Have a peek – Bestival preview

Only a matter of hours to go and it’s time to pack your tent and have a check of the newly announced running orders

At the time of writing the weather is looking good and the forecast is set fair for a terrific weekend of live music.

I thought I'd take a look at some of the highlights for me before we zip off and catch the ferry

There's at least 7 stages and a shed load of other stuff going on so there should be something for everyone at this year's Bestival. Strangely though there aren't a lot of headliners that I'm particularly interested in.

Sure it'll be nice to see on Friday's main stage  how Duran Duran have fared over the years but it's the younger acts that I'll be making a beeline for this year.

Thursday on the Invaders of the Future stage sees visits from IOW locals Floella Grace and Cooly Haste. Also of note has to be Reeps One who  not only beatboxes but also has a sideline of some awesome art.

Mainly a dance and club day, Thursday provides a great chance to explore the smaller areas of the site whilst the young people are getting off their collective faces to blokes behind tables with laptops.

In addition to the aforementioned Durannies Friday also sees Leanne la Havas on the main stage as well as the latin beats and comedy stylings of The Cuban Brothers. Always good for a laugh.

There's a serious risk of clashes on Friday though as the big top hosts Tame impala, Young Fathers,Fat White Family, George the Poet and Drenge. I may well just post myself there with some beer and crisps and enjoy the show to be fair.

I was going to write off Saturday on the main stage until I saw Kate Tempest and Level 42 at Camp Bestival a couple of weeks back. Two more different acts you couldn't find but I really enjoyed both.

If you don't see anything else then you need to be in The Big Top on Saturday for the glorious festival appearance of The Chuckle Brothers. No folks it's not a band with an ironic name it actually is Barry and Paul. Cue a thousand people all saying 'to you, to me' at once.

If you really insist on seeing the very best in bands then in the same locale you can experience the power and glint in the eye lyrics of Slaves and The Sleaford Mods. If you've seen any of my blathering before then you know where I'll be early on Saturday evening.

Later on though I'll hot foot it to Invaders of the Future to experience the wonderful Skints. Superb dubstep/reggae/chakkachakka and great to photograph too.

The main stage goes all hip ho, rap and grimey on Sunday with visits from Skepta, Frisco Shorty and DJ Maximum but I'm hoping to catch Solo45 - Feed em to the lions. This hardcore nonsense is followed up with The Jacksons and Missy Elliot. Hm.

I may well sneak back over to Invaders to check out LA Priest and To Kill a King for some indie therapy.

Overall there are waay too many bands to mention. There are some bands that I absolutely have to see, some that I'm curious about but the most exciting thing about the weekend is the chance discovery that leads to falling in love with a new group.

You can find the line ups here http://2015.bestival.net/news/stage-running-orders-announced

if you see us about then say 'Hi' - or even better say 'Hi have a beer'.

 

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The Skints appearing at Eden in Bournemouth July 2015

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