Animal magic at Bestival

By Ross Findon

Sunday, September 9, 2012

 

Animal magic at Bestival

New Order frontman Bernard Sumner performing at Bestival 2012 on the Isle of Wight.

WITH this year's fancy dress theme of Wildlife, Bestival was awash with creature costumes and fancy dress fauna yesterday (Saturday) and there was plenty for the crowd to go wild about.

New Order delivered the headline set on the main stage, with timeless tracks including Regret, Isolation and the anthem Blue Monday.

But it was the final song of the performance that will perhaps be the one that sticks in the memory of many Bestival revellers, when the group paid tribute to late Joy Division friend and bandmate Ian Curtis, with a rendition of Love Will Tear Us Apart.

There were more memorable moments throughout the day, thanks to performances such as that of disco divas Sister Sledge, who played hit after hit to a main stage audience basking in the hot sunshine. 

For the track Greatest Dancer a group of lucky audience members had the chance to join the singers on stage.

More classic 70s and 80s music followed thanks to the Earth, Wind and Fire Experience, while classic tracks of a different kind came from hip hop legends De La Soul. 

The Grammy winners took the crowd on a musical journey starting at the very beginning, with early hits 3 Feet High and Rising and the classic Me Myself and I, to later hits including All Good?

Away from the music, it was the day of the traditional fancy dress parade and as ever there was no shortage of hard work and imagination when it came to the Bestival crowd's outfits.

This year's catwalk competition for the best efforts ran for more than one hour, because of the number of people fighting it out for fancy dress honours and a free ticket to next year's Bestival. 

This year's judge was High Sheriff Nick Hayward, who along with Bestival curator Rob da Bank, is a patron of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust.

"I would rather have teeth pulled out without anaesthetic  than have to pick a winner, this is so difficult," he told the crowd.

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