Being a bit of a Bestival veteran I always like to get to the site nice and early so I can take in as much of the festival as possible. I was awoken by my alarm at 5am in order to get my 6:30am Wightlink ferry over. Despite the early start the boat was full Bestivalers in high spirits, the sense of excitement and anticipation was palpable.
By 11am my tent was up, my bag unpacked and first can of beer opened. This was my eighth Bestival and after missing last years I was keen to explore the site and see what had changed since 2013. After passing the familiar Wishing Tree and entering the Grassy Hill I was greeted by the awesome Lovebot! The interactive art installation is a whopping eight metres tall and weighs four tonnes. The Lovebot is powered by positive emotions and in return he did his bit putting a smile on all those smiling faces who were having their photograph taken with him.
Not being here last year meant that I missed the centrepiece of the Magic Meadow, the huge disco ball which set also the Guinness World Record for being the largest of it’s kind in the world. It still made an appearance in the campsite and looked incredible!
I have been a fan of Floella Grace for a long time now so of course there was no way I was ever going to miss her set in the Invaders of the Future stage. After her show it was great meet the lovely guys from Plastic Mermaids who there there supporting their fellow Islander and long time collaborator. The band themselves played the same stage the following day and again showed why they are one of the most exciting and creative bands around.
After a stroll up the hill I found the dreamy post rock band Laucan performing on the brand new Kaleidoscope Stage which has replaced the Bandstand super chilled Slow Motion area. Situated next to the stage was Oberon’s Observatory which offered some incredible views of the Bestival site, not to forget inside it was the Tinema (Tiny Cinema) inside. I can also say first hand that they offering some top cocktails in the bar too!
Representing Portsmouth was 16 year old Britain’s Got Talent finalist Isaac Waddington in Club Dada. I’m not a viewer of Britain’s Got Talent so my knowledge of Isaac was relatively limited but it was clear shortly into his set that he possess a cracking voice and is going to be one to watch in the future!
Jamie xx was one of my must see acts at the festival and clearly everyone else felt the same because it wasn’t just standing room only inside the Big Top. Outside the tent the crowd were scrambling to get a glimpse and battled to get inside so I just enjoyed the set from outside.
It might not have been one of the latest nights I’ve ever had there but as first days go this Bestival was looking like it could be one of the best ever and I could do with pacing myself for the weekend.
All images taken by myself unless stated.