By Abby (@dressupshowup)
With the Rocks stage decked out with inflatables and bunting, it can only have meant one thing – the HMS Bestival was in town. On the agenda was fancy dress, props and an easy-going, be-ready-for-anything festival vibe (without the mud).
Rob Da Bank lets his music do the talking. The man at the helm of Bestival knows a thing or two about how to get a crowd going, and he used that to his advantage last night, spinning a set of eclectic tunes that defied musical boundaries – from rock’n’roll to garage to jungle – he covered all bases and had the crowd happily swaying along for the duration.
Shy FX came on stage and, expectedly, cranked things up a notch. He lulled everyone into a false sense of ease by initially coming out on a reggae tip, but it wasn’t long before he could resist a big, pumping tune. Ms Dynamite, Gyptian and a relentless ambush of d’n’b classics made up his set – by the time he left the stage the crowd had been whipped into a skanking, sweaty frenzy. Hair was stuck to faces and feet were moving of their own accord – they were ready for more.
Then it was time for the mixing maestro that is Jaguar Skills to take control. The genre-busting masked master took the crowd on a journey through music, from 90s house classics to garage to current classics-in-the-making, with one theme being concurrent throughout – these tunes were designed to make you dance. He mercilessly bombarded the crowd, allowing just enough time to get them jumping around like maniacs before switching it up for the next track. It was a night of frenzied, unstoppable fun that left you wishing there was more diversity like this on offer in Ibiza. All aboard the HMS Bestival! Let’s never get off.