Simply the Bestival! 1980s theme has party in full swing

Underworld performing at Bestival 'Picture: Sam Taylor
Underworld performing at Bestival 'Picture: Sam Taylor
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Love was in the air last night on the Isle of Wight as Bestival got into full swing.

Now in its 12th year, Robin Hill country park was transformed into a sea of colourful stages, tents and flags for the event, which this year has the theme Summer of Love.

Bestival attendees dressed as Freddie Mercury as part on the 1980s theme

Bestival attendees dressed as Freddie Mercury as part on the 1980s theme

It attracts some of the biggest music acts in the world and a 50,000-capacity crowd.

The Main Stage was graced by 1980s legends Duran Duran last night, who closed the evening following sets from experimental rapper Flying Lotus and American hip-hop group Jurassic 5.

The former New Romantics indulged the crowd in some 80s nostalgia, including Rio and Girls on Film, and played songs for a new generation of fans from their latest album Paper Gods.

Thousands of festival goers descended on the site on Thursday to explore the park, which includes the Stardust Field, home to the Main Stage and The Big Top venues, the Bollywood Field, the Ambient Forest and The Port, featuring a stage resembling a boat.

Festival-goers enjoying the day Picture: Jason Kay

Festival-goers enjoying the day Picture: Jason Kay

They included Nicole Gildone, 19, from Southsea and Alia Denman, 19, from Drayton.

‘I have been to the Reading Festival and the Isle of Wight Festival but already this is becoming my favourite. I loved the Big Tent. There is just so much to do in the day,’ said Nicole.

‘I’m looking forward to seeing FKA Twigs,’ said Alia.

‘Having looked around the food is obviously the best bit.’

The Big Top was the place to be on Thursday evening. Jamie xx, best known as one-third of Mercury Prize-winning band The xx, showed his DJ skills and British electronic group Underworld closed the night.

On Friday, the Main Stage was graced by a variety of musical acts including Lianne La Havas, whose soulful sound picked up the crowd after Wiley cancelled his set after his plane was grounded.

Bestival veterans The Cuban Brothers had crowds dancing with their funk-soul covers including a mash-up of Diana Ross’ I’m Coming Out, Luther Vandross’ Never Too Much, Kanye West’s Touch The Sky and Labrinth’s Express Yourself.

‘We have been coming here for 13 years now, since Bestival began, and we love it,’ they told the crowd.

The Chemical Brothers are set to headline the Main Stage tonight and The Jacksons and Missy Elliott close the festival tomorrow.

n Keep up with Bestival updates at portsmouth.co.uk and in The News on Monday.