Photos and words by Sam Odumosu.
The evening dawned as Major Lazer gave the crowd the aesthetic and vibe of dance hall and ragga music. Diplo and his crew assembled the audience together, expressing their gratitude for playing to thousands of people at Robin Hill park, and opening up the stage for what our disco lovers have been waiting for all weekend – Nile Rogers. And he sure delivered, filling us with the epitome of feel good music, right through to the funk melodies of his guitar chords and his talented-filled band, CHIC.
Sunday evening was about to go down and everyone knew it – it was to set the style for the precedent of all disco parties to come. But Freak Out and other known melodies were not what made Sunday night a special night for Bestival. A few minutes before Nile Rogers graced the stage with an all white suite and his signature cap – allowing his long locks to flow almost majestically as he graced the stage – Guiness World Record adjudicator Mark McKinley stood with Rob Da Bank (curator of Bestival) and announced the new world record for the biggest disco ball in the world. It measured in at 10.33 meters in diameter as it propelled and hung in the air, and Bestival was filled with a sense that gave Robin Hill Park the its own moon, covered in mirrored panels and pretty lights.
Amongst Chic, Outkast and Foals also headlined, plus an array of relevant musicians ranging from Disclosure, Bassment Jax, Annie Mac, Chase & Status, DJ Yoda, SBTRKT and many, many more.
The 2014 desert disco party also introduced two new stages to Bestival – the Invaders of the Future and the reggae roots stage. Both gave the Wishing Tree field an aspect of Caribbean tint, with hammocks and sand (actual sand as opposed to grass). You sometimes genuinely felt like you were drinking rum and hanging out in Barbados whenever you were at the Reggea Roots stage, and not a single soul complained.
Amongst other stages were the infamous Bollywood setup, hosting the likes of Skream, Medlar and Bicep, plus many other 120 bpm riddims that originated the shuffle skank within. The Port, HMS Castaway Ship also hosted some heavy dance filling acts, including Annie Mac, Chase and Status, Andy C, Dixon, Green Velvet and more.
Amongst the activities on the Saturday were the fancy dress and carnival themed parade that brought the inner sunshine to all of Robin Hill park. Colors, afros and bleached mermaid hair brushed the surface of the fields, making it glaringly apparent there was a great deal of effort put into the costumes for the desert island disco theme.
But now the blues kick in, and I’m not so sure what to do with my days. From waking up to shit stained campsites to a comfy bed, duvet and clean pillows, the improvement (quite ironically) does not bring me a feeling of comfort or content. I wish to be back at Robin Hill park indulging in everything disco and everything out of this realm.
Till next year… Thank You Your Friends House and Bestival