This week thousands will join Bestival as it takes a leap into new territory at the site of it’s family-friendly sibling, Camp Bestival. Celebrating all things colour, Bestival kicks off on Thursday at Lulworth Estate, Dorset, with Blossoms and Jamie T opening the live performances. There will also be DJ sets across other stages that evening including Jägermeister’s famed JägerHaus hosting DJ sets from Blossoms and Anna Straker before welcoming the likes of Joe Goddard, Shadow Child and more across the weekend. The next few days will see a huge line-up of world-class talent perform. Headlining the festival are The XX, A Tribe Called West and Pet Shop Boys, joined by the likes of Little Dragon, Justice, Danny Brown, Loyle Carner, Wiley, Dizzee Rascal and more. It’s not just about the music though and organisers have ensured there’s plenty of action off stage to for revellers to sink their teeth into. Here are some of the things to watch out for.
Slow Motion is the wellbeing destination for anyone looking for some r&r over the weekend. The arena will host a myriad of health & beauty related activities including: multiple variations of yoga including hip-hop, disco and laughter; gong sound baths; guided and sleep meditation; Witness The fitness, a high energy yoga and fitness tent offering classes all day, every day; and Loop, where festival-goers are invited to mount bikes and spin through a euphoric musical journey.
Bathing Under The Sky will be making a return to Slow Motion, offering the chance to sit back and relax in a wood-fired outdoor spa. Complete with an authentic wood-fired hot tubs, a Finnish barrel sauna, a double decker hot tub bus and showers, this is a must for anyone looking to recharge before another night of partying. Limited tickets are still available here, so grab them quick.
The performances at Bestival don’t end with the music. The Caravanserai arena will be home to a weird and wonderful collection of vintage vintage caravans, wurlitzers, objets d’art and hedonism, brought to life by Cirque Bijou. The show makers will deliver a feast for eyes and stomachs in the Circus Cafe, where performers will serve the menu. At night, expect amazing displays of acrobatics, circus performances and cabaret. Elsewhere, night parades will roam and illuminate the festival and revellers are invited to perform themselves and sing with the backing of a folk band in Bestival’s own KaraUke.
The food offering at Bestival in recent years has been very impressive indeed and this year is also shaping up nicely. Taking residency in the food lover’s heaven of Feast Collective as well as across the Bestival site will be the likes of Patty & Bun, Anna Mae’s Mac and Cheese, Butches, Crabbieshack, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, Le Bao and more. The W.I will also return to offer cakes and tea away from the action.
Final release tickets are still on sale for Bestival 2017 and are available here for £195 + booking fee.