Waiting for a ferry, mermaids, a record-breaking disco ball, plus Diplo zorbing

The finale to the festival season, Bestival took place early September. This year’s headliners included Outkast, Foals and Chic ft. Nile Rodgers. The remaining lineup consisted heavily of dance acts with some of the biggest DJ names around at the minute. Having bagged myself a spot in a friends’ six-man tent, successfully avoiding having to pitch a tent, I arrived in a leisurely fashion to the Isle of Wight.
For Thursday evening proceedings Oneman and Jackmaster brought their ‘Can U Dance’ series to the Red Bull stage, where I truly kicked off my weekend. The DJ’s skillfully mixed songs across genres, with cuts from grime and garage.
‘German Whip’ was creatively blended into a reggae tune, ‘Anti War Dub’ interrupted James Blake. Serious mixer moves. One of the highlights was the technical error as they dropped Hudson Mohawke’s ‘Chimes’, maybe it was from all the jumping.

Fast-forward past Sam Smith delighting crowds, and Disclosure making people dance over at the main stage. A vast majority of the festival goers are gathering around the main stage to see hip-hop duo OutKast. They’ve been touring this summer to mark the 20th anniversary of their debut album and you could feel the excitement in the air. The atmosphere was incredible, Andre missed some verses and they didn’t do an encore but it remained lots of fun.

Then it was time to pace through the madness that is Bestival at night to hear some tunes being spun. I got to Temple Island just in time to hear Shadow Child drop his remix of ‘Best Be Believing’, before heading to the sweatbox that is the Bollywood tent for a bit of Skreamizm. Lastly, I went to The Port for techno legend Sven Vath.

Before I knew it Saturday was upon us. It involved me missing Darkside, however, I happened to walk past the Invaders of the Future tent just as Jessy Lanza was performing ‘Kathy Lee’. You win some, you lose some.

The fancy dress theme for this year was Desert Island Disco, my wig helped me reach the decision to never cut my hair short and I just stuck to my glitter. After a breathtaking show from London Grammar, I witnessed Skepta & JME cause absolute havoc at the Red Bull Stage, the energy levels were ridiculous making way for a lot of rewinds.

Another highlight was managing to catch the second half of Foals, the finale of their Holy Fire tour and last show for 18 months. It was a spectacular event, Yannis crowd surfed and I heard some favourites like ‘Hummer’ and ‘Spanish Sahara’.

Over the weekend I kept hearing Dusky’s ‘9T8’, but couldn’t manage to put my finger on what it was till I got back, the vocal line ‘right here’ was stuck in my head.  It’s fitting that their tune would be the one to cause me irritation, the duo has consistently impressed me with their releases over the last couple of years. Dusky played at The Port prior to Gorgon City and MK, who were also hanging around the decks as well on Sunday afternoon.

Following a lively display from Major Lazer, the weekend reached its finale and the world record breaking disco ball was raised in the air as Chic’s show was underway. The crowd was buzzin’, Nile Rodgers is a legend of the guitar. I had good times indeed.

Following that. TCTS closing the BBC Introducing stage was a highlight after recently falling in love with his track You on MTA records. After coming to terms with the fact Bestival was ending, I went to check out Kaytranda for a bit. Chase & Status, ÂME & Eton Messy were also playing closing sets.

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