Where: Lulworth Estate, Dorset
When: 7th-10th September
Who: The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, Pet Shop Boys, Justice, Jamie T, Annie Mac
Price: Tier 2 price- £181 (including camping), Tier 3 price- £195
Bestival is one of the UK’s most important music events, and last year it was crowned Best Festival, beating off competition from the likes of Glastonbury and Boomtown. This year, Bestival will host one of the most important make-or-break years in its history, in which it will be relocating from its now-renowned location on the Isle of Wight, to the South West’s Dorset. Around 40,000 people attend Bestival each year, with previously headliners including Outkast, New Order, The Prodigy, Snoop Dogg, Elton John and The Beastie Boys, would Bestival 2017 be just as impressive?
Friday night headliners are one of music’s most in-demand artists at the moment, elusive downtempo three-piece The xx, who are making headline appearances all over Europe following the release of their third studio album I See You. Saturday night headliners are unquestionable rap royalty in the form of A Tribe Called Quest, who released their first full-length project in over 18 years back in November. Rounding off proceedings to fill the Sunday night headline spot, are synth saints, and six-time Grammy award nominees Pet Shop Boys.
Also set to perform at Bestival 2017, are French electro duo Justice, who are hitting the road for the first time in six years following the release of their third album Woman, Dizzee Rascal, Little Dragon, and the most recent recipient of the UK number one album- Rag’N’Bone Man. Danny Brown makes another UK festival appearance following his announcement at Reading and Leeds, while Jamie T’s snarling rock, DJ Shadow’s elusive trip hop, and the soulful stylings of Laura Mvula all have much-anticipated sets booked into Bestival 2017.
The world of electronic music isn’t forgotten about either, with some of the industry’s most important figures all booked in. Drum and bass legend Andy C celebrates 25 Years of Ram, David Rodigan returns with his renowned Ram Jam bonanza, and Radio 1’s Annie Mac continues her assumed residency with yet another appearance at Bestival. Also on the bill are an array of house honchos including Jackmaster, Dusky, Kolsch, Toddla T, and Maceo Plex.
Bestival has an impressive selection of music on offer at their 15th instalment of the festival. From chart toppers to underground house pioneers, there’s something for everyone at one of the Europe’s most important music events. As with every festival, Bestival isn’t quite done either, with many more acts set to be announced before September.
For more on Bestival, be sure to check out our review of Bestival 2016.