Bestival 2013: Snoop Dogg, Franz Ferdinand, Johnny Marr & The Knife Rock The Boat

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Bestival drew to a close last night (8th Sep) as thousands of revellers - dressed in their finest ocean-themed gear - celebrated the ten year anniversary of the annual fancy dress and performing arts event. Mermaids, Vikings, Tritons, Neptunes, and plenty of Spongebob Squarepants watched rapper-turned-reggae-singer Snoop Lion (formerly Dogg) headline the main stage on Saturday night.

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Snoop: Lion Or Dogg, The Man Has Perfected His Stoner "Act."

As all eyes turned to the red, green and yellow backdrop, everyone wondered if and how the new Snoop - the one who claims to be an incarnation of Bob Marley - would do things differently to the shizzle and bizzle of the 'Smoke Weed Everyday' days. Turns out, things had barely changed. Before the big man himself had emerged onstage his 'hype' crew had already asked the crowd which coast their loyalties lay with and if anyone had smoked weed that day. Lion then sauntered on stage looking as laid back as ever and begins to perform 'Here Comes The King' whilst suspiciously subdued.

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Snoop Covered Katy Perry's 'California Gurls.'

Along with his sultry band of dancers, Snoop would spewed out hit including 'Gin and Juice,' 'Drop It Likes Its Hot,' and his Akon collaboration, 'I Wanna F*ck You.' Welcome surprise moments came when Katy Perry's 'California Gurls' was covered as well as House of Pain's 'Jump Around,' which predictably saw a lot of seashells, sailor hats and paper seaweed bouncing around.

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Franz Ferdinand Made Their Comeback With A Bestival Show.

Snoop wasn't the only performer of the weekend to include mash-ups of another artist: Franz Ferdinand heralded their long-awaited come-back with a stunning, crowd-pleasing show that even included a mash-up of Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love' with 'Can't Stop Feeling.' Dressed in almost identical stripy sailor tops (more like burglars to be honest), the Glaswegian four-piece led by the frontman-turned-food writer Alex Kapranos neatly fitted in choice tracks from their latest album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, such as 'Stand on the Horizon,' alongside the angular art-rock of former hits 'The Dark of the Matinée,' 'Ulysses,' and 'No You Girls.'

Franz Ferdinand
Guard Your Stuff, There's Been A String Of Suspicious Burglaries.

If you'd headed over to the Big Top in time to catch headliners, The Knife, you'd have thought you'd stepped through an underwater portal into a world of strange sounds and otherworldly instruments, with hooded denizens dressed in neon tracksuits and glittering trainers. As most recently seen during their 'Shaking Their Habitual' shows in London, the Swedish brother/sister duo have called on a few friends to help them realise the frenzied beats, unsettling themes and sometimes downright scary vocal effects of their latest record. The crowd were warmed up by a dance instructor telling them to move before The Knife brought their ...Habitual celebration of light, sound and movement to an awestruck crowd.

Johnny Marr
Another Buoy In Sailor Stripes.

If you'd seen Johnny Marr at Glastonbury, you'd know what to expect from his Saturday Bestival slot where Smiths hits including 'How Soon Is Now' were rattled through alongside tracks from his latest solo effort, The Messenger. He even used the same line "This one's for everyone in this tent, no-one outside it," to introduce 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' giving the crowd a special privilege anyone who's ever seen a live act has had. For a festival that has historically devoted a great deal more of its line-up to dance music than most other similar events.

Elton John
Elton Brought Bestival 2013 To A Triumphant Close.

Elton John's Sunday headline slot marked a departure from the electro-dance mindset and signalled the first Elton headline slot for more years than most of the audience could probably remember. The excited roar that greeted 'Tiny Dancer' from the heaving crowd was not only testament to the strength of Elton's seemingly immortal hit but also a sign that the Bestival unit - by this time streaked with blue and green paint, their costumes mashed and muddy in the inclement weather - are ready to welcome the classic pop acts their parents listen to along with the new and innovative sound-makers into their festival schedule.


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