Bestival celebrates 10 years with Elton, Snoop and Fatboy

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As the nights draw in and the festival season draws to a close, it’s almost time to pack away the tents, wellies and wet wipes. But not before we’ve had one last blow-out over on the island.

Yes – next weekend is Bestival, the UK festival circuit’s closing party.

It takes place from Thursday to Sunday at Robin Hill Country Park near Newport and boasts headline sets from Fat Boy Slim, Snoop Dogg and Elton John.

Also playing will be Franz Ferdinand, John Newman, Disclosure, Sinead O’Connor, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Rudimental, Jessie Ware, Belle & Sebastian, Tom Odell and Bastille and many, many more. As always, organiser and Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank has put together an eclectic line-up.

There are plenty of DJs too. And it wouldn’t be Bestival without fields full of weird and wonderful entertainment.

For the fifth year running, doors are opening on Thursday and, as it’s a 10th birthday celebration, there’s a jam-packed line-up in the Big Top that includes M.I.A., Justin Robertson, The Correspondents, Mark Jones, Sunday Best Forum Allstars, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Bike To Bestival, Courtney Pine, and a Druids opening ceremony, all hosted by Peter Tautz The Right Toastmaster.

The Replay With Rob da Bank stage, will also kick off on Thursday night, with upfront sounds from Mixhell, Tythe, Man Without Country, East India Youth, Dog Is Dead and Feeling Gloomy.

But that’s not all. There will also be a whole host of seafaring shenanigans, as it’s nautically-themed this year.

Other stages across the site opening early on Thursday include The Knees-Up Tent, Grand Palace Of Entertainment, Tomorrow’s World, The Bandstand, Temple Island, Club Dada and the Polka Tent.

Tickets are almost sold out, and cost £127 (teen) to £316 (adult premium camping). A basic adult ticket costs £180 and it’s £10 extra for entry on Thursday rather than Friday.

To book, see ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets or call 0844 888 4410.