Bestival 2013: In the Dogg house

By Dennis Jones

Published on Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 11:22


Bestival 2013: In the Dogg house

Snoop Dogg headlines the main stage at Bestival 2013 on Saturday night. Picture by Jennifer Burton.


RAP superstar Snoop Dogg wowed a crowd of thousands of fancy dress wearing Bestival-goers as last night (Saturday) drew to a close on the main stage.

The hip hop legend took to the stage looking as cool as expected and played a set that lasted nearly two hours.

Earlier, Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand gave a dazzling performance that had the crowd dancing and singing along to songs such as Take Me Out.

With rain threatening all day, it looked as though Saturday might be remembered for a lack of sunshine, but as the sun broke through the cloud in the afternoon it was another glorious day at Robin Hill, with the rain holding off until the night.

In the amphitheatre comedians Four Screws Loose took to the stage with their unique way of telling stories, using theme tunes and music from Disney films and songs.

It was not just the artistes making music, hundreds of people, young and old, joined in with beat-boxing, singing lessons and more at Rob da Bank's Music Club.

Bastille made the most of their mid-day slot and impressed fans with their performance on the main stage, enjoying a mass sing-a-long to their number one hit Pompeii.

Following this, Zane Lowe and Mark Ronson played a 90 minute set, getting the crowd pumped up and dancing to big tunes including House of Pain's 1992 hit Jump Around.

Elsewhere there were top performances from the iconic Johnny Marr as well as the Polyphonic Spree – with the latter performing their version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in the Big Top in the evening, as well as a performance of their own material on the main stage earlier.

The annual fancy dress competition and parade included mermaids, jellyfish, a man being eaten by a shark, broken boats and plenty of other interesting dress conceptions, proving the day belonged to the imagination.

In a change from the norm, the Bandstand was taken over by the Rhythmtree Festival for the day – with acts such as Muha, Myles Sanko and the London Afrobeat Collective taking to the stage, hosted by Island DJ Tom Headfunk.

Tonight (Sunday) it will be Sir Elton John's job to provide the climax to the party.

Bestival Saturday

While She Sleeps on the Bestival main stage. Picture by Ian Taylor.

Bestival Saturday

Not everything is black and white at Bestival. Picture by Victor Frankowski.

Bestival Saturday

Fire-breathing at The Port on HMS Bestival. Picture by Victor Frankowski.

Saturday fancy dress and crowds

• Pictures from our online gallery below. Click images to see full size.

Saturday acts

• Pictures from our online gallery below. Click images to see full size.


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