HTF headed over to the Isle Of Wight for one of the years most eccentric festivals, Bestival! With this year hosting a Desert Island Disco theme, were we getting our John Travolta dance moves out, or leaving the dance floor? Check out huge review of this years acts below!
Friday 5th September
Bad Rabbits – 4.5/5
Arguably the biggest surprise of the weekend was a band from Boston who have been slowly, but consistently, building support in the UK over the past 6 years or so. If you have never heard of the Bad Rabbits then just imagine The Roots but with a cheeky grin and a bit more rhythm and blues. Even though they may be a lesser known band, and were given the Friday afternoon spot, they still managed to fill The Big Top tent to half capacity and then absolutely light up the place. They achieved this with unbelievable energy and pulsating crowd interaction. With a drummer who killed it from start to finish, even though he may have gone a bit over the top at times, and a lead singer who was built to sing R&B lyrics, and who gave everything to his crowd, it resulted in a perfect festival performance.
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Lethal Bizzle – 3/5
Lethal Bizzle was this Friday’s “To Be Announced” artist and got the crowd going at just 3pm. A man not to be messed with, he jumped around the stage in his official ‘Stay Dench’ attire, fist pumping the whole time. The set was a good mix of old and new and even a few covers including House Of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ and the ever-famous ‘Harlem Shake’ where he got the whole crowd on the floor until the drop, and everyone went crazy. And just when you thought it was over, Bizzle comes roaring back with ‘Pow’ and finishes an all round entertaining set with a rendition of Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’.
Disclosure – 4/5
Disclosure definitely lived up to expectations tonight. With a set full of hits including, ‘When A Fire Starts To Burn’, ‘You & Me’ and ‘White Noise’, their iconic face flashed around the backdrop of the main stage, along with psychedelic visuals, only adding to the unearthly atmosphere they had created. Closing with ‘Latch’, they introduced Sam Smith to the stage, his soul complimenting their flawless mixing and topping off their set with a bang.
Eats Everything – 3/5
A house set in the day is always a winner and Daniel Pearce aka Eats Everything on the BBC Introducing Stage really got it going. Clearly enjoying himself just as much as the crowd, we were treated to a whole host of funky house tunes and todays set showed he is a true performer as well as DJ. Overall, he gave everyone a really fun time.
Outkast – 5/5
Outkast, well what can we say; I think we speak for many when we say that their performances filled a long-standing void. With Andre 3000 taking to the stage in a blonde wig, sunglasses and an all in one suit the duo proceeded to tear up the festival in style. With Andre singing into the microphone, “Caroline”, the crowd lit up as ‘Roses’ made the hype well and truly deserved. With the addition of performing a stream of hits from their ‘The Love Below’ album including ‘She Lives In My Lap’, they gave a flawless performance all round.