Festival Guide // Bestival 2015

by EdwardClibbens
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on 09 September 2015 in Features

With summer well and truly over, it’s once again up to Bestival to provide one last bastion of fun for this year’s festive season. As ever, the line-up is diverse, weird and wonderful. The headline trio of Duran Duran, The Chemical Brothers and Missy Elliot perfectly embodies this. Over four days, there’s plenty to look forward to, but for those overwhelmed by the cornucopia of musical wonders, here’s a quick guide to (what I’ve deemed to be) the best things to see, do hear and experience over the weekend.

Missy Elliot

Missy Elliot’s Sunday night headline slot is a European festival exclusive, and her first UK show for six years. Quite what to expect, no one really knows, other than it’s going to be completely bonkers and probably rather good.


The UK’s most exciting duo, although they now have a bass-player, return to Bestival with their fantastic second LP Undertow. Needless to say, their reputation has grown infinitesimally since their late night show in a tiny tent two years ago. Equally needless to say, is that their set will undoubtably be one of the standout moments of the weekend. If you see any rock band at the festival, see Drenge.

Future Islands

After the runaway success of their breakthrough LP, Singles, Future Islands have cemented themselves as one of the most exciting and unique live bands around. Their headline show at The Roundhouse in April was comfortably one of the best gigs of the year and you’d be mad not to check them out, if only for the finest and most extreme dad dancing around.


Although Australian and renowned for being mates with, and including members of, Tame Impala, that’s where the similarities end. Pond make exciting, off-the-wall, fuzz laden psychedelic rock music with strong 60s pop-sensibilities. They’ll be worth seeing if only for ‘Giant Tortoise’, a song which contains one of the bigger riffs ever written.


Probably the best thing ever to come from Tunbridge Wells (aside from myself...), Slaves’ brand of high-octane, tongue-in-cheek punk music has garnered them an enormous following over the past couple of years, to the point where they will be headlining the Brixton Academy this November. If you want to lose your shit for a while and have some good old fashioned fun, go and see Slaves.


Seamlessly mixing house, garage, grime and everything in between, Ben UFO is comfortably one of the best selectors around. With a career forged only on his skills as a DJ, boasting no backing as a producer, you can be assured that he’s amongst the most talented DJs at the festival.

Four Tet

One of the most forward thinking producers around, Kieren Hebden is a musical kaleidoscope and one of electric music’s most creative minds. For those after some more complex and thought-provoking music on the Port and Bollywood stages, then Four Tet is not to be missed.


After launching their career shrouded in impressive mystery, Jungle have morphed into the finest exponents of neo-funk and soul around. With a live show so loud and infectious that it’s impossible to ignore, they’re a shoe-in to draw a humungous crowd and completely own it.

Elsewhere be sure to catch the likes of Fat White Family, Joy Orbison, Tame Impala, Kate Tempestl, Action Bronson and Jurassic 5.



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