WIN! Tickets and travel to Bestival

Superstar names like Elton John, Snoop Dogg, M.I.A., Franz Ferdinand, Flaming Lips, Belle and Sebastian and more are all performing at Bestival this summer - and YOU could be there too.
WIN! Tickets and ferry travel to Bestival 2013WIN! Tickets and ferry travel to Bestival 2013
WIN! Tickets and ferry travel to Bestival 2013

The Isle of Wight bash celebrates its 10th birthday this year, and to celebrate we’ve teamed up with Bestival and ferry providers Wightlink to offer YOU the chance to be there.

Commenting on his Sunday night Bestival 2013 headline slot, Elton John said: “I haven’t played any of the major festivals in the UK in recent years, so when the opportunity to play Bestival came up I was very interested.”

“I’ve heard that the Bestival audience comes in fancy dress and I can’t wait to see that - they must all look amazing from the stage. At various times I have worn enormous feathered head-dresses, cloaks, hot pants, jumpsuits, clown suits, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, French maid, The Eiffel Tower and The Statue Of Liberty onstage! Wearing fancy dress makes us all feel less inhibited, so I think it’s a great way to enjoy live music.”

Elton John is among the acts set to play at this years picturesque Bestival 2013Elton John is among the acts set to play at this years picturesque Bestival 2013
Elton John is among the acts set to play at this years picturesque Bestival 2013

He continued: “2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ album, so you can expect to hear several tracks from that album. My shows always involve audience participation, singing and dancing, so make sure there is plenty of room for movement inside those fancy dress costumes!”

Bestival organiser and superstar DJ Rob da Bank said he wass prous and excited about what Bestival 2013 will bring.

“So here we are - our tenth birthday,” he said. “Like a small child proudly entering double figures, but here’s Bestival - still wearing ill-fitting shorts and running about with grazed knees, giggling in the sunlight. Happy days!”

Rob went on: “After 10 years of running our beloved festival, Bestival is still as psychedelically wondrous to us as the September day in 2004 when we first threw open the gates. 2013 will be a vintage year. No increase in capacity, but more land, a raft of exciting changes around the site (including some great new spaces) and all dressed and made up in Bestival’s signature style.”

Rob added: “Band and DJ-wise we’ve cast our net far and wide… As ever, Bestival 2013 will be a magical mix of the old and the new, the vintage and classic, all rubbing shoulders with the ultra-modern and leftfield. From one of the biggest selling artists of all time (and certainly the best at fancy dress), Elton John, through the party blazing hip-hop of Snoop Dogg and amazing rare shows from the likes of The Knife, to the newest of the new bands and acts that I’m so excited about like Jagwar Mar, Merchandise and Cashmere Cat plus literally the finest selection of house and techno DJs we’ve ever had - from Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox to Besti stalwarts Erol Alkan and Annie Mac - this will be our best Bestival yet, so don’t miss out!”

Reviewing last year’s event, Standard Reporter Andrew Trendell said: “For a comparatively small festival, Bestival’s sense of occasion and spectacle really can’t be beat. Within the festival’s grounds in the beautiful rolling Isle of Wight hills you’ll find the weird and wonderful sites of the psychedelic tents, the roller disco and Swamp Shack built into a spooky lake, a burlesque tea room, a Bollywood rave tent and a whole lot more.”

Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent operator to the Isle of Wight and offers a regular shuttle service to and from the Island on three routes. Car ferries operate between Portsmouth to Fishbourne and Lymington to Yarmouth and a foot passenger catamaran service runs between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Pier Head.

Wightlink offers a range of ferry-inclusive packages to Bestival. To find out more about the Bestival packages available from Wightlink, see

Bestival takes place on Robin Hill County Park, Isle of Wight from 5th - 8th September. For the latest information and the staggering line-up in full visit

Tickets are £180 - £190 and are available by visiting or calling 0844 888 4410.

To WIN a pair of Bestival tickets with two return car ferry tickets (each valid for a car and four people ), just answer this simple question: Q) Where in the UK does Bestival take place?

Send your answer along with your name and daytime telephone number to: Bestival competition, 21-27 Ryton Street, Worksop, S80 2AY or email [email protected].

Entries should arrive by March 30th.

Normal Guardian competition rules apply.


The competition is open to UK residents only, except employees of Johnston Press, Wightlink, Bestival and their affiliated companies, families, agents or anyone connected with this promotion.

Only one entry per household. Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and non-refundable. No cash alternative is available.

The winner will be notified in writing as soon as possible after the closing date.

The winner must agree to travel 5 – 8 September 2013. The prize is subject to availability.

Supplements, upgrades, travel insurance and other incidentals are not included.

Wightlink will not be liable for any failure of receipt of entries or any lost or damaged entries.

Entries will not be acknowledged or returned and the judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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