Bestival: Winners and Loser for opening night

By Ross Findon

Friday, September 5, 2014

 

Bestival: Winners and Loser for opening night

Beck rocks the Big Top at Bestival 2014. Picture courtesy of Victor Frankowski.

BECK brought the house down in the Big Top last night for the opening night of Bestival 2014.

The event sold out for the tenth year running this week and with more than 40,000 revellers on site by 8.30pm the party was in full swing, despite the main stage not opening until today (Friday).

Ryde was packed as thousands of people arrived, queuing down the pier to wait for buses to take them to the Robin Hill site.

Bestival Thursday crowd
Bestival fans arrive

Traffic ran smoothly, with only a few delays reported, however several cars were towed by the police for parking on clearways.

There was plenty for early arrivals to enjoy, with some of the best up-and-coming talent on show at the new Invaders of the Future stage.

The tent was packed for Oxford four-piece Glass Animals, signed to Adele producer Paul Epworth's Label Wolf Tone.

Technical problems meant the crowd was kept waiting, but in a short set the band showed exactly why expectations surrounding them are so high.

They were followed by Wild Smiles, signed by Rob da Bank to his Sunday Best label, with distorted guitars and big riffs played to a pogoing crowd.

In the Big Top, Beck burst on to the stage with his hit Devil's Haircut, launching into a set that spanned his eclectic career.

The crowd was sent into overdrive from almost the opening note of the 20-year-old slacker anthem Loser.

After showcasing some new material, he brought the curtain down with Where it's at, complete with a Billie Jean breakdown and mass crowd singalong.

Tonight will see Disclosure, Toddla T and OutKast break out the beats on the main stage.

Keep checking the County Press website, Twitter and Facebook, for updates throughout the weekend.

For exclusive picture galleries, please see next week's Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, September 5.

Bestival Thursday 2014

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