Bestival Day 2
Robyn, Spank Rock, Bonde De Role and The Beastie Boys take over the second day on the I.O.W....
"Pirate Motherf***ers" shouts Beastie Boy Mike D as he takes to the stage.
And indeed Saturday was the day of the pirates, superheroes, lobsters, umpa lumpas and every other conceivable fancy dress outfit. There was even a parade to celebrate the audience's expertise in clothing, glitter, wigs and make up.
Musically the day started slowly with Fionn Regan bring his Mercury Prize listed folk nto the mainstage, followed by the genre's political firebrand Billy Bragg.
Spank Rock really got things going later despite a not very hip hop crowd. Proving they're much more than simply a Baltimore rap duo- taking on electro and dnb influences.
As well as tracks from their YoYoYo album- like Rick Rubin- the trio joined by drummers and a second MC play Race Riot On The Dancefloor with it's dubious line "shake yo ass till my dick turns racist."
Bonde De Role- playing in the Big Top are also partial to a bangin' beat or two. The South American group sample Daft Punk, Salt And Pepa and even Summer Dreams from Greece.
Sweden's Robyn also played the second stage running through a pulsating Crash And Burn, new single Handle Me, Bum Like You and ending with her classic Show Me Love and emotional number 1 With Every Heartbeat. We've said it before but the cute star's album is the best pop record in years.
Honourable mentions go to the DJs keeping us going till the morning. Adventures Close To Home killed it in the Vice Tent, Erol Alkan did his well rehearsed electro thing while Coldcut played an AV set in the Solar Powered Cinema at 4am.
Back to Brooklyn's Finest who satisfied everyone of their fans, headlining the main stage. Sabotage and No Sleep Till... Brooklyn kept the rock fans happy, Root Down and Sure Shot nodded at the old skool.
Body Movin, Intergalactic and Triple Trouble were banged out for younger admirers. The Beastie Boys can even turn their hand to funk as evidenced by the new album and Off The Grid played here.
All three MCs are on superb form as is Mix Master Mike cuutting in breaks from M.I.A and DMX. With Ad Rock, MCA and Mike D they're the perfect headliners in every way.