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New music festival for Southampton

Bestival in full swing Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

A new festival for the region. The organisers of Bestival are to stage Common People on the Bank Holiday weekend of 23 and 24 May on Southampton Common.

The organisers say: "Common People will be a glorious two-day metropolitan festival, uniting all tribes under the Southampton sky, bringing the blithe spirit of Bestival right to the heart of the city."

Thousands of music fans attended the 2014 Bestival at the Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight. This year's headliners were Chic and Nile Rogers, plus Paloma Faith and Basement Jaxx.

More than £20,000 worth of drugs seized at this year's Bestival music festival

Bestival on the Isle of Wight Credit: ITV news

More than twenty thousand pounds worth of drugs were seized at this year's Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight. Overall - crime was down this year compared to last year - with thefts from tents down by nearly a quarter. Forty seven thousand music fans attended the four day event at Robin Hill Country Park.

A total of 248 offences were recorded over the four days, 110 of these were thefts from tents. 62 drugs offences were recorded and 116 drugs related stop checks were carried out. Just over £20,000 worth of drugs were seized over the weekend and £25,000 worth of drugs were given up by festival goers in the amnesty bins at the entrances.

Chief Superintendent Scott Chilton, "The dedicated work of officers involved in the policing operation at Bestival 2014 is evident in these very positive crime figures. In partnership with the event organisers and Isle of Wight Council, we ensured the safety of around 47,000 members of the public onsite. We are also extremely grateful to local residents on the Island for their support and consideration over the festival weekend".

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Bestival finale - Rio recreated on the Isle of Wight

The colourful finale parade Credit: Paul Britton

The Isle of Wight's version of the Rio carnival has taken place on the final day of Bestival.

The music festival ends tonight with a disco finalé from Nile Rodgers and his band Chic.

Fifty thousand music fans have been at the event near Newport this year.

The parade is an annual event Credit: Paul Britton
Hundreds took part in the dazzling parade Credit: Paul Britton
This year's theme is Desert Island Disco Credit: Paul Britton

Thousands of music fans head for Isle of Wight

The Bestival Festival Credit: Meridian

Ferries to the Isle of Wight will be busy this morning as thousands of music fans head for the Isle of Wight to enjoy the Bestival Festival. It's happening as usual at the Robin Hill Country Park site. This year's headliners are Chic and Nile Rogers, plus Paloma Faith and Basement Jaxx. It runs until Sunday.

Paloma Faith and Basement Jaxx sign up for Bestival

Bestival will be held between the 4th-7th September 2014 Credit: Bestival

Paloma Faith, Basement Jaxx and Candi Staton have all been confirmed to be playing at this years Bestival.

They join acts such as Chic, featuring Nile Rodger, Outkast, and Foals and Beck at the event to be held in September at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight.

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Bestival main stage headliner announced

Bestival headliner announced Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

Chic, featuring super producer Nile Rodgers, will close Bestival 2014 in the Sunday night slot. Organisers say they will play a special and exclusive set. The festival runs from 4th-7th September on the Isle of Wight.

For more information on the other acts at Bestival click here.

Shake it like a polaroid picture! OutKast head to Bestival

OutKast will be one of the headlining acts this year at Bestival Credit: Bestival

OutKast have been announced as one of the headlining acts at this years Bestival.

Andre 3000 and Big Boi have reformed to play at the event on the Isle of Wight from 4th-7th September 2014.

The theme for this years festival is also Desert Island Disco.

Three more headliners at the event will be released soon.

To get into the mood and 'shake it like a polaroid picture', click here!

For any more information on Bestival, including tickets, click here.

Bestival coach crash inquiry due to start today

The scene of the crash last September Credit: ITV Meridiian

A public inquiry is due to start today into a coach company after one of its vehicles was involved in a crash on the A3 at Hindhead in which three people were killed. They were heading home from the Bestival on the Isle of Wight, when the vehicle came off the road and hit a tree.

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