Missy Elliott closes Bestival in style

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Missy Elliott represented her home town of Portsmouth when she closed Bestival’s Summer of Love last night with an electrifying set.

The rapper – from Portsmouth, Virginia – treated the crowd of thousands to her extensive back catalogue on the Main Stage in her first show in the UK for six years.

Revellers at Bestival

Revellers at Bestival

The audience didn’t need to be told twice when Elliott performed Work It and Get Ur Freak On, and they partied like there was no tomorrow.

They were warmed up by an energetic performance by The Jacksons, who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Jackson 5.

After Elliott’s set, the Main Stage was closed for business for another year by one of the festival’s trademark firework displays, which lit up the sky over Robin Hill Country Park.

For those not ready to stop partying, man-of-the-moment Mark Ronson and six-time Grammy award winner Skrillex were over at The Port, where they delivered their DJ sets on board HMS Bestival – a stage resembling a ship.

Donna and Darren Smith at Bestival

Donna and Darren Smith at Bestival

Over the weekend, more than 50,000 people attended the festival, including many people from Portsmouth who took advantage of the stars performing on their doorstep.

Among them were Jack Warren and Dominic Charman from Baffins.

A highlight for Dominic, 19, was seeing Duran Duran perform Rio.

‘I was really looking forward to it and it was as fun as I thought it would be.’

He adds: ‘It is a lot more relaxed and family-friendly here than other festivals.’

Jack, 22, said: ‘There were so many talented up-and-coming acts.’

While most people go to Bestival for the music, there were also comedy, film screenings, poetry and other activities.

Fitting the theme of peace, a variety of charitable organisations and groups held events and were given a short slot on the Main Stage every day to promote their work.

These included the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Greenpeace.

‘The peace sign became the symbol of the original Summer of Love, and I am proud to be here in our Summer of Love to speak out against nuclear weapons and promote peace,’ the CND spokesperson said.

Today, the mass exodus off the Isle of Wight begins and the ferry ports and hovercraft station in Portsmouth will be full of bleary-eyed festival-goers.

And they will be taking with them not just tents and rucksacks, but the memories they made during the Summer of Love.

Slideshow pictures by Jason Kay