Alternative Bestival reveals itself

Get mad and magical at the island festival this September

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Swindells - 04 April 2012

The ramshackle Louisiana style Swamp Shack returns for a second year, after being voted one of the highlights of Bestival 2011, and will include live music from The Correspondents and Kill It Kid. The Ambient Forest is also back with a treasure trove of enchantments to lose yourself in. Deep within the forest is the Amphitheatre Stage, which will feature some of the best spoken word artists in the country, including B Dolan, Laura Dockrill, Chris Redmond, Tim Clare and Luke Wright.

Bestival mainman Rob da Bank said: “We're all very proud of the musical line-up each year at Bestival with so many great vintage and festival-rocking acts combined with the who’s who of new blood… But this is the announcement I’m probably most excited about - the alternative land of Bestival. Stages, tents, hidden nooks and crannies, jam-packed with polka, cabaret, striptease, cream teas, gay bingo, birthday parties, spoken word, freaks, circus, a live band playing inside a jukebox, illuminated night time ping pong, an arts salon and drag queen foodie demos…obviously! This is what Bestival is all about, the creativity and madness of all who come, let loose on a multi-stage technicolour freak out. Jump in!”

New live acts announced for the festival weekend in September include Lucy Rose, Jamie N Common, Kwes and Diagrams. Jamie XX and Julio Bashmore are amongst the new DJ acts playing late night venues over Bestival 2012. Stevie Wonder and New Order have already been confirmed as two of the three headliners for Bestival 2012, with a third to be announced shortly.

Head here for the full Bestival line-up.


Bestival 2012 takes place at Robin Hill Country Park near Newport on the Isle of Wight from 6-9 September.

Bestival tickets are on sale now, priced as follows:
Early Bird Adult Ticket With Entry From Thursday 6th September - £170
Early Bird Adult Ticket With Entry From Friday 7th September - £165
Teen Ticket (age 13-17) With Entry From Thursday 6th September- £110
Teen Ticket (age 13-17) With Entry From Friday 7th September- £105
Age 12 and Under Weekend Ticket - FREE (but you must obtain a ticket)
Early Bird Campervan Tickets: £65 (per vehicle)

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