The Guardian festival blog: Bestival review – glitter, greatest hits and Instagram-friendly singalongs | Music

Last year’s edition of Rob da Bank’s glitter-heavy weekender – the first in its more prudent, 20,000-capacity form away from the the Isle of Wight – was a far from auspicious start. As well as poor weather and cancellations from the likes of grime star Wiley, there was also the death of 25-year-old Louella Michie, who suffered a drug overdose.

Mark Ronson and Diplo of Silk City.

Mark Ronson and Diplo of Silk City. Photograph: C Brandon/Redferns

As such, Bestival 2018 feels like it’s on the back foot from the outset, a feeling only emphasised when – a week before – sister festival Camp Bestival is beset by torrential rain, forcing organisers to pull its final day. And the opening night has an unpromising air, despite circus-themed props and costumes aplenty, with Mark Ronson and Diplo’s funky new side hustle Silk City – an act who didn’t exist when tickets for the festival went on sale – headlining. Theirs is a glorified DJ set,…


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