They'll be joined by A Tribe Called Quest and Pet Shop Boys.
The XX have been announced to headline Bestival 2017 alongside A Tribe Called Quest and Pet Shop Boys. The Autumn event returns for its 14th year, but for the very first time it won't be being held at the traditional Isle of Wight venue.
The xx last performed at Bestival in 2012
Having recently released their number one third studio album 'I See You', The xx are returning for their third time at Bestival - and this time they'll finally be headlining. Hip hop collective A Tribe Called Quest will also be playing the main Castle Stage, as well as 80s pop legends Pet Shop Boys.
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Fireworks display at Bestival at Robin Hill Country Park in Newport at Robin Hill, Bestival - Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom - Sunday 13th September 2015
Ned Dylan promoting his CD Launch for D.I.S.C.O - Ned Dylan promotes his CD D.I.S.C.O during Bestival 2015 at Robin Hill, Bestival - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom - Sunday 13th September 2015
The legendary singer is relentless.
Elton John is possibly the busiest person in music right now. He’s recorded a brand new album, and made his first festival appearance in decades at the only festival worthy of his penchant for fancy dress: Bestival. And in-between all of that, he adopted a second child. Want more? Well he nearly died, so there’s that.
Elton John shouting his head off at Bestival.
"I did nine shows, 24 flights and played the White Tie and Tiara Ball [the annual fundraiser for his Elton John Aids Foundation] with Coldplay with a burst appendix. I was so lucky, because usually if it bursts, it causes peritonitis. If that happens, you have to be in hospital within an hour, otherwise you're brown bread,” explained Elton to The Guardian.
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Q: What do you get if you leave 55,000 people on the Isle Of Wight for four days in September?
A: Possibly the messiest weekend of excess on the UK's summer festival calendar.
Having become the official closing party to the summer's festivities that started back in May at Brighton's Great Escape, Rob De Bank's Bestival shindig has developed a life of its own in recent years. Growing to over five times the size of its inaugural 2004 event, Bestival can boast at being one of the few music festivals where the line-up is often secondary in the eyes of many revellers. Described as a "boutique Glastonbury" by some, it's become one of the most prominent names on the calendar, which is testament to its creator and his team of organisers in building and maintaining such a prestigious gathering.
Continue reading: Bestival 2013 - Live Review
Bestival's 'Hello Sailor' themed year was no dry dock.
Bestival drew to a close last night (8th Sep) as thousands of revellers - dressed in their finest ocean-themed gear - celebrated the ten year anniversary of the annual fancy dress and performing arts event. Mermaids, Vikings, Tritons, Neptunes, and plenty of Spongebob Squarepants watched rapper-turned-reggae-singer Snoop Lion (formerly Dogg) headline the main stage on Saturday night.
Snoop: Lion Or Dogg, The Man Has Perfected His Stoner "Act."
As all eyes turned to the red, green and yellow backdrop, everyone wondered if and how the new Snoop - the one who claims to be an incarnation of Bob Marley - would do things differently to the shizzle and bizzle of the 'Smoke Weed Everyday' days. Turns out, things had barely changed. Before the big man himself had emerged onstage his 'hype' crew had already asked the crowd which coast their loyalties lay with and if anyone had smoked weed that day. Lion then sauntered on stage looking as laid back as ever and begins to perform 'Here Comes The King' whilst suspiciously subdued.
By and large, the third day of Bestival was a rousing success.
Snoop Dogg and Franz Ferdinand dominated Saturday at Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Festival goers enjoyed a rare bit of sunshine yesterday (September 7) and Snoop Dogg performed a set, featuring some of his biggest hits to a backdrop of his own face (because of course he did.)
Snoop's new persona isn't exactly a hit with fans.
For anyone that's never been to Bestival and is yet to be persuaded about making the thirty-five minute boat trip over the English Channel, you really are missing out. Take the best bits of Glastonbury, combine it with the refined subtlety of Latitude, add a dash of Primavera's near flawless bookings and you're somewhere in the right vicinity. Rob Da Bank's annually curated event, now in its ninth year, can once again raise a toast to being arguably the UK's finest gathering of its kind. After all, where else would you find stages ranging from the ragga and hardcore themed Bollywood through to one exclusively featuring live Polka acts as well as your traditional Main Stage and its impressive list of headline acts? Then there are sights such as the giant Arcadia spider, Rave Police, Lost Picture Show plus the themed fancy dress on Saturday which was this year incorporating any and every form of wildlife. Although still seen by some as a boutique festival, probably due to the lack of corporate sponsorship and the eclectic nature of its line-up, Bestival now plays host to 55,000 happy revellers, regularly selling out all of its full ticket allocation in advance every year, something many of its competitors - both large and small - fail to achieve. This year being no different, it would be fair to say Da Bank and his team once again pushed the boat out as far as booking the bill is concerned. Several UK exclusives (Stevie Wonder, Sigur Ros, General Levy) and long established greats (New Order, Adam Ant, Sister Sledge, Earth Wind & Fire) vied for attention with present day chart toppers (Florence, Emeli Sande, Rizzle Kicks) and hot tips for the future (Jessie Ware, Palma Violets, Charli XCX) meaning many annoying clashes are inevitable. But then, being spoilt for choice is the sign of a great festival, right? Right.
Continue reading: Bestival - 2012 Isle Of Wight, 6-10th September Live Review 2012
As the 2011 festival season draws to a close, there's one event outstanding that seems to attract punters far and wide every year since it was first established back in 2004. Bestival, the brainchild of celebrated Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank, may have started out as an experimental gathering of musical diversity back then. However its growth from 10,000 people in its first year to 55,000 in 2010 speaks volumes for its reputation as one of the most forward-thinking, and generally friendliest festivals of its kind anywhere in Europe.
Continue reading: Bestival, 2011 Preview
With the rise of the 'boutique' festival in recent years - think the vegan and marijuana corners of Glastonbury - it was inevitable one would grow to corner the market, swallowing all those in its wake. And with safety concerns losing Suffolk's Latitude Festival its family-friendly reputation, its Isle of Wight contemporary is left to set the standards.
Continue reading: Bestival, 2010 Live Review
September's second weekend sees the unofficial end of the festival season, with the Rob Da Bank-curated Bestival taking over the Isle of Wight for four days and nights. Roxy Music, The Prodigy and Dizzee Rascal head up a line-up that features the best of Da Bank's Radio 1 show.
Continue reading: Bestival, 2010 Preview