Bestival 2016 – Glass brings 10 stand-out moments

THIS year’s futuristic-themed Bestival proved the power of fancy dress as the Isle of White came alive for three days of entertainment and music. Glass has compiled our top 10 moments from the weekend.  


Craig DavidCraig David with Kurupt FM. Photograph: Mike Massaro

1. Craig David

Craig David’s TS5 treated Bestival to a nostalgic performance of garage hits from the famous Born To Do It album. However, the icing on the cake was when he reunited with special guests Kurupt FM to help sing his special remixed version of Fill Me In, which was first aired with the Kurupt crew on BBC 1 extra.


Katy BKaty B. Photograph: Carolina Faruolo

2. Katy B

Despite a day of great music, 2am became the peak of Friday when London’s Katy B gave tired festival goers the strength to party through the night with her late set. Dance numbers like Katy on a Mission and Lights On went down especially well.


Bouncy Castle The World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle. Image by Tom Martin

3. The World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle

This one is self explanatory. It was great surprise to come across this at music festival!

Major LazerMØ singing Lean On. Photograph: Victor Frankowski

4. Major Lazer with MØ

We’ve heard the song Lean On uncountable times on the radio, but when Major Lazer brought out to the stage, it sent the crowd crazy – the perfect way to end a headline slot.


Sunflower Bean Sunflower Bean. Photograph: Ben Walsh

5. Sunflower Bean

“Hello we’re Sunflower Bean all the way from New York City” introduced lead singer Julia Cumming before playing a wildly rock n roll set. The New York three piece were a refreshing break from the weekend’s dance music as they graced one of the smaller stages, Invaders of the Future.


CaravanLate night performance at Caravanserai. Photograph: Sion Roe

6. Caravanserai

The dystopian carnival themed area was the perfect after party spot as it hosted an array of energetic live bands after headline acts had finished on the main stage. It also doubled up as a nice chill out spot with a themed bar and quirky campervan seating.


Hot TubsOutdoor hot tubs. Photograph: Tom Martin

7. Bathing under the Sky

This unique outdoor hot tub experience gave campers the perfect escape from the business of the festival, allowing them up to 2 hours of pampering. The experience included perks such as showers, saunas, hair dryers as well as a complimentary glass of champagne!


Paint fightPhotograph: Tom Martin

8. Paint fight

Inspired by the Indian festival Holi, each day hosted an outdoor paint fight where packets of dry paint were handed out for festival goers to throw around. This became a daily highlight causing huge crowds to gather together and create clouds of colourful dust.

Jagwar MaJagwar Ma. Photograph: Sion Roe

9. Jagwar Ma

Aussie trio Jagwar Ma filled the Big Top tent on Sunday evening, attracting fans of psychedelia and dance. Despite only playing a short 10-song set, the band managed to keep the crowd engaged with their improvised synth-guitar jams.

The CureRobert Smith. Photograph: Carolina Faruolo

10. The Cure

In most cases a three hour set is far too long, however The Cure flew through their 27 song performance, entertaining the vastly mixed crowd of all ages. Friday I’m in Love, Just Like Heaven and Boys Don’t Cry were just a few of the songs they played before finishing the show off with a poppy upbeat encore of Close To Me. Bestival’s lineup boasted a lot of new talent however, The Cure’s 80s gothic pop stood out as a big highlight of the weekend.

by Katrina Mirpuri

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