The lineup is rammed with obvious highlights, with Hinds, The Cure, PC Music All Stars, Glass Animals, Petite Meller, Glass Animals, Royce Wood Junior, Haelos, Crystal Fighters, Izzy Bizu, Skepta, Wolf Alice, and many, many more teasing our senses, but look a little deeper and there's gold to be found. Here are 10 of the best you need to catch.


New Jersey's Pinegrove have been causing quite the stir at Camp Best Fit - their thrilling End Of The Road show (their full band debut in the UK) last week was full of humour and laid-back lo-fi. If you like your indie with a smattering of country motifs and emo emotion, be sure to visit Pinegrove.

Catch Pinegrove Saturday 10 September on the Invaders Of The Future stage from 12:50pm.

Aldous RH

Formerly the vocalist and lyricist of Egyptian Hip Hop, Alexander Aldous Robinson Hewett now plies his trade as a blue-eyed soul man - get ready for some seriously smooth synth-funk.

Catch Aldous RH Sunday 11 September at the Jägerhaus from 19:30pm.

Strong Asian Mothers

Packed with furious energy and muscular beats, Strong Asian Mothers are a surefire way to get the party started - they've made waves for an incendiary live show which is not-quite-a-gig-but-not-quite-a-club-night... it's an unpigeonholeable inferno of electronic music and stellar visuals. Perfect for Bestival, then.

Catch Strong Asian Mothers Thursday 8 September on the Invaders Of The Future stage from 19:50pm.

Loyle Carner

Cerebral modern hip-hop with a jazz bent and intense themes and magnetic rhymes. Loyle Carner is a prodigous talent, eschewing trends and forging his own striking path. There's a reason he's one of our five Ones To Watch for 2016 (well, there's actually lots of reasons).

Catch Loyle Carner Friday 9 September at The Big Top from 21:30pm.

Aidan Knight

Canadian troubadour Aidan Knight, a mainstay in certain local scenes (he's worked with Dan Mangan, Hannah Georgas, We Are The City, and more), makes glorious experimental folk in a band called Aidan Knight. Exciting and surprising.

Catch Aidan Knight Thursday 8 September on the Invaders Of The Future stage from 16:50pm.

Bestival 2016 takes place at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle Of Wight 8-11 September. Limited weekend and day tickets are still available.

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