Fancy dress parade at Bestival

Florence and the Machine delighted the crowds at Bestival on Friday night

Florence and the Machine delighted the crowds at Bestival on Friday night

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Thousands of revellers have put on their fancy dress as the sun shines down on the Bestival music event.

Revellers dressed up in a myriad of costumes from giraffes and monkeys to earwigs and jellyfish for the event's famed fancy dress parade, which this year had the theme of wildlife.

The last and one of the quirkiest major UK music festivals of the season got into full swing on Friday with a headline set by 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.

More than 50,000 music lovers have headed to Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight for the four-day event headlined by New Order on Saturday and concluded by Stevie Wonder on Sunday.

On the main stage, the Earth, Wind and Fire Experience got the crowd dancing before Two Door Cinema Club got the audience singing along to their guitar pop hits.

The headline act for the night was New Order who played an energetic 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.

Bernard Sumner said: "We are going to end with a song to end all festival sets." During the song images of Ian Curtis and Joy Division were projected on to the on-stage screen.

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