2014 will be remembered as the year of the disco ball as Rob da Bank and his posse partied under a record-breaking glitter ball and Robin Hill Park sparkled in the sunshine.
This is my fourth time at the festival (lucky me), and possibly my favourite ever.
Here are my five mega moments from the fantastical Isle of White weekend.
1. The fancy dress parade
Bestival is always a magical experience thanks to the festival’s obsession with dressing up, but this year’s Desert Island Disco theme meant that the entire park glittered as the famous fancy dress parade got under way in the sunshine on Saturday afternoon. Dressed as washed up mermaids, with our faces covered in glitter (bespoke headdresses made by SewYeah – sewyeah.co.uk) and fresh from a paint fight at DJ Sigma’s Listerine set we joined the amazing performers and danced around the park for hours.
2. DJ Girl Power
The chicks ruled the decks at the desert island disco… I’m officially a DJ Monki megafan having caught her by chance on Friday night at the BBC Introducing Stage (and our serious muso friends who watched her later in the weekend agreed she was the best thing they saw). This pint-sized DJ drew a HUGE crowd as she mixed old skool r’n’b tunes (No Diggity!) with modern happy house while her friends invaded the stage. On Saturday night Annie Mac (girl crush alert) made our WEEKEND with a brilliant late night set at The Port. Tune after tune (including the mega summer hits MK’s My Head Is A Jungle remix and Walking With Elephants) + performers in the air + rainbow lasers + a bright sky + full moon + tequila cocktails = big smiles (and sore feet the next day) all round.
3. Basement Jaxx at the Big Top Saturday night
Busy, busy, busy… SO busy! But brilliant. The crowd went crazy for all the classics, and it didn’t even matter that there was no room to breathe.
4. Astronomyy at the Invaders Of The Future stage
I’ve been crushing on British songwriter Astronomyy since watching him skateboard down the coast in the v dreamy Nothin’ On My Mind video released via Dazed a few weeks ago. I love his quiet surfer style (am now considering investing in my first band T-shirt, by his record label Lunar Surf) and this was the perfect way to start our Bestival journey as we arrived on Friday afternoon. Catching Vaults (another cool Bestie chick) straight after was an extra bonus. Both are worth checking out right now.
5. The Festaxi
It’s not often that home time is a highlight of a festival, but technicoloured Harry and his taxi buggy was the only reason we were still smiling after a mad dash to the taxi stand with a weekend’s worth of outfits and accessories. Originally planning on taking the 12pm boat back to the mainland we left the tent for breakfast and somehow got distracted by the Aperol tent, the Red Bull stage and then The Port for several hours until we were running back to Boutique Camping (namedrop) at 6pm. Anyone that has been to Bestival knows that it is all about the hills, so this festaxi driver was our knight in shining polyester.
Text and photos by Toni Jones