Our Guide To Bestival 2014


Bestival has long been known for being one the most eclectic events amongst an ever-growing list of British summer festivals. With their addictive mix of music genres and crowd-pleasing comedy, everyone can find something that fits them perfectly, and this year’s desert-island disco theme is guaranteed to be a veritable menagerie of eccentricity.

2014 sees the return of the Port, a well-loved boat-shaped stage featuring dancers and circus acts to keep you entertained, as if the music itself wasn’t enough. The main stages will feature well-loved acts such as Outcast, Beck, Major Lazer and Chic. If somehow you tire from the music, there are myriad activities to keep you entertained: from the Bestiversity tent, to the big love inflatable church, you’ll be inspired, amused and amazed.

You can purchase tickets to the Bestival 2014 here.

The jaw-dropping list of acts this year has got us thinking a guide of what to see would be really helpful to ensure you get the most out of the festival. So, check out our top acts performing this year below, plus a Youtube playlist to give you a little taste of what’s to come:

1. 1-800-Dinosaur (ft. James Blake / Dan Float / Airhead / Mr Assister)
Originally a club night at London’s Plastic People set up by former R&S label boss and James Blake’s manager Dan Float, the now label continues its mission to broaden minds and stretch musical possibilities. We’ve even got a cheeky radio rip of Mr Assister from James Blake’s Radio 1 residency which we implore you to check out.

2. Busta Rhymes
It’s often overlooked that Busta is one of the most original rappers in the history of Hip Hop. He’s a living legend and you’ll be telling your grandkids about seeing him at Bestival 2014.

With stunning fusions of dubstep, future garage and body bruising bass, SBTRKT has always been a festival favourite of ours. And following the world premiere of the lead single from SBTRKT’s sophomore album Wonder Where We Land last month, there’s no way we’re going to miss his set.

4. Darkside
A collaboration between electronic musician Nicolas Jaar and Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington, Darkside have re-written the rulebook of performing Electronic music live, often improvising and sampling noises from the crowd. Easily one of our top recommendations for this year’s Bestival no doubt.

5. Skream Presents Skreamizm
Whether you love or hate Dubstep, there’s no denying the DJ talent of croydon-producer Skream (when he’s not hammered that is). His back-to-back Boiler Room with Disclosure displays that perfectly, will hotel pillow fights and electric grooves spanning all genres. There’s no way of knowing what he’ll have up his sleeve for the Bestival crowd.

6. Jimmy Edgar
Detroit has many famous musical sons but none with the mercurial talents of techno wizard Jimmy Edgar. Get your dancing shoes on for this one.

7. Outkast
We can’t really ignore Outkast in this can we? There were so many rumours about them getting back together for Coachella this year, and now it’s the Brits turn to get crazy excited about seeing these ATLiens live!

8. Bonobo
Nominated as Aim’s best live act of 2014, Bonobo’s eclectic trip hoppy beats are more than worth checking out – they’re worth staying for the whole set.

9. Hackman
Hackman’s housey tracks incorporate the occasional splash of garage which will guarantee you a good time – if you’re a bit of a house fiend then you can’t go wrong with this London producer (brother to the wondrous folk-goddess Marika Hackman).

10. Laura Mvula
The young soultress from Birmingham has had a crazy 12 months, shortlisted for the Critics’ Choice Brit Award and Mercury Music Award nominated. Soak up some soul in the sun with Laura.

11. Caribou
A long-time favourite, you’d be stupid to miss Caribou’s particular mix of nu-gaze and electronica. If you know the music you’ll be there, if you don’t – go anyway. With this new album leaking just days ago, there’s a lot of buzz around the new material he’ll be playing out at this year’s festival!

12. Nick Mulvey
Another Mercury-nominated musician as one of the founding members of jazz rioters the Portico Quartet, Nick Mulvey has found his feet also as a solo folk artist making some beautifully sultry acoustic vibes. Definitely a must-see to soundtrack the softer part of your festival experience.

13. John Talabot
Part of the Feel My Bicep Bollywood takeover (along with Bicep and Medlar), the party vibes are going to be non-stop from dusk till dawn.

14. John Wizards
The Cape-Town-based Planet-Mu signed band offer up a melting pot of dub, reggae, R&B, classical, jazz, African dance music, electro-pop, folk and rumba. We dare you to try and keep your feet still.

15. Eats Everything
You can really hear the years of experience in Dan Pierce’s tracks as Eats Everything, with bouncy beats and wicked sampling. Another great festival addition.

16. Bondax
With a sound that surpasses their young age, the duo’s mix of post-dubstep and garage sounds like what nutella tastes like. Mmmm.

17. Prince Fatty
If you love reggae and dub, you’ll have a lot of fun going to see Prince Fatty. His covers add an interesting twist to songs you know like Gin and Juice and Shimmy Shimmy Ya.

18. Kaytranada
Haiti-born Kaytranada is managing to make waves in the UK dance scene through his refreshing remixes and enchanting beats. Check out his Montreal Boiler Room set for a sweet taste of what’s to come.

19. House of Blakewell’s House Party
The award winning cabaret show comes to Bestival, showcasing their move to Peckham in an attempt to fit in with the youth. They’re sure to make you giggle with their satirical songs and fresh attitude to London culture.

20. Shit-faced Shakespeare
Magnificent Bastard Productions bring you Shakespearian plays with one drunk dude added to their cast of classically trained actors – hilarity ensues.

Grab your tickets to the Bestival 2014 here.

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