Bestival ticket deal over Easter

By Ross Findon

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

 

BESTIVAL bosses have announced more features for this year’s event, ahead of a chance for Islanders to get their hands on cheaper tickets this weekend.

Tickets will be on sale at local outlets over the Easter weekend, offering Islanders the chance to purchase them with a reduced booking fee.

Four outlets will be offering the tickets — The White Hart, Havenstreet, Island Wine Company, Ventnor, Harwoods, Yarmouth and Robin Hill Country Park.

Booking fees have been reduced to £5 for tickets bought at the outlets over the weekend, meaning Isle of Wight residents can save up to £7.

Curator Rob da Bank said there was plenty happening other than the music.

"We’re all very proud of the musical line-up each year at Bestival, with so many great vintage and festival-rocking acts combined with the who’s who of new blood. But this is the announcement I’m probably most excited about, the alternative land of Bestival.

"Stages, tents, nooks and crannies, jam-packed with polka, cabaret, striptease, cream teas, gay bingo, birthday parties, spoken word, freaks, circus, a live band playing inside a jukebox, illuminated night-time ping pong, an arts salon and drag queen foodie demos...obviously.

"This is what Bestival is all about, the creativity and madness of all who come, let loose on a multi-stage technicolour freak out. Jump in."

The popular Swamp Shack will return, following its debut last year, while a new Amphitheatre will be there for the first time, featuring spoken word, theatre and a set by Rob da Bank favourite Fake Bush.

A Grand Palace of Entertainment will feature a traditional fairground facade, but inside boasts what organisers called "a rainbow-coloured, pleasure-seekers, twisted funhouse."

Headline acts include Stevie Wonder, New order and a yet to be announced third act.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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