Thousands head across the Solent for Bestival music festival

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BESTIVAL kicks-off today and thousands of festival-goers are expected to travel to the site at Robin Hill Country Park via the Portsmouth hovercraft and ferry terminals.

Despite forecast showers throughout the weekend and the expectation of heavy downpours on Sunday, spirits are not dampened in anticipation of the sold-out event, which won Best Major Festival at last year’s Festival Awards.

Topping the line-up tonight are Australian indie/drum’n’bass crossover favourites Pendulum, while legendary band The Cure headline tomorrow and Icelandic innovator Bjork closes the event on Sunday with her only outdoor festival show this year.