Elton John, Snoop Dogg and more have confirmed their involvement at this year's Bestival.
With winter beginning to thaw, the Clash team can be excused for turning our thoughts towards summer. The festival season is almost upon us, and - thankfully - Bestival looks to be a joy.
Elton John is set to headline the Isle of Wight event, while Snoop Dogg is also due to perform. Elsewhere, M.I.A. will play her only UK festival set of the summer at Bestival while Franz Ferdinand, The Roots, Belle & Sebastian and more have been confirmed.
The Knife are making their return this summer, outlining plans for a new album. Set to appear at Bestival, the Swedish group will no doubt have something spectacular up their sleeves for 2013.
Here's a quote from Elton John, who sounds suitably thrilled to be taking part. “I haven’t played any of the major festivals in the UK in recent years, so when the opportunity to play Bestival came up I was very interested. I’ve heard that the Bestival audience comes in fancy dress and I can’t wait to see that, they must all look amazing from the stage. At various times I have worn enormous feathered head-dresses, cloaks, hot pants, jumpsuits, clown suits, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, French Maid, The Eiffel Tower and The Statue of Liberty onstage! Wearing fancy dress makes us all feel less inhibited so I think it’s a great way to enjoy live music."
“2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' album, so you can expect to hear several tracks from that album. My shows always involve audience participation, singing and dancing, so make sure there is plenty of room for movement inside those fancy dress costumes!”
For his part, Rob da Bank is obviously delighted by the news. “So here we are…our tenth birthday…like a small child proudly entering double figures…but here’s Bestival still wearing ill fitting shorts and running about with grazed knees giggling in the sunlight…Happy days! After 10 years of running our beloved festival, Bestival is still as psychedelically wondrous to us as the September day in 2004 when we first threw open the gates. 2013 will be a vintage year. No increase in capacity but more land, a raft of exciting changes around the site including some great new spaces and all dressed and made up in Bestival’s signature style."
“Band and DJ wise we’ve cast our net far and wide… as ever Bestival 2013 will be a magical mix of the old and the new, the vintage and classic rubbing shoulders with the ultra modern and leftfield. From one of the biggest selling artists of all time and certainly the best at fancy dress, Elton John, through the party blazing hip-hop of Snoop Dogg through amazing rare shows from the likes of The Knife, to the newest of the new bands and acts that I’m so excited about like Jagwar Ma, Merchandise and Cashmere Cat plus literally the finest selection of house and techno DJs we've ever had from Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox to Besti stalwarts Erol Alkan and Annie Mac - this will be our best Bestival yet, so don't miss out!"
Bestival runs between September 5th - 8th.
ELTON JOHN / SNOOP DOGG / M.I.A. (UK FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE) / FRANZ FERDINAND (ENGLISH FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE) / FLAMING LIPS (UK FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE) / THE KNIFE (ENGLISH FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE) / BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB (ENGLISH FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE) / THE ROOTS (UK FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE) / BELLE & SEBASTIAN / JESSIE WARE / DISCLOSURE / TOM ODELL / SINEAD O’CONNOR / CHIC FEAT. NILE RODGERS / SQUAREPUSHER / HOT NATURED / ANGEL HAZE / THE POLYPHONIC SPREE / JOHNNY MARR / BASTILLE / PEACE / THE STRYPES / DJ FRESH / RUDIMENTAL / DEXYS / THE WALKMEN / JOHN COOPER CLARKE / LISSIE / THE WONDER STUFF / CARAVAN PALACE / THE CUBAN BROTHERS / MATTHEW E WHITE / WHILE SHE SLEEPS / MERCHANDISE / MIKILL PANE / TRUE TIGER / SEXY SUSHI / IS TROPICAL / SKATERS / LULU JAMES / SWIM DEEP / DRENGE / JAGWAR MA / FLEETWOOD BAC / JAIPUR BRASS BAND / KAWA CIRCUS / LEWIS WATSON / JAWS / J-CATS
RICHIE HAWTIN / CARL COX / ANNIE MAC PRESENTS /SETH TROXLER / A-YO (MARK RONSON VS ZANE LOWE) / JULIO BASHMORE / MAYA JANE COLES / EROL ALKAN /DAVID RODIGAN MBE PRESENTS RAM JAM / DIXON / KERRI CHANDLER / EATS EVERYTHING /NUMBERS - JACKMASTER, SPENCER, REDINHO, SOPHIE & SPECIAL GUEST RUSTIE / JOY ORBISON / FABIO + GROOVERIDER / HOSPITALITY TAKE OVER FT. HIGH CONTRAST, DANNY BYRD, NU:LOGIC, FRED V & GRAFIX - HOSTED BY WREC & DYNAMITE / MARCEL DETTMANN / DJ YODA / THE DAFT PUNK TRIBUTE NIGHT IN THE HIDDEN DISCO / REDLIGHT / BONDAX / HEIDI / ED RUSH / FAKE BLOOD / JESSE ROSE / JUSTIN ROBERTSON / A LOVE FROM OUTER SPACE / BEN UFO / CYRIL HAHN / DANIEL P CARTER / CATZ N DOGZ / MY LOVE IS UNDERGROUND / CASHMERE CAT / KRANKBROTHER / BEN PEARCE / DOLLOP DJS / ALEXANDER NUT / ROSKA / BODHI / KRY WOLF / COLEY FROM LUV*JAM / CRISPIN J. GLOVER / BAD ZUKE