M.I.A in action in the Bestival Big Top. Picture courtesy of Victor Frankowski.
TEMPERATURES soared yesterday (Thursday) for the first day of Bestival, which started off on a high as thousands of festival-goers arrived on site.
As ever, it was not just about the music and there were plenty of unique things for early birds to enjoy.
Revellers were greeted by a five metre tall inflatable Lionel Richie head in the main arena and the Pamper Lounge proved popular as temperatures reached 26 degrees.
The Wight Druids performed their Bestival Blessing. Held in a packed Big Top, hundreds of festival fans joined in the ritual.
Courtney Pine tapped into the mood of the afternoon, as he and his band got those in the Big Top partying along to his exciting jazz-fuelled set.
A number of Isle of Wight bands took to the stage, with Duveaux putting on a performance of energy and excitement to open the Bandstand.
That was followed by reggae band The Ohmz, who had everybody on the hill up and dancing in the suitably hot sun.
There were performances from The Crew, Fellowship and Sarah Close, as Isle of Wight talent made the most of the chance to shine.
A favourite arena from 2012, 'Replay with Rob da Bank' made a returned, bigger and better. Last night included exciting sets from acts including Dog is Dead, Tythe and Mixhell.
The evening breeze helped Bestival-goers cool down after the heat of the day and the party atmosphere took hold.
The Comedy Tent was packed as people took the chance to enjoy the great comedy line up, including Bestival regular Benny Boot, who once again had his fair share of laughs.
In the Big Top the Sunday Best Forum Allstars had a delighted crowd jumping.
The partying continued as more fans arrived to see multi-talented MC and DJ combination, The Correspondents blow the roof off the Big Top.
Genre-defying star M.I.A ended the night in style, with a stand-out performance full of star quality and big tunes.
Bestival-goers headed back to their tents at the end of the night, safe in the knowledge they had just enjoyed one of the best opening days since the festival began.
Pick up a free 24-page guide to this year's Bestival, including line-ups, maps and more, with the Isle of Wight County Press today, Friday, September 6.
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Lionel Richie head. Picture courtesy of Victor Frankowski.
Rob da Bank and Tayo. Picture courtesy of Victor Frankowski.
Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer. Picture courtesy of Ian Taylor.
Bestival triathlete Stephen Diffey, who cycled, ran and swam to the Isle of Wight event. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
Bestival crowds enjoy the sunshine at The Bandstand. Picture by Jennifer Burton.