Elton John headliner for Bestival 10th anniversary

Tina Hart

Rob Da Bank-hosted festival Bestival has confirmed that Elton John and Snoop Dogg will headline the event on the Saturday and Sunday of its 10th anniversary this year.

Elton John, whose Bestival appearance will mark a UK festival exclusive, revealed that he will play some tracks from the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road which has its 40-year anniversary this year.

He said: “I haven’t played any of the major festivals in the UK in recent years, so when the opportunity to play Bestival came up I was very interested. I’ve heard that the Bestival audience comes in fancy dress and I can’t wait to see that, they must all look amazing from the stage. At various times I have worn enormous feathered head-dresses, cloaks, hot pants, jumpsuits, clown suits, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, French Maid, The Eiffel Tower and The Statue of Liberty onstage! Wearing fancy dress makes us all feel less inhibited so I think it’s a great way to enjoy live music.

“My shows always involve audience participation, singing and dancing, so make sure there is plenty of room for movement inside those fancy dress costumes!”

Rob Da Bank commented: “So here we are…our tenth birthday…like a small child proudly entering double figures…but here’s Bestival still wearing ill fitting shorts and running about with grazed knees giggling in the sunlight…Happy days! After 10 years of running our beloved festival, Bestival is still as psychedelically wondrous to us as the September day in 2004 when we first threw open the gates.

“2013 will be a vintage year. No increase in capacity but more land, a raft of exciting changes around the site including some great new spaces and all dressed and made up in Bestival’s signature style.

“Band and DJ wise we’ve cast our net far and wide… as ever Bestival 2013 will be a magical mix of the old and the new, the vintage and classic rubbing shoulders with the ultra modern and leftfield. From one of the biggest selling artists of all time and certainly the best at fancy dress, Elton John, through the party blazing hip-hop of Snoop Dogg through amazing rare shows from the likes of The Knife,  to the newest of the new bands and acts that I’m so excited about like Jagwar Ma, Merchandise and Cashmere Cat plus literally the finest selection of house and techno DJs we've ever had from Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox to Besti stalwarts Erol Alkan and Annie Mac - this will be our best Bestival yet, so don't miss out!"

Other high-profile acts added to the bill include M.I.A playing UK festival exclusive, and bands playing English festival exclusives including Franz Ferdinand, The Flaming Lips, The Knife, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Roots.

Also appearing are Belle & Sebastian, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Tom Odell, Sinead O’Connor, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Squarepusher, Hot Natured, Angel Haze, The Polyphonic Spree, Johnny Marr, Bastille, DJ Fresh, Dexys, Rudimental, The Walkmen, John Cooper Clarke, Lissie, The Wonder Stuff, Caravan Palace, The Cuban Brothers, Matthew E White, While She Sleeps, Merchandise, Mikill Pane, True Tiger, Sexy Sushi, Is Tropical, Skaters, Lulu James, Swim Deep, Fleetwood Bac, Jaipur Brass Band, Kawa Circus, Lewis Watson, Jaws and J-Cats.

DJ sets will come from Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Annie Mac Presents, Seth Troxler, Mark Ronson back-to-back with Zane Lowe in their A-Yo guise, Julio Bashmore, Maya Jane Coles, Erol Alkan, David Rodigan presents RAM JAM, Dixon, Kerri Chandler, trailblazer Eats Everything, Numbers featuring Jackmaster, Spencer, Redinho, Sophie and special guest Rustie, Joy Orbison, Fabio + Grooverider, a Hospitality Bestival takeover hosted by Wrec & Dynamite and featuring High Contrast, Danny Byrd, Nu:Logic and Fred V & Grafix.

Further DJ sets will come from Marcel Dettmann, DJ Yoda, The Daft Punk Tribute Night in The Hidden Disco, Redlight, Bondax, Heidi, Ed Rush, Fake Blood, Jesse Rose, Justin Robertson, Andrew Weatherall And Sean Johnston’s A Love From Outer Space, Ben UFO, Cyril Hahn, Daniel P Carter, Catz N Dogz, My Love Is Underground, Cashmere Cat, Krankbrother, Ben Pearce, Dollop DJs, Alexander Nut, Roska, Bodhi, Kry Wolf, Coley From Luv*Jam, Crispin J. Glover and Bad Zuke with more to be announced.


Tags: elton john, festival, Bestival, snoop dogg

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