REVELLERS enjoyed a sun-filled start to a weekend of music as Bestival got underway.
The scorching weather at Robin Hill Country Park was in stark contrast to the muddy conditions experienced at the Isle of Wight Festival earlier this summer.
Eighties pop star Adam Ant and his band, The Good, The Bad and the Lovely Posse warmed up the main stage yesterday afternoon, which included a thrilling performance of Stand and Deliver which sent the crowd into a frenzy.
Fresh from her Olympic closing ceremony performance, Emeli Sande took to the stage to entertain the 50,000-strong festival crowd before Friday night headliners Florence and the Machine.
Georgia Ginns, 21, from Farlington, Portsmouth, said: ‘I hadn’t been to a festival in England before but I heard there was a really good atmosphere here.
‘It’s not far for us to go and there’s something for everyone. I can’t wait to see Stevie Wonder.’
Lucia Zanchi, 21, from Hilsea, said: ‘I’m here for the music and I’m celebrating my 21st with my friends. It’s my first ever festival and I love it. We’re so lucky we have got this amazing weather.’
Bestival traditionally marks the end of the summer festival season.
This year’s fancy dress theme is ‘wildlife’ which has been embraced by festival-goers.
Costumes ranged from crocodiles to leopards, and fairies to trees. Previous years have included rock star, space and fantasy themes.
Tonight will see New Order headline the main stage with Two Door Cinema Club and 70s pop group Sister Sledge performing in the afternoon.
Stevie Wonder will close the festival on Sunday night, with other performances throughout the day from Rizzle Kicks, Bat for Lashes and Orbital.
Wes Smith, 28, from Bishop’s Waltham, said: ‘I only got here today and it’s been really buzzing. There’s a great vibe and it’s brilliant to have something like this on your doorstep.
‘There was a massive crowd for Emeli Sande – she’s great to listen to.
‘I’m having a really great weekend.’
You can watch the festival live at youtube.com/user/bestivaltv/live