Pendulum to headline Bestival | Young Academic Ultimate Festival Guide

The newest addition to the Young Academic Festival Guide comes in the form of Bestival.  This festival has it all – the location, the artists and even fancy dress!  The three day music festival, held on the Isle of Wight and organised by DJ and record producer Rob da Bank, is sure to be a popular choice this summer for all you music lovers out there!

You might think it’s been a bit quiet on the Bestival front since the super-exciting announcement about The Cure headlining Saturday night at Robin Hill Country Park late last year but rest assured big things have been happening in the Bestival bunker in 2011, with Rob da Bank and crew working around the clock to ensure that this year’s Bestival is going to be a gargantuan party paradise and easily the best yet. With news of the Friday night headliner and a huge wave of new live acts and DJs that will be playing across 15 fun-packed stages in four days, plus news on some very special partnerships, we are about to drop the mother lode for your delectation and there’s still one more headliner and lots more acts to announce.

“An incendiary live act that has consistently laid waste to feverish crowds across the globe, we are hugely excited to announce that Pendulum will be headlining the main stage on Friday night at Bestival 2011.”


Rob da Bank said: ‘My brain literally never stops whirring, thinking and puzzling over who to book for Bestival. The ‘anything goes’ approach seems to have worked so far so I’m proud and pleased to announce Pendulum as Friday  headliner who will smash the hell out of Robin Hill for sure. Just as importantly PJ Harvey will be making her only UK festival appearance of the year at Bestival and then from The Maccabees to Public Enemy, Mogwai to Fatboy Slim and a shedload of up and coming artists its possibly our most out there line up yet… and let’s not forget The Cure headlining Saturday night! Dont be shy, get in there now!’

An incendiary live act that has consistently laid waste to feverish crowds across the globe, we are hugely excited to announce that Pendulum will be headlining the main stage on Friday night at Bestival 2011.  Friends of old, Pendulum know the Bestival score and are all set to knock your socks off once again with a top drawer set of filthy beats, scorching riffs and heavy sub action. With their last album Immersion hitting number 1 in the UK charts and a new and much anticipated record in the works Friday night is destined to go off with a bang!

One of the highlights of Camp Bestival 2009 was undoubtedly PJ Harvey’s spellbinding solo performance, so we are overjoyed that she will be joining the Isle of Wight shindig to play the main stage on Saturday night in a UK Festival exclusive.  With her eighth studio album Let England Shake gaining universal plaudits and a recent Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the NME Awards, PJ Harvey is at the height of her powers so you can expect a seamlessly sublime set. Brighton’s own Maccabees are also due to make the journey across the Solent to join the party with a large dose of the grandiose indie-pop, as previously announced by Rob da Bank on Nemone’s BBC 6 Music show, Public Enemy will be bringing the noise with a hit-packed performance, the recently reformed Big Audio Dynamite featuring the legendary Mick Jones will be demonstrating just how influential their pioneering sound has become, Scottish post-rock behemoth Mogwai, whose recent ‘Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will’ album has seen them in their finest form are going to be mesmerising the main stage crowd and James Blake will be giving out the neo-dubstep crooning.

Multi-award winning chanteuse Kelis will unleash her dance-powered RnB, Noah & The Whale will be showcasing their last night on earth twisted electro-funk will be supplied by Chromeo, Paloma Faith’s surreal theatrics are set to entrance and there will be surf pop aplenty from The Drums.  When it comes to legendary Hi-NRG pop it doesn’t come better than The Village People who will be enticing you to join the navy and hang out at the YMCA, Clare Macguire’s staggering vocals will win over one and all, Jamaican hit-machine Toots & The Maytals will be proving reggae’s got soul, and Patrick Wolf will also be having the time of his life.

The inimitable Fatboy Slim will be making a triumphant return to the Isle of Wight to wield his weapons of choice on the decks for the Bestival crowd. Showcasing their brand new four-decks n FX thrills Groove Armada will present Red Light, BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe will be dropping the knowledge to keep your feet moving, Annie Mac Presents is going to be smashing it for your pleasure once again this year and celebrating his 20th year as BBC Radio 1’s kingpin of dance Bestival’s All Gone Pete Tong. Hi Tek Soul Starring Kevin Saunderson & Derrick May will see the two bona-fide giants of the music scene dropping the sickest Detroit Techno, atmospheric instrumental hip-hop vibes come from DJ Krush, Chicago House love comes from Derrick Carter, dubstep pressure is on hand thanks to Joy Orbison and the much lauded Andrew Weatherall will be taking things long into the night.

Helping to ensure that things are going right off at all hours we’ve teamed up with a series of heavyweight sound systems including Hyperdub who will have sets from Kode 9 & The Spaceape, Joker, King Midas Sound, Nomad, the amazing Rinse FM crew with Skream & Benga, Zinc, Jamie George, Roska, P Money, Numbers featuring Jackmaster & Spencer and Deadboy, the Modular crew who will be unveiling their full line-up soon and the Digital Soundboy Soundsystem feat. Shy FX, Breakage, B. Traits with Donaeo and Youngman & Stamina MC.

With the Sunday night headlinerstill to be announced, literally hundreds of top drawer turns and plenty of crazy fun and games to announce so be sure to keep an eye on the Young Academic Ultimate Festival Guide and for all the latest action.

Ticket Details:

8 – 11 September 2011

Adult Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) – £170

Student Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) – £160 / 0844 888 4410

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