A bozo's guide to Bestival

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Predictably, it looks as though its going to chuck it down this weekend, and predictably the impending downpour neatly coincides with one of the most hotly anticipated festivals of the season - and one to which this Esquire staffer currently has tickets.

We're sure there will be plenty of you out there currently enduring the same battle of wills - forcing yourself to feel positive about the imminent washout - but with one of the best line-ups on this year's circuit, a stunning setting on the Isle of Wight's Robin Hill and a fiercely independent outlook ensure that this year's Bestival - whatever the weather - will maintain it's super-festival standing.

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So, in a bid to get everyone in the mood, we've picked out our highlights from the line-up.

1. Aeroplane

This production duo from Belgium are enjoying an extended moment in the spotlight, with their debut album due for imminent release, a meaty media following thanks to brilliant first single "We Can't Fly" and a coveted headline spot at Bestival - we can't wait.

2. Wild Beasts

We featured the lads from Kendal in our October issue bands portfolio and we've been enthralled ever since (though Hayden's falsetto vocals had us from the get go) we're unsure how the boys' ethereal sounds will lend themselves to a festival mainstage, but we'll be cheering them on nonetheless.

3. The XX

East London's hottest black-clad duo were awarded the Mercury Music Prize on Wednesday, and for good reason. Their eponymous debut album received unprecedented critical acclaim, but again - we'll be interested to see how they deal with the baying crowds of Bestival. Particularly if they're sodden.

4. Fever Ray

Fever Ray, otherwise known as The Knife, otherwise known as Karin Dreijer Andersson, is Scandinavia's hottest property since the swan-clad one. Best known for the original "Heartbeats", which she created under the guise of The Knife and later covered by fellow Scandi Jose Gonzales, Fever Ray's cover of Peter Gabriel's "Mercy Street" is sure to get welly-clad feet tapping.

5. LCD Soundsystem

As if he needs any introduction, the hairy musical monster that is James Murphy will be taking to the stage as LCD Soundsystem this weekend, and will - without doubt - set the standard for the entire festival. Do. Not. Miss.

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