The weekend continues...

Day two of Bestival dawns dull and grey as the rain that weather forecasters had been threatening us with finally arrives.

Despite the inclement conditions and mud, the fancy dress is out in force as everyone dons their glad rags for the Year of the Fantastic. And the efforts are as impressive as ever, with multitudes of unicorns, fawns, Beetlejuices, She-Ras and mushrooms (yes, us neither) running riot.

He may not be dressed up, but Rolf Harris is the perfect artist to set everyone on the right course for a day of high jinx and hilarity.

Everyone’s favourite adopted granddad doesn’t disappoint as he switches between didgeridoo and wobble board, interacting with the crowd and having a grand old time.
‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport’ and ‘Two Little Boys’ are the obvious crowd-pleasers, but it’s Rolf’s British version of ‘Tie Me Kangaroo…’, sung to the tune of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, that gets everyone singing and waving their arms in the air. Bestival is momentarily transformed into a rather bizarre version of the Proms.

Back at the Clash/Right Guard campervan, Rolf drops in to give us a didgeridoo lesson before Beardyman serenades Mr Motivator in a spectacular display of improvisation. It’s difficult to get out and about to check out the main action when we’re having so much fun here, but we head out once again into the fray in the name of duty.

Buzz band du jour ‘Everything Everything’ come out sporting a horse head and a giant rubber snake, both of which soon come off as they play through their material from new album ‘Man Alive’.

The echoey cavern of the Big Top – not the ideal venue for live bands at the best of times – causes some of the intricacies of EE’s genre-bending to be lost to the ether, but overall it’s a competent performance from one of the best breakthrough bands of 2010.

The sun has finally decided to make an appearance as Darwin Deez comes out with his band-cum-dance troupe. The quirky quartet make full use of the stage as they strut and flail to Beyonce and The Bangles between ‘The Bomb Song’ and ‘Radar Detector’.

It’s a bizarre juxtaposition singing about a post-apocalyptic world before attempting to do the robot, but the unique formula works and we all walk away with a smile on our faces and a spring in our slightly muddy step.

Biggest crowd of the day award goes to Mumford & Sons, whose Musketeer outfits are the perfect accessory for their blend of folk rock. The impeccable vocal harmonies ring out for opener ‘Sigh No More’, before they roll into a storming set, taking in the impressive dynamic variation of ‘Winter Winds’ and mass singalong of ‘Little Lion Man’.

“I’ve never seen so many superheroes singing ‘Fuck’ at the same time!” proclaims Marcus afterwards. They’re clearly thrilled to be here, and the infectious enthusiasm emanates from the stage as they wrap proceedings up with ‘The Cave’.

Afterwards, seventies throwbacks Roxy Music are a bit of a booking misfire as they wade through their set to a rather diminished crowd who’re waiting for ‘Love it the Drug’. They do , however, play a lovely cover of Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’ to close.

The ultimate fantastical band, The Flaming Lips, explode in a cannonball of confetti, streamers, smoke and dancing orange people to headline.

It’s a psychedelic cacophony that couldn’t fail to delight, with particular highlights being ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’ and an impassioned version of ‘Do You Realize??’ to close.

Pure magic.

Words by Laura Foster


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