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Thursday 31 July 2014

Bestival fans enjoy sunny weekend

Florence And The Machine were among the headliners at Bestival

More than 50,000 revellers have enjoyed a weekend of music and sunshine at the last major festival of the summer headlined by Florence And The Machine, New Order and Stevie Wonder.

Revellers at the Bestival event on the Isle of Wight donned their fancy dress for the famed carnival parade which took the theme of wildlife.

The sell-out event at Robin Hill Country Park is the first UK festival to be streamed live on YouTube.

The first headliner of the weekend was Florence And The Machine. Lead singer Florence Welch gave an energetic performance ending with popular favourite Dog Days Are Over.

She spoke of how she felt honoured to be headlining the event and thanked Bestival curator and Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank for his support from the start of the group's career.

Their set followed an atmospheric show by The xx, who gave their only festival appearance of the year. Hotly-tipped Alt-J also attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to their performance on one of the smaller stages.

Other acts included Sister Sledge, De La Soul and the Earth, Wind and Fire Experience on the main stage, with Beardyman packing out the Big Top.

The headline act for Saturday night was New Order, who played a lively set including crowd-favourite Blue Monday. They ended with a rendition of Love Will Tear Us Apart Again from the band's previous incarnation of Joy Division.

The final act of the night was Stevie Wonder who followed Bat For Lashes and Sigur Ros, who both performed a selection of their anthemic and unique tunes.

Stevie played a crowd-pleasing set including hits I Just Called to Say I Love You, Superstition and Happy Birthday. His show was followed by a firework display to conclude the event.

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