Preview: Bestival 2018 @ Lulworth Estate (Dorset; Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August 2018)

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Taking place over a long weekend (Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August), Bestival is nestled, no longer on the Isle of White, but tucked in the beautiful landscapes and nature of Lulworth Estate, Dorset.

With nine stages providing an eclectic mix of irresistibly danceable tunes, hosting legendary DJs and world-renowned bands, Bestival is set to prove another successful year as one of the most fun, most colourful, free-loving occasions of the summer.

The main stage, otherwise known as The Big Top Stage, sets colourful themes with art-indie rock bands, such as Django Django and Sundara Karma, mixed with hip-hop stars, such as Mike Skinner, whilst our alternative main stage, The Castle Stage, seems to be the one to stick to this year, with ‘Paper Plans’ star M.I.A, bass master Thundercat, reggae DJ legend David Rodigan performing together with the infamously outrageous Outlook Orchestra. Also making an appearance will be ska reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, who I’m sure will rain sunshine with ‘I Can See Clearly Now’; dub favourites Gentleman’s Dub Club; rapper, director and activist Plan B; as well as Malian favourites Songhoy Blues; a little for everyone, whilst keeping in the theme of diversity and peace from all corners of the globe.

Some smaller stages have a more specific focus, such as the ‘Bollywood Stage’, which sees various DJs such as Rob Da Bank and Shy FX take to their tech-savvy shows, almost certainly with big Bollywood-Bhangra beats, and Ambient Land with Mixmaster Morris for those desiring an abstract step-back. Stacey’s Stage is going to be a funky party with DJ legend Craig Charles and Hot Chip, as well as BBC host Gilles Peterson. HMS Bestival Stage hosts wordsmith madness with dance music masters Faithless as they treat us to a DJ set, as well as garage hip-hop acts Jaguar Skills and So Solid Crew, and finally ‘Club Da Stage’ for the roots rock and reggae fans, with the classic Reggae Roast doing their thing, whilst Vic Reeves will provide a reggae special set.

With the sun promising to continue to shine as it has done so far in this blissful summer, Bestival is the place to be for any lover of dance, diversity, sound system and sunshine. Colourful in appearance, aesthetic and line-up, Bestival always succeeds in bringing the good vibes, and with this killer line-up, there’s no doubt this year is going to be a carnival to remember – a party not to be missed!

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