Culture critic Dean Eastmond applauds how far the LBGT community has come since Beautiful Thing was first performed in 1993.Written by Dean Eastmond on 31st March 2015
Bestival (SEP 6-9)
The Bestival team were tasked with the difficult job of assembling a string of headline acts capable of topping the stunning, 3-hour performance by The Cure at last summer’s event
The Bestival team were tasked with the difficult job of assembling a string of headline acts capable of topping the stunning, 3-hour performance by The Cure at last summer’s event. Fortunately the organisers have found the perfect solution: the soul legend himself, Stevie Wonder. Bestival is the 25-Grammy Award winner’s only UK festival appearance this year, and it’s set to be a stunning end to the three days.
Not only is Bestival a very rare opportunity to see Stevie in action, but it’s also the perfect excuse to visit the Isle of Wight. With over 60 miles of spectacular untouched scenery, it’s hard not to fall in love with the island, and it’s sure to be a lovely break from the hustle and bustle of city life. And there's no need to worry about travel expenses, the Isle of Wight is linked to the mainland ports of Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth by low cost vehicle ferries, high-speed passenger catamarans and hovercraft.
Other acts on the line up include New Order, who will be headlining the main stage on Saturday, and are sure to play a myriad of hits, including some Joy Division classics. Also set to play are The XX, who are currently in the process of finishing their sophomore album, Sigur Rós, Friendly Fires, Hot Chip, The Horrors and many more. And this is all before the remaining acts are announced, including the Friday night headliner!
Of course, Bestival is more than just a music festival! Bestival has a lasting cult appeal due to its variety of themed areas. For example, within the ‘Wishing Tree Field’ there is a comedy and cabaret tent, an inflatable church, a swamp shack and lantern lit treetop walk. Ever wish your favourite festival had a helta skelta? No problem, Bestival does. With many more fields to explore, Bestival is an experience not to be missed.
Tickets are available now from the official website: bestival.net
Here is a clip of The Cure's headline performance from last year's festival: