Bestival boosted as top acts get on board

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The countdown continues to the day HMS Bestival sets sail and to tempt music-lovers further, a few more top acts have now joined the line-up.

Among the latest additions are Pete Tong, John Newman, Simian Mobile Disco, Dub Pistols and Pretty Lights.

This year’s festival, which has a nautical fancy dress theme, already boasts a stellar crew, including Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim and Franz Ferdinand.

Organiser Rob da Bank says: ‘The sun is out, the sky is blue and we’ve got a load more acts for you! Bestival never stops booking live bands and DJs for your pleasure and this year’s no different – from John Newman’s soul swing to Simian Mobile Disco’s intelligent rave and, if you haven’t seen Pretty Lights’ electronic workout, prepare to be blown away.’

Stepping up to the decks on a mission to keep you dancing all weekend long are BBC Radio 1’s original dance music champion Pete Tong, Fabric resident and Scrutton Street shaker Daniel Avery, Wall of Sound top boy Mark Jones and deep sea bass warrior Mumdance.

Plus there will be sets from Lovesick, Dream Koala, Comfyporn DJs, Dan Hayes, Propaganda DJs and Across The Tracks DJs.

Bestival 2013 runs from September 5-8 at Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight. Adult tickets with entry from Thursday, September 5 are £190, adult tickets with entry from Friday, September 6 are £180 and adult premium ‘Wild Copse’ camping tickets are £316.

There are different rates for students, teenagers up to 17 and children.

Campervan tickets are £90 a vehicle, caravan/trailer tent tickets are £101 per vehicle and advanced car parking is £11 (or £15 on arrival).

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