DJ and record producer Rob da Bank set up Bestival in 2004 with his wife, taking the name from his record label, Sunday Best. That first ever Bestival eleven years ago attracted around 10,000 people. Six years later in 2010 this had grown to 55,000 people. Last year's tenth anniversary saw Bestival awarded "Best Festival" at the Live Music Business Awards, and they also created the world's largest Disco Ball at 10.33 metres. There's a lot to live up to this year, but we're sure they'll pull it off!
Of course, Robin Hill Park on the Isle of Wight is the perfect location for a festival like this. The island holds more carnivals per capita than anywhere else in the UK - what a great place to be! Bestival is usually considered to be more alternative and diverse than the larger Isle of Wight Festival, and is well known for its fancy dress themed days - usually the Saturday of the weekend. This year's theme is "Summer of Love" which already has us thinking of some awesome outfits.
Bestival was also the first music festival to offer a payment plan for tickets, a great way of making it more inclusive, and allowing people to attend who might ordinarily have had to stay at home.
These people are doing Halloween right. #fancydress #fancydressideas #funnyfancydress