In the absence of Glastonbury, Bestival is taking shape as the most anticipated cross genre festival this year. The first line-up announcement
had us all cleaning the mud off last years tents and rounding up the usual festival posse, but the latest announcements have added weight to the fact that Bestival is one of the premier live/outdoor music events in Europe.
Amnesty International with their Make Some Noise project have announced their association with the event. Make Some Noise is a global project by Amnesty International that aims to harness the power of music to inspire a new generation to stand up for human rights. Yoko Ono recently gave the project the recording rights to ‘Imagine’ and John Lennon’s entire solo songbook in support of the movement.
Brian Eno, opponent of the invasion and occupation of Iraq and long-time supporter of Stop the War Coalition, is making a guest appearance on the main stage with Rachid Taha. Looking through Bestival glasses RobDa Bank is evidently excited:
“I’m a bit biased but Bestival 2006 is shaping up rather nicely. Aside from rare UK shows from the Pet Shop Boys and Scissor Sisters and no lesser folk than Rachid Taha, Brian Eno and Carl Cox coming on board there’s so much else to do: new things for us are a green field dedicated to sustainable energies and traditional crafts, a healthy dose of debate, comedy, poetry and open mic, giant tree climbing as well as the the return of the Inflatable Church with even more weddings planned, the chance to sign up for Come Dancing classes, have a solar powered sauna or watch a solar powered film in the cinema ... And shedloads of new bands and DJs to get your ears around. Roll on September!”
The full latest bill including latest Southern Comfort Fat Tuesday additions are as below.
Bestival 2006 Line-up
1990s • Amadou & Mariam • Barry Peters Halifax Hospital Radio • Bikini Beach Band • Brakes • Breaks Co-Op • Caged Baby • Christ • Crazy P • Devendra Banhart • E Berg • Electronic Elvis • Envelopes • Fence Collective presents The Pictish Trail • Good Shoes • Grizzly Bear • Guillemots • Hot Chip • Hush The Many • I Like Trains • Jamie T • James Yorkston and The Athletes • Jeggsy Dodd • Jeremy Walmsley • Jim Noir • Joana And The Wolf • John Martyn • Kanda Bongo Man • Kelley Polar • Kid Carpet • Kid Creole & The Coconuts • King Creosote • Kish Mauve • Kitty Daisy & Lewis • Klaxons • Lily Allen • Love Is All • Magnetophone with Sonic Boom and Kwaing Creasite • Mara Carlyle • Max Sedgley • Maya • M Craft • Metronomy • Mi & L'au • Mistys Big Adventure • Motion Pictures • Mr Hudson & The Library • My Robot Friend • Mystery Jets • New Young Pony Club • Noisettes • Pet Shop Boys • Psapp • Rachid Taha Band with special guest • Brian Eno • Rumble Strips • Shitdisco • Scissor Sisters • Scritti Politti • Semi Finalists • Solid State Revival • Son Of Dave • Switch • Sugardaddy • The Aliens • The Boy Least Likely To • The Cuban Brothers • The Egg • The Fall • The Long Blondes • The Pipettes • The Stranglers • The Sunshine Underground • The Young Knives • Tilly And The Wall • Tunng • Vetiver • Yes Boss • Youngblood Brass Band
Albino Monkey • Alfredo • Ali B • Annie Mac • Annie Nightingale • Appleblim & Shackleton • Ashley Beedle • Bent • Biggabush • Blackgrass • Blackbeard • Bobby Friction & Nihal • Bugged Out Chilled Out / Erection Section • Carl Cox • Cass & Mangan • Chris Coco • Coley (Luv Jam) • Cosmic Fury - Tom Middleton & Fred Deakin • Crimes Against Pop • Daisy Daisy • Dave Bird • Dennis Alcapone & Blood & Fire Soundsystem • Different Strokes • Digital Mystikz & Sgt Pokes • DJ Derek • DJ Marky • DJ Reset • DJ Zinc • Dr Rubberfunk • Dub Pistols Sound System • Eclectic Method • Eddy Temple Morris • Erol Alkan • Feeling Gloomy • Filthy Dukes • FortDax • Flower Power • Greg Wilson • Guilty Pleasures presents I'm Not In Love • Heatwave (Punchline) & MC Rubi Dan • Hodad's Surf Psyche & Liquid Film Experience • Huw Stephens • IDC • Jazzanova • Joe Driscoll • John Stapleton • Justin Robertson • Kitty Daisy & Lewis - 78rpm DJ set • Kode 9 • Krafty Kuts • Kraak En Smaak • Krooks • Lindstrom & Prins Thomas • Mary Ann Hobbs • Michael Cook • Mixmaster Morris • Múm • Nathan Fake • Nick Faber • Nick Luscombe • One Deck And Popular • Paddy Freeform • Planet Pendulum • Phat Phil Cooper • Phil Mison • Plastic Operator • Plump DJs • Prince Partridge • Punk-A-Wallahs • Raff Daddy • Ricardo Villalobos • Ricky Redhead • Rob Luis • Rob da Bank • Ross Allen • Shantel • Skream • Soft Rocks • Sonic Boom • Subway (laptop set) • Tayo - dub set • Terry Hall • The Black Dog • TM Juke DJ set with Alice Russell • Trouble DJ's & MC Ratty • Touché • Ulrich Schnauss • Various Production • Vicarious Bliss • Yoda
The early bird promotion is now finished, but full weekend camping tickets and ferry packages are now available from the Bestival website
. Locals on the Isle of Wight can get tickets from Robin Hill Country Hill Park (‘The Venue’), Jazz Festival Office, Ventnor, Red Funnel and Wightlink offices, IOW College, All IOW Tourism offices.