Bestival 2013 Add James Blake, Savages And Many More

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On course for a truly epic 10th birthday spectacular, the good ship HMS Bestival is abuzz with excitement as a whole new raft of able-bodied shipmates join the ranks of Bestival 2013.

With an already gargantuan line-up featuring Elton John, Snoop Dogg, MIA, Franz Ferdinand, Wu-Tang Clan, Flaming Lips, Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox to name but a few, they’ve got 10 fields of wonderment with over 20 stages, big soundsystems, insane sideshows, magical happenings and so much more in our 24-hour escapist world, and they’re going full steam ahead this September 5th-8th to Robin Hill Country Park for the party of their lives, at the greatest show on earth!

Rob da Bank says: “Bestival is ten years old this year and I always want our festival to stay fresh and new so I’m well pleased with the latest artist additions… Courtney Pine, legendary jazz musician, is going to open the whole birthday spectacular on the Thursday and from that point on we’re gonna be treated to a plethora of new bands and talent from new indie upstarts Savages and London Grammar to incredible electronic explorations from Hieroglyphic Being and Evian Christ. Not forgetting returning hero James Blake who’s part of the fabric of recent Bestivals. Hope you enjoy listening to all this lovely lot!”

Getting into the buccaneering Bestival spirit they’re very pleased to announce that James Blake will be bringing his atmospheric bass adventures to captivate the crowds. One of the brightest talents to emerge in the past five years, James’s singular sound is one definitely not to be missed.

Possibly the most exciting band on the live circuit right now, we are extremely excited indeed that Savages are set to blow the crowd away with their frenzied post-punk. Forget the lazy comparisons to a litany of old bands, Savages are vital and we can’t wait to see them!

Bestival is also very proud to announce that UK Jazz giant and all round legend Courtney Pine will be opening the show at our 10th Birthday party on Thursday evening. Renowned for pushing sonic boundaries, there couldn’t be a more apt opener for what is destined to be Bestival’s most mind-expanding extravaganza yet!

They also have music across the weekend from reggae kingpin Max Romeo, super-bombastic doo-wop visionary Willy Moon, anthemic guitar pop types The 1975, classical-electronica crossover geniuses Clean Bandit, hotly-tipped electro-pop trio London Grammar, the frankly sublime The Child of Lov, 80s reggae supernova Musical Youth, footwork fanatic Evian Christ, Brooklyn punks Parquet Courts, genre colliding six-piece Molotov Jukebox, alt folkers Moulettes and the jaw-droppingly authentic ‘Introducing’ recreate ‘Discovery’ live.

There will also be plenty more live music from Filthy Boy, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Ady Suleiman, Hudson Taylor, Champs, Woodpecker Wooliams, Lloyd Yates, Barbarossa, The Keepsakes, Isaiah Dreads, Parlour Flames, Charley Macaulay and Devilman.

Tenth anniversary late night booty shaking action will also be in plentiful supply with a series of super-fat soundsystems due to be announced in the coming months but just to whet your appetites they can reveal that Numbers will be showcasing Tweakaholic featuring Jackmaster & Spencer, there will be sleazy four-four from Bicep, Chicago vibes from Hieroglyphic Being, heady jams from Addison Groove, underground party joints from Rinse FM’s Oneman, consciousness expanding sounds from Psychemagik, bass alchemy from Happa and dreamy euphoria from the one and only Chris Coco.

Plus there will be deck destroying sets from PBR Streetgang, DJ Scotch Egg , Misty Conditions , Bill Brewster, Copy Paste Soul, Krysko, Applescal, Pete Gooding B2B Danny Whitehead, Pathaan, Johnno (Bugged Out), Sunday Best Forum Allstars, Flying White Dots, March Hare and Gutterslut.

All this and there’s still one more headliner and lots of new attractions to announce, so keep checking Don’t forget to tag your tweets #hmsbestival.


Adult Ticket with entry from Thursday 5th September – £190

Adult Ticket with entry from Friday 6th September – £180

Adult Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £316 (more info)

Student Ticket with entry from Thursday 5th September – £180

(For full-time students only. Valid NUS or ISIC ID required at the box office. No other student ID accepted)

Teen (age 13-17) Ticket – £127

Teen (age 13-17) Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £158 (more info)

Child (age 12 & under) Ticket – Free (but you must obtain a ticket)

Child (age 12 & under) Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – Free (more info)

Campervan Tickets – £90 (per vehicle)

Advance Car Parking – £11 (or £15 in cash on arrival)

– All Tickets will incur a booking fee.

– There are no Day Tickets.


Bestival is pleased to announce that we are offering a 15 week payment plan which means that an adult ticket can now be bought at a payment of £12.67 per week (Thursday entry) or £12 per week (Friday entry) over 15 weekly payments.

Only available online via:

NB: Booking fees will be charged with your initial transaction.

Anyone who has already purchased a 2013 ticket (or Early Bird ticket) can pay the difference to upgrade to a Wild Copse Premium Campsite ticket – just call Ticketline on 0844 888 4420 and they’ll be able to help.

Festival ticket and Ferry Travel packages are on sale now:

Wightlink – / 0871 376 1000

(Early Bird packages plus payment plan option now available)

Red Funnel – / 0844 844 9988

(Early Bird packages plus payment plan option now available)

Hovertravel – / 01983 811000

Big Green Coach travel & tickets packages are on sale now:

(Travel available from 13 locations across the UK) / / Twitter: @bestival

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