inSYNC’s Weekly Top Announcement Picks (December 19th 2016)
It has been another busy week of festival announcements. This week, Isle of Wight Festival announced their final headliners for next year, with Bestival announcing a site move, dance music festival Creamfields showing off their Friday night headliner, whilst Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival announced that they would be opening on a Friday night for the whilst, and who the headliner will be.
Isle of Wight Festival
Isle of Wight has a rich history starting way back in 1968, and always boasting to of been the only UK festival to have Jimi Hendrix play. The festival has since had some of the world’s biggest and best bands headline including Blur, Fleetwood Mac, Stereophonics, Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon to name but a few.
After already announcing Canadian bigwigs Arcade Fire and Scottish heartthrob Rod Stewart as Saturday and Sunday night headliners, the Isle of Wight showed punters who will take control of the festival’s Main Stage on Friday night at next year’s event. French superstar DJ David Guetta and old school hip hop group Run DMC will co-headline the island event. Also announced is songwriting talent George Ezra, pop band Bastille, up and coming singer Rag ‘N’ Bone Man and Italian-English artist Jack Savoretti.
— Isle of Wight Fest (@IsleOfWightFest) December 15, 2016
Tickets available at: http://www.isleofwightfestival.com/
After thirteen successful years at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight, Bestival curator Rob da Bank has announced that the four-day festival may move to the Lulworth Estate in Dorset. Rob da Bank and team have applied for a licence with comprehensive plans to Purbeck Council, which has entered a twenty-eight day consultation period.
The plan is to hold Bestival on the same site as its sister show, Camp Bestival, the family-orientated sibling of the Isle of Wight event. This morning on social media Rob da Bank said, “Hot off the press – yes Bestival is moving! We can confirm we have submitted a licence application for a new site at the Lulworth Estate in Dorset and we’re super excited about our shiny new Bestival adventure. We have an incredible line-up, headliners confirmed and ridiculous new stages and installations coming your way in 2017”.
With Camp Bestival celebrating the big one-zero at Lulworth next July, organisers are confident that the long-standing relationship with Dorset will help the mammoth task of moving sites as non-disruptive as possible, something that will benefit both the event and festival-goers for the long term! The inSYNC team is looking forward to seeing what Bestival do at their new home.
Tickets available at: http://www.bestival.net/
Creamfields is the UK’s biggest dance music festival, winning the ‘Best Dance Event’ award eight times. 2016 has been a big year for the event, adding an extra day making it a four-day festival and winning the ‘Best Major Festival’ award, seeing off Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and Isle of Wight. It is the best time a dance music festival has won the ‘Best Major’ award. 2017 will be the festival’s twentieth year.
This week the Liverpool-based festival announced that Friday night would get two headline acts; deadmau5 and Eric Prydz. The two massive DJ/producers will headline Creamfields’ The Steel Yard stage, making it the pairs’ only European show of 2017.
Tickets available at: http://www.creamfields.com/
Victoprious Festival in Portsmouth is one of the south’s biggest events. The festival began in Portsmouth dockyard 4 years ago, before moving to Southsea Common. The day festival is always a two-day event pulling in some pretty big acts; Basement Jaxx, Dizzy Rascal, Manic Street Preachers and Noel Gallagher to name just a few.
For the first time in 2017, the event will also take place on a Friday night with an opening party. Yesterday Victorious announced that old school ska legends Madness will take the Friday headline.