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18th August 2017

Ambient Forest announced for Bestival

Plus the Feast Collective is on hand for all you foodies...

Hidden in the depths of the Lulworth Estate’s verdant canopy of trees, The Ambient Forest is Bestival’s treasure trove of avant-garde amusements and outlandish adventures. An eye-opening thicket of unexpected wonder, there are bounteous attractions to explore. From deeply wonky beats and divining your fortune, to paint-based mayhem or a cuppa and a sing-song, myriad pleasures await you deep in the woods.

“The Ambient Forest has slowly become my favourite afterhours spot at Bestival… freedom to roam under ancient trees, some patches of calm, some moments of madness and the chance to get Lost in the Woods… spot on!”
Rob da Bank

If you wander in among the tress of the Ambient Forest you’re sure to find deep downtempo sound system thrills with an array of cosmic crusaders including Chris Coco, Mixmaster Morris, Pete Gooding and Flying White Dots. 

Voyage further still from one woodland to another, Aespia Festival’s 24hr world of interactive art and escapism will manifest at Bestival. With paints, sponges, glitter and art secrets, all bursting from their tour bus, their mission is to encourage everyone to release their inner artists; to connect and to heal through participation, play and collaboration. In true Aespia spirit, they’ll bring creativity, celebration and - most importantly - colour, through a delicious concoction of installations, paintings, sculptures, performances, music, poetry and workshops. Join the dappled joys of mind-blowing paint parties and cover canvases, trees and even your mates in paint. Enter the giant three-dimensional canvas and explore, adapt and enjoy.


Explore the disco shack hidden in among the trees, and if you’re lucky you’ll discover epic dance destinations, including the gramophone-powered delights of Pig’s Big Record Club and brand-new botanical bar The Frozen Mole; a subterranean gin palace of earthy cocktails and potent tipples with proper tunes fuelling the heads down action. Just remember, if your names not down, you’re not coming in.

Stumble upon stories, conversation and songs over a cup of tea at The Kettle at the Centre of the Universe. One of the friendliest places you’re ever likely to find, entertainment is provided day and night and you’re encouraged to bring what you can to the circle... a song... a story... or a listening ear.

Onwards into the uncharted you might unearth The Crafty Cabin & Crafty Corner our hands-on havens of imagination. Featuring Katie Jones Knit, Lizzie King Tie Dye, New Craft House, Cosmic's Art Space, Warrior Studios Postcards & Flag-Making, Eden Whispers Dream Catchers, Lola’s Junk Jewels, and Peace Signs & Temporary Tattoos with CND, there are almost endless ways to get creative.

Ramble on and uncover the astonishing sights and visions of the Illumaphonium. An interactive installation that unites sound and colour in a truly mind-blowing manner, it’s guaranteed to captivate you for hours. And finally, at the end of the unknown you might just find certainty with a visit to our Tarot Card Readers. The epicentre of wild abandon, extraordinary spectacles and eclectic joys of the Ambient Forest await this September at Bestival.

Continuing their mission to ensure that festival food is delectable, delicious and fantastically nutritious, all served up with lashings of edible excitement, this year’s incredible Feast Collective line-up for Bestival will feature a stellar cast of chefs, artisan food producers and all-round kitchen geniuses.

“We’ve been around the world and back via the Dorset beaches to find the most delicious food the fields can offer for this year’s Feast Collective, from Taiwanese Bao buns made by a Brazilian/French lady duo Le Bao, to banging Vietnamese from new kids on the block Krapow!  There’s new dishes to try, as well as your trusty faves to keep you coming back for more… Plus, the Raclette boys will be keeping the tunes turning over while you chow down to fuel up!”
Feast Collective curator Gemma Thorogood

Le Rac Shack will be this year’s Feast Collective hosts, serving up big beats on the Feast Collective decks and Alpine cheese-covered treats including fries, new potatoes and Toulouse sausage baguettes.

There will be even more lip-smacking, flavour-packing satisfaction from West African dining doyen Zoe's Ghana Kitchen, Asia, Europe and Latin America-inspired British Street Food award winners Le Bao, 'real' South East Asian street dish authority Makatcha, plant-based food evangelists Milgi, amazing fish and seafood innovators Seadog, and fresh, hand-made dumplings, salads, pickles and punchy-punchy sauce slingers, Dorshi.

Plus there will be irresistible Vietnamese street food from Hanoi Kitchen, ultimate fried chicken sandwich purveyors Butchies, authentic and vivacious Thai food specialists Krapow, fresh, traceable and tasty coffees from Firestation Coffee, incredible tasting fresh juices and smoothies, courtesy of Elephant Juice, pop culture pastry types Piecaramba, Scandinavian and British seafood flavours from Shrimpy, outstanding Mediterranean and North African meaty fare accompanied by  homemade exotic sauces and superfood salads from Thoroughly Wild Meat Co, giant sushi wraps from Happy Maki and Arcadian street fodder from The Cauldron. 

The ultimate food lovers’ haven be sure treat yourself to the truly tasty delights of the Feast Collective at Bestival.

The new look Bestival will take place from the 7th to the 10th September 2017 at the Lulworth Estate, Dorset.

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