My Saturday morning began with a trip to the press tent where I exchanged Bestival stories from the night before with the folks from Trapped Magazine and Capital South. Afterwards I nipped back to the tent and got kitted out in my tie dye ready for Saturday’s fancy dress day.
This years theme was ‘Summer of Love’, Bestival organiser Rob da Bank explained that the simple theme was in order to be a positive message in light of all the bad news and downright evil goings on in the world. The theme was a great idea and it was awesome to see large numbers getting involved and spreading the love, but I have to be honest I found that this years festival costumes lacked the ingenuity and creativity which I’d come to expect from previous years. This years Fancy Dress Award went to worthy winners, the Love Hearts.
I spent most of my Saturday with the lovely Victorious Festival crew who were letting their hair down after a busy August. House of Pain were the special guests on the Main Stage followed by Little Dragon but for me Saturday was really all about the evening’s entertainment.
Annie Mac kicked things off on Main Stage and did a top job getting the crowd warmed up for The Chemical Brothers. Fresh from headlining the Pyramid stage at this years Glastonbury Tom and Ed didn’t disappoint. Their set included classics such as ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’, ‘Galvanise’ and ‘Go’. Their performance was accompanied by first class visuals, it brought back memories of their 2007 set which I was at the front for!
After the Chems came another of my all time Bestival highlights (I’ve picked up a few of them over the weekend so far). As you saw from my Bestival preview I am a huge Future Islands fan and I was fortunate enough to see them the photography pit. Not to long into the set disaster struck when my camera battery ran out! Not to be beaten I took a couple of quick snaps with my iPhone, I know it’s bad etiquette for gig photography but I was able to capture some cracking silhouettes of lead singer Samuel Herring. Next time I will pack my spare battery!
Afterwards we stuck around in the Big Top and checked out Duke Dumont although the crowd were packed in so tightly that I don’t think I could have got out even if I’d wanted to. The rest of the evening/morning is a little bit of a blur but I do know that I took myself to bed about 3:30am.