HMS Bestival to go cruising the Port

Bestival bring a touch of camp to the Isle of Wight

Photographer:Jim Stewart

Chris Swindells - 01 May 2013

London-based gay party night Room Service will make their only UK festival hurray this year when they take over The Port on Friday night with DJs Jodie Harsh, Kris Di Angelis and Severino, plus Horse Meat Disco, who make a popular return to Bestival.

Elsewhere the adventure-wonderland known as The Grand Palace Of Entertainment will welcome Scottee's 'Camp', Drag: Cruise Ship Special, Massive In China, Sink The Pink, Gutterslut, Hot Breath Karaoke and many more besides.


HMS Bestival captain Rob da Bank said: "Bestival is ten years old this year and I’d like to think over the last decade of dancing at our beautiful festival that we've been one of the most open minded festivals in the world welcoming all, it sure feels like that at 3am on a Saturday morning. This year we've teamed up with some of the UK’s most dazzling trailblazers to bring some outrageous and uninhibited parties to the lower decks of HMS Bestival. Stand by for a cast of freaky girls and hot sailor boys stoking the fires as we steam towards the dawn… See you at the bar, boys!"

Camp spokesman Scottee had this much to say: "My brief was to help get the gays to the island and this year Bestival will be flying the (rainbow) flag with pride. I'm really excited to be bringing four productions to Bestival this year, including the debut of 'Drag' - with local drag performers, my solo show 'The Worst of Scottee' and for the second year running my variety show 'Camp' and not to forget the infamous 'Room Service".

The Port is a new venue 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.

Camp icon Elton John and newly reborn Snoop Lion (former Dogg) have both been confirmed to headline two of the three days at the festival, with a third headliner to be announced shortly.

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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