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A reveller at Bestival, a summer musical festival in London
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Essential Bestival 2016 guide

Expect colour, costumes and a carnival atmosphere at this ace summer music festival on Britain’s Isle of Wight

By Alexandra Gerrity

First things first: when is Bestival 2016?

At the tail end of the festival season: it takes place from Thursday September 8–Sunday September 11 on the Isle of Wight.

Who’s on the Bestival line-up?

Headliners are The Cure, Major Lazer and Hot Chip. Craig David is bring his TS5 Party, and MØ, Skepta, Wolf Alice, Years & Years and Fatboy Slim are all on the line-up.

What’s the vibe?

Bestival is full of colour and intrigue and their fancy dress themes are serious business. This year’s theme is ‘The Future’ and you’ve got to go all-out: Bestivalistas frown on off-the-shelf polyester costumes. The Isle of Wight’s more colourful festival offers the best party vibe this side of Glastonbury, but it’s not all dancing till daylight: revellers can enjoy some anarchic fun at the carnival of small stages, stuff their faces at street food vans or visit the inflatable church for a quickie festival marriage.

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How can I get Bestival tickets?

You can get festival tickets online here. Earlybird tickets are currently £190 including booking fee.

Anything else I should know?

The journey to the site from the mainland is a difficult musical pilgrimage: be prepared, travel light and get used to queuing. Ferry and train slots get booked up quickly but you’ll usually be bundled on whatever’s avaiable anyway. That’s unless you fancy swimming there, which you can (for charity) with Swim To Bestival.

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