Bestival festival 2017 and 2018

Discussion in 'festivals' started by The_Reverend_M, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. moonsi til

    moonsi til worked it out now!

    From what I hear it was much more than the odd theft.
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  2. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    I spoke to a steward who said there was scary stuff going on. She said (though this was second-hand) that there was a group of around 9 chaps with knives that had basically terrorised one of the camp sites and gone tent to tent threatening people and clearing them out.

    Mind you festivals are notorious gossip buckets. There were multiple bullshit rumours at Glasto last year - group overdoses that failed to materialise as news stories, etc., so make of it what you will.

    Was certainly a subdued vibe at the very least. Didn't feel at all threatening to me though, but I might have just been unaware.
  3. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Not going to talk about the tragic death :( or the thefts ... :(

    But festival organisers who have plenty of festival experience, yet who don't prepare properly for well-flagged shit weather deserve plenty of criticism.

    How bad were the ground conditions in reality, then?
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  4. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Not so bad as to make having fun unfeasable. Some sticky, slippery mud, but I was able to wander all over site in walking boots with no gaiters. On foot it wasn't a major problem really. They did have big problems getting vehicles out, with lots of towing and crazy driving going on. This did seem to be down to a lack of planning, and in particular a shortage of that metal track stuff. Just a bit more of that would have solved all the problems so far as I could see. Traffic was not very well marshalled really throughout the festy.
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  5. The_Reverend_M

    The_Reverend_M More bass, vicar?

    After doing Boomtown all of this decade, Bestival felt quite quaint by comparison. It'd take a pretty special headliner (a la ATCQ) to get me back there. All about Boomtown again next year :cool:
  6. Teaboy

    Teaboy It definitely looks brighter over there..

    I see Bestival next year will be moved to August, weekend of the 2nd to be precise. It doesn't seem to clash with anything major which is why they chose it I suppose.

    On previous threads my biggest two objections were its location on the IOW and it being so late in the summer. Both of those have changed now so I may have a look at it next year, tbh though I do wonder if this is the last throw of the dice of a dying festival. Reviews from this year were a bit lackluster.
  7. drachir

    drachir Well-Known Member

    Is anyone making the effort this year? Considering it, but also having 'nam flashbacks about the mud last year
  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I've never been and I'm pretty sure it's not my kind of festival, but I'll update the thread title.
  9. drachir

    drachir Well-Known Member

    Cheers! On paper it's also not my thing, but there used to be enough going on that you could have a great time at the smaller stages/cabaret etc.

    Last year seemed to have a lot less of that and was generally a bit shit, but the weather played a massive part in that

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