Bestival 2016: What We’re Most Looking Forward To

What we’re most looking forward to at Bestival this year…

3. The World’s Largest Bouncy Castle

The Bestival family of festivals has a great history of going that extra mile to make festival-goers’ experiences that bit more colourful. This year will be no exception, as Bestival returns once more to Robin Hill Country on the Isle of Wight next month, they will bring with them yet another record breaker. Following its debut at Bestival’s newest festival, Common People, in May, this year will see the world’s largest bouncy castle join the festival. Rob da Bank and co have teamed up with Something Creatives to bring the castle road Bestival this year. The bouncy castle will add to the festival’s already great accolades; the world’s largest fancy dress party, the world’s biggest ever busk and of course Bestival’s infamous record breaking disco ball.

Something Creative’s Matt the Hat commented on it: “I’ve always been the first kid in the sandpit and consider play a fundamental part of everyday life. Everyone should find the time to play. The playful spirit of creating joy and fun is shared by Rob da Bank and all of the Bestival family and has made this brilliantly bonkers idea a reality. Whether you’re young or old, what could be more fun than jumping around inside the biggest bouncy castle in the world? Just watch out for the ‘bouncers’, and remember if you’re wearing shoes then you can’t come in!”

This bouncy castle could see Bestival heading into the record books once more smashing an almost 20 year old record out of the water. The bouncy castle measures 23.8 meters long, 20.7 meters wide and stands 12.8 meters tall at its highest point. The castle’s side turrets are equal in height to the walls of Cardiff Wall, making it taller than the Great Wall of China and about three times the size of the Berlin Wall. It really is an item of epic proportions and fun, filled with 1143 cubic meters of air, it will hold up to one hundred thrill-seeking Bestival-goers. It really is an inflatable legend in the making, so don’t miss your chance to have a jump around on our historic bouncy castle at Bestival.


2. The Cure

Bestival have one of their best ever headliners lined up to perform at this year’s event. English rock band The Cure began their careers in 1976 and have so far released thirteen studio albums selling more than 27 million records worldwide. The five piece from Crawley are most well known for their 1992 single ‘Friday I’m In Love’ that peaked at Number 6 on the UK Singles Chart.

The group are to play the Saturday night headline slot at Bestival this year. After Duran Duran’s incredible performance at last year’s festival, The Cure have big shoes to fill. But, if you are heading to the Isle of Wight next week make sure you’re there for The Cure. It’d be a disappointment to miss it.


1. The Spaceport

Bestival’s infamous dance music haven ‘The Port’ is now gone. This is The Future. Welcome is a new era at The Spaceport. HMS Bestival has vanished and a new colossal cosmodrome will take its place.

Featuring a vast 20 metre-high rocket at its centre, The Spaceport will welcome some of the biggest names in dance music to its stage. This year’s main astronauts include Diplo, Fatboy Slim and the one and only Carl Cox. The Spaceport is set to be a laser-loaded mega-structure featuring a truly state of the art db audio array processing sound system, guaranteed to smash out epic low-end, with lighting design from Lite Alt Design’s world renowned Paul Normandale, whose previous credits include the Chemical Brothers, Coldplay and the Tate Modern Turbine Hall. The Spaceport is a unique step in the advancement of sound and vision, where next-level partying isn’t just an ambition, it’s a promise.

The Spaceport will show off their brand new Giant Astronauts. Resplendent in gleaming space suits, our very own super star-sailors have been built by Pyrite Creative, standing at an astronomical seven metres tall. Bathed in their own special cosmic light under starry skies, you won’t be able to miss our twin emblems of exploration and discovery.

See you in The Future!

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Tobi Stidolph

Press Manager & inSYNC Writer


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