Guide to Bestival 2014


It’s that time of the year again when everyone breaks out the wellies, Mother Nature does her best to flood every field in sight and not washing for a week is acceptable. That’s right, it’s festival season!

But while Glastonbury is gone, V Festival dismantled and the likes of Wireless a distant memory, there is one party that rounds off the British summer in style.

The best fancy dress party you’ve ever been to, Bestival is somewhat of an institution. Taking place from 4 to 7 September, the Robin Hill Country Park will be awash with eager festival goers ready to party for four days non-stop before taking a decidedly quieter ferry back to the mainland and their hotels in Southampton.

Crowds Enjoying Themselves At Outdoor Music Festival

One thing that marks Bestival out from the hundreds of other festivals taking place this summer is the traditional ‘theme’. 2013 was the year of HMS Bestival (think nautical) while 2012 was Wildlife (take from that what you will) and luckily, this year is no different.

If you’re heading to this year’s event, your theme is ‘Desert Island Disco’ so get your best beachwear, wigs and tropical sunglasses ready before arriving at one of the best parties of the year.

Once your outfit’s sorted and you’ve organised your ticket and ferry trip to the island, why not start planning your ‘itinerary’ (or at least which act you really want to see before getting distracted elsewhere!)

There’s plenty to choose from too. Headliners Outkast are sure to get the crowd jumping with songs such as Bombs Over Baghdad, Ms. Jackson and Hey Ya while Foals and Beck will cater for those who prefer not to shake it like a Polaroid picture.

Then there’s Chic featuring Nile Rodgers or ‘The Hitmaker’, Busta Rhymes (his only UK show) and British dance royalty Disclosure and Basement Jaxx to keep you boogying into the early hours!

And that’s not all either, you can also look forward to Major Lazer, London Grammar, Wild Beasts, Sam Smith, Caribou, Clean Bandit, Chvrches, Laura Mvula, Paloma Faith and many more.

Add this to the great vibe at every Bestival, the friendly people, and The Port, a mind-bending area next to the Ambient Forest which will host DJs such as Canadian rising star Kaytranada and Britain’s very own Annie Mac, and you’ve got the ingredients for the weekend of a lifetime.

Just make sure you book one of our hotels in Southampton to get over that festival flu!

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