!(feature_c)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/4f294444aa3e230001000117.jpg!The first details have emerged about Bestival 2012 including a dance headliner and the fancy dress theme. Back at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight from Thursday, September 6th to Sunday, September 9th, curator Rob da Bank has also revealed new features at the popular event this year.
Orbital will play the Bestival Big Top on the Sunday as the Hartnoll brothers continue their return as the revered dance duo. Since 2009 they’ve toured extensively but this summer they will have a fresh material from new album Wonky to showcase on the live stage – expect something special. Rob da Bank has also stated the fancy dress theme for 2012 will be wildlife, sure to produce the usual range of wacky outfits as well as tie-in with the launch of an Insect Museum and Animal Tug of War – as to what they will be about is as good a guess as mine.
Rob da Bank said: “I’ve never been pestered so much on Twitter and even in clubs and on the street about who’s playing Bestival this year so we thought we’d better start the proceedings. Legendary brothers of rave Paul and Phil Hartnoll aka Orbital are the first act who have self-announced themselves today… and what a classic to kick off on. As ever the theme of Bestival is a hotly debated topic – this year its Wildlife – so maybe you’re thinking foxes, badgers or flamingos or go a bit more lateral and think of wild men and women, hedonists and crazy people? It’s an open book as ever. More news very soon!”
This year’s Bestival will see the introduction of a vintage cinema, an expanded healing area featuring meditation with the David Lynch foundation, the Arcadia Mechanical Cabaret, food from the country’s finest young culinary masterminds, a London bus-themed Bollywood Bar and more camping spare but no increase in the capacity.
Guests feeling the pinch can also barter for Bestival by volunteering for a few hours to help with an IOW charity legacy project in exchange for a free ticket. 50 people from far and wide will get the opportunity to help create a community allotment space working with Natural Enterprise. Applications will open on 20th February when full details are announced so check www.bestival.net for news.
Tickets are on sale for Bestival now priced from £165.
An act on the line-up will be revealed every day by Rob da Bank on his Twitter account – follow him for all the latest.