Bestival set to move away from Isle of Wight

Organisers of Bestival have announced plans for the festival to move away from the Isle of Wight for the first time in its 13-year history.

Event creator Rob da Bank has applied for permission to hold next year's event at Lulworth Castle in Dorset - the site used for sister festival Camp Bestival.

Purbeck Council have now begun a 28-day consultation period.

Rob da Bank said: "Hot off the press - yes, Bestival is moving!

Kano performs on stage during Bestival 2016. Credit: PA

"We can confirm we have submitted a licence application for a new site at the Lulworth Estate in Dorset and we're super excited about our shiny new Bestival adventure.

"We have an incredible line-up, headliners confirmed and ridiculous new stages and installations coming your way in 2017."

At the end of the 2016 event, Rob da Bank suggested a change was coming. He said: "As ever, we're digesting all your feedback and noting all down... We listen to all the good and bad and it's ranged from the best weekend of your lives, to some mixed responses for lots of reasons!

The firework finale above Lolworth Castle at Camp Besitval 2016. Credit: PA

"By my own high standards, sound and tent spec was not always what we would have wanted it to be - we can assure anyone coming back in 2017, this will be rectified."

Dave Grindle, operations director of event production company Loud Sound, said: "Taking Bestival to a new site is an exciting undertaking for everybody involved.

"The extensive knowledge we've gained of the site and the surrounding area over the past decade will help us deliver two unique events while minimising any disturbance to local residents."