Ooooooh. Sorely tempted, even though last year's was probably my least favourite yet.
Haven't been since 2009 I think, this line up isn't THAT great so far but I just really fancy going back.
It's changed a lot since then, probably twice as big and much better laid out (although the mainstage still gets terrible bleed if someone loud is on in the Big Top). Didn't have as good a time as prior years for a few reasons last year, but the lineup's pretty good so far.
Growing up on the Isle I've always been fond of Bestival, having attended them all from the beginning to 2008, but I dunno. The horrendous rain in 2008 was enough to put me off forever.
What's the crowd like these days?
But still quite a good vibe.
well, in 2010 and 2011 in the green camp site.
Thought this might be the case.
And saw the festival turn from a great medium sized festival to a pretty terrible big festival. The site didn't seem able to cope with 30000, so fuck knows what it's like with 50000.
headliner may well be Gary Barlow
I can understand the thinking. But still... Elton? :S
i was pretty excited for that to be honest. that said, wouldn't complain if the wu/flaming lips got bumped up
I'd be a bit miffed truth be told. It was an opportunity to see a bona fide legend, with a fantastic back catalogue that I'm fairly sure I'd not part with the cash to see at their own gig. The other 2 headliners are pretty bog standard if you ask me.
I'd imagine they'd ask The Flaming Lips to do it again wouldn't they? I'd be up for that, really enjoyed their headline show in 2010.
I really hope he dfoes.
next Wednesday - and the headline will play on a boat on the Thames that night.
Who is it?
but what if its someone awful, like Example?
Last time I went it took 8 fucking hours. Such a drag. It was train to Portsmouth. Then a loooong queue for a boat (and we left really early to avoid one). Then you arrive on the Isle of White and realise you have another long queue for a bus to take you to the site. Such a drag, and all that travelling costs quite a lot. Train, boat, then bus. I realised I could have gone to a European festival in Spain, Portugal or one of the many others, which would have taken less time door to door(!), which would have cost half as much as the £200 ticket, and the cost of flights wouldn't be much more than return train/boat/bus. And it wouldn't have pissed down. I'd only go back if someone drove.
Any body got any views on it?
^ex-IOWer's tip, that is. though there will be a longer bus journey at the end.
I have a great time when I went from 2003-2007. Dunno what it's like now, mind.
Is it much longer from London to Yarmouth?
I reckon there will be less people going that route, so less queues for buses once you get onto the Isle.
Book a hotel/ B&B in Ventnor for the Monday night, it's the opposite direction to the ports so it's quick to get down to (if you are driving.) There's plenty of places to eat and some lovely pubs. Then casually get the ferry on Tuesday after visiting the Garlic farm.
the IOW is generally lovely. I grew up there <3
I have more garlic based condiments than you could shake a stick at. This in my book is a very good thing