WHERE: Isle of Wight, England
WHEN: 02 – 05 August 2018
Fifteenth anniversary for one of the most popular festivals in the United Kingdom: the Bestival, a spectacular event established in 2004. The 2018 edition promises to be full of changes, with a new location and a whole new period. After setting the tents on the picturesque Isle of Wight, the festival moves to Lulworth Castle, home of the younger Camp Bestival. A new setting, between green spaces and undulating hills, which make the site perfect for the various activities.
The Festival, in fact, has become a real phenomenon, distinguishing itself above all by its unconventional character. Compared to the first edition, the Bestival saw quintuple the number of spectators. So much so as to have an ever greater following.
At the same time, the festival has always boasted a first-rate line-up. Suffice it to say that for the 2016 edition, the likes of The Cure, Major Lazer, Wiz Khalifa, Sea Paul and Fatboy Slim have been invited, just to name a few. The organizers’ commitment is always to choose eclectic artists. In perfect harmony with the spirit of the Bestival. An event in which art and creativity are the common denominator. In addition to music that embraces the most diverse genres, there will be ample space for comedy, theater and even circus theater.
The Festival has been awarded, over the years, with numerous awards. For four years (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009), it was recognized as the best medium-sized festival! In 2010, 2012 and 2015, he won the Best Major Festival award. In 2011 it was recognized as a Fans Favorite Festival. And again, he received the nomination for the Green Festival Award, for social and environmental commitment.
At the Bestival, you can spend four fantastic days between musical and creative surprises, and extraordinary performances. We dance, drink and have fun. There is also a fantastic masked day with incredible costumes. Mountains of food and lots of fun.
Photo, 2008 Incrediblehunk
HOW TO GET
Coming from European destinations, the best solution is to use one of the many airports in the capital as a base. In fact, London is connected with direct flights, with many European and non-European destinations. Its airports are among the busiest in Europe.
From the British capital, you can choose to reach Lulworth by train, bus, or, more conveniently, by renting a car. The distance to be covered is about 200 kilometers.
Southampton International Airport is a good option if you can find the flight at the right price. The airport is rather small and the direct connections are fairly limited. In contrast, the distance to be covered is just 80 kilometers.
With the South Western Railway trains you can reach Wool Station, from the main British destinations. Right from Wool Train Station, direct shuttles depart to Lulworth Castle. In this case, you can buy the shuttle ticket directly on board. From London Waterloo Station, the train takes about 150 minutes to reach Wool; tickets, non-refundable, start at £ 19.90, booking in advance. From Southampton, however, it takes about 75 minutes.
More info, on the official website from this link. A great alternative is the Big Green Coaches buses. With rates starting at £ 19, these modern and efficient buses connect the Bestival 2017 location with as many as 49 destinations (Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newport, Sheffield, Swansea and many more). Info on the official website.
PROGRAM AND TIMES
The Bestival 2018 opens the gates starting from 02 August 2018. The concerts begin at 11:00 in the morning. Shows until late at night. The Campsite closes its doors at 16:00 on 06 August. You must leave the campsite by this time. The program is really varied and takes place within the different areas of the Bestival 2018.
At the Castle Stage area, London Grammar, Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson), M.I.A., Grace Jones, Plan B, Chaka Khan, First Aid Kit and many others will perform. A cozy and extremely intimate environment, between grooves and alternative sounds to enrich the soul. This is Ambientaland, with Chris Coco, Jaze Fitz and others. Club Da Da is the place dedicated to those who want to dance and go wild all night long with DJ sets. Among the names scheduled for the 2018 edition, Vic Reeves (Reggae Set), Reggae Roast feat. Natty Campbell, DJ Shepdog (Nice Up!). Caravanserai is one of the places not to be missed of the Bestival 2018. An absolutely unmissable stop, between theatrical wonders and amazing magic, with a vintage style; all while sipping a delicious cocktail menu at the bar! Slow Motion is an authentic wellness paradise, with activities for the body and soul.
BESTIVAL 2018 TICKETS
As usual, tickets will be sold in different stages, with limited numbers and increasing prices. The Adult Weekend ticket costs £ 170 and is valid for the entire duration of the event. Includes access to the main campsite. For other areas of the Campsite, such as Boutique Camping, Camping Plus, a surcharge is payable.
Children aged between 13 and 17 pay the discounted rate of £ 113.50. Free for children up to 12 years; the latter must necessarily collect their ticket at the entrance.
Motorhomes pay a surcharge of £ 81.60 per vehicle. If equipped with an integrated camper tent, the price is £ 91.80.
From the cost of the ticket, £ 1 will be donated to charity at Isle Of Wight Youth Trust. More info, on the official website.