First acts announced for Bestival

British Sea Power at Leeds Festival 2003 by Sara Bowrey
British Sea Power at Leeds Festival 2003 by Sara Bowrey

The bulk of the line-up for this year's Bestival has been revealed, as well as details of a new acoustic arena for some special intimate sets. Tickets are on sale here and now!

The line-up includes (deep breath) British Sea Power, Soulwax (in live guise as well as in 2 Many DJs form), The Magic Numbers, Ulrich Schnauss, The Rakes, The Filthy Dukes, Emiliana TorriniTom Vek, The Earlies, Terry Hall (The Specials), and Lee Scratch Perry.
And on a more dancey tip, Tom Findlay (Groove Armada) feat. MC Madds, Jah Shaka, Two Lone Swordsmen, The Cuban Brothers, Grand National, Hot Chip, Dub Pistols, and Eclectic Method. Click here for full details.

Festival organiser Rob Da Bank still has a few aces up his sleeve, with the three headliners still to be announced – although they are expected in the next couple of weeks.

The Bollywood Cocktail Bar is set to make a welcome return, with Radio 1’s Bobby & Nihal taking charge of proceedings. 

The Bees will host this year’s Dub Cafe, treating late-night cainers to their record collection of dub and chilled grooves.

And a new acoustic arena has also been announced, the JD Set Lounge, which will see a number of intimate performances from some of the live acts already on site.

Along with a local school choir, the Women’s Institute tea tent, a farmer’s market, and loads more quirky attractions, it’s shaping up to be another great festival!
Bestival 2005 takes place at Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, from 9-11 September.

Tickets are on sale now. Weekend passes cost £89 and day tickets £37.50, with children getting in for half the price and island residents also getting reductions, including a limited batch of early bird weekend tickets costing just £50. Click here for the full list of prices and to buy tickets.