Bestival beneath the music

!(feature_l)!Although the Isle of Wight’s Bestival has compiled an eclectic mix of music acts for September including Stevie Wonder, New Order, The xx, Sigur Rós, Friendly Fires and Orbital, but there’s a lot more happening at Robin Hill Country Park besides. Entertainment lies around every corner with attractions old and new between Thursday, September 6th and Sunday, September 9th.

The ramshackle Louisiana-style Swamp Shack returns for a second year after being voted one of the highlights of Bestival 2011. Some of the UK’s hottest emerging acts such as Jess Mills, Clean Bandit, The Correspondents and Kill It Kid will perform, and this year the venue will also have interactive theatrical performances from the Invisible Circus and Roundhouse Performance Collective. Mutants, fading southern belles and other unwholesome night-crawlers will be seen around the Shack. The Ambient Forest is back with a treasure trove from the Nomad Cinema to the David Lynch Foundation’s Transcendental Meditation sessions.

There will be a new Amphitheatre Stage deep in the Ambient Forest and Scroobius Pip’s Satin Lizard Lounge will be back too featuring top spoken word artists such as B Dolan, Laura Dockrill, Chris Redmond, Tim Clare and Luke Wright. Tongue Fu makes its debut with spoken word artists performing alongside a live band and Bestival Limings who fuse a carnival vibe into a spoken work format. The comedy line-up features Guilt and Shame presenting their new depraved show Night of Seduction and Eye Brow Productions present Collision, four hilarious and thought-provoking new short plays about surviving physics, testing love, and time travel.

Rob da Bank favourite Fake Bush will be gracing the stage with her renditions of Kate Bush songs, there will be extreme UV ping pong – Ping Tron – and the Grand Palace of Entertainment will have karaoke, quizzes, a daily birthday party and cabaret. If you have a taste for the macabre then you’ll enjoy spooky hotel Slumbarave while Spidora is an immersive theatrical sideshow of creativity, artistry and performance. The Dukes Box sideshow will cram an entire band into a tiny juke box with 35 songs to choose from, Mazy’s Art Club will help you to get back to your creative roots and go to the Wishing Tree to create handmade messages and spread them on secret field missions.

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