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Bestival curators respond to downsizing and rumours it will end

Bestival curators respond to downsizing and rumours it will end

Following observations from punters at this year's Bestival that the event had downsized, the festival's organisers have responded to reports the festival may be ending.

There were fewer bars, the stages were smaller and the lay-out was changed. Something that Rob Da Bank puts down to "more competition, a wobby economy etc."

"Bestival was obviously a slightly different beast this year," the statement reads. "Festival land has changed a lot, more competition, a wobbly economy etc., and for whatever reason many festivals have not sold as well. We did 40,000 [15,000 under its usual capacity] which resulted in a more compact boutique vibe and back to our roots but by my [Rob da Bank] own high standards sound and tent spec was not always what we would have wanted it to be - we can assure anyone coming back in 2017 that this will be rectified.

"As far as the festival market goes we can’t dictate what will happen but we can promise that Bestival will be back to its very high standards next year and we will continue to listen to you and use that feedback to improve every year."

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