Bestival Festival 2018 Review
October 16, 2018 | By: Leeann Dare
With festival season firmly at a close Bestival festival 2018 was with out a doubt the highlight of the festival year. With an abundance of diverse acts, food and entertainment held over one of the hottest weekends in British summer history at one of the most unique venue establishments the festival was outstanding. Held at Lulworth Estate Dorset the grounds were simply spectacular boasting acres of land providing space for all acts, entertainment and hidden forest attractions amidst beautiful scenery and a historic castle.
With Bestival celebrating it’s fifteenth year the variety of performances set a new precedence for providing a large choice of music genres from indie and metal to dance and drum and bass meaning there was always a band to suit the genre preference of all in attendance. Some of my personal favourites throughout the entirety of the weekend included Faithless (DJ set), Rudimental, Plan B, Chaka Khan, Grace Jones who given is in her 70’s was on fire for the entirety of her 50 minute set entertaining us with many costume changes to include an outstanding horse likeness headdress and a small amount of hula hooping thrown in for good measure , Big Moon, Black Honey and Silk City with their own three original songs to date collaged with an assortment of Dance and Pop remixes. From the majority of unique and visually outstanding stages presented at this year’s Bestival my personal favourites were certainly The Temple Stage, Bollywood and HMS Bestival. The Temple stage set at the bottom of a tremendous hill had the wow factor from first glance with an intense vibrancy. Temple Stage had a huge setting with intense light displays and pyro fire technique’s used during big acts making it one of the most visually exciting stages at this years Bestival. True to Bollywood style the setting was extensive and elaborate throwing in its own unique feel and decor making it a truly brilliant dance and act setting and certainly a high contender in the places to be at this year’s festival. My ultimate favourite stage of the festival this year had to be the HMS Bestival. A huge ship placed upon the bottom of an extensive grassed dance area the lighting, sound and atmosphere was spectacular.
True to Bestival tradition the quirky off the beaten track extras thrown on for festival goers delight did not disappoint. When taking a stroll through ‘Slow Motion’ there is so much to see and do whether meditation or harness yoga classes there is always something in the area designed to get the body aligned and feeling at it’s best with a contemporary feel mixed up with new age twists to old school traditions such as bandage yoga and boxer size class with a DJ twist. Along with the notorious Bestival classics such as the giant Robot, the most contagious atmosphere and the array of vibrant clothing in suit of this year’s circus theme I have never enjoyed being a part of a festival experience as much as I did with Bestival 2018.
Each stage certainly hosted one of the best acts throughout the festival. Personally, I felt that the crowning moment for the Temple Stage was none other than kings of Dance Rudimental. Bursting onto the stage with such vast amounts of energy and stage presence I was held captivated from beginning to end as Rudimental delivered song after song from new to old without faulter or reservation. Everything from their musical genius to the times, lighting and pyro techniques was indeed flawless and everything to be expected and more. I felt that the energy and heart of the festival was summed up by the HMS Bestival stage where the main crowd would gather in anticipation of the next act to grace the iconic boat. 2018 was indeed a treat as none other than Faithless played one of the best shows I have seen to date amidst this outstanding setting. With all of the music blasted out by Faithless there was only one thing required to do and that was dance. This was most certainly a set that had me moving from the very beginning to the end. With exceptional sound systems and lights etc this can only be described as a truly hypnotic experience as it was one of those performances that you never wanted to end.
With outstanding lights set to light the ways at night time along with excellent music being executed from each of the bars and evening attractions there was never a dull moment to be had at Bestival 2018. The camping areas were vast and exceptionally spread out allowing for a huge choice in camping preferences whether you were there for a more lively experience or more family orientated. All in all Bestival Festival 2018 was the highlight of my year and I for one cannot wait to see what this terrific festival has in store for 2019. So get ready to get those tickets and come on down to Bestival Festival, in my opinion’s the best festival in the UK.