Every year, Bestival manages to put together a huge line-up of brilliant live acts and DJs from the current music scene. Never a disappointing weekend, it’s a huge jumble of brilliant set across the Isle of Wight’s Robin Hill Park. Curated by none other than Josie and Rob Da Bank, it sticks out right at the end of festival season and serves to see you off for another year into the winter months. Make sure you take plenty of snacks and supplies to this one: like Glastonbury, it’s out in the middle of nowhere so it’s miles to go for more food and drink (that’s cheaper than festival prices). However this makes sure that Bestival is a world cut off from society, and a little slice of heaven on Earth. In terms of DJing, the 5 below will set the island alight this year:
1. Hannah Wants
It’s been a huge past 12 months for this girl. Since teaming up with Chris Lorenzo and making the massive ‘Rhymes’, Hannah Wants has been getting high-profile sets across the UK and beyond. After doing major club sets over winter and spring, she has headed into the summer on a festival circuit. She slayed Arcadia at Glastonbury this year, and has sets lined up at Reading & Leeds, SW4, Nass, T in the Park, Creamfields and V Festival. With brilliant production skills and DJing sorcery to match, she’s one to definitely check out over the next few months.
With his huge hit ‘9TS’, Redlight is once again storming the House music scene. Now classed as a veteran of the 120bpm realm, he’s been relentlessly doing shows over the past two years. With a few festival sets tucked away under his belt already this summer, he’s no stranger to how mad we make weekends away in the UK: if anything he’ll just heighten that madness. Expect him to unleash some of his biggest tracks. Who could forget ‘Get Out My Head’ and ‘Lost In Your Love’?
3. Oneman B2B My Nu Leng
Two great artists in the dance scene who are gradually making their way to the top, Oneman boasts some brilliant deep sounds while My Nu Leng pride themselves on a rough and grimey edge. With unique drops across a variety of tempos, they make sure every slot they play is diverse and that the venue is continuously bouncing. If you end up missing out on this set, then why did you bother going to Bestival?
Disciples have quite possibly managed to produce the tune of the summer. ‘They Don’t Know’ is insanely catchy: it encompasses a simplistic bass with a vocal that you can’t not sing along to. You’ve probably already heard this somewhere and loved it, but not known it’s Disciples. They’re a collective who are really on the rise this year, and it’s all thanks to this track. Of course they aren’t just a one trick pony, and their DJing is second to none. Make sure you have a gander once you’re in Robin Hill.
5. Shadow Child
What can I say about Shadow Child. Now a legend in production, he’s done remixes for some top dance artists like Hot Natured, Bodhi, Duke Dumont, AlunaGeorge, and somehow even The 1975. With his own label, Food Music, and a regular slot on the famed Rinse FM radio station, he’s become a huge name in House over the past couple of years. And as if he needed much more: he is a top DJ. He seamlessly blends tracks, and manages to couple together lights and music to work a crowd effortlessly. In a festival setting, your night will be made by this man.
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