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Bestival Expands 2012 Line-Up With The Addition Of The XX, Sigur Ros & More

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 Written by Jon Stickler
Bestival Expands 2012 Line-Up With The Addition Of The XX, Sigur Ros & More

Bestival organisers have already announced 12 brand new things that will tickle your fancy, the Wildlife theme, the mighty Orbital as the closing act for the Big Top and Rob da Bank tweeted a few choice tasters but now the time has come to unveil an array of acts that will be coming to Robin Hill Country Park to rock Bestival 2012. With a pair of electrifying exclusives and a cavalcade of incredible bands and DJs, organisers really want it to be September already and they still havent announced any of the main stage headliners! You’re going to have to wait at least a week for the first of those!

Rob da Bank says: “So, here we are then! Announcing Bestival again - and another bumper selection of acts from across the musical world and styles. The xx at Bestival two years ago is in my top three Besti performances ever so I’m delighted they're hitting the main stage in 2012 and I’ve finally landed Sigur Rós, one of my all-time fave festival acts. From Justice to Azealia Banks, Spiritualized to Sister Sledge, I hope there’s something for everyone and still three headliners to unveil shortly!"

In 2010, just after winning the Mercury Prize for their debut album, The xx played a victory set in the Big Top that has gone down in Bestival lore as one our most beautiful moments ever, so organisers are exceptionally excited to be welcoming them back for as a UK festival exclusive in 2012.

Icelandic post-rock behemoth Sigur Rós are also set to make a UK festival exclusive appearance on the Isle of Wight. Lead singer Jónsi was behind another of Bestival 2010s undoubted highlights but organisers have been waiting a long time to be able to announce that the full band, in all its majesty, will be joining the line-up and organisers can’t tell you just how excited they are to have them on board.

As well as those tantalising mouth-watering exclusives there is a colossal first wave of acts to tell you about, including Gallic dance dons Justice, who told us: “To tell you the truth, we wanted to kick off the new tour at Bestival last year but we finally thought we wouldn't be ready (and we weren't) and decided to take more time to get prepared. Now we're ready, it's gonna be a big surprise for us, we played there in 2005 and 2006 which we believe were Bestival early years (and ours too, think it's the first time we ever played a festival, actually) and we heard since that Bestival has become THE festival to play in the UK, so we're definitely excited and have no idea what to expect as everything will probably be a bit different from 2006”.

There’s so many more brilliant bands to tell you about like Northern Ireland’s finest Two Door Cinema Club, Bestival veterans and firm crowd favourites Hot Chip, sharp suited electro purveyors Soulwax, dubstep duo Nero, Scottish soul siren Emeli Sandé, rave deities Orbital, LA artrockers Warpaint, daisy-age hip-hop kings De La Soul, first ministers of bass Major Lazer, utter legends Sister Sledge, handsome pop chameleons The Horrors, towering wig-out merchants Spiritualized, Detroit techno overlord Kevin Saunderson feat. Inner City Live, electro-rock pioneerGary Numan, BBC Sound of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka, NME Cool List topper Azealia Banks, drum n basser Sub Focus, the adrenalin chargedGallows, mythological rhyme master Doom, disco groove powerhouse Earth Wind & Fire Experience Feat Al Mckay, the irrepressible Rizzle Kicks, the one and only Cuban Brothers, Kuduro dons Buraka Som Sistema, fine folksters Bellowhead, the sublime Little Dragon, laconic looper Gold Panda, and 80s pop-god Adam Ant with The Good The Mad and The Lovely Posse.

Other acts getting on the ferry for Bestival 2012 include the hotly tipped Lianne La Havas, wild psychedelic soul sensations King Khan And The Shrines, neo-dubstep songstress Delilah, insouciant Brooklynites Friends, harmonious beatmeister Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, folk troubadours First Aid Kit, darkwaver King Krule acoustic chanteuse Ane Brun, knees-up governors Chas & Dave, DJ Magazine’s Best of British Best Live Act Dub Pistols, Robert Smith collaborators The Japanese Popstars, pop upstart Charli XCX, the magical Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, anti-folk dude Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, the mesmerising Slagsmålsklubben, madcap mackems Field Music and the Jaipur Kawa Circus.

Plus there will be live performances from Jinja Safari, Church of Love & Ruin, Frankie Rose, Milagres, Three Bonzos and a Piano, Liz Green, Gabrielle Aplin, Prince Fatty, Fiction, 2:54, Turbowolf, This Is The Kit, Ghost Outfit, Patterns, Young British Artists, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, To Kill A King, L.A. Salami, Laurel Collective, ahab, Gecko, Heathward, Model Society Sky Sphere, Blackhouse Crow, plus many more still to be announced.

With a jam-packed live line-up taking shape, Bestival organisers also have an exquisite litany of turntable botherers that will be Bestival-bound including Soulwax alter-egos2manydjs, the incredible Annie Mac Presents, the august Four Tet and the exalted Caribou who will be throwing down the platters back to back for your pleasure. There will also be hirsute pursuits from 2 Bears, reggae guru David Rodigan MBE presenting RAM JAM, the Dirtybird showcase featuring the enviable talents of Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin & Eats Everything, house music forefather François Kevorkian, deck destroyer DJ Yoda, deep and techy up-and-comer Maya Jane Coles , underground techno genius Scuba, DnB original LTJ Bukem, grime superstar Plastician, ertwhile Hacienda resident Greg Wilson, turntable messiahs Scratch Perverts, and secretsundaze top boys Giles Smith & James Priestley. Plus there will be sets fromOneman b2b Jackmaster, Camo & Krooked, Jaguar Skills & His Amazing Friends, Mosca, Ben UFO, PBR Streetgang, DJ Shepdog, Shellac Collective, DJ Charge and many more still to be announced.

Another brand new thing for this year’s Bestival is their new Premium camping area, nestled between a beautiful wooded forest we’re calling the Wild Copse. Organisers know that sometimes festival camping can get busy and maybe a little rambunctious so organisers have thought many of you would like the opportunity for a little more space, and some top-notch facilities.

The Wild Copse will have its own car park when you arrive and then it’s just a short walk to where you can pitch your tent in an area that will be limited to a set number of ticket-holders.

Included in the area for use by those with tickets only will be high-end toilets and showers. Boutique camping is next door and you’ll share great food and seating area, a lovely chill-out bar serving until late, a pampering area and it will be close to the new healing area; the Soul Park and the new expanded and amazing Arcadia Field featuring Mechanical Cabaret.

The Wild Copse is around a 20-minute walk to the main stage with plenty to see on the way. For those who could use a lift to rest and recuperate or get back to their tent to pick up some knitwear for the evening, there’s an option to grab a shuttle service. This will run 24 hours a day. We’ve planned for this to run every five minutes but predict that demand will be high at peak times of course so it may be quicker to walk back and enjoy all the festival has to offer.

With all this 2012 craziness going on it would be easy to forget what an ace time Bestival-goers had in 2011 with The Cure, Bjork, PJ Harvey, Primal Scream and loads more so organisers are very pleased indeed that loads of you didn’t forget because Bestival has been shortlisted for Best Small Festival at the NME Awards. All they need now is just a bit more support so if you can spare a few minutes to head over to www.nme.com/awards and vote for them (it’s number 22 out of 26) they’d be most honoured!

Bestival has still got all of their main stage headliners to announce, the first one is coming your way in about a week so keep your eyes on www.bestival.net, their Official Facebook Page and Rob da Bank’s Official Twitter for all the latest action.

Bestival 2012 Ticket information is s follows:

Early Bird Adult Ticket With Entry From Thurs 6th Sept - £170.00
Early Bird Adult Ticket With Entry From Fri 7th Sept - £165.00
Teen Ticket (age 13-17) With Entry From Thurs 6th Sept- £110.00
Teen Ticket (age 13-17) With Entry From Fri 7th Sept- £105.00
Age 12 and Under Weekend Ticket - FREE (but you must obtain a ticket)
Early Bird Campervan Tickets - £65.00 (per vehicle)

Early Bird Tickets will also be available to buy through Bestival's payment plan which lets you pay a sixth of the total ticket cost (plus booking fees) now, with a further five equal payments spread across the following five consecutive months.

For more details on Bestival 2012, please visit the festival's official website www.bestival.net.

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