Bestival 2013 preview: best of all the Bestival

Who will be bringing the party to Bestival's 10th anniversary

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Matt Miles - 05 September 2013

Amongst the hefty headliners Virtual Festivals picks out a few acts you just can't afford to miss along with a couple of 'one time only' performances.

The Polyphonic Spree: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Big Top – Saturday

In any other preview The Polyphonic Spree could have easily made the list, in this particular one they technically do so twice. On top of their regular performance on the main stage, which will be a no doubt captivating run through their impressive catalogue of sonically expansive hits, they will also be putting on an extra special Rocky Horror Picture Show tribute show. At Bestival, renowned for its love of fancy dress, expect to see a lot of people shunning the nautical theme in favour of Rocky Horror outfits on the Saturday, follow the feather boas to the Big Top and join in the frivolous, frisky, fantastic fun. 

IntroducingLive: Recreate ‘Discovery’
Big Top – Saturday

The six piece band Introducing specialise in recreating albums that have never been played live, even by their original artists. Previously recreating DJ Shadow's ‘Endtroducing’, the mighty maestro’s new project is set to turn Bestival into a robotic orgy. Go along to watch an excellent band play an astounding album and enjoy the musicianship, as they note for note reconstruct Daft Punk’s iconic album. Alternatively go along with your dancing shoes, ignore the band completely and dance yourself into a sweaty mess to the robo-grooves of ‘Discovery’. Either way you are sure to be satisfied.

Son of Dave
Swamp Shack – Sunday

An eccentric genius who has shunned a band for a loop pedal, Son Of Dave (Benjamin Darvill formerly of Crash Test Dummies) makes a startling and powerful noise. Combining harmonica, stomping, clapping, beatboxing and tambourine with bluesy lyrics and vocals, Son of Dave is a fresh take on a classic sound. Plucking the best elements from various influences, providing something that is both catchy and fun whilst sounding refined, intelligent and soulful. Don’t miss out on your chance to catch this one man blues machine, this is a set that will leave tongues wagging all around the Bestival site.

The Roots
Main Stage – Saturday

Hip hops first legitimate band are going to bring their genre dodging brand of full bodied musical rap to Bestival, The Roots have an energy and charisma in their live show that is normally associated with rock bands and seldom with hip hop. Elements of jazz, funk, r&b, rap and blues all feature in the mix with this monumentally respected must see act. The entire preview paragraph could be written about their unrivalled musicality, it could equally focus exclusively on Black Thought’s legendary lyricism, wit, charisma and delivery. Working on their next album as well as finding time to record with Elvis Costello and featuring as the house band on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, The Roots deserve a headline slot. Make the most of their early billing and do not miss this show.

Satin Lizard Lounge
All Weekend

This years HMS Bestival Satin Lizard Lounge will feature the likes of Kate Tempest, Josh Idehen, Chris Redmond, John Osborne, Tim Clare, Cecilia Knapp and Rob Auton. The one and only Scroobius Pip who will be curating and performing at the event, has handpicked some of the finest wordsmiths in the country for your entertainment. Words will be wrestled to the muddy floor then picked up, dusted off and made out with, sometimes by the very same poet. This exploration of the mind, heart and soul is captained by some of the smartest and most eloquent people in the country and you would be foolish to miss out. Be sure to pop your head in whenever you have a chance.

Bestival 2013 tickets are now sold out.

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