Bestival 2009!

We Headed Off To The Isle Of Wight

Here at Dropout UK we love everything festival related. We were pretty p’d off (to say the least) when it was made clear that we weren’t going to be able to provide our Dropouts with an official Festival feature due to the delay of our launch, but it just gave us an extra excuse to go for it that much harder to ensure we deliver for you guys next year! A festival we were able to get our ray-ban wearing, lager shar to was one of the last in the festival calender - Bestival. At Dropout you know we give it to you straight - no chaser, so in keeping with that I’ll tell you truthfully, Bestival had not been an event I had paid much attention to before. Maybe I’m a victim of the glitz and glamour behind the star-studded, headline-heavy festivals that take place earlier in the calendar... However this year, with an incredible line-up announced, a few weeks back I decided to submerge myself in the festivities. And it turned out I had a good feeling about it…

In its sixth year, the festival has managed to retain the eccentric boutique mentality that made it so popular with original Bestival goers in the first place, and is now a mix of big festival thinking with an eclectic, free-spirited, bohemian ambiance.

The question is, ‘What can you expect from the festival that’s promising more and more every year?’ Well, the answer is simply everything! Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle Of Wight transforms into an escapist’s paradise, with small craft stalls, boutiques, fancy dress shops and much more nestled in next to the main stages, DJ booths and dance arenas, including the Bollywood tent (which does the best cocktails!).

This year’s fancy dress theme was “A Space Oddity” and Bestival 2009 was deemed the “Year Of The Spectacular”. It didn’t disappoint, creating a strange mix of music being danced along to by a whole host of Buzz Lightyears, aliens, and spacemen.

Once our fancy dress was well and truly donned (can’t beat the good old Indiana Jones!) we caught Lily Allen on the main stage, where she performed LDN, The Fear, covers of The Kaiser Chiefs’ Oh My God and Britney Spear’s Womanizer, and our personal Lily favourite, F**k You. There were a few sound glitches along the way – she lost sound completely for about two minutes – but that didn’t stop her set from being anything but brilliant. As you come to expect from Lily Allen.

 German group Kraftwerk, possibly one of the most influential bands ever, cut eerie figures as they performed on Saturday night. The group had declined to wear costumes, but didn’t look out of place among the 40,000 face-painted revellers, as they stood almost motionless behind their laptops and entertained the crowd.

 Also playing at the event where La Roux, MGMT, Massive Attack, Elbow, Mercury Prize Winner Speech Debelle and Little Boots (who reportedly dressed as Lady Penelope and came on and off stage in a pink Cadillac)


If you tire of the music over the weekend, which you most certainly won’t, there’s so much more fun to be had. Some friends ran off to watch their pals renew their wedding vows in Bestival’s own chapel, you can get yourself a Christmas dinner, or even go tobogganing. Bestival is everything and anything that you want to make it!

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