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Headliners announced for this year's Bestival

The Cure and Major Lazer have been confirmed as headliners at Bestival Credit: ITV Meridian

New wave rockers The Cure and dance act Major Lazer have been announced as headliners for Bestival.

As well as the Boys Don't Cry singers, other acts added to the line-up for the last major festival of the summer, held in September on the Isle of Wight, include Hot Chip, Animal Collective, Bastille, The Human League, Wolf Alice and Kitty, Daisy and Lewis.

And the event, famous for its fancy dress parade, has announced the future as its theme.

"Prepare yourselves for a Bestival unlike any other with futuristic new stages, and as ever it's a broad church of music from every decade and every genre. Saturday night headliners and one of my favourite bands ever, The Cure, played Bestival five years ago and almost had to be dragged off stage after a three-hour mammoth greatest hits set.

"Robert Smith popped down last year and we shook hands on it all happening again - bring it on."

– Festival organiser Rob da Bank

Bestival and Isle of Wight Festival awards success

Bestival has been named as Best Major Festival in 2015 Credit: ITV Meridian

The Isle of Wight is well-known for its festivals, but now it's been officially recognised at a national awards ceremony.

Bestival has been named as best major festival at this year's UK Festival awards.

The Isle of Wight Festival has picked up Best Headliner and Best Family Festival accolades.

The Isle of Wight Festival has been named Best Headliner and Best Family Festival Credit: ITV Meridian

"Oh crikey, Bestival HQ is in a psychedelic hangover fug today as news sinks in of our win last night at the Festival Awards. To win Best Major Festival in 2015 is testament to our incredibly faithful Bestivalites who come back year in year out, but also the likes of Missy, the Chems and Duran Duran for lighting up the skies, and mostly our tirelessly devoted staff and crew who make it all come together. This awards for all you guys…my mantelpiece is full already!"

– Rob da Bank, co-founder of Bestival


Victims of ticket fraud at Bestival are urged to contact police

Victims of ticket fraud are being urged to contact police Credit: ITV

Police are urging music fans, who are victims of ticket fraud at Bestival, to contact them as soon as possible.

Officers were alerted before Bestival started on 10 September. A number of people from Brighton reported that they paid for tickets, but had not received them.

The investigation is continuing and, so far, police have confirmed there are more than 250 victims.

Police have set up a web page with an online form.

There is also an e-mail address:

More than 150 complaints after Bestival 'ticket fraud'

Many people were left without tickets for Bestival Credit: ITV

More than 150 complaints have been received by police investigating the alleged scamming of festival-goers looking to buy tickets to Bestival.

People complained about being left ticketless after paying to go to the festival on the Isle of Wight earlier this month to see acts including Duran Duran and Missy Elliot.

More than 900 people joined a Facebook page titled "Stresstival", with many posters claiming to have been left out of pocket.


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