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Bestival organisers relocating event but say 'committed to supporting the Isle of Wight'

The organisers of the Bestival music festival say they remain committed to supporting the Isle of Wight through music and charity - despite announcing the festival is to leave the island.

Bestival has been held at the Robin Hill Country Park, near Newport, for the last 13 years. Next September it will move to the Lulworth Estate in Dorset - the site of its sister, family-friendly event 'Camp Bestival'. The organisers say they are planning a new event to take place on the Isle of Wight. We spoke to Rob da Bank who runs the festival; and David Thornton from 'Visit Isle of Wight'.

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Music fans say Bestival is best of all

Thousands of music fans are attending Bestival Credit: ITV

Forty thousand people are attending Bestival on the Isle of Wight this weekend.

Bestival is located on The Robin Country park site, and festival-goers are being encouraged to keep the site as clean as possible by recycling what they can.

The festival opened on Thursday 8th September and there will be music from The Cure, Fatboy Slim and Bastille over the weekend.

Fans will have to leave the site by 2pm on Monday 12th September when the clean-up will begin.

Music fans arrive for Bestival

It's the last festival of the summer and the most colourful. Forty thousand people have arrived on the isle of Wight for 'Bestival'.

Some of them chose a slightly unusual way to arrive - swimming across the Solent. Mary Stanley reports.

Teenager charged after 'Bestival scam'

Many fans were left out of pocket Credit: ITV

A teenager has been charged by police investigating the alleged scamming of festival-goers looking to buy tickets to last summer's Bestival.

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

More than 900 people joined a Facebook page titled "Stresstival", with many posters claiming to have been left out of pocket and with no ticket.

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
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