Following its successful relocation to Dorset in 2017, Bestival’s promoter has announced plans to hold the festival one month earlier from 2018.

Rob da Bank, Bestival founder, said: “We don’t like to rest on our laurels at Bestival HQ so after moving location last year we’re now moving date due to popular demand! So many people from students to doctors and nurses and parents of school age kids have always thought we were too late in the season so we decided 2018 would be a good time to make the move and we’re now proud owners of an early August weekend. So, all the same colour, magic and madness but four weeks earlier!”

Having established itself in a new location on the Lulworth Estate this year, the Bestival team is responding to customer feedback and an application to hold the event over the first weekend of August has been submitted to Purbeck Council.

Subject to licence, Bestival 2018 will take place from August 2-5.

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