
Black Orange Juice
Bo Saris
Bob Moses
Bulletproof Bomb
Caribou
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Childhood 
Chvrches
Clean Bandit
CongopunQ
Cousin Marnie
Dub Pistols
Eli & Fur
Ezra Furman
Factory Floor
Fat White Family
Fe
FTSE
Glass Animals
God Damn
Happyness
Hockeysmith
Hot Since 82
Howard Marks
Indiana
Jenny Lewis
Jessy Lanza
Jimmy Edgar
Joel Compass
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Tall Ships
The Amazing Snakeheads
The Correspondents
The Cuban Brothers
The Whytches
Tourist
tUne-yArDs
Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats
Womans Hour

THE BIG TOP
Ady Suleiman
Beans On Toast
Bonobo
Cate Le Bon
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
Darkside
Denai Moore
DJ Yoda
Lucky Elephant
Nick Mulvey
Peter Hook and the Light
Public Service Broadcasting
SBTRKT
Shed
SOHN
Temples
The Dollymopps
Years And Years

POLKA TENT
Penny Metal
El Gadze
Dunk Ballatine
Shambolique
Fake Bush
Eclectick Mick
The Joe Fleming Band
Pachango
The Balkanoes
Temple Funk Collective
Drunken Balordi
Ruth Theodore
Maniere des Bohemiens
New York Brass Band
Ushti Baba
Keltrix
Cut A Shine
John Fairhurst
Monster Ceilidh Band
Discount Orchestra
Rob Heron And The Tea Pad Orchestra

BOLLYWOOD
House of Disco DJs
Johnno
Park Ranger

THE PORT
Paul Woolford

THE MATUA SESSIONS
Chris Coco
Coloud Boat
Dan Le Sac
Deers
DJ Dapper Dan
Fake Bush
Goldierocks
Gorgeous George
Hockeysmith
Immigrant Swing
Iyes
jim8track
John Fairhurst
MALKA
Molly Beanland
Ollie Munts
Our Mother
Paper Boats
Peter Callard DJ Set
Plastic Mermaids
Princesses
Ro$$ Kemp
The Jenova Collective

TEMPLE ISLAND
Akdo Vanucci
Hadda
Idiot Savant
Kry Wolf
Monkeylove Stunt Team
Taches

THE GRAND PALACE OF ENTERTAINMENT
Bourgeois And Maurice
Cliche
Drag
Guilt & Shame - Going Straight
Gutterslut
Hard Cock Life
House Of Blakewell's House Party
Jodie Harsh
Last Man Standing
Legs Akimbo
Massive In China
Morning Glory
Musical Bingo
Robin & Patridge
Room Service
Scotee
Sink The Pink
Spandy Andy 
The Brass Funkets
The Chuch

BANDSTAND & GYPSY CAMP
Ben Ottewell
Born In A Barn
Buddy Carson
Cherishport
Claydaon Connor
Delve
Drew
Emmy J Mac and Buddy
Fine Lines
Franklin & James
Giedoen Conn
Joe Chilcott
Juke & The All-Drunk Orchestra
Kwabs
Land Of The Giants
Lux Lisbon
MALKA
Marlee
Naked Fridays
Paul Armfield
Plastic Mermaids
Santa Spirita
Shoot The Moon
Somahigh
Sophie Baker
Sounds Of The Harlowe
The Crew
The Fontanas
The Ohmz
The Undercover Hippy
Thickets
Weatherkings
Wille And The Bandits

UNKNOWN STAGE
John Wizards
Kate Tempest
Kitty Daisy & Lewis
La Roux
Laura Mvula
London Grammar
Luv*Jam
Melt Yourself Down
Mnek
Mo
Mojo Filter
Mouse On Mars
Nightwave
Nimmo & The Gauntletts
Pional
Rag & Bone Man Reeps One
Reverend And The Makers
Rosie Lowe
Sam Smith
Say Lou Lou
Sivu
Skindred
The Front Bottoms
The Wolf
Vaults
Wild Beasts
Wild Smiles
Wold Alice

MAIN STAGE
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers
Major Lazer

THE PORT
Chase & Status (DJ Set)
Andy C
Wilkinson
Loadstar
2 Shy
Adapt
MC Jakes
Jaguar Skills
Gorgon City
Dusky
Kaytranada
Ame
Dense & Pika

TEMPLE ISLAND
Eton Messy DJs
Blonde
Bondax
Wayward
Dolan Bergin
Kashii

BBC INTRODUCING STAGE
TCTS
Ghostchant
Mella Dee
TRU Concept
Nai Harvest
Go Swim
Lake Komo
Bklyn
Raphaella
 

BOLLYWOOD
Ame
Luke Solomon
Terry Farley
Stuart Patterson
Cholombian
Dom Servini
Blonde Ambition
Morning Glory

REGGAE ROOTS STAGE
Jah Shaka
Mad Professor
Natty
Dreadsquad
Rebel Control
The Ohmz
Subculture Sage
Kaptin Is Dead

RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY STAGE
Diplo
Kaytranada
Trippy Turtle
Artwork
DJ Slow
Sinjin Hawke
Martelo

UNKNOWN STAGE
Nicky Siano

The Venue

Bestival 2014

Downend, Isle of Wight
PO30 2NU Isle of Wight
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 the effort ticket-holders make for the annual fancy dress theme, whether they come alone as a robot made of tin foil or a group of ten mates as an entire packet of biscuits. Scissors and sellotape at the ready, the theme will be announced soon! 

  • Bestival haven’t just built a festival here, they’ve built another world. It’s a parallel universe where anything goes, 24/7. With at least 20 stages across ten fields (plus many hidden ones, we’re sure), festival-goers can become immersed in Indian-themed bars or get lost in wooden mazes. It’s about the cocktails and the toboggans, the homemade cakes and the strong scrumpy. It’s anything you want it to be.

What To Know

  • Although Bestival is held on the Isle of Wight, it couldn’t be easier to get to.The island is a short ferry ride from Southampton, Portsmouth and Lymington with shuttle buses and taxis taking festival-goers directly to the site from the other side. It’s best to book your boat early though if you want to ensure you can get across.

  • 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 or eat pimped-up American fare like mac n cheese with bacon. Maybe try gyoza, spring rolls and samosas served from a 1948 Ford pickup or grab some cake and tea from the lovely ladies in the WI Tent.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the theme for this year?

    The 2014 theme is Desert Island Disco so expect palm trees, grass skirts, tiki torches, disco balls and crazy outfits and hairstyles.

  • All persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied at the festival by a parent, legal guardian or nominated guardian over the age of 30. No more than two Teens (age 13-17) are allowed per parent or guardian.

  • Thursday 4th Sept: The car parks open at 9am and the campsites and box offices open at midday. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday car parks and box offices are expected to open at 9am. No entry will be allowed into the site after midnight on any night. Campsites close at 4pm on Monday with car parks closing at 6pm.

  • Last year Tomorrow’s World, Magic Meadow, Grassy Hill, Wishing Tree, Stardust Field and Temple Island were all be open for action on the Thursday night with a full line-up of live music and DJs in The Big Top. Expect a similar amount of entertainment to be announced in 2014.

  • Yes you can set up camp in any of the colour-coded campsites but not in any of the main music arenas. You can only camp in the Boutique campsite, Wild Copse and Tangerine Fields if you have booked to stay in those areas prior to the event.

  • You are allowed to bring in your own alcohol for consumption in the camping fields, but only up to a reasonable amount per person. You will be asked to leave excess quantities outside the event. You will not be allowed to re-enter the festival site with alcohol once you’ve entered the festival site via the entrance gates. Alcohol cannot be brought into any of the main arenas or fields from the campsites. There are fully licensed bars available for you.

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