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At every festival there is dancing, singing, colour and obviously glitter, but with the carnival heading back to this year’s Bestival you can expect an event larger than life. In collaboration with Bestival, Arts Council England and one of Europe’s best carnival groups, Shademakers, this year’s event is produced by Kirsty Henderson. Set to take place in the Magic Meadow, punters will see the Shady Lady pirate ship stage at the heart of the action.

Barulho will be bringing samba beats and Carnival Collective will be bringing all the Brazilian vibes. On Saturday night Love Carnival are set to light up the dancefloor hosting DJs and MCs and AAA Badboy, Dub Boy and Jus Now are all set to take the stage to boast a fusion of international, tropical beats. You’ll be body popping your way around the site to the sound of Hype Dance and Cirque Bijou will be roaming around with performers including jugglers and acrobats.

To keep the energy up, you can’t miss the Day Parade and Bestival’s “resident divas” Sink The Pink will be partying right into the future. Bringing a British style carnival sound and a stand out music mash up is Kinetika Bloco. The carnival continues right into the night with the Day of the Dead skeletons taking over from the New Carnival Company and many more events and activities taking place. Expect an out of this world experience.

Carnival Line Up:

Music –

Barulho Carnival, Batala Portsmouth, Carnival Collective, Coco P, Don’t Flop, Double Hitch, Dub Boy, Hype, Jungle Rave, Jus Now, AAA Badboy, Kinetika Bloco, Love Carnival Soundsystem, Mariachi El Pinche Gringo, Rampage, The Happy Skifflers, Vula Viel, Zirguidum

Performances –

Area 51, Cirque Bijou, Dance Vibez, Day Parade, Helen Davenport, Lily’s Dance, Macnas, Selva, Night Parade, Reggae Aerobics, Roundhouse Performers, Ryde Extreme Performers, Sandown Bay Academy, Shademakers, Sink The Pink, New Carnival Company