The first acts for the 2011 edition of Bestival have been revealed.

The festival’s biggest coup is their securing of the year’s only European live performance from The Cure.

The festival’s founder and figurehead Rob da Bank says: “I’ve spent the last twenty years of my life listening to The Cure and the last five attempting to persuade Robert Smith and the crew to hop on a ferry to our magical Isle. I’m still not sure what we’ve done right but I’m overjoyed that they are coming as Saturday night headliners. Few bands have had such a massive impact on my life (and hairstyles) so I’ll see you down the front!”

The gothic pop legends’ unique brand of anthemic angst will be nicely offset by the sunshine vibes of 68-year-old Beach Boy Brian Wilson, and Primal Scream, who’ll be performing their rave-era masterpiece Screamadelica in its trippy, life-affirming entirety.

Swedish pop icon Robyn will bring her sky-scraping electronic balladry to Bestival, which we’re pretty excited about, and Magnetic Man (Skream, Benga, Artwork) will be on hand to do their stadium-friendly dubstep thing. DJ Shadow, who is expected to release a new album next year, will play live, as will Crystal Castles and the mighty LFO. Diplo, Pantha Du Prince and Syrian superstar Omar Souleyman are the other obvious highlights.

65DaysofStatic are billed as performing a live film score (to what we have no idea at present); Katy B, Carte Blanche, Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, Grandmaster Flash, David Rodigan, 2 Bears, Cranes, Boys Noize, A Trak and Norman Jay complete the first round of confirmed acts.

The acts were announced by Rob da Bank via Twitter this morning. Speaking more generally about Bestival 2011 in a press release, he says:

“This year felt like a landmark year for Bestival. There’s no avoiding the fact that we’ve become a large festival but I still feel we’re more intimate than any of the other shows our size and, crucially, we’re 100% independent. That means we book who we want to book, choose all the food stalls and traders ourselves and listen to our messageboards and fans 365 days a year to make sure we keep Bestival the best.

“Things we’re focussing on for Bestival 2011 are keeping Besti as the place to see new bands, making the campsites much more of a community with better roadways to clear litter and make finding your tent easier, we’re also starting to put stages at the other end of the site so it’s not just one long tunnel of stages. Hope you can make it in 2011!”

Bestival 2011 is set to take place at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight on September 8-11. For more information and tickets, click here.



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