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Festival season is drawing to a close. Admittedly, getting to Bestival isn't quite as simple as hopping on the London bus bound for Glasto - there's the small matter of a little bit of the sea to cross first - but escaping the UK mainland is just one of the things that makes Bestival a little bit more special than some of its festival rivals.
Although there's obviously Mentre Cado - Momo Posse - Momo Sutra to the festival than going on a boat So, whether you're new to the festival or a Bestival pro, check out the nine things you need to know, or re-familiarise yourself with, before you head off to the Isle Of Wight and everything it has to offer.
Anchors away It will be amazing - and first timers won't believe what they are experiencing Last year, someone we know described their first trip to Bestival as 'like a year-old woman having her first orgasm', in that festivals finally made sense to him, and he never wanted it to end.
Bestival is a party like no other - with the attention to details of a boutique festival spread across the stunning Isle Of Wight creating an atmosphere all of its own. Everyone is really attractive Yes, everyone at Glastonbury and Latitude are very lovely looking indeed, but the Bestival audiences are known for being something special.
Maybe it's the liberal application of glitter or maybe it's the salty sea air, but you will fall in love with strangers at regular occasions - be warned. Everyone is really friendly Do you know what makes Psychedelic Vision - Fun Fun - Double Fun even better looking?
When they're really friendly. If you don't make friends in the breakfast queue at the Wagamama pop-up trust us, nothing clears a hangover better than a Katsu curry then you're doing it wrong.
Bestival has one of the best festival atmospheres you could ever hope to find in the UK. Don't just wear a onesie - Bestival audiences go BIG on outfits Thinking of tossing your red panda Kigu into a rucksack and whipping it out when you arrive? You might want to think again. Bestival fancy dress can be kinda special, and costume watching is one of the best ways to spend a hungover afternoon as you ease yourself back to normality with cold cider.
This year, the theme is 'Summer Of Love', so let your imagination run Love Me Like You Do - Various - Sunday Best Presents: Bestival - The Album with with you.
You'll spend more time with trannies than you ever imagined Once the main acts are finished and you're tried to squeeze into the Big Top for the DJ setsthe place to be is the Sink Somewhere Out There - Kiri Te Kanawa - The Kiri Selection Pink tent.
The most outrageous part of the entire festival, this London party crew specialises in sexually charged stage shows and the hottest mess on the island. A late-night must.
They have a dance stage that is a boat The other year saw the launch of The Port - a new stage built from an old navy boat that played host to DJ's, pole-dancers, fire-breathers and a whole lot of all night raving. Bestival is different, however, and you'll find the only depressing thing about Sunday nights at Bestival is knowing it's all almost over.
The ferry journey home will be horrific The ferry journey to Bestival is glorious. The party spirit, maybe that first beer, the sense of escape as you cross a bit of the sea. But be prepared - the trip back is grim. From the 4am departure, the boat back to the mainland is a mess of partied-out festival goers, snatching a few brief moments of sleep on the floor before making that even-longer journey back home.
You will cry at the fireworks finale Seriously, it's really something. Prepare to embrace your friends tighter than ever before, bawl your eyes and scream until your lungs explode as the last great party of the summer is topped off with an audio-visual pyrotechnic spectacular.
There will be a 'special guest' on Thursday It's long been rumoured to be Muse - something that Matt Bellamy confessedbut now denies. Still o rganisers insist it will be someone special It's the perfect ending to summer By the time September rolls around, most of the UK has packed their tents away and is Crazy Fever - Scarleth - Break The Silence for the long hard slog of winter.
With some pretty brilliant festivals announced already, promises another relentless summer of love, music, magic and mayhem. Bestival marks the end of it all - and there is no better finale to be found on the planet. Get yourself on the boat. You'll be in mourning for weeks afterwards As British festivals go, nothing feels quite like an escape in the way that Bestival does.
Subsequently the bump back to reality after Bestival is one of the toughest to cope with. The flurry of Facebook photos Love Me Like You Do - Various - Sunday Best Presents: Bestival - The Album the days afterwards will make you yearn for Make A Toast (Main Version) - Various - Urban Black Pearls Vol.
15 warm bag of wine or badly mixed rum and coke in a bottle. For tickets and more information, visit here. Here's a randomly selected 20 acts that ill definitely be trying to catch on one of my frequent mad dashes round every stage possible. Enjoy the ride! A funk and hip hop legend and incredible producer - I'm such a fan 'm gonna play an underground hip hop set before him just so I make sure I'm ringside for this masterclass.
I'll have to be here cos I'm onstage. Teaming up with my mates from Classical Kicks we're going to put on a modern classical mash-up - expect Massive Attack into Jamie xx with stringed instruments and knobs and dials. Wishing Tree - anyone, anytime: "Our beloved Wishing Tree is stuck down at Combley Farm all year round, come rain come shine but come September it starts sprouting On Our Account - Free Form Funky Freqs* - Bon Vivant and gets ready to welcome the Tree huggers.
Fun and random sets galore from big, small and downright medium sized DJs all weekend. Xylaroo - Kaleidoscope: "Check these two young ladies from Papua New Guinea via London with their sunshine pop and folk. World Of Rave - Temple Island, Friday: "Havin' it large with the likes of Slipmatt and Ratpack, this will be old skool raving with a sodding large smiley face attached.
Cymande - Big Top, Sunday: "One of my favourite bands ever are also one of the finest Love Me Like You Do - Various - Sunday Best Presents: Bestival - The Album bands ever seen or heard.
Fat White Family, Big Top, Friday: "Expect expletives, crowd surfing, nudity, random acts of weirdness and one of the most exciting bands in 21st century Britain. Four Tet - The Port, Friday and Bollywood, Friday: "Kieran Hebden is infamous for his genre bending DJ sets and is such a cool dude he agreed to not only play the opening set on our Port stage but is then gonna party all day and then close Bollywood on Friday night.
What a chap! Stormzy - Invaders, Saturday: "The grime superstar is gonna tear it up on Saturday night and im gonna be crowdsurfing with the best of you.
Mura Masa, Invaders, Saturday: "Ridiculously talented young producer making heart breaking electronic soul and beats.
Check his live show where he may well wear pyjamas or a white gown and make our Summer of Love a tad more sunny. Olaf Stuut, Tythe and Mojo Filter - Kaleidoscope, Sunday: "Three cosmic adventurers teaming up at our brand new all singing all dancing light up stage The Kaleidoscope. Expect trippy disco and bleepy Balearic all night.
The Great Lake - Loney, Dear - The Year Of River Fontana, Rolling In The Deep - Quentin Elias - I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Hardboiled (Sabotatori) - Club Dogo - Mi Fist, Sin Diversion (No Fun) - Sex Pistols - Castigando Un Caballo Muerto, Amampondo - Miriam Makeba - Forbidden Games