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Inspiration to pitch-up on the Isle of Wight

Responding to an increase in demand for camping & caravanning holidays on the Island, Visit Isle of Wight has just launched a dedicated microsite and new brochure in a bid to help promote itself as the Camping Capital of the UK.

The new site (http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/camping-capital) highlights the many and varied options that are currently available to anyone visiting the Island – from luxury yurts and shepherd’s huts, through to American Airstream caravans, VW Campervans and camping pods.

And if further inspiration is needed, it even flags-up the fact that last year the Isle of Wight recorded more hours of sunshine than the rest of the UK, making it officially the sunniest destination in the country – and a perfect place to pitch-up a tent!

Recent developments across the Island this year already include a new glamping opportunities at Tom’s Eco Lodge (http://tomsecolodge.com), where prices start from £85 a night.

Elsewhere, a range of new holiday lodges has also just been launched at the 5-star Woodside Coastal Retreat which lies to the north of the Isle of Wight, between Cowes and Ryde (https://www.darwinescapes.co.uk/parks/woodside-coastal-retreat/). Prices here start from £225 (based on a 3 night stay).

Looking further ahead, Robin Hill is planning a development of quality tree houses for 2018 http://www.robin-hill.com/welcome-to-nesting).

For now, however, it’s all about the range of options, and perfect backdrop provided by an Island with so many sites located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to so many outdoor pursuits and unusual modes of transport – including electric bikes and Renault Twizys.

It is also an Island synonymous with festivals

V-Dub Festival from August 18-22 (http://www.v-dubisland.com/) for example, is a family friendly camping and Volkswagen Festival for music lovers. While world famous Bestival, from September 8 to 11, will have its very own Boutique Campsite this year (http://www.bestival.net/areas/campsites) with tipis, yurts, squrts (baby yurts, cloudhouses, bell tents, safari tents, airstreams and a wide range of other options from the people who bought us PodPads,

Other favourites on the Island include woodland camping in tree houses (http://www.isleofwighttreehouse.com/) where red squirrels are said to come and tap at the windows and prices start from £150 per night (for up to 6 people); and Compton Farm (http://comptonfarm.co.uk), on the coastal Military Road, where the twelve static caravans have been named Best National Trust site for Camping (high season prices for adults £9pppn, children £4.50pppn.

The Isle of Wight’s new camping and caravanning microsite also features a competition to win a seven night camping holiday on the Island for the next three years (http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/competitions/win-a-three-year-camping-holiday).

Bestival 2016 – announce a corking array of artists for the Invaders of the Future stage

THE FUTURE OF NEW MUSIC 

INVADERS OF THE FUTURE! 

 FEATURING:

ALL THIS NOISE / ASYLUMS / BLACK HONEY / BORN INA BARN /

CLEAN CUT KID / COCO / CREEPER / DANNY L HARLE / ESKA /

FATHERSON / FICKLE FRIENDS / THE GREASY SLICKS / HÆLOS / HINDS /

THE JAPANESE HOUSE / JP COOPER / K.FLAY / L.A. SALAMI / LOUIS BERRY / 

MILK TEETH / MOOSE BLOOD / PC MUSIC ALL STARS / PINEGROVE / PRETTY VICIOUS / 

PUP / RATIONALE / ROYCE WOOD JUNIOR / THE SHERLOCKS / SPRING KING / 

STOMPY’S PLAYGROUND / SUBGIANT / SUNFLOWER BEAN / 

WILL VARLEY / THE WYTCHES / VANT / XOCKHA / ZIBRA

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Making Bestival the festival to discover new music is a big part of what keeps us buzzing. Finding an incredible new band that could change your life, or that one amazing unknown track that will blow everyone away is something that our intrepid curator Rob da Bank has made his life’s work. With his monumental musical knowledge helping him to sniff out a cornucopia of mysterious gems, Rob’s track record for discovering the next big thing is unparalleled, and the Invaders of the Future stage is Bestival’s cathedral of cutting edge sounds where you’ll find this year’s selection of bright young things who could just be your new favourite band in The Future.

Rob da Bank says: “Yup, we all love a stonking big headliner at Bestival, and huge DJs and bands that have sold millions of records smashing it on our stages, but mostly where you’ll find me across the weekend at Bestival is in our Invaders stage checking out the new bands. Once more we’ve gone mentally diverse from Radio 1 and SXSW darling’s Danny L Harle, Pup and Sunflower Bean through the amazing Eska and a takeover from the hottest label out there, PC Music, to local island talent Born Ina Barn and Xockha. See you down the front!”

Out on a mission to capture your heart and keep your feet moving at the UK’s official Best Major Festival, the Invaders of the Future stage will be bouncing all weekend long to sets from west London’s All This Noise, high-octane punks Asylums, atmospheric four-piece Black Honey, Island b-boys Born Ina Barn, and soulful pop types Clean Cut Kid, with appearance from Coco, Creeper and Saturday’s late night headliner Danny L Harle.

We’ll also have singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eska, beguiling trio Fatherson, pop outfit Fickle Friends, rock n rollers The Greasy Slicks, the darkly inventive HÆLOS, visceral Spanish indie quartet Hinds and the swirling sounds of The Japanese House.

Getting those in the know all hot under the collar there will be more Invaders of the Future action from the golden voiced JP Cooper, Illinois’s K.Flay, the folk musings of L.A. Salami, hotly-tipped Merseysider Louis Berry, emo four-piece Moose Blood, punk rockers Milk Teeth, hyperreal ultrapop label PC Music All Stars and Pinegrove.

Don’t miss the chance to check out Merthyr Tydfil’s Pretty Vicious, Toronto’s Pup, the hypnotic and pulsing Rationale, off-kilter R&B producer Royce Wood Junior, epic indie upstarts The Sherlocks, Mancunian powerhouse Spring King, mesmerising 12-piece Stompy’s Playground and incorrigible ravers Subgiant.

And make sure you catch amazing new music from Brooklyn trio Sunflower Bean, Smugglers co-founder Will Varley, purveyors of surf-doom The Wytches, alt rockers Vant, the Island’s own Xockha and indie three-piece Zibra.

Collecting all our top tips for the future in one mind-blowing stage, head to the Invaders of the Future and discover what fires up Bestival’s soul.

There are still plenty of treats to be revealed for our Future paradise, including our Sunday night main stage headliners and much more, so head to www.Bestival.net, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram / Tumblr

For all the latest information.

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BESTIVAL TICKET LINKS & INFORMATION:

www.ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets, 0844 888 4410 

2016 EARLY BIRD TICKET PRICES – PHASE 2

Adult Ticket (entry from Thursday or Friday) – £190

Adult Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £299 (more info)

Student Ticket (entry from Thursday or Friday) – £180

(For full-time students only. Valid NUS or ISIC ID required at the box office. No other student ID accepted)

Teen (age 13-17) Ticket – £120

Teen (age 13-17) Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £149.50 (more info)

Child (age 12 & under) Ticket – Free (but you must obtain a ticket)

Child (age 12 & under) Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – Free (more info)

VIP Ticket (Standard Camping) – £295

VIP Ticket (Wild Copse Camping) – £390

Campervan Tickets – £90 (per vehicle) (more info)

Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket – £100 (One car only per caravan/trailer tent, no exceptions – more info)

Advance Car Parking – £15

– All Tickets will incur a booking fee

– There are no Day Tickets

– All Tickets incur a £1 donation to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust* (see below for further info)

WEEKLY PAYMENT PLAN

Bestival’s ground breaking weekly payment plan means you can get yourself a Bestival 2016 ticket for just £9 a week! Spreading the cost across 20 weeks, an initial £25 deposit payment (plus booking fees and p&p), followed by 19 weekly payments of around £9, gets you a ticket for the same price as paying in one go.

This offer is only available online from our official ticket partner Ticketline: www.ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets

ISLE OF WIGHT YOUTH TRUST CHARITY DONATION

Once again this year we are adding on a £1 charity donation onto all Bestival tickets. The money raised will go directly to the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust (Reg Charity no. 1087163) to help fund their fantastic work offering counselling and support to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight. The Bestival Foundation is also a proud supporter of the Youth Trust.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BESTIVAL PLEASE CONTACT GET INVOLVED – 020 7604 2944: 

NATIONAL PRESS CHLOE MUNTS – chloe@getinvolvedltd.com  

REGIONAL PRESS & BROADCAST AIDAN BYRNE – aidan@getinvolvedltd.com
ONLINE & STUDENT: MOLLY DIXON molly@getinvolvedltd.com  

10 of the best events on the Isle of Wight this year

The UK’s holiday Island offers a year full of fun and variety and if you have never been before, you don’t know what you are missing!

Isle of Wight Walking Festival – April 30th-May 15th

With more than 200 organised walks, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival boasts 16 days of unbeatable, informative and healthy walks for all abilities.  A great way to explore its spectacular scenery, wildlife and heritage, all walks are led by knowledgeable guides, who share their stories and history of the Island www.isleofwightwalkigfestival.co.uk

Festival of the Sea June – 18th– July 3rd

From the swashbuckling swagger of Shipwreck Isle in Ryde to the arrival of the world’s leading annual solo sailing race, the Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro in Cowes – plus lots of nautically-themed entertainment and activity for the whole family – the Festival of the Sea is one of the most eye-catching coastal events anywhere around the UK coastline this summer http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/festival-of-the-sea

The Isle of Wight Festival – June 9th-12th

The 2016 Isle of Wight Festival will once again be staged at Seaclose Park, in Newport on the Isle of Wight with headline performances by Queen + Adam Lambert, the Stereophonics and Faithless www.isleofwightfestival.com

Ventnor Fringe – August 9th-14th

A celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline on the Isle of Wight as well as artists from around the world.  This year it will be expanding with the International Festival www.vfringe.co.uk

Cowes Week – August 6th-13th

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week will take place this year from Saturday August 6th to 13th, and will feature an exciting and diverse blend of competitive sailing – as well as a strong social scene including Ladies Day – and the famous fireworks that take place on the final Friday of the event http://www.aamcowesweek.co.uk

The Garlic Festival – August 15th&16th

A vast array of eats, sights and sounds, the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival has become one of the Island’s most iconic events and is a superb family day out. Alongside the celebration of garlic (including in ice cream and beer form) there is live entertainment and music as well as hundreds of local arts and craft stalls http://www.garlic-festival.co.uk/

Ryde Carnival – September 1st

The oldest carnival in Britain dating back to 1886, Ryde Carnival is the largest community celebratory event of its kind on the Island. A spectacular fusion of carnival costumes, dance and performance http://www.rydecarnival.com/ryde-carnival-dates-2016/

Bestival – September 8th-11th

Another of the UK’s leading music festivals, Bestival will this year be staged in Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight between September 8th to 11thth.  The Cure, Major Lazer, Hot Chiip and Fat Boy Slim are amongst those to have already confirmed they will be playing this year http://www.bestival.net

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival – October 12th-16th

See and hear a cornucopia of literary talent at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival held at Northwood House in Cowes.  In addition to talks there will be walks, workshops, competitions, debates, children’s story telling, lots of music and a chance to sharpen your wits at a pub quiz http://www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.org/

Isle of Fright (October half-term)

Take an enchanted steam train trip, wander through the magical Electric Woods, visit the former haunts of smugglers and have the fright of your life at Spooky Castle as you visit the Isle of Fright this October half-term http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/isle-of-fright

For all other events, please go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

Image attached: ‘Film in the Woods’ held during Ventnor Fringe, please credit Jon Ritchie.

 

 

BESTIVAL ANNOUNCE BRAND NEW STAGE: THE SPACEPORT HEADLINERS: DIPLO / CARL COX HOUSE CLASSICS / FATBOY SLIM

The Port is dead. Long live The Spaceport! 

HMS Bestival has vanished in mysterious circumstances. Investigations are underway, but as the enigma deepens and the conspiracy theories grow, the ship’s fate remains unclear. As the future unfolds, and human horizons expand beyond the planet, The Port, devoid of its antiquated maritime attraction, will evolve into a new kind of universal berth. A colossal cosmodrome. The Spaceport.

Rob da Bank says: “Be under no illusions my futuristic friends… This stage is going to blow your mind and take you interstellar like no other stage before… This is The Future of the dance. HMS Bestival, our trusty old ship, has sunk or otherwise been sucked down a Bermuda Triangle shaped whirlpool, and thus we are reinventing Robin Hill’s sacred rave space once more with a spaceship the likes Planet Earth has never witnessed. 

“A veritable space oddity standing seven storeys high The Spaceport will beam out music day and night, lit by lasers with giant astronauts floating across the sky. Prepare for take-off, take your protein pills and put your helmet on. See you at The Spaceport in t-minus 196 days and counting…” 

Featuring a vast rocket standing more than 20 metres high at its centre, The Spaceport is 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.

As well as a main stage date with Major Lazer, the mighty Diplo will also be making a separate appearance headlining our brand new stage.  A true innovator and originator, when Diplo first brought his Mad Decent Soundsystem to rip up Bestival 2009 the night was truly legendary, so expect more of the same and a lot more besides.

Rave pioneer, three-deck wizard, label don and über producer, Carl Cox is lined up for some very special headline excursions at The Spaceport. A mainstay of contemporary dance culture over the last three decades, we’re super-excited that he’ll be joining our futurescape playing an unmissable, career-spanning House Classics set.

He’s headlined the main stage (twice), he’s played Bollywood, the Big Top, and even a sneaky set or two in the hidden disco, so when we asked our great friend and serial rave god Fatboy Slim back this year, there was only ever one place we wanted him to play; on our epic new stage, The Spaceport!

The Spaceport’s full line-up will be announced very soon, plus we have one more main stage headliner, and more music, madness and mayhem to unveil. The future really is here. Join us.

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BESTIVAL TICKET LINKS & INFORMATION:                                                     

www.ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets, 0844 888 4410

2016 EARLY BIRD TICKET PRICES – PHASE 2

Adult Ticket (entry from Thursday or Friday) – £190

Adult Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £299 (more info)

Student Ticket (entry from Thursday or Friday) – £180

(For full-time students only. Valid NUS or ISIC ID required at the box office. No other student ID accepted)

Teen (age 13-17) Ticket – £120

Teen (age 13-17) Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £149.50 (more info)

Child (age 12 & under) Ticket – Free (but you must obtain a ticket)

Child (age 12 & under) Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – Free (more info)

VIP Ticket (Standard Camping) – £295

VIP Ticket (Wild Copse Camping) – £390

Campervan Tickets – £90 (per vehicle) (more info)

Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket – £100 (One car only per caravan/trailer tent, no exceptions – more info)

Advance Car Parking – £15

– All Tickets will incur a booking fee

– There are no Day Tickets

– All Tickets incur a £1 donation to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust* (see below for further info)

Weekly Payment Plan

WEEKLY PAYMENT PLAN

Bestival’s ground breaking weekly payment plan means you can get yourself a Bestival 2016 ticket for just £7 a week! Spreading the cost across 25 weeks, an initial £25 deposit payment (plus booking fees and p&p), followed by 24 weekly payments of around £7, gets you a ticket for the same price as paying in one go.

This offer is only available online from our official ticket partner Ticketline: www.ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets

ISLE OF WIGHT YOUTH TRUST CHARITY DONATION

Once again this year we are adding on a £1 charity donation onto all Bestival tickets. The money raised will go directly to the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust (Reg Charity no. 1087163) to help fund their fantastic work offering counselling and support to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight. The Bestival Foundation is also a proud supporter of the Youth Trust.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BESTIVAL PLEASE CONTACT GET INVOLVED – 020 7604 2944:

NATIONAL PRESS CHLOE MUNTS – chloe@getinvolvedltd.com

REGIONAL PRESS & BROADCAST AIDAN BYRNE – aidan@getinvolvedltd.com
ONLINE & STUDENT: MOLLY DIXON molly@getinvolvedltd.com 

 

Bestival Headliners and First Wave of Acts Announced

THE FUTURE IS HERE!

 OUR HEADLINERS:  THE CURE / MAJOR LAZER / HOT CHIP

PLUS, SUNDAY HEADLINER TO BE ANNOUNCED

WITH MUSIC AND DJ SETS FROM:

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE / AURORA / BASTILLE / BEATY HEART  

BENJAMIN DAMAGE / BICEP / THE BLACK MADONNA / BODHI PRESENTS ROOTS

CARAVAN PALACE / CRAIG DAVID’S TS5 / DAMIAN ‘JR. GONG’ MARLEY  

DAVID RODIGAN MBE PRESENTS RAM JAM / EATS EVERYTHING / ESKIMO DANCE  GHOSTPOET / HOSPITALITY PRESENTS… / THE HUMAN LEAGUE / JAGWAR MA  KATY B / KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS / KREPT & KONAN / KURUPT FM / LOYLE CARNER  MØ / PETITE MELLER / RICHIE HAWTIN / RIDE / SHY FX’S PARTY ON THE MOON / SKEPTA / SKREAM / SLAMBOREE TOURIST / WOLF ALICE / YEARS & YEARS

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The omens are good, The Future is happening. With Bestival 2016’s Future theme unveiled, we can hurtle headlong into the good times, revealing three massive headliners and an incredible cast of musical pioneers, forward thinking funksters and precognitive pop stars, who will be journeying with us into Bestival’s glamourous machine age, where everlasting gobstoppers signal eternal bliss, this September 8-11, disembarking from Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight.

Future swashbuckler Rob da Bank says: “So, here we go again, but this time we’re going far… far away… into the future. Prepare yourselves for a Bestival unlike any other with futuristic new stages, and as ever it’s a broad church of music from every decade and every genre. Saturday night headliners and one of my favourite bands ever, The Cure, played Bestival five years ago and almost had to be dragged off stage after a three-hour mammoth greatest hits set. Robert Smith popped down last year and we shook hands on it all happening again… bring it on!

“Friday honours go to Major Lazer who have killed it every time they’ve played, on a bigger stage each time – I remember going to see an exhausted, sweating Diplo after his last main stage show for us and he said ‘headline next time?’, so here we are!

“It’s not all about the headliners, as we know, so I’m super-pleased to have acts as diverse as Hot Chip, Years and Years, Animal Collective and Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, through to the hottest DJs Kurupt FM and the Black Madonna. This is just the start of the trip – see you in The Future!”

The Cure’s Robert Smith said: “We are very very happy to be back at our favourite festival; we can’t wait to play a special set to show the future IS what it used to be…” 

Major Lazer commented: “We started at Bestival five years ago, and it was one of our favourite shows to date. Feels like home for us… Rugged and real music fans… Since then we finally impacted in England, and we can’t wait to do our new show and play all the records for the fans at one of the best festivals in the world!!”

One of Bestival HQs favourites and, frankly, one of the greatest bands of all time, The Cure will headline Saturday night when Bestival heads to The Future. From Three Imaginary Boys in 1979 to their most recent album 4:13 Dream, they’ve forged their own path, dragging everyone else in their wake. Covering the gamut of emotions that take in the heady pop of Boys Don’t Cry and Inbetween Days, the heartbreak of Pictures of You and Bloodflowers, the ferociousness of Give Me It and Fascination Street and the dreaminess of Underneath the Stars and Lovesong, their live shows are legendary, taking the crowd on a beautiful rollercoaster ride. So, we really can’t wait to welcome them back to the main stage at Robin Hill this September.

Ensuring that Friday night’s main stage behaviour goes off with the requisite bang that will fire us forward into the unknown, we’re ecstatic that Major Lazer are making their return in 2016. Their last appearance driving willing Bestivalites to the edge of abandon has passed into Bestival lore, making them one of the most incredible live spectacles we’ve ever witnessed. Powered by the inimitable ingenuity of Diplo and Jillionaire, Major Lazer’s Peace Is The Mission album ruled sound systems throughout 2015, producing one of the year’s anthems in Lean On, and launching the band into truly big leagues. Guaranteed to be a mindblower, you don’t want to miss our Friday night headliners.

They’re practically Bestival’s house band, having appeared with us at Robin Hill more times than almost anyone else, so we really couldn’t be happier that the incredible Hot Chip are very much a part of Bestival’s Future headlining Thursday night in the Big Top. From some truly impressive fancy dress action to trailblazing virtual reality band members they always pull out all the stops. Last year’s stripped back Why Make Sense? album was their sixth piece de resistance earning them universal acclaim, add to that their arsenal of kinetic electro-pop bangers and you have a nailed-on guarantee of good times, to help kick of our future adventures in stupendous style.

With one more headliner still to announce, we have a litany of musical treats, all presented in alphabetical order for your delectation, that will keep you reaching for the stars all weekend long, including Animal Collective, Aurora, Bastille, Beaty Heart, Benjamin Damage, Bicep, The Black Madonna, Bodhi presents ROOTS, Caravan Palace, Craig David’s TS5, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, and David Rodigan MBE presents Ram Jam.

Plus, we’ll have Eats Everything, Eskimo Dance featuring Wiley, Section Boyz, Chip, Big Narstie, Newham Generals, Frisco, P Money, Elf Kid, AJ Tracey, Jammz, Fekky, Logan Sama & Maximum, Ghostpoet, and Hospitality Presents: Camo & Krooked, London Elektricity, S.P.Y B2B Nu:Tone, Danny Byrd B2B Brookes Brothers, Maduk, Dynamite MC and Wrec.

There will also be performances from The Human League, Jagwar Ma, Katy B, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Krept & Konan, Kurupt FM’s Champagne Steam Rooms, Loyle Carner, MØ, Petite Meller and techno genius, Richie Hawtin.

Shoegaze pioneers Ride will be travelling with us into the unknown, and there will be high octane action from Shy FX’s Party On The Moon, Skepta, Skream, Slamboree, Tourist, Wolf Alice and Years & Years.

We are also unveiling our brand new VIP Ticket, which not only gives you fast track entry when you arrive on site but also gives you exclusive access to an all new VIP area that will include a viewing platform with exceptional Main Stage views. The VIP area also has its own cocktail bar, seating and toilet facilities and will host exclusive parties held after the Main Stage closes. A touch of decadence in a Future world, VIP Tickets are limited, so don’t miss out! Hospitality tickets are also now on sale, head to www.bestival.net for more information.

This is just the beginning, we have one more headliner, a host of music and myriad madness and mayhem to unveil. The future really is here. Join us.

Future Information Services: www.Bestival.net, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram /Tumblr

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BESTIVAL TICKET LINKS & INFORMATION:                                                     

www.ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets, 0844 888 4410

2016 EARLY BIRD TICKET PRICES – PHASE 2

Adult Ticket (entry from Thursday or Friday) – £190

Adult Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £299 (more info)

Student Ticket (entry from Thursday or Friday) – £180

(For full-time students only. Valid NUS or ISIC ID required at the box office. No other student ID accepted)

Teen (age 13-17) Ticket – £120

Teen (age 13-17) Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £149.50 (more info)

Child (age 12 & under) Ticket – Free (but you must obtain a ticket)

Child (age 12 & under) Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – Free (more info)

VIP Ticket (Standard Camping) – £295

VIP Ticket (Wild Copse Camping) – £390

Campervan Tickets – £90 (per vehicle) (more info)

Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket – £100 (One car only per caravan/trailer tent, no exceptions – more info)

Advance Car Parking – £15

– All Tickets will incur a booking fee

– There are no Day Tickets

– All Tickets incur a £1 donation to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust* (see below for further info)

WEEKLY PAYMENT PLAN

Bestival’s ground breaking weekly payment plan means you can get yourself a Bestival 2016 ticket for just £5.50 a week! Spreading the cost across 30 weeks, an initial £25 deposit payment (plus booking fees and p&p), followed by 29 weekly payments of around £5, gets you a ticket for the same price as paying in one go.   This offer is only available online from our official ticket partner Ticketline: www.ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets

ISLE OF WIGHT YOUTH TRUST CHARITY DONATION

Once again this year we are adding on a £1 charity donation onto all Bestival tickets. The money raised will go directly to the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust (Reg Charity no. 1087163) to help fund their fantastic work offering counselling and support to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight. The Bestival Foundation is also a proud supporter of the Youth Trust.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BESTIVAL PLEASE CONTACT GET INVOLVED – 020 7604 2944:

NATIONAL PRESS CHLOE MUNTS – chloe@getinvolvedltd.com

REGIONAL PRESS & BROADCAST AIDAN BYRNE – aidan@getinvolvedltd.com
ONLINE & STUDENT: MOLLY DIXON molly@getinvolvedltd.com 

 

The 2016 Acoustic Isle music festival: sounds like a great time to book a short break on the Isle of Wight (February 24 to March 6)

Every short break deserves its own soundtrack.  And from Wednesday February 24 to Sunday March 6 (Mother’s Day), the Isle of Wight will be providing just that, with its Acoustic Isle music festival, aimed at anyone wanting to combine an out-of-season coastal escape with some top quality live music in a wide variety of intimate settings.

The festival itself will feature a host of live performances in a wide variety of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants right across the Island – as a lively local music scene and a vibrant arts community come together under the Acoustic Isle banner to produce an infectious mix of harmonies and rhythmic guitars.

The Island boasts two of the biggest events on the summer calendar in The Isle of Wight Festival which takes place from June 9th-12th in 2016, and Bestival scheduled for September 8th-11th in 2016.  Other music events scheduled for the Isle of Wight in 2016 include Newport Jazz Weekend, a Ukulele Festival and V-Dub Island.

Acoustic Isle gives those festival-goers and many others the chance to come back and enjoy the “unplugged” ambience of the Isle of Wight from the relaxed comfort of a bar stool.  The Island has some fabulous places to stay: a night in Keats Cottage in Shanklin throughout Acoustic Isle, for example, costs £85 per room (if booked directly).  Return car ferry crossing, meanwhile, starts from £64.50 (for two passengers): check out theRed Funnel and Wight Link websites for full details.

For full details, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/acoustic-isle.

-ENDS-

For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight

07766 705672

sue@visitwight.co.uk

Notes to Editors

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwight.org

Wightlink Ferries re-launches award-winning #wightlive campaign for second year

This year spotlight is on Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival

Chance to win VIP tickets for 2016

Join in the #wightlive conversation for a summer of cultural fun on the Island  

9th June 2015.   As the Isle of Wight Festival nears, Wightlink Ferries is once again putting itself at the heart of the Island’s festival heritage with its award winning #wightlive campaign.

To highlight a summer of celebration, great music and festival fun, music fans are being invited to put themselves “centre stage” in exchange for the chance to win a pair of VIP Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival tickets for 2016, including ferry travel with Wightlink.

Festival goers will be encouraged to take photos of themselves and friends enjoying the Isle of Wight Festival and/or Bestival and share the photos on Twitter, Instagram and on Wightlink’s Facebook page. By tagging their pictures #wightlive, posters will automatically enter the VIP competition and be added to the wightlive.co.uk gallery where viewers can vote for their favorite images. The overall winner will be chosen from the Top 10 highest voted photos.

Wightlink Ferries is also asking all festival goers and fans to join in the festival celebrations and conversations by using the hashtag #wightlive as well as the individual festival hashtags. In this way they can join in the festival vibe throughout the summer. Last year festival orgainsers, famous attendees and acts all joined in the hashtag and this is expected to grow in 2015.

The 2014 campaign, run in collaboration with Visit Isle of Wight, resulted in over 2000 competition entries and a 155% increase in Wightlink’s social followers for during the campaign. The winner, Hannah Wilcox who took a picture during the Biffy Clyro set at the Isle of Wight Festival, is returning in 2015 with her Access all Festivals Pass. She has recently blogged her top festival tips on the Wightlife blog.

The success of #wightlive 2014 led to Wightlink and its PR agency Flagship Consulting winning a bronze at the prestigious Travel Marketing Awards and resulted in Wightlink being named the top transport provider in the UK for the campaign at the Social Travel Britain Awards 2015.

David Thornton, Chief Executive of Visit Isle of Wight, commented: “The Isle of Wight boasts a superb range of over 50 festivals including the Festival of the Sea in June and Isle of Fright in October, as well as star-studded events such as the Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival. #wightlive is the perfect way to share photos of “Festival Island”and we hope many visitors as possible are inspired to return and experience it for themselves.”

Adding her support to the #wightlive campaign, Bestival Co-Promoter Ziggy Gilsenan said:“The Island has a huge festival heritage and the Bestival crew is proud to call it home. We’re chuffed to be part of #wightlive and helping festival lovers show the world what makes the Isle of Wight one of the best places to visit and live.” Isle of Wight Festival Promoter John Giddings added: “It’s an incredible honour to provide entertainment for so many people at the festival and #wightlive helps spread the Isle of Wight Festival experience around the world, so we’re delighted to support it.”

Mark Persad, Head of Marketing at Wightlink, said: “By sharing their best Isle of Wight experiences, competition entrants are not only in with a chance of winning an exclusive experience at two of the best festivals in the country, they are helping to raise awareness of the Island’s world class reputation for events via social media. As well as showcasing the Island to international audiences, the competition also supports Visit Isle of Wight in their work with the ultimate aim of boosting the Isle of Wight’s tourism industry.”

For more information and competition entry rules, visit www.wightlive.co.uk

ENDS

For more information about Wightlink Ferries, please contact:

Sophy Norris               01392 248 934            sophy.norris@flagshipconsulting.co.uk Belinda Hallworth        0207 680 7114            belinda.hallworth@flagshipconsulting.co.uk Nadia Fidler                0207 680 7122           nadia.fidler@flagshipconsulting.co.uk

Wightlink – Part of Island Life

Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator carrying almost five million holidaymakers and Islanders across the Solent to the Isle of Wight every year. Nine ferries on three routes provide Island-wide coverage and complete 48,000 sailings a year giving Islanders an easy and frequent service to the mainland, and tourists an accessible way to enjoy a taste of Island life

You can step off the train from London, hop on a Wightlink catamaran and be on the Island in just 22 minutes, the car ferries take around 40 minutes from Portsmouth and Lymington. On board, passengers and drivers alike can relax in the lounges and enjoy some refreshments before arriving on the Island to enjoy the range of attractions, events and experiences that make the Isle of Wight a leading destination for tourists.

The opening of the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey has cut journey times to Portsmouth from Greater London. By contrast, Wightlink’s port at Lymington is reached by an attractive drive through the scenic New Forest.

Prices:

Mainland

Day Return: Car + 7 passengers from £43.75* Short Breaks (2-4 nights): Car + 7 passengers from £54.25**

*Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 and returning 06/05/15.

** Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 returning between 08/05/15 and 10/05/15.

Island Day Return: Car + 7 passengers from £43.75* Short Breaks (2-4 nights): Car + 7 passengers from £54.25**

*Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 and returning 06/05/15.

** Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 returning between 08/05/15 and 10/05/15.

Book Early, Be Flexible, Save Money

More information can be found at www.wightlink.co.uk

 

EVEN MORE ACTS JOIN OUR SUMMER OF LOVE – BESTIVAL 2015

WILEY / SKEPTA / RONI SIZE REPRAZENT (LIVE) / DRENGE / JAGUAR SKILLS / DJ YODA PRESENTS: BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS / KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS / GABRIELLE APLIN / DUB PISTOLS / DINOSAUR PILE-UP / DODGY / KERO KERO BONITO / LLOYD YATES / SEAFRET / XOCKHA / YRSLF 

Plus To Me, To You Behaviour From The Legendary: CHUCKLE BROTHERS 

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#Bestival15 / #SummerofLove

With over 25 stages, revolutionary soundsystems, zombie love-ins, psychedelic woodland adventures, 24-hour free haircuts, and a host of dazzling new attractions, Bestival’s Summer of Love is already looking pretty damn fit. But as ever, we want to get everyone we love involved, including this rather sultry bunch of musical marvels that will have you rockin’ Robin Hill all weekend long this September 10-13.

Love commando Rob da Bank says: “I’m well excited with this new batch of acts we’re announcing tonight. With so many identikit festivals about with similar acts and bills I’m proud that 12 years on we don’t go with the flow. If the indie amazingness of Drenge isn’t your bag then grimy faceslaps from Skepta and Wiley might be, and if you’re insane and don’t like the legendary junglist brilliance of Roni Size and his live Reprazent show then perhaps, just perhaps, you’ll be singing ‘to me, to you, to me, to you’ whilst dancing in a pair of ill-fitting tropical shorts to the Chuckle Brothers. No matter what, there’s plenty more fish in the sea to come, as our Summer of Love really starts to heat up. See you down the front.

Bringing on the love with big fat beats, we’ll have main stage appearances from grime pioneer Wiley, who completely smashed it as our secret guest in 2012, plus the unstoppable skank machine, Dub Pistols.

Dub Pistols legend Barry Ashworth commented: “The Highlight of the year for us will always be playing Bestival, this year we are back on the main stage, it doesn’t get bigger than that, and if that’s not enough you can always catch me spinning tracks and drinking in the Sunday Best Cardboard Record Shop! There’s only one Bestival!

Not quite true, Barry, there are two Bestivals, but we know what you mean! Big love to all our Canadian brethren! More Isle of Wight-based Bestival main stage action will come from cool chanteuse Gabrielle Aplin, sing-along faves Dodgy, and the Isle of Wight’s own Xockha and Yrslf.

Old blue, Bestival’s beloved Big Top will be playing host to some mighty sounds this summer, too, including the much requested return of Joseph Junior Adenuga AKA Skepta and an absolute must-see live set from drum n bass hero Roni Size & Reprazent. We’ll also have recently expanded noiseniks Drenge, our favourite scratch master DJ Yoda Presents: Breakfast of Champions, with his brand new hip-hop band busting up the Big Top live, and then the man himself will be taking on Bollywood for a typically special DJ set, and we’ll have one of the coolest bands ever to grace a festival, Sunday Best favourites, the utterly incomparable Kitty Daisy & Lewis.

Commenting on their latest Bestival appearance, Kitty Daisy & Lewis uttered as one: “We’re so excited to be coming to Bestival again this year, we always have a great time. Sunday Best know how to throw a festival!

The Big Top will also welcome a high-voltage rock assault from Dinosaur Pile-Up, plus sets from Kero Kero Bonito, Lloyd Yates, Seafret and – we’re not sure it’s possible to express quite how excited we are about this – The Chuckle Brothers!Yes, it’ll be history in the making with be-mulleted slapstick to me, to you. CAN. NOT. WAIT.

As if all that wasn’t enough to get you all giddy with joy, he was one of the smash hits acts that started our summer in finest style at Common People, so we’re extremely pleased that turntable ninja, Jaguar Skills, will be joining us to destroy the dancefloor at The Port.

Digital Love: www.Bestival.net / Facebook /  Twitter / Instagram /  Tumblr

#Bestival15 / #SummerofLove

BESTIVAL TICKET LINKS & INFORMATION: 

www.ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets / 0844 888 4410

Adult Ticket £195.00

Student Ticket £185.00

Teen (13-17) Ticket £130.00

Child (12 & under) Ticket Free (BUT you MUST obtain a ticket)

Campervan Ticket £92.50

Adult Wild Copse Ticket £325.00

Teen Wild Copse Ticket £165.00

Caravan £105.00 Car Park £15.00

All Tickets: – will incur a booking fee. – incur a £1 donation to the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust*.

There are no Day Tickets.

Lucky Cat Hospitality Packages are also available.

THE WEEKLY PAYMENT PLAN 

We’re pleased to say that we are offering a 10-week payment plan that allows you to buy an adult ticket for an initial deposit of £25 (plus booking fees) followed by a payment of just over £19 per week over the next 19 weeks.

Only available online via: www.ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets

Once you have signed up to the payment plan, Ticketline will automatically debit your card on a weekly basis. They only accept Visa (credit or debit) or Mastercard for the payment plan.

NB: Booking fees will be charged with your initial transaction.

THE ISLE OF WIGHT YOUTH TRUST CHARITY DONATION 

*This year we are adding on a £1 charity donation onto all Bestival tickets. The money raised will go directly to the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust (Reg Charity no. 1087163) to help fund their fantastic work offering counselling and support to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight. The Bestival Foundation is also a proud supporter of the Youth Trust.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BESTIVAL PLEASE CONTACT 

GET INVOLVED – 020 7604 2944: 

NATIONAL PRESS

CHLOE MUNTS – chloe@getinvolvedltd.com

REGIONAL PRESS & BROADCAST

AIDAN BYRNE – aidan@getinvolvedltd.com

ONLINE & STUDENT:

STEVIE GEDGE stevie@getinvolvedltd.com