Bestival unveil new dance arena 'The Port' for 2013

Carl Cox amongst new Bestival arena headliners

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Swindells - 24 April 2013

The Port is set to be decorated as a landlocked harbour with HMS Bestival as its centrepiece surrounded by a pier, nautical sideshows and all the action of a bustling port.

Richie Hawtin, who also trades under the name Plastikman, has been active in electronic music for more than two decades. The Canadian born DJ and EDM producer will headline the new arena, along with Carl Cox and Annie Mac presents.

Knife Party, Toddla T Sound, Jaguar Skills and DJ EZ are all joining the Port party. The previously announced Seth Troxler, Julio Bashmore, Maya Jane Coles, Erol Alkan, Duke Dumont, Eats Everything and Cyril Hahn have all been confirmed to play the new stage.


Bestival founder and chief festival man, Rob da Bank said: "I'm probably more excited about this new stage for Bestival than anything else in the last decade of creating fun and mental spaces for people to party on. We've got a tree you can rave inside, a forest with films and a giant metal spider that breathes fire but we've never had a life sized ship transmitting the best techno and house DJs across the waves while lasers strafe the crowd and a lighthouse booms its foghorn!

“This whole new field is going to be an all night maritime adventure with dirty little rum bars, enticing brothels and sea shanties ringing out from random sailor folk in every corner. It'll have crazy aerial displays and a bucket load of pyro that will blow your mind, it's the dance arena to end all dance arenas and it’s gonna go off. If you want to know where the party’s at, it's at The Port."


The Friday headliner is yet to be named for Bestival but Snoop Dogg and Elton John will top the other two nights on the Main Stage.

Click here for the full Bestival line-up.

Bestival 2013 takes place from 5-8 September on Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight and the fancy dress loving, family-friendly festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year.

Bestival tickets are currently on sale priced as follows:

Adult Ticket with entry from Thursday 5th September – £190 plus a £9.95 booking fee
Adult Ticket with entry from Friday 6th September – £180 plus a £9.95 booking fee
Teen (age 13-17) Ticket – £127 plus a £6.75 booking fee
Student Ticket with entry from Thursday 5th September – £180 plus a £9.95 booking fee
Child (age 12 & under) Ticket – Free (but you must obtain a ticket)

Click here to buy Bestival tickets.


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