Bestival 2012 is looking ridiculously fun

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With a near-mythical reputation and an amazing setting on the Isle Of Wight in the English Channel, Bestival gets our envy going every year. In 2012, the festival’s boss Rob Da Bank is going all-out on the line-up and it’s shaping up to be one of the best.

The Bestival spirit is more about having a crazed, costumed four-day party than seeing all the biggest acts in the world, but as the festival keeps growing (attendance is now around 55,000), so does the star power. Which explains this year’s headliner: the mighty Stevie Wonder in a very rare festival appearance. “He’s an iconic act and there were a lot of hoops to jump through, but we’re dead chuffed to get him,” Rob Da Bank told NME.

The rest of the line-up is geared towards extreme fun (heaps more acts are still to come). There are tried-and-true live acts like Soulwax, Hot Chip, Friendly Fires, Orbital and Major Lazer alongside the xx, New Order and Sigur Ros, plus all sorts of late-night dance music goodness. The DJs range from Four Tet and Caribou back-to-back, 2manydjs, The Gaslamp Killer, Blawan, Maya Jane Coles, Greg Wilson and many more. Marvel at the full list below. Bestival 2012 takes over the Isle Of Wight on 6-9 September.

Here are 25 other festivals making us jealous.

Stevie Wonder
New Order
The xx
Sigur Rós
Justice
Two Door Cinema Club
Hot Chip
Soulwax
Friendly Fires
Death In Vegas
Django Django
Daughter
Drums of Death
Zulu Winter
Nero
Emeli Sandé
Orbital
Warpaint
De La Soul
Major Lazer
Sister Sledge
The Horrors
Spiritualized
Kevin Saunderson feat. Inner City Live
Gary Numan
Michael Kiwanuka
Azealia Banks
Sub Focus
Gallows
Doom
Earth Wind & Fire Experience Feat Al Mckay
Rizzle Kicks
The Cuban Brothers
Buraka Som Sistema
Bellowhead
Little Dragon
Gold Panda
Adam Ant & The Good The Mad and The Lovely Posse
Lianne La Havas
King Khan And The Shrines
Delilah
Friends
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
First Aid Kit
King Krule
Ane Brun
Chas & Dave
Dub Pistols
The Japanese Popstars
Charli XCX
Jaipur Kawa Brass Band
Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard
Slagsmålsklubben
Field Music
Jaipur Kawa Circus
Jinja Safari
Church of Love & Ruin
Frankie Rose
Milagres
Three Bonzos and a Piano
Liz Green
Gabrielle Aplin
Prince Fatty
Fiction
2:54
Turbowolf
This Is The Kit
Ghost Outfit

DJ SETS FROM ROB DA BANK AND FRIENDS:

2manydjs
Annie Mac Presents
Four Tet + Caribou (b2b DJ)
2 Bears
David Rodigan MBE presents RAM JAM
Dirtybird showcase feat. Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin & Eats Everything
Doctor P
Pearson Sound
Borgore
Flux Pavilion
Max Cooper
Gemini
Pangaea
Pariah
Billy Daniel Bunter
Trolley Snatcha
Thundercat
The Gaslamp Killer
Teebs
Lapalux
Jeremiah Jae
DJ Kutmah
Blawan
KOAN Sound
Warm & Electric Minds
François Kevorkian
DJ Yoda
Maya Jane Coles
Scuba
LTJ Bukem
Plastician
Greg Wilson
Scratch Perverts
Giles Smith & James Priestley (secretsundaze)
Oneman b2b Jackmaster
Camo & Krooked
Jaguar Skills & His Amazing Friends
Mosca
Ben UFO
PBR Streetgang
DJ Shepdog
Shellac Collective
DJ Charge… Plus many more still to be announced