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Bestival is moving

By | Published on Thursday 15 December 2016


Rob da Bank has announced this morning that his main Bestival festival is to move off the Isle Of Wight to a new site on the Lulworth Estate in Dorset in 2017, using the same location as its sister event Camp Bestival.

Bestival has been held annually on the Isle Of Wight since 2004, but is moving in a bid to cut costs and remain commercially viable. However, a new event is promised for the little old island off England’s South coast where the entire Bestival enterprise began.

“We can confirm we have submitted a licence application for a new site at the Lulworth Estate in Dorset and we’re super excited about our shiny new Bestival adventure”, said da Bank via Facebook. “We have an incredible line-up, headliners confirmed and ridiculous new stages and installations coming your way in 2017”.

He added: “We remain fully committed to supporting the Isle If Wight through music, charities and projects and will be giving islanders an exclusive ticket offer for the new site. Plus we’re working towards a new event for the island. Watch this space”.

Speaking to Music Week, he explained: “It’s bittersweet for us after thirteen years on the Isle Of Wight, our spiritual home. It’s not a decision that’s been taken lightly. We started Bestival as fun, hobby thing that has turned into a business, and commercial aspects have taken over, so with fierce competition we felt we needed to move to keep ahead of the game and to keep our spot as one of the leading independent festivals in the UK if not the world. It’s a big move for us”.

The theme for the 2017 event, da Bank added, will be a reflection on Bestival’s time on the Isle Of Wight, bringing back a number of features and stages from its past.