Bestival 2016: Preview


It’s fast approaching that time of year. Festival season is drawing to a close. We’ve had the mud infested swamp that was known as Glastonbury. We’ve had the hungover Justin Bieber lazily doordle around  stage at V Festival. We’ve had copious pints of Tennants sunk at T in the Park. We’re finally on the rundown for that magical 4 days at the start of September known as Bestival.

The festival has been going since 2004 and is the brain child of Radio 1 DJ, Rob Da Bank and wife Josie. Originally started as a side project for his record label, Sunday Best, it has blossomed into a magnificent spectacular, oozing with fun loving campers and enough bands and artists to keep everyone entertained, from your 73 year old nan to your snotty little 14 year old brother.


Known for its all out reputation for fancy dress, the theme of this years festival is ‘The Future’ and will see campers shot off into the atmosphere with aliens, spacemen and planets throughout the site. We can also expect to see one of the most prestigious stages at the festival, The Port, updated to the futuristic ‘Spaceport’, welcoming the likes of Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim and Diplo headlining across the three days.

If you can’t decide who you should drag yourself to see out of that incredible line up, we’ve tried to make the decision a little easier. We’ve selected eight incredible acts that we recommend dragging the whole of your group to check out. Trust us, you won’t be dissappointed:

The Cure

It took Rob da Bank eight years to persuade The Cure to headline Bestival back in 2011. Thank the lord we don’t have to wait that long for their return, as Robert Smith and co take to the main stage once more as our Saturday night headliners.

This 80’s New Wave group are sure to pull in a big crowd for their headline slot. With all time classics like ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and ‘Friday I’m In Love’ you’ll be sure to not want to miss out.


Carl Cox House Classics

An appearance by Carl Cox at Bestival is always a magical thing. Add to that the fact that he’ll be headlining the brand spanking new stage, The Spaceport, with a classics set spanning his 30-year career, and you know we’re already bouncing off the walls with excitement.

Bestival seems to have pulled out all the stops this year with ‘Classic’ sets. From jungle to rave, it’s always good to go back to your roots and pull out anthems from the last thirty years. Expect some huge hands in the air moments and enough 80’s Acid House anthems to shake a stick at from the happiest DJ in the world!


Méle & Monki NRG Flash

Not one but two of the heaviest hitting DJs we could find join forces and come together for a back to back extravaganza.

Méle is an absolute wizard in conducting the hardest tribal beats known to man. Wobbly basslines, erratic high hats and a thumping rift to keep the crowd pounding.

Monki is an underground tastemaker championing new electronic talent on her regular Radio 1 show. At just 22 years old she is a resident at Annie Mac’s critically acclaimed touring club night ‘AMP,’ and a regular fixture behind the decks at clubs and festivals around the UK and Europe. She knows what’s hot and what’s what. 

Combined, the two make for an inseparable powerhouse, always able to keep the crowd on their toes and hands in the air.


Aled Jones & Rob Da Bank (HISTORY OF JUNGLE & DRUM N BASS)

It would only be right to see the man behind the whole festival, lay down an absolute hour of power on the 1’s and 2’s, wouldn’t it? Why not finish it off with a polished choir boy on the mic whilst you’re at it?


You all know Aled Jones, right? Angelic schoolboy chorister who scored a hit with Walking in the Air, is about to release his 31st album, is touring his own show in Cathedrals up and down the UK this year, West End musical star, Classic FM host, presenter of Songs of Praise and his own ITV Weekend show and selector of choice drum n bass bangers. Wait…



Seriously. After showing off MC skills on Classic FM’s Capital XTRA’s Takeover for Make Some Noise, you couldn’t miss the opportunity for him teaming up with  Rob da Bank for an epic History of Jungle & Drum n Bass Set. Madness.

Slipmatt b2b Billy Daniel Bunter (History of Rave)

You might have unfortunately missed out on that 90’s ‘Summer of Love’. Either being too young to experience it, or the wrong end of the country, you’re in luck if you want to experience it because this is going to be the closest way to do so. Expect to be taken on a journey throughout the history of rave music of the late 80’s and early 90’s. You had don’t have to imagine being in a warehouse in Suffolk in 1992, or down in a forest in Brighton in 1993, because Slipmatt and Billy Daniel Bunter are going to bring the acid house smiley’s to you, all you need to do is supply the dancing, okay?


Now this is going to be something special. Bass, bass and even more bass.

ONEMAN is one of the very few ‘selectors’ to have broken free from the radio schedule and crafted a career out of his track selections and mixing. Without a single track to his name, he’s paved the way, delivering a whole hearted abundance of grime, garage, bassline and jungle. Fresh from his residency at XOYO, expect to see the selector decimating the decks with another duo….


That duo being My Nu Leng.

God, we could speak about these lads for hours. They’ve single handedly shaped the face of UK bass music over the last three years. Turning those, chilled, shuffling house line ups into grotty, bass driven weapons. These guys are a festival favourite in the UK and will only help strengthen what we can imagine to be a sure fire b2b2b. DO NOT  MISS OUT, I REPEAT, DO NOT MISS OUT.



Joining the party as a very special guest, we’re extremely excited to see one of the most diverse DJ’s in the country. 

Artwork would be as comfortable playing sub low, dark dubstep as he would be playing a two hour 80’s disco set. The man is beyond versatile.

From as far back as the late nineties Artwork has been producing certified bangers, first as a spearhead of the UK Garage movement and then as one of the creators of dubstep. Also, if you don’t follow him on social media, you should start now. He always finds a way to make the fans chuckle. 



We’re not even going to try and justify why you should see Skepta. It’s Skepta. Literally, Skepta.

Just go.


If you still haven’t got your tickets yet, you can get them here.

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