Tomorrow will see the festivities begin at the festival season’s last shindig, with the Rob Da Bank curated arts festival that is Bestival. A festival that is all about experiencing the weird and wonderful, with a lineup of truly eclectic acts, taking place at the Isle of Wight’s Robin Hill Country. This will be my first time attending and unlike many of the other festival’s that I’ve attended, doesn’t have the same depth of band’s on show. This festival instead prides itself on all the other wonders that you can experience at a festival. Whether it be taking in a world record holding disco ball or getting stuck into the fancy dress theme, this year of which is ‘Summer of Love’. But nevertheless, here’s a few of the band’s I’d recommend catching over the weekend!
King’s of modern psychedelia, Australian band Tame Impala have forever been on the up since releasing the storming Elephant back in 2012. Armed with new album Currents, which see’s the band take on a more poppier sheen, you can’t help but feel that this is a band very well suited to the ‘Bestival vibe’. With colourful laser light shows and chilled out psychedelic rock track like Feel’s Like we Only Go Backwards, Let it Happen and Solitude is Bliss this is sure to be a very popular show over the weekend and following the announcement that the band are set to play Alexandra Palace in February of 2016, just goes to show the ever growing popularity of Kevin Parker and co. One of the highlights of the weekend!
Big Track: Elephant
Punk revivalists Slaves are one of the most exciting live acts that I’ve seen all summer and a must see at any festival! The duo consisting of Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman have been wowing crowds all summer and this will undoubtedly be no different, as they are sure to rattle through lo-fi punk bangers including the likes of; Hey, The Hunter and Sockets! Two enigmatic performers, they also have a bizarre yet brilliant sense of humour as they banter the crowd in-between songs with talk about dead goldfish, manta rays and yetis! Guaranteed to be one of the moshiest crowds of the weekend, see them now before they get really big!
Big Track: Feed the Mantaray
The Chemical Brothers
The one headliner that I am by far most excited about seeing would be Manchester-born duo The Chemical Brothers, consisting of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons! As can be seen from their headlining slot on the Other Stage at Glastonbury this year, the Chemical Brothers certainly bring a good live show, airing many of their greatest hits like; Hey Boy Hey Girl, Galvanize and more recent success Go, as well as having one of the best light shows I’ve ever seen on TV (during the BBC Glastonbury coverage) and something I am eagerly looking forward to seeing live. These heroes of the original dance music scene in Britain, bringing Big Beat to the fore of public consciousness, are well deserving of their headlining slot and will undoubtedly have the furores of people that go to see them, dancing!
Big Track: Hey Boy Hey Girl
One of the big breakthrough acts of last year will be tipping their snapback to festival season 2015 with a slot on the Main Stage on the Saturday, showcasing their brand of Modern Soul in support of their self-titled debut album. Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson (known simply as T and J) have made waves throughout the music scene in the last year with their danceable soul anthems, such as; Busy Earnin’, Time and Platoon. Jungle are a certified festival band and will undoubtedly get the crowd dancing before The Chemical Brothers, and possibly one of the last chances to see Jungle in support of their debut album!
Big Track: Busy Earnin’
Baltimore-born Synthpoppers Future Islands are another big act featuring at this year’s festival who themselves have received a surge of popularity in recent years. The success of lead single Seasons (Waiting on You) has in particular launched their career, seeing them play festivals all across the world and featuring on shows including; The Late Show with David Letterman and Later… With Jools Holland, seeing them further accumulating a larger fan base, particularly through enigmatic frontman Samuel T. Herring’s crazed dance moves! Playing the Big Top they’ll be a sure success and worth a watch!
Big Track: Seasons (Waiting on You)
The Chuckle Brothers
One great example of the weird and wonderful bookings for this year’s Bestival is The Chuckle Brothers. Children’s TV stars turned popular DJ combo, Paul and Barry are set to take the festival by storm, with what has somehow become a large talking point of anticipation (amongst a few of my friends at least) for this year’s festival. With only one real known song, 2014’s To Me, To You (Bruv), of which they recorded with Tinchy Stryder, I can’t say that I’m entirely sure what they’ll do. But who cares, this nostalgia trip for anyone who grew up watching the terrible Chucklevision TV show on CBBC, will enjoy one of the most bemusing festival bookings I’ve seen in a while!
Big Track: To Me, To You (Bruv)
This will be the fifth time that I will have seen festival regulars Drenge now, and so long as they keep playing the UKs festival circuit I will continue, as they are without doubt one of the best live acts around today, who’s furious live shows wreck havoc wherever they appear. The Loveless brothers and new member Rob Graham, have spent the year arduously touring in support of recent album Undertow, and whilst not particularly the best suited to the `Bestival vibe’, will undoubtedly get the crowd going with their dark, grungey mosh-pit starters like Nothing, We Can Do What We Want and Bloodsports. A must!
Big Track: Let’s Pretend