Bestival gets underway- Nextman Bestimix.

The last (and one of the best) festivals of the season kicks off this evening on the Isle of Wight. Rob Da Banks Bestival has gone from a humble gathering to one of the leading independent festivals in the UK, all in the short space of 5 years. It has been voted Best Medium-Sized Festival at the UK Festival Awards no fewer than four times, and unlike many other festivals that sell-out as soon as they get to a certain size, Sunday Best founder Rob Da Bank is committed to keeping that free-loving independent spirit, going as far as to co-found the Association of Independent Festivals in 2008. He’s in good company, with the organisers of, Cornbury Festival, Creamfields, Evolution Festival, Field Day/Underage, Glade, Loud Sound, Secret Garden Party, Shambala Festival, Summer Sundae Weekender and WOMAD all on board.

Bestival’s party-hard with a hippie edge spirit see’s 40,000 revellers don their lovingly made fancy dress and dance under the September sunshine to some of the finest artists and DJ’s the world has to offer. This weekend see’s everyone from Mercury Music Prize winners, The XX, through to headliners The Prodigy, ensuring that musically Bestival is a plethora of talent. There plenty of less-well known acts to bumble upon on the smaller stages, and pure filth and visual delights on offer at the Afterburner. (As seen at Glasto).

Now we know it’s all well and good discussing how good it is now, when you should be packed and ready to go ticket in hand, but for those you aren’t in the process of queuing for a ferry, we thought we’d share a link to a mix that is one of the things that Bestival is all about, in the form of a special Besti-mix by hip-hop funksters The Nextmen. All you need is sunshine, a warm beer, and a stupid hat and you’ll feel like you’re there….

Besti-mix 33: The Nextmen


01 You Ain’t No DJ (Ft. Yelawolf) – Big Boi
02 Dopeman – NWA

03 Louie Louie – Toots and the Maytails

04 Chains – RA The Rugged Man

05 Clean Up Woman – Betty Wright

06 A Million and One Questions – Jay Z

07 Nah Mean – Nas & Damien Marley

08 Spread Love – Shepdog Edit

09 Wanna B Where UR – Floetry with Mos Def

10 Cuidad Del Swing (Pt 1) – Quantic

11 Friday Night – Leisure Allstars Ft. Lady Chann

12 Les Barons – White Label

13 I’ll do anything for you (Red Astaire Philly Mix) – Lee McDonald

14 Baby I’m Yours – Breakbot (feat Irfane)

15 Cruel Intentions – Simian Mobile Disco

16 Hot Raw Sex – Jimmy Edgar

17 Don’t turn it off – 40 Thieves Feat. Qzen

18 From The Drop – Wiley & MJ Cole

19 Nexx – Zinc

20 Wile Me Love – The Nextmen

21 I Need Air – Magnetic Man

22 Street Fighter Riddim – D Double E

23 Stop Watching – Benga

24 Bright Lights (Rockers Mix) – Die & Interface