Quite possibly the second most popular British festival to Glastonbury and certainly the biggest that takes place in September, Bestival is back for 2016 and as per usual, its first announcement didn’t disappoint.
Taking place from September 8-11, the festival will commence on its usual turf on the Isle of Wight, with its annual theme this year being ‘The Future.’
On Friday, organiser Rob Da Bank announced its first two headliners. Crowds are set to see alt-rock icons, The Cure take to the stage, alongside electro duo, Major Lazer, for no doubt a vibrant and energising show. In a statement, The Cure’s frontman Robert Smith claimed that they are extremely excited ‘to be back at our favourite festival.’ The last time the band took to the festival was in 2011, where they played a long, but explosive set, which was recorded and later put on sale as a live album. Their set is sure to be anthem filled and undoubtedly a highlight of this year’s festival. The last time the latter headliners took to the site was also five years ago. With plenty of new material and chart toppers, they’ll be set to bring a very contrasting vibe to their fellow bill toppers.
Something Bestival organisers appear to do very well each year, is booking a vast variety of artists. This is already clear in the diversity its first wave of acts also announced:
Animal Collective, Aurora, Bastille, Beaty Heart, Craig David, Hot Chip, Katy B, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Krept and Konan, Loyle Carner, MØ, Ride, Skepta, Skream, Wolf Alice, Years & Years.
With the third headliner yet to be unveiled, a long list still to be filled and an exciting theme unlike any other, Bestival is already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated festivals of the summer.