Bestival 2017

Festival guide

Though it famously used to take place on the Isle of Wight, this year sees everyone's favourite boutique festival taking a trip to the Lulworth Estate in Dorset, from September 7th to 10th. Whether you're into hip hop heavyweights like Tribe, pop geniuses like Pet Shop Boys, or the more alternative end of the musical spectrum, here's our pick of the line-up.

Top picks

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    Stefflon Don

    It feels like everyone in the music world is talking about Stefflon Don right now: if you don't know, get to know. The London MC makes a uniquely boisterous blend of seething UK rap, humid dancehall and smooth R&B, the result of which will make you want to dutty wine like it's carnival season all over again. Given she's got collaborations with the likes of French Montana and Lil Yachty already under her belt, we'd recommend you get to this to catch the Next Big Thing before she properly takes off.

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    Loyle Carner

    The sweetest thing to come out of British rap in quite some time, South Londoner Loyle Carner (real name Benjamin Coyle-Larner) is without a doubt the UK's finest current hip hop export, with a grasp on gentle but richly emotive storytelling like no other. His debut album Yesterday's Gone - out earlier this year - boasts strikingly candid, confessional rap, full of intimate tales about his family and his romances over melodic production. Believe the hype: Loyle Carner is doing something beautiful, and his set should be special.

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    Let's Eat Grandma

    The concept of two teenage girls from Norwich making odd experimental music under the name "Let's Eat Grandma" is a bit spooky: but this is exactly the strange charm of Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, Their debut album, last year's I, Gemini, involved jarring but enticing genre-hopping across each track: slow, ambient swathes of organ into sudden bursts of sugary rap. This pair are the definition of "weird and wonderful", and while their take on pop might never take them into the mainstream, we highly recommend you check out what's sure to be a memorable show.

Big names

Don't miss

More from the line-up

  • Little Dragon

    Interview

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    It’s a blurry, slick, fantasy ride: sometimes light, sometimes dark; sometimes up, sometimes down…

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  • Sinkane

    Interview

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    Even though times are tough you can still be positive.

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  • Pet Shop Boys

    Interview

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    I can’t wait to perform ‘Inner Sanctum’. We might even start the show with it. It’s so uncompromisingly dance, and euphoric.

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