On Saturday evening I doused myself in blood, ripped some indecreet holes in my fishnets and threw on the nearest bodice that I could find… all to become a murdered hoe for Bestival’s Halloween Epic: Rave v Hoedown. My lame efforts fell short as my blood kept on peeling off, but the efforts of others astounded me. Who knew people over 21 still enjoyed dressing up? Someone whispers into my ear: “WHAAAAAAAT?! Best dressed wins a pair of tickets to Bestival 2013.” Why didn’t anybody tell me?
That must be why I came across Beetle Juice, Spongebob Square Pants, Corpse Bride’s, Scouts, Mimes and my absolute favourite, Jedward twins (they had their mannerisms down to a tee). Knowing that my aweful attemps would get me nowhere I dived into Room 1 to rave the night away – firstly to DJ Zinc who donned a werewolf mask and was joined by a Rinse FM host who got the room hyped whist freaking me out in a zombie monster mask. Zinc entertained old and young with old skool 80′s dance tunes like Baby D’s ‘Let Me Be Your Fantasy’, ’90′s bangers like The Fugee’s ‘Ready Or Not’, and ’00′s tunes such as Shy Fx’s ‘Shake Your Body,’ then there was a sprinkling of Jungle and drum ’n’ bass.
How much more do you need to keep those hands pumping? Not much more but if you weren’t one for fist pumping and instead fancied a wee jig similar to the Cotton Eye Joe type of dance, then Room 2 was just what you needed. The Moulettes had us hooked with their folk wizadry and I equally enjoyed their eccentric style that incorporated looks of Florence Welch, a Hungarian waitress and a zombified Lana Del Rey, whilst the boyo’s in the background kept it casual in dead periodic attire, we somehow don’t think these looks are just for Halloween and we like that.
I was joined on the night by my dead bunny friend Corall who praised the Moulettes for making her think of the film Titanic, after we felt like dancing around barefoot and playing accordians and fiddles (I could never do that because I’m musically challenged when it comes to playing intruments.)
If the thought of dressing up, discovering new acts like I did (Sombrero Sound System & Kidnap Kid) excites you then you’ll more than likely want to get on your broomsticks to the land known as Isle of Wight, to one of the greatest and most fantastical festivals I’ve come across - that’s Bestival of course.
We hope that everyone else had a great time at Bestival’s Halloween Epic: Rave v Hoedown and enjoyed that extra hour of partying.
Written by ::: Vanessa Carby
Twitter ::: @Oi_CARBY