Bestival 2010 – Year of the fantastic!

Bestival. was. amazing.

DRM RLL PLS were there to enjoy the party and it all started with DRP artist David Harks taking to the stage at The Bimble Inn for his debut live show. No better way to start the festival really.

This year, Bestival was nostalgia central. Whilst queuing for the toboggans we were treated to a nice surprise… Snap! That’s right. Snap of 90’s Eurodance fame, who hit the Arcadia Stage making our que for the toboggan all the more enjoyable. all ques should have entertainment and I never thought I’d see Rhythm Is A Dancer performed live whilst standing in one. The duo enjoyed playing their smash hit so much, they played it twice. If only the que was longer.

Credit: Vic Frankowski

Mr Motivator got us all nice and pumped for the day… his final words ‘Add me and support me on Facebook, day time TV needs sorting out’. Damn right! There is nothing better than seeing a few thousand people do aerobics on a Sunday morning. Make sure you all join Mr Motivators Facebook group here and kick-start the revolution.

credit: Colin Friend

There was a spot of rain on Saturday, AKA fancy dress day, the Fantastical theme looking
ever more fantastical as dozens of super Mario characters struggled in the mud. This year
Bestival broke the World Record for The Biggest Fancy Dress Party. It did feel that compared to last year the fancy dress was slightly less impressive, but I guess this is what happens when you combine rain with however many thousand people creating sloppy mud.
Another reason the fancy dress may have underperformed may have been because the theme was just too broad. For a long time here at DRP we were unsure whether the theme was fantastic or fantasy. We are hoping that next year the theme is a bit more specific… How about video games!?

credit: Colin Friend

The Wailers, brought out the Saturday sunshine just in time get thousands of festival punters dancing to Bob Marley classics before Jaguar Skills royally smashed his set on the main stage.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the festival had to be Chic ft Nile Rogers. Apart from playing the Chic classics such as Everybody Dance and Freak Out, Nile treated the festival crowd to his back catalog of number ones including Like A Virgin, Bowie’s Lets Dance and Thinking of You by Sister Sledge. Watching these songs being performed live by the man who wrote them was a bit overwhelming to say the least. In our opinion, Nile Rogers is quite possibly the greatest songwriter to have walked the planet!

Bestival is designed to make you feel good, from the bunting to the glowing stars, beds and magical tree house, to the giant love hearts on the main stage. Oh and don’t forget to explore the woods (aka, the Ewok Jungle).

The weather may not have been as magical as last year but there is no doubt that when it comes to festivals, Bestival have nailed it. It’s all in the name. How many festivals do you know have a toboggan ride?! Far too many festivals end way too early (12pm) and the fact that Bestival has variety of music going on well into the early hours of the morning puts it up there with the best.

The DJ line up this year was ridiculous to say the least. Over the weekend we had sets from Erol Alkan, Caspa, Aeroplane, Annie Mac, Skream, Fake Blood, Filthy Dukes, Sub Focus, Shy FX and Jaguar Skills.

The perfect finale to the festival was the burning of the Disney-esque castle forming a giant bonfire surrounded by a first class fireworks display, lit by the one and only fire starter, Keith Flint.

On Monday morning the DRM RLL PLS crew were feeling rough to say the least. We have a little tip to make the recovery easier for you. Make sure after crossing the sea to the south coast you buy a nice hefty portion of fish and chips with, A PEA FRITTER! That’s right, peas in batter. Yum.

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