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Review: Bestival 2015 – A weekend not to be forgotten

Lianne Le Havas smashed the main stage on Saturday night as she performed a number of tracks from her new album ‘Blood’. She threw out songs like ‘Midnight’ and ‘Tokyo’ and her latest single
‘Unstoppable’, which the crowd went crazy for. Whilst playing her guitar, Le Havas effortlessly showed off her powerful voice. She declared her gratitude to the fans throughout the entire
performance and thanked them for their continuous support. As well as an incredible talent, Le Havas appears to be a genuine, down to earth woman who lives to sing and we can’t wait to see
what happens next for her.

Big Narstie performed late afternoon in the Bollywood Tent on Saturday and to say it was crazy is an understatement. Throughout his performance, the crowd formed a huge mosh pit and raved to all the hits that the people love. He definitely brought a big of south-London to the Isle of Wight. Stormzy was definitely a highlight of the weekend. South-east-London rapper played two sets at Bestival but his 15 minute set at The Bollywood Tent for Shy FX’s ‘Party on the Moon’ was hyped. He performed tracks like ‘Know Me From’ and ‘Shut Up’ with the crowd often finishing the lyrics before he did. Stormzy’s newest single ‘WickedSkengMan4’ has just dropped so be sure to buy it and support the movement. Big things ahead.

Moving away from grime, Duke Dumont’s set at The Big Top on Saturday night provided all of the house heads with just the right set list. The tent was so packed that fans were waiting outside in the rain just to be part of the experience. Even The Chuckle Brothers made a special guest appearance during song ‘Need U 100%’.

Then, as predicted, Missy Elliot shut down the Main Stage with her finale on Sunday night. It was a nostalgic throwback to the 90’s as Elliot took the crowd through her old hits like ‘I’m Really Hot’ right up to her more recent bodies of work such as ‘Work It’, ‘Pass That Dutch’, ‘1, 2, Step’, ‘Lose Control’ and ‘Get Ur Freak On’. It was only right that Elliot paid a special tribute to Aaliyah and performed ‘For My People’ with photos of the late singer on every screen on the stage. Highlighting her musical genius, Elliot brought out her newest prodigy, rapper Sharaya J who performed her latest single whilst Missy made an outfit change. After her performance, there was a huge firework display which we felt ended the festival on a high.

Congratulations to Rob Da Bank who, once again, made Bestival 2015 a weekend not to be forgotten.



Bestival 2015 returned to the Isle of Wight for three days of music. Live performance from UK's hottest artists, it was a weekend not to be forgotten.

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About Lauren Dye

Lauren Dye
I graduated from the University of Roehampton with a degree in English Literature but my real love is for music. Some of my goals in life include being able to dance like Beyoncé, to be able to rap like Drake, to be able to sing like Frank Ocean and to be as cool as Jay-Z... I was always told to aim high. I am also passionate about fashion, travelling the world, good food, great friends and sarcasm.

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