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Starfish enjoying the filthy weekend!

Starfish enjoying the filthy weekend!

Bestival 2008

The crazy world of Bestival brought some of the best acts and DJs on the planet plus local bands together in the gloriously muddy, leafy surroundings of the Island's Robin Hill Country Park.

Bestival 2008 was literally a filthy weekend - and will be remembered for its mud madness, mermaids and meteoric bill of top music.

Fun in the mud

A spot of mud wrestling

A stellar line up brought together legends including Gary Numan and the Human League, with top acts Pendulum, show-closers Underworld and surprise guests Grace Jones and The Specials.

By all accounts much talked about Saturday night headliner Amy Winehouse put in a weak performance, arriving on stage almost an hour late and playing a short set.

The 24 hour mud field

The 24 hour mud field


Despite the absence of a blazing Indian summer, and the arrival of thousands of gallons of flowing brown goo, around 30,000 Bestival-goers descended on the Isle of Wight for another rip-roaring three days at the fifth Bestival.

The underwater fancy dress theme fitted perfectly with the essential wellies and waterproofs; with thousands of lobsters, prawns, jellyfish, Neptune's, mermaids (and 'mermen' for that matter!) all squelching along in the annual parade.  

In the party spirit

In the party spirit

It was the first year of rain at Bestival and organiser Rob da Bank remained philosophical: "Everyone's in good spirits and got their wellies - we'll get through it."

A 'mop up' of the site was quickly put in place - with workers laying down a plastic 'carpet' in front of the main stage and a path of bark chippings through the site.

Unsigned bands

Once again, a selection of unsigned/local bands and artists also got the chance to air their music at the three day festival.

Will Young

BBC Introducing's special guest, Pirate Will Young

The BBC Introducing… stage was back to showcase a variety of up-and-coming bands in the 24-hour field.

The venue played host to an awe-inspiring selection of artists including Kissy Sell Out, local lads Six Nation State, Thomas Tantrum and special guest Will Young.

Bestival was not just about the music, there was also a magical wonderland of weird and wonderful places to visit and things to see and do; from ballroom dancing to the inevitable mud-wrestling, moustache competitions and homemade tea and cakes.

last updated: 11/09/2008 at 14:58
created: 22/02/2008

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It was such a joy and those of us who stayed till the end were witness to the best sunday ever. Well done all the organisers

Mud Man 2008
SIXNATIONSTATE at the BBC intoducing stage on the Sunday blew my mind! The Stage re-opened to see the sun shining and these 5 lads getting at least 1,000 revellers smiling, singing and dancing to their addictive tunes! Thanks 6NS!

It wasn't so much madness on the Isle of Wight this year as it was total mudness. It was brilliant fun but think that perhaps more of an effort could have been made to make the site safer in all the mud. The route up to the campsite by the family field was simply dangerous. Still I know I'll be going back next year, the rain didn't dampen my spirits that much!

BRILLIANT! I'm not a fan of mud but it was all worth it to see the Specials, or Terry Halls and Friends as they must be known!

the mud was hideous, tents were abandoned and swallowed up by the mud BUT in true festival spirit we dressed up and partied on, its a fantastic place to be.....

Charlie Sussex
Grace Jones has as much presence today as she ever did. She had a new hat and coat for every song. Despite the mud, it was absolutely brilliant. I feared for the worst when I saw the neverending miles of sludge, but with the wellies, we all just got on with it and had oodles of underwater-themed fun.

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