As a Plain & Simple favourite, Bestival has done it again this year and put together a lineup that’s full of mouthwatering musical prospects. With eclecticism and entertainment firmly in mind, the organisers (including head-honcho Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank) of the eighth Bestival have concocted a mix of rock gods, pop prodigy’s and dance masters. Find out the must-see DJ’s, bands and artists below:
After the sell-out success of last years festival, which saw the likes of The Prodigy, LCD Soundsystem, Chase & Status, Simian Mobile Disco, Dizzee Rascal, The Flaming Lips and Hot Chip take to the stages, 2011 is proving that the motto at Bestival HQ must be “bigger and better.”
With incredible headliners The Cure, Pendulum, PJ Harvey, Primal Scream, Brian Wilson and DJ Shadow due to take to the decks and close to 100 more on the bill, Bestival is a must for music-lovers this year.
Plain & Simple’s pick of the bunch are as follows:
All the P’s: Pendulum, Primal Scream, Public Enemy and Pete Tong
This four alone will have Bestival-goers enjoying anything and everything from drum ‘n’ bass and psychedelic rock to rap, hip-hop, house and trance!
With the exception of Pendulum, this little bunch have clocked up almost 30 years a piece in the music industry!
Best of British: Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Magnetic Man, Katy B
Two of dance music’s biggest and best, Fatboy Slim and Groove Armada, will be on hand to deliver huge sets to the Bestival masses.
Meanwhile, two of Britain’s brightest up-and-comers Magnetic Man and Katy B will feel obliged to give the crowd a healthy serving of dubstep and urban anthems.
All the alternatives: Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip, Crystal Castles, Health, DJ Shadow
From trip-hop to electro-pop (labeled “noise-rock” by some!) these are four must-see acts at this year’s Bestival. Crystal Castles and Health never fail to provide psychadelia at it’s very best whilst the ever-resourceful master of samples DJ Shadow’s reputation precedes him. For Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, now a staple of the UK festival circuit, thought-provoking and poetical lyricism comes naturally.
Blasts from the past: Grandmaster Flash & Toots and the Maytals
Most of the Bestival lineup were probably still in nappies around the time influential Hip-Hop DJ and producer Grandmaster Flash was starting out and he’s sure to be one of the biggest blasts from the past at this years Bestival, and certain to put on one hell-of-a-show.
Also returning after what has seemed like an eternity will be Toots & The Maytals, who, with a string of other festival dates dotted across their calendar, will be at Bestival with their inimitable feel-good reggae material.
The no-brainer: The Cure
They’re possibly the most-anticipated headline act of the year and for good reason. Celebrating their 35th year in music The Cure are quintessentially British rock and one of the UK’s fondest feel-good bands.
They’re a must-see regardless of musical taste!
Here’s an exhaustive list of the full Bestival 2011 lineup to entice you even further into grabbing yourself a ticket to what promises to be a highlight of the 2011 festival calendar! (Personal recommendations in bold!)
The Cure, Pendulum, PJ Harvey, Primal Scream present Screamadelica Live, Brian Wilson, DJ Shadow, The Maccabees, Robyn, Public Enemy, Big Audio Dynamite, Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Kelis, Mogwai, Chromeo, Clare Maguire, LFO, Paloma Faith, Village People, The Drums, Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada presents Red Light, Diplo, Boys Noize, Annie Mac, Hi Tek: Starring Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May, A Trak, Norman Jay, Hyperdub, Bestival’s All Gone Pete Tong featuring Pete Tong and special guests, Carte Blanche, Benga, Skream, Derrick Carter, Shellac Collective, Congo Natty, Skrillex, Claude Vonstroke, The 2 Bears, Andrew Weatherall, Toots and The Maytals, Noah And The Whale, Patrick Wold, Global Communication, Graham Coxon, Cut Copy, Katy B, Zola Jesus, Grandmaster Flash, Modeselektor, Caravan Palace, Omar Souleyman, Jungle Brothers, Asian Dub Foundation, Beardyman, Health, John Grant, Junip, The Midnight Beast, Ms Dynamite, Pantha Du Prince, Wretch 32, Venetian Snares, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Fenech-Soler, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, Labrinth, Sbtrkt, The Unthanks, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Willy Mason, The Selecter, Kawa Circus, L-Vis 1990 7, The Neon Dreams, 65DaysofStatic, Live Film Score, Breakage feat Jess Mills, DSB Soundsystem, Brandt Brauer Frick, Goldie Lookin Chain, Japanese Popstars, Esben & The Witch, The Bad Shepherds, Eat Static, Foster The People, Los Campesinos, Oneohtrix Point Never, Rustie, Tanlines, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Andreya Triana, Rainbow Arabia, Mackab & The Roots Ragga Band, Totally Enormous Extinct, The Correspondents, Tweak Bird, Channel One Soundsystem, Banny Byrd, Smerins Anti-Social Club, Caitlin Rose, The Dhol Foundation, Max Tundra, Modestep, Our Broken Garden, Spark, Dry The River, Appeblim, Feed Me, Yasmin, Horndog Brass Band, Lanterns On The Lake, Trophy Wife, Islet, Two Wounded Birds, Logo, Sophie Barker, Yaaks, MZ Bratt, Bright Light Bright Light, Al Tourettes, D/R/U/G/S, Liam Bailey, Maverick Sabre, 6 Day Riot, Starslinger, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Carmen Rosa, Ellen & The Escapades, Kyla La Grange, October, Post War Years, Treefight For Sunlight, Ed Sheeran, The Hempolics, Marcus Foster, Tripwires, Various Cruelties, Catherine A.D., Cheviot Hill, Stopmakingme, Tall Ships, The Piney Gir Country Roadshow, Catherine Okada, Jackson Analogue, Luke Concannon, The Lullaby Club, MC Xander, Punks Not Dad, Puzzle Muteson, Subgiant, Brigitte Aphrodite, Fly Frankie Fly, Gideon’s Demise, The Fan Jets, Dr Syntax, James Owen Fender, Cranes, Mirrors, Mistajam, Across The Tracks, Andy C and MC GQ, Numbers with Deadboy, Jackmaster and Spencer, David Rodigan, Soul Jazz Soundsystem, DJ Zinc, The Nextmen, DY Hype & IC3, King Midas Sound (Hyperdub), Tim Green, White Wedding, Tensnake, Doorly, DJ Fresh, Krafty Kuts – Instant Vibes, Disco Bloodbath, Leo Zero, Beat A Maxx, Jamie George/Roska (Rinse), DJ Derek, Emalkay, A.Skillz, Bok Bok, Robert Luis, Ghost Poet, IDC, Jam City, Julio Bashmore, Reggae Roast, Barmisfits, Benji Boko, Duffstep, Oneman, Psychemagik, Feeling Gloomy, Tayo, Monki, Luv* Jam, Timo Garcia, Somberero Sound System, Emeralds.
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