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Bestival acts announced

The Flaming Lips and Dizzee Rascal head to the Isle of Wight

  • 04/02/2010
  • Sinead Garvan
The Flaming Lips

A stellar first wave of acts have been announced for Bestival 2010.

The Flaming Lips, Dizzee Rascal and the legend that is Rolf Harris are all set to ride the ferry across the channel to the Isle of Wight in September.

The man behind Bestival, Rob Da Bank told 6 Music he's hoping fans are excited about the line-up: "Flaming Lips are a big favourite with the Bestival forum."

"They've been asking for them for five or six years, so I'm glad we're bringing them over. They're always one of the best live acts about."

He added: "Dizzee was easily one of the best live things I saw last year I know he's absolutely smash it."

It will be Hot Chip's fifth Bestival appearance, they are just one of several dance acts signed up.

Simian Mobile Disco and LCD Soundsystem are also playing but Rob Da Bank admitted it wasn't easy for him to sign the big names this year:

"The hardest to get hold of were the ones I've haven't announced yet, which I will be in a couple of weeks time, some really amazing acts," he told 6 Music.

"LCD was a difficult one to pin down, we've talked to them for two or three years."

There are plenty of upcoming acts playing this year as well. Hurts, Delphic, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis and the BBC's Sound of 2010 winner Ellie Goulding are all on the bill.

"Dizzee was easily one of the best live things I saw last year I know he'll absolutely smash it."

Rob Da Bank

While there is plenty to get festival goers excited about, we still don't know who the big headliner is.

Rob Da Bank thinks it will surprise us: "The Sunday headliner will be fairly unique this year and the Saturday co-headliner will be very different as well, so there's a lot of other interesting stuff.

"I'm sounding cagey but that's because I am sworn to secrecy."

Bestival is no longer regarded as a small niche festival, which Rob Da Bank recognises.

"The weird thing that's happened with Bestival in the last few years is that we've suddenly turned into major festival with 50,000 people coming."

"We can't pretend we're this small sort of kooky boutique festival anymore, we're in there with the big boys whether we like it or not," he explained.

"We're in competition with everyone from Glastonbury to V to Reading to Big Chill to Latitude, everyone's out there."

Tickets are on sale now for Bestival which takes place at Robin Hill Park between 9 - 12 September.

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