The sun may not be out, but Bestival’s putting a smile on everyone’s face

Disclosure performing on the Main Stage at Bestival''Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Disclosure performing on the Main Stage at Bestival''Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Declan McKenna at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Picture by Paul Windsor

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The weather may not quite match the desert island disco theme at Bestival this weekend.

But that hasn’t stopped the revellers getting into the spirit of the event.

The four-day festival at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight has sold out with more than 50,000 music-lovers descending on the site.

And things got under way on Thursday night with Beck and Reverend and the Makers getting the party started.

Yesterday Portsmouth Batala kicked things off in style at The Port dance stage. The city’s drum troupe performed on the massive recreation of a boat that dominates the field, in front of hundreds of people.

Batala group leader Lee Bagshaw, 31, of Southsea said: ‘We’ve been working hard all over Hampshire and we needed to be here.

‘It was such a great experience – it’s such a privilege.

‘There’s a bit of work to do, but we’re just happy to be here.’

Group member Ben Mason, 37, Stamshaw, added: ‘It was amazing. We’ve been to the Isle of Wight Festival before but this is the first time I’ve been here, and I’m loving it.

‘And it’s not just the music, I’m looking forward to catching some of the other things like the comedy.’

Portsmouth Batala were due to perform again today as part of the fancy dress parade.

Atlantan hip hop duo Outkast thrilled the crowd last night with their headlining set, including hits like Hey Yah! and Miss Jackson.

Other popular acts yesterday included soulster Laura Mvula, chart-topper Sam Smith and dance heroes Disclosure.

Kate Pritchard, 22, of Southsea, said: ‘I had been wanting to come to Bestival for years so luckily I managed to come this year.

‘It’s definitely lived up to expectations and I already really want to come again.

‘I loved Outkast and Bonobo last night.’

Harvey Jaggard-Hawkins, 24, from Copnor in Portsmouth, said: ‘I’ve been the last three years and it still surprises me every year that I come.

‘Disclosure was awesome and I’m really looking forward to seeing Mr Motivator.’

Tonight will be headlined by indie rockers Foals, before the festival is closed on Sunday by Chic featuring Nile Rodgers on Sunday. The event will climax with the world’s largest disco ball, measuring more than 10m across, hoisted above the crowds.

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