The festival season has come to a memorable end as Bestival came to a fire-fuelled finale with the final Main Stage set from The Prodigy and ceremonial burning of the Magic Meadow tree house. With the majority of festival-goers leaving the site on the midmorning of Monday 13th September, the reluctance to step back into the reality of working for a living may be looming for quite some time.
In my opinion, and the opinion of everyone I spoke to at the festival, this was one of the best festivals held in Britain for quite a while. It was an amazing festival that very tastefully limits commercialisation and allows you to have fun without having to re-mortgage your home (in comparison to other festivals).
The fancy dress theme this year was “Fantasy” which pretty much opened the doors for almost any get-up you could think of and 98 percent of people really did put in a lot of effort. Sights such as a group of He-Men fighting a single Skeletor to Hunter S Thompson with Little Bo Peep in a headlock kept spirits high throughout and always resulted in random but welcoming conversations with complete strangers.
Bands were quite a rare sight this year and there was a much more of an electronic focus on the music / shows. Acts such as the Prodigy, LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip and Mylo provided us with a great variation of electronic music to dance to in an array of different settings. Hats off to the Bollywood tent for playing amazing music continuously throughout the whole festival and hosting the remarkably fun Bestival radio station on 87.7 FM in the mornings.
Some of the best acts I saw during the weekend were the Nextmen, The Cuban Brothers, La Roux DJ set and the not so famous River People, which presented a “Terrible Tale” in an acoustic set to a small crowd next to the wishing tree. These acts made my weekend and I would like to think that they had a similar effect on everyone else that was lucky enough to witness such sparkly shows. The cabaret tent also granted us with some great comedians during the daytime and gave chance for people to fight off the previous night’s hangover, only to start all over again a few hours later.
All in all, Bestival 2010 was one of the most impressive festivals I have ever been to. With people running around shouting about how much of an incredible time they were having and dancing around with friends and great music to top it off, how could you possibly have a bad time? The vibe was fantastic and the general feel of the festival itself makes you wonder where you have to queue to get next years tickets. If you want to end next year with a bang, go to Bestival 2011.
By: Kris Drew