• V Festival and Bestival reveal changes, Tyler creates sell-out Carnival

    Winter is upon us once more but fear not, Mandy News is bringing you some warming news about British summer festivals Bestival and V Festival 2018 along with some other festival stories. 

    31st Oct 2017By James Collins

    Music festival changes
    Virgin and Festival Republic ended their 22-year sponsorship agreement a few days ago, leading many fans to think that the festival would not be taking place next year.

    However, Festival Republic’s Managing Director Melvin Benn told Music Week that both the Staffordshire and Chelmsford events will continue in 2018, although under a different guise.

    Benn announced that the new name for the festival will be revealed in November, adding: “We are looking forward to the new festival now, it’s just something that we are incredibly excited about.”

    The festival will take place over the same bank holiday weekend and is likely to be extended from two to three days.

    One festival that will not be happening on its usual dates is Bestival.

    For 2018 the former Isle of Wight festival, which relocated to The Ludlow Estate for the first time this year, will return to the Dorset site but will be staged from August 2-5, as opposed to its usual September slot.

    Next year's festival will adopt a circus theme with festival owner Rob D Bank declaring: “Yes fellow Bestivalites it’s time to run away and join the Circus, Bestival style!

    “Bearded freaks, insane acrobats, high wire daredevils, mutant jugglers and an out of control ringmaster all eager for you to join the most colourful show on earth await! And what makes this show even more unmissable is we have moved into peak season August style and will be open a month earlier than usual… so what are you waiting for?”

    Tyler, the Successful
    Tyler the Creator just hosted his 6th annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, over the weekend at LA’s USC Exposition Park, US.

    The festival boasted a line up including Tyler himself, Solange, ASAP Rocky, Lana Del Rey and 2 Chains to name just a few.

    The artists treated a predominantly younger audience, of teens and early twenty-somethings, to a weekend of carnival fun.

    Camp Flog offered free water, an abundance of food trucks and phone charging points, meaning the festival was more than capable of dealing with the large numbers the sell-out event attracted.

    Tyler himself addressed the crowd at the end of the set to proclaim: “I look forward to this every year. Everybody’s family in the building.”

    Fyre flop returns?
    Remember Fyre Festival? The self-proclaimed, luxury festival organised by entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, endorsed by celebrities like Kendall Jenner and staged on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma over two weekends in April and May this year.

    Well it may yet have a future. With the lawsuits totalling over £75 million, it seems unlikely the event will ever be staged again, however, Billboard, Mic and Cinemart are now developing a documentary about the failed festival, what went wrong and who was to blame.

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