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Proceedings have gotten underway for this summer’s Bestival, with the Rob Da Bank-curated event announcing it’s first two headliners today, as well as a host of other big names to play throughout the weekend.
So far London Grammar and M.I.A have been confirmed as toppers of the bill, with the festival set to take place from August 2-5, at Dorset’s Lulworth Estate. M.I.A will close the show, with the Nottingham trio performing the night before. Both performances will be festival exclusives for both bands over the course of summer 2018, and tickets are on sale now.
Jorja Smith- fresh off the back of a breakthrough year in 2017, will headline the Big Top on the first night of the festival. On top of this, Smith was recently confirmed as the Critics Choice for 2018 BRIT Awards.
Elsewhere on the bill, there is the traditional mix of the new and the classic, with fellow musical breakthroughs Mura Masa, Kelela, and Steflon Don taking to the stage over the course of the festival, contrasting nicely with the classics, such as Grace Jones, Chaka Khan, and a DJ set from dance icons Faithless to boot. You can see the full list of performers below.
Castle Stage: London Grammar / M.I.A. / Grace Jones / Plan B / Chaka Khan / Special Guest / Mura Masa / Sundara Karma / Thundercat / Jimmy Cliff / David Rodigan & The Outlook Orchestra / Stefflon Don / Kojey Radical / Dubioza Kolektiv / Gentleman’s Dub Club / Songhoy Blues / The Cuban Brothers / IDLES / This Is the Kit / Chaka Demus & Pliers / OMG! It’s the Church / L.A. Salami / Son of Dave
Big Top: Jorja Smith / Django Django / IAMDDB / Kelela / Mike Skinner & Murkage pres. Tonga: Holy Goof, Donea’o & Jaykae / Mabel / Not3s / Kojo Funds / Charlotte de Witte / Agoria (Live) / Ghetts / Mr Jukes / Casisdead / Lotto Boyzz / Sink the Pink / Phil Taggart pres. Slacker: Ratboy, Shame, Superfood, Black Honey, Confidence Man, Touts & whenyoung / We Are Scientists / Nilüfer Yanya / House Gospel Choir – Frankie Knuckles Special / Hak Baker /Adrian Sherwood / Caravãna Sun / Grace Carter / Mellah / The Correspondents / Kitty, Daisy & Lewis/ Blossom Caladron / Beans on Toast / Dutty Moonshine Band / Digital Love: A Tribute to Daft Punk / London Astrobeat Orchestra Perform Talking Heads / Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana / Park Hotel
HMS Bestival (AKA The Port): Faithless (DJ set) / East 17’s Christmas Party / Jaguar Skills / Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts / So Solid Crew, Wookie & Matt Jam Lamont, Shogun Audio pres. Alix Perez, Technimatic, Pola & Bryson, Glxy & SP:MC & Visionobi / Bez’s Acid House / Stanton Warriors / Big Freedia / DJ Brace / Jodie Harsh & Friends / Kiddy Smile / Savage / Schlachthofbronx / Buttmitzvah