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Common People’s Sunday Headliner!

2nd Line-up Announce - CP15Our Sunday Headliner Unveiled

Grace Jones for Common People!

 Plus Live Music From

Years & Years

And DJs

Secondcity / Waze & Odyssey
Jeremy Underground /#CommonPeople

Common People, our two-day metropolitan adventure is about to become super-glamorous with the announcement of our legendary Sunday headliner, and one of 2015’s hottest acts joining the bill. Already featuring the unstoppable Fatboy Slim in Saturday’s pole position, and a giddy rush of pop stars, underground legends and the most exciting new music around, all dusted with a just touch of Bestival’s unique magic, Southampton Common will be the only possible destination for the bank holiday on 23rd & 24th May.

Common People curator, Rob da Bank said: “Grace Jones is a global icon in music and style, and an all-round radical lady, who has made some of my favourite records… She also put on one of my favourite festival performances ever, at Bestival, so I can’t wait to watch her at Common People!” 

Bringing untold sophistication to Common People’s debut outing, our Sunday night headliner will be the incomparable Grace Jones. A true force of nature, and the consummate pop star, Grace Jones is nothing short of a dazzling live spectacle! The perfect bill-topper for a grand day out from the Bestival team, Grace mixes high art and a deep sense of theatricality with balls-out, booty shaking grooves. Her most recent album, 2008s Hurricane was a timely reminder that she’s still a player, and with last year’s Nightclubbing reissue and a new album imminent, Grace Jones’ effortless panache will be totally unmissbale.

Also adding their own inimitable charms to Common People’s Sunday line-up will be Years & Years. Winners of the BBC Sound of 2015, and firmly fixed at the top of countless tastemakers’ tip lists, the London trio are just about the hottest band on the planet right now, so it’s an honour to have them playing the main stage at our inaugural show.

Answering our all-inclusive clarion call, Common People will also have DJ sets from Secondcity, whose I Wanna Feel topped the charts last year, on Sunday, Serge Santiago and Firas Waez in their chart bothering Waze & Odyssey guise on Saturday in the Big Top, and My Love is Underground founder Jeremy Underground, also on Saturday. We’ll also have a host of delicious street foods, incredible cocktails, craft beers, and out of this world attractions throughout the weekend, so make sure you grab your tickets now and join us for bank holiday treats this 23rd & 24th May.

Check the Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and website for all the latest Common People news


For day or weekend tickets head to:

Adults Day Ticket                    £30

Adult Weekend                        £55

Student Day Ticket                  £27.50

Student Weekend                    £50

VIP Day Ticket            £59

VIP Weekend                           £110

Under 5s Day Ticket                Free

Under 5s Weekend                 Free

Child (6 – 14) Day Ticket         £10

Child (6 – 14) Weekend           £20

Teen (14 – 17) Day Ticket       £15

Teen (14 – 17) Weekend        £30

Family  Day Ticket*                  £70

Family Weekend *                    £130


Non-camping event

* Family tickets are for a maximum of two adults and two children aged 17 or under.

Venue Address: Southampton Common, The Avenue, Southampton SO15 7NN

Dates: Saturday 23rd May 2015, Sunday 24th May 2015 (Bank Holiday weekend)




Tel: 0207 604 2944

Bestival Heads to Toronto!

Bestival Toronto - Logo SocialWE’RE INTERNATIONAL!



BOOM! Yes, it’s true. Bestival has gone international!

Rumours have been rife for just a little while that our uncontrollable urge to spread the Besti-love far and wide was about to burst out of the UK. So, we’re extremely excited to confirm that our trademark triumvirate of music, magic and mayhem will be heading to North America, landing in Toronto, Canada for the first ever Bestival abroad! So grab that marker pen and your diary and whack BESTIVAL in your best scrawl across June 12th- 13th 2015, because what we’ve got planned will be unmissable. Guaranteed.

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First Wave of Bestival 2015 Acts

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The Chemical Brothers / Underworld / Duran Duran / The Jacksons / Tame Impala / Jungle / Jurassic 5 / Flying Lotus / Little Dragon / Roisin Murphy / Duke Dumont / Gorgon City / Kate Tempest / Jamie xx (Live) / Boy Better Know / Todd Terje (Live) / Action Bronson / Future Islands / Level 42 / Young Fathers / Flight Facilities / Rae Morris / Jungle Brothers / The Cuban Brothers / Pond / Sleaford Mods / Fat White Family / Lapsley / Cymande / Slaves / Shura /George the Poet / Dean Blunt / Snap! / The Crazy World of Arthur Brown / Mr Wilson’s Second Liners / The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band / Reggaerobics / Circus Raj


Annie Mac / Lily Allen presents FUNLORD / Seth Troxler / Tale of Us / Hannah Wants / Four Tet / Black Butter Presents… / Madlib / Jackmaster / Joy Orbison / Ben UFO / Guy Gerber / David Rodigan MBE presents Ram Jam / Erol Alkan / Mike Skinner presents Tonga / Andrew Weatherall / SHY FX’s Party on the Moon / Mistajam presents Speakerbox / Benji B presents Deviation / Redlight / Jonas Rathsman / The Heatwave / Norman Jay MBE presents Good Times / Wookie / The Shellac Collective / Late Nite Tuff Guy / SG Lewis / Joe Hertz / World Of Rave & Music Mondays presents: Billy Daniel Bunter, Slipmatt, Rat Pack, Mark Archer (Altern-8), Kaotic Chemistry, Baby D, Liquid & Uncle Dugs / Work It DJs / Juicebox DJs / Venum Sound

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 10:00AM / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Tumblr


We’ve always been lovers, not fighters, everyone knows that. So, now that Bestival’s Summer of Love theme is out in the open and our amorous adventures are well and truly underway, we’re more than a little excited to turn our attentions to our first line-up announcement! Featuring our mighty Thursday Big Top headliners and our Saturday main stage headliners, and a litany of party people spreading their love across more than 25 stages in 8 fields of wonderment with mega soundsystems, non-stop parties and 24-hour escapism, this is just the beginning, so don’t miss out; feel the love this September 10th-13th at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight.

Rob da Bank says: “We’re taking it right back to our roots for the 12th annual Bestival. It’s also the 20th birthday of the club where it all started – Sunday Best, and that club and our beloved Bestival were founded on some pretty simple aims – listen to amazing music, make new friends, have fun, and maybe stay up all night. Two decades later we’re rigidly sticking to those principles, and this edition of Bestival, with its Summer of Love theme, is all about one huge musical, well, orgy… So, returning friends the Chemical Brothers rave alongside iconic popstars Duran Duran and The Jacksons, and some of my favourite modern musical mavericks – Tame Impala, Flying Lotus and Jungle – jump in bed together… and this is just the start of the party… Watch this space and feel the love!”

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More for Howard Marks and Friends

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Live Performances from:

John Cooper Clarke / Cerys Matthews / Alabama 3 / Andrew Maxwell/ The Church / Blind Arcade

 Plus DJ Sets From:

Rob da Bank / Dave Beer / Don Letts


Very Special Guest

 Venue: Kentish Town Forum

Date: Friday 27th February

Tickets: £25 – /

We are very pleased to announce that even more fantastic names are joining the throng ensuring that Howard Marks & Friends will be a unique, and very special occasion indeed. Held at the Kentish Town Forum on the 27th February 2015, the night will be a celebration of an extraordinary life, raising funds to help see Howard through his treatment, to set up a Mr Nice Foundation and to complete a documentary film, which brings Howard’s story right up to date.

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Bestival Announces 2015 Theme




TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 10:00AM / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Tumblr


Hear this as the first of the whispers… the festival returns to its roots.  A salute to the original muses: Music, Freedom, Peace, Love and Euphoria.  In the year 2015, Bestival acknowledges its ancestry with the theme, ‘Bestival’s Summer of Love’.

“At the zenith of the season, Bestival invites you to join the great revival, lose your inhibitions and join our gathering of the peoples.  Reject the hum-drum, the material and the system!  Come to the island, and for a weekend, take heart in the art, the ideals and the madness.

“Turn on, tune in, peace out”.

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Altitude Line-Up Announced

Altitude PosterBACK ON THE PISTE!



Bill Bailey | Sean Lock

The Boy with Tape on his Face | Marcus Brigstocke | Andrew Maxwell

Gina Yashere | Michael Mittermeier | Simon Evans | Abandoman

Zoe Lyons | Daniel Sloss | Rob Beckett | Craig Campbell | Andy Askins

Joel Dommett | Jamali Maddix | Sofie Hagen | Dan Nightingale

Paul Myrehaug | Wayne Deakin | Kai Humphries

+ More To Be Announced 


The International Impro Allstars (Mon, Weds, Fri)

Altitudes Stars of The Future (Tues)

Abandoman – 1 hour show (Thurs) 


The Late Late Show & Miss Behaves Game Show

+ More To Be Announced


Hurtling headlong down the slopes, Altitude Comedy Festival returns to the chocolate box surrounds of Mayrhofen, Austria from 23rd-27th March, taking a cavalcade of clowns out on the piste. Featuring the world’s top comedians and the most exciting new acts splitting sides worldwide, all up-close and personal, Altitude is a unique chance to catch the very biggest names in some of Europe’s most charming and intimate venues.

Altitude Curator Andrew Maxwell said: “Every year when we start putting our line-up together, I pull out my trusty little black boot of clowns and maniacs and go straight to B for Bailey, and finally, after all these years, he’s said yes! Bill Bailey at Altitude. COME ON! Add to that the genius of Sean Lock and you’re already well on the way to a legendary year. I couldn’t be more excited. But we’ve got loads more, like The Boy with Tape on his Face, Simon Evans, Miss Behave’s Gameshow, plus after missing last year, Abandoman are definitely back this year, and of course our favourite German Michael Mittermeier. Not forgetting Gina Yashere, who, rumour has it, is one of the greatest boarders to ever have lived… I’ll see you on the slopes”.

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Camp Bestival Adds More


Underworld / Clean Bandit / Kaiser Chiefs /

The Cat in the Hat Live / Dick vs Dom Go Wild in the Ring 



Mr Tumble 


Professor Green / Wretch32 / Kate Tempest / Bob Geldof / Soul II Soul / Level 42 / Alison Moyet / Ella Eyre / Cymande / 808 State / Buzzcocks /nDJ Yoda / The Cuban Brothers / The Crazy World of Arthur Brown / Slaves / Only The Young / George The Poet / Eliza Carthy / Spooky Men’s Chorale / Mr Wilson’s Second Liners / Ekkah / The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band / Weymouth Ukeleleans / Sinful Maggie / Folk Idol / Reggaerobics


Insect Circus / West End Kids / BRIT School / Royal Albert Hall Albert’s Band / Funky Little Choir 


BRIT School / West End Kids / Workshop Patrol 


The Chrysalis Garden / The Train Trip /

Wild Adventures: the biggest, best and wildest activities yet


Lucky Cat Hospitality, Camping Plus Premium Camping, Breastival Mother & Baby Chill Out, Hot Showers, Festaxi, Airstreams, Tipis, Yurts & more 


The Greatest Tent On Earth, Guardian Literary Institute, The Feast Collective, The Den, Comedy, Caravanserai, Oberon’s Observatory, Camp Bestival Bluecoats, Morris Dancers, and loads more Wild Things still to be announced!

Going wilder than ever before our festi-holiday frolics are already off to a cracking start with previously announced headline sets from Underworld, Clean Bandit & Kaiser Chiefs and brand new family shows from The Cat in the Hat Live and Dick vs Dom Go Wild in the Ring. Now we have even more news of fantastic live acts, big Camp Bestival faves, mega-wild workshops and brand new attractions, all joining us at Lulworth Castle on the dramatic Jurassic Coast this 30th July – 2nd August, when Camp Bestival Goes Wild!

Chief Wild Thing Rob da Bank says: “I don’t know where to start with our typically all encompassing, diverse and pretty wild line-up. Maybe at the end, with electronic mega-dons Underworld revving up for the grand finale on Sunday all the way back through iconic pop from Alison Moyet, Level 42 and Bob Geldof, young guns Wretch 32, Pro Green and Clean Bandit, plus the hottest new blood Kate Tempest, Slaves and George The Poet. I’m really hoping there’s a lot to discover at Camp Besti 2015. Not forgetting our most requested act every year and a total legend: Mr Tumble!

“As Camp veterans know, music is only one part of the adventure and our incredible creative crew have really pulled it out of the bag with some really wild arts and kids shenanigans from The Train Trip to West End Kids and all the amazing workshops and wild activities to boot. Really hope to see you at our castle by the sea in sunny Lulworth in July!”

We are massively excited once again to be able to announce a bill-topping slot from the man, the legend, Mr Tumble. A true force of nature, the utter hysteria surrounding a Mr Tumble performance at Camp Bestival makes Beatlemania look like a Black Lace come back. The wildest high jinx are guaranteed from the number one kids’ clown, so whatever you do, don’t dare miss Mr Tumble when he assumes his throne at Lulworth Castle!

Joining our three previously announced headliners, we’ll have loads more brilliant live music from the likes of Hackney’s finest, Professor Green and lyrical gymnast, Wretch 32, who commented “I’m extremely excited to be coming to play for my fans at Camp Bestival, expect a special show! See you in the summer!”

We’ll also have Mercury Prize nominee and long-time Camp Bestival favourite Kate Tempest, world famous philanthropist and sometime Boomtown Rat Bob Geldof, legendary dance machine Soul II Soul, 80s pop powerhouse, Level 42, incredible chanteuse Alison Moyet, the silky voiced Ella Eyre, funk and rare groove legends, Cymande, proper Manchester rave crew 808 State, original punk-pop geniuses Buzzcocks, turntable maestro DJ Yoda, and funny funkers, The Cuban Brothers.

Bringing new meaning to the word campfire, we’ll also have all out action from psychedelic warriors The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, in your face duo Slaves, bubble gum upstarts Only the Young, BBC Sound of 2015 finalist George the Poet, folk royalty Eliza Carthy, and Australian male vocal group Spooky Men’s Chorale. Plus we’ll have raucous times with Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, Ekkah, The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, Weymouth Ukeleleans, Sinful Maggie, Folk Idol and Reggaerobics.

Back on board and chomping at the bit to go wild with us, we have a host of Camp Bestival favourites with brand new shows, including the Insect Circus, West End Kids, BRIT School, Royal Albert Hall Albert’s Band and the award winning Funky Little Choir. We’ll have wild workshops aplenty from BRIT School, West End Kids and Workshop Patrol. And brand spanking new for 2015, prepare to be amazed by The Chrysalis Garden, our fabulous new spa and well-being area, and The Train Trip, an astonishing mini carnival on the right side of the tracks, plus there will be truly Wild Adventures with our biggest, bestest and wildest activities yet!

Helping you to kick back, relax and enjoy finer festival things there will, as ever, be an incredible choice of premium camping and hospitality options with great family facilities and hot showers, including Lucky Cat Hospitality, Camping Plus Premium Camping, Breastival Mother & Baby Chill Out, Airstreams, Tipis, Yurts and much, much more.

And look out for even more news about The Greatest Tent on Earth, Guardian Literary Institute, The Feast Collective, The Den, Comedy, Caravanserai, Oberon’s Observatory, Camp Bestival Bluecoats, Morris Dancers, and loads more amazingly wild things coming soon!

Talk to the natives: – Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest

Tickets for Camp Bestival 2015 (July 30th to Aug 2nd) are on sale now via: Ticketline / 0844 888 4410



You can use our 24 week payment plan to purchase your tickets meaning that an adult ticket can now be bought at a payment of just £7 per week over 24 consecutive weekly payments following an initial deposit payment. Book online via Ticketline only: select ‘Camp Bestival 2015 – Weekend Payment Plan’.

Once you have signed up to the payment plan, which basically means giving your agreement by ticking the bank mandate form on Ticketline’s website, they will automatically debit your card on a weekly basis. More info here

NB: Booking fees and a deposit (£25 per adult ticket) will be charged with your initial transaction.



Adult Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) – £195*

Student Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) – £180*

Age 15 to 17 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) – £113*

Age 11 to 14 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) – £88*

Age 5 to 10 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) – £20*

Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) – FREE (but ticket required)*

*NB: please refer to the Camp Bestival Ticket Terms & Conditions


Car Parking – £15 advance


Campervan Ticket – £72 per vehicle – please read Campervan T&Cs here before booking


Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket – £83 (One car only per caravan/trailer tent – no exceptions) (available via Ticketline only) – please read Caravan / Trailer Tent T&Cs here before booking


All Tickets – will incur a booking fee.



Camping Plus plots cost £125.00 (max of 2 adults and 4 children per plot) and are perfect, not only if you know you won’t be arriving as soon as the gates open, but also if you just want the comfort of knowing that you’ve got your camping space sorted. Book now.



Hospitality Camping offers luxurious creature comforts in a beautifully designed, spacious campsite with fast access to the heart of the main Castle Stage arena. With premium toilets, hot showers, free yoga sessions, private parking and a meet and greet concierge service, Hospitality Camping is the place to stay for the ultimate high-end family festival experience. Head here for more info







Tel: 0207 604 2944

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Howard Marks and Friends

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Featuring Live Performances From:

Howard Marks / Rhys Ifans / The Earth (Daf SFA) / Cian Ciaran (SFA) / Bunf (SFA)

With many more to be announced soon

And DJ Sets From:

Greg Wilson / Norman Jay

Venue: Kentish Town Forum

Date: Friday 27th February

Tickets: £25 – /

Announcing Howard Marks & Friends, a very special one-off event at the Kentish Town Forum on the 27th February 2015.  Following last weekend’s Observer Interview in which Howard revealed that he had inoperable cancer, many of his friends have come together to celebrate an extraordinary life with the man himself.

Screen legend Rhys Ifans, who memorably immortalised Howard on celluloid in the film adaptation of Mr Nice, will be joined by members of the Super Furry Animals, including Daf’s latest project The Earth, Cian Ciaran and Bunf, who will all be performing throughout the evening. There will also be DJ sets from Hacienda legend Greg Wilson and Good Times kingpin Norman Jay, with many more acts to be announced soon. We’re also very pleased to announce, that fittingly for an event celebrating his life, the show will be capped by an appearance from Howard himself, making Howard Marks & Friends completely unmissable.

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Common People Line-up Announced

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Saturday: Fatboy Slim

And Live Music From: De La Soul / Jaguar Skills / George the Poet /

Plastic Mermaids / Battle of the Bands winner / Funky Little Choir / Mr Motivator

DJs: Dusky / Huxley / Dense & Pika / Leon Vynehall / Luca Pilato / Jordan McKinlay 

Sunday: Special Guest Coming Soon!

Plus Clean Bandit 

And Live Music From: Band of Skulls / Kitty, Daisy & Lewis / Slaves / DJ Yoda /

The Cuban Brothers / Craig Charles / West End Kids

DJs: Derrick Carter / Rob da Bank / Friend Within / Toyboy and Robin / Muddywellies 


Immersive Bestival Antics and High Jinx /

Amazing Venues, Cocktails & Scrumptious Streetfood /

Incredible Daytime Family Fun and Much More! /


Following last month’s announcement introducing our new show, Common People, we’re massively excited to unveil our stellar inaugural line-up, featuring world renowned DJs, pop behemoths, underground legends, and more, all with lashings of Bestival’s unique magic, mayhem and merriment thrown in for good measure. A two-day metropolitan adventure, set in the verdant surrounds of Southampton Common, the all-inclusive clarion call of Common People will spread our Besti love, unifying party lovers across the south coast and beyond, for a truck load of bank holiday high jinx this 23rd & 24th May.

Common People curator, Rob da Bank said: ‘It’s been a long time coming to launch a new show from the Bestival family. We thought long and hard before deciding to base our new show in Southampton… I played my first ever DJ gig in Southampton when I was 16, so this is a real home coming for me.

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