• IOW Christmas Toy Appeal

    • 16 November 2012
    • POSTED BY Bruce
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    “Living on the Island and having young children myself, this Appeal is very close to my heart. It’s heartbreaking that some babies and young people may not get any Christmas presents this year, so I hope that some of you can possibly buy an extra present this year and drop it at one of the locations around the Island.”
    Rob da Bank

    In a fantastic new initiative, powered by Bestival and supported by IOW Radio & IOW County Press, we’re inviting the Isle of Wight community over the next few weeks to seriously brighten up Christmas for hundreds of less fortunate children living locally on the Isle of Wight.

    There are many children living on the Isle of Wight who, for a variety of reasons, might be considered less fortunate (such as young carers, the sick, and those living in poverty).

    The IOW Christmas Toy Appeal believes that every child deserves to feel special at Christmas. We are working closely with the Isle of Wight Council and local charities to ensure that your donations will reach the children who need them most.

    Islanders are being invited to drop-off a new unwrapped toy or gift to the IOW Christmas Toy Appeal (open from 19th November – 14th December) at one of the many official drop-off points dotted right across the Island. The IOW Christmas Toy Appeal volunteers will then wrap all gifts and distribute them amongst those less fortunate this Christmas.

    Please note that any gifts must be new and unwrapped (and please don’t forget to include batteries if your gift requires them!) and suitable for ages 0-16. As this will be the only gift received by many of these children, organisers do suggest that a price range of between £10-£20 would be appropriate wherever possible please although this is only a guide and any gift is appreciated.

    For more info on the appeal, or to find out where your nearest drop-off point on the Isle Of Wight is (or how to pop your donated toy in the post to the appeal) visit the website here: www.christmastoyappeal.org

    Also find the appeal on Facebook and follow on Twitter

  • Bestival Blades Of Glory! Skating Party Sat 17th Nov

    • 31 October 2012
    • POSTED BY Bruce
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    As part of Club Nights, the late night live soundtrack to Skate at Somerset House, we are inviting London’s party people to join us for a rare Bestival bonanza on ice on Saturday 17th November!

    DJs: Rob da Bank / dan le sac / Tythe

    Tickets available online at www.somersethouse.org.uk/skate (£17 per skating session)

    Join the Facebook Event Page here

    Party-goers will be able to mooch about at the bar, feeling suave, drinking fine cocktails and comparing skating techniques, before they hit the ice and show off their fine skating prowess, framed by the stunning Georgian backdrop of Somerset House.

    Providing the ideal tunes for the occasion, Rob da Bank will be bringing along not just his own record bag, but also two of the latest signings to his Sunday Best label, dan le sac and Tythe, to accompany him on the decks; a veritable triumvirate of excellence, to befit a palace of such splendour!

    But it wouldn’t be a Bestival party without a bit of colour, dazzle and spandex, so da Bank is laying down the gauntlet to you skaters to come dressed in your very finest skating attire. In his own words: “We’re always up for something a bit different at Bestival HQ so love the idea of a skate party complete with fluoro leggings and lycra balaclavas… Oh yes! We’re gonna be painting the ice psychedelic colours by the end of the night.”

    Think Torvil and Dean do Vegas; think Tonya Harding does Disney Land, think Blades of Glory! We’re talking onesies, lycra, sequins, tassels, wigs… you get the picture. And for those of you who don’t fancy a skate, you can simply rock up in your most flashy Après-Ski attire and soak up the atmosphere rink-side from the comfort of Tom’s Skate Lounge, if you wish!

    Skating sessions available at:
    22:30 – 23:30 – Rob da Bank [DJ Set]
    21:15 – 22:15 – dan le sac [DJ Set] [SOLD OUT]
    20:00 – 21:00 – Tythe [DJ Set] [SOLD OUT]

    NB. Tickets are priced at £17 per session. Sessions do sell out quickly too, so please book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment!

    Saturday, 17 November 2012
    8:00pm – 11:30am
    Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7845 4600

  • Bestival Halloween Epic: Rave vs Hoedown! Sat 27th Oct

    • 10 October 2012
    • POSTED BY Bruce
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    Sunday Best are heading south of the river once again to host a Bestival Halloween Epic at their favourite warehouse venue, the Bussey Building, in Peckham on Saturday 27th October.

    DJ sets from:
    DJ Zinc / Rob da Bank B2B Tayo [Old Skool Jungle set] / Sombrero Sound System / Tythe

    Live music from:
    Shades of Rhythm [Live PA] / Cut A Shine [Hoedown Collective] / Moulettes

    Tickets on sale now

    Join the Facebook event page here

    For his third ever Bussey party, Bestival’s Rob da Bank is keeping things as eclectic as ever, whilst always guaranteeing a night of ecstatic dancing, in a smouldering line-up to warm up even the creepiest of nights… It’s a Rave vs Hoedown spectacular.

    LATEST UPDATE: The best dressed male and best dressed female on the night will both win a pair of tickets each to Bestival 2013! Get thinking of those Halloween costumes peeps : )

    ROOM 1: RAVE! First to join da Bank for a stint on the decks are Sunday Best / Bestival resident DJs Sombrero Sound System, playing unabashed party heaters to get you hot under the collar.

    Next up is hotly tipped newcomer Kidnap Kid whose heartwarming high-tech sounds are going to make your hairs stand on end.

    Followed by one of the Godfathers of Bass music, DJ Zinc. A set from the man behind classics like ‘Super Sharp Shooter’, ‘138 Trek’ of course 2010’s massive collaboration with Ms Dynamite, ‘Wile Out’, is the perfect antidote for the oncoming winter sniffles, as he turns up the heat on the dancefloor and watches Peckham’s undead lose the plot.

    Then bonafide stalwarts of the 80s/90s Rave scene, Shades of Rhythm, pick up the mantle and perform a live PA. Let’s hope they bring some of their finest underground & chart-topping moments of the past along for the ride, à la ‘_Frequency_’, ‘_Sweet Sensation_’ and ‘_Sound of Eden_’!

    Finally, to round things off nicely, we have a last minute addition to the line-up, and it’s an extraordinary belter from downtown! It’s Rob da Bank playing back-to-back with long-term Bestival stalwart Tayo in a soaring Old Skool Jungle rinsathon. Hoorah!

    ROOM 2: HOEDOWN! Upstairs it’s a Halloween with a twist; a barnstorming marathon hosted by Bestival’s favourite hoedown collective Cut A Shine (pictured above). Bringing their distinctive brand of infectious ditties and dancefloor mayhem to the underworld, with live acts playing everything from Bluegrass to Punkabilly and beyond, and maybe even throwing some of their own ‘Hoe-step’ and ‘BarnCore’ in the mix too, there’s no way you won’t find yourself caught up in the Cut a Shine melee at one point or another.

    Aside from the Cut a Shine live band, there’s also an appearance from DJ Penny Metal, whose eccentric record collection spans the globe, paying special attention to Balkan music and Gypsy freak-out tunes, and ensuring maximum chaotic fun on the dancefloor.

    Next up, Moulettes are coming to town, bringing their virtuosic blend of Fantasy, Fairytale and Folk to the stage, with a stirring live show.

    Then, in the wee small hours when things start getting really weird, a DJ set from new Sunday Best signing Tythe will brighten up the corners…

    Tickets: £8 (early bird) / £10 / £12

    Tickets on sale now

    Facebook event page here

  • The Bestival Bugle - download for free!

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    Stubbornly un-revamped and resplendent in glorious monochrome, the Bestival Bugle again gave 7,000 early (ahem) risers its inimitable take on matters onsite each day at Bestival 2012.

    But if you were otherwise engaged while the Bugle paperpeeps were being rapidly relieved of their burden, fear not, because an incredibly complicated hard-copy-to-electrical-witchcraft conversion process has been employed to make this year’s Bugle available exclusively here, digitally, online and all that.

    You can download all three editions below, and even print your own copies if you like. (Collectors note, original editions of the Bugle are printed on recycled paper with a 0.1% gold content, and so will retain their value on eBay in years to come).

    2012 – Friday // Saturday // Sunday

    All previous editions are also available to download for free as PDFs by clicking the links below:
    2005 – Friday // Saturday // Sunday
    2006 – Friday // Saturday // Sunday
    2007 – Friday // Saturday // Sunday
    2008 – Friday // Saturday // Sunday
    2009 – Friday // Saturday // Sunday
    2010 – Friday // Saturday // Sunday
    2011 – Friday // Saturday // Sunday

  • Vote Bestival in the UK Festival Awards!

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      Team Bestival

    Here at Bestival HQ we’re still buzzing from an incredible summer and have you all to thank for helping make them the best parties we’ve ever had. Sadly the festival season is now over and the awards season is here already, so we’d like to ask a huge favour from you. Voting for the UK Festival Awards is now open and we need your votes.

    “Hey beautiful people of Bestival and Camp Bestival thanks so much for coming to our shows this year…and thank the lord for non-stop sunshine at both…right, now it’s payback time, vote for us and I’ll give you a hug at the festival…go on!” Rob da Bank

    So, if you and your family had amazing fun and frolics at Camp Bestival with Hot Chip, Saturday Night Fever shenanigans, Happy Monday, Mr Tumble, The Gruffalo and so much more, please vote for us in the Best Family Festival and Best Medium-Sized Festival categories.

    And if you had a wild time partying into the night at Bestival with the likes of Florence + The Machine, New Order, Stevie Wonder, The xx, Friendly Fires, Orbital and loads more, then we’d be honoured if you’d vote for us in the Best Major Festival and Best Dance Event categories.

    We’re also mightily pleased that legendary hit maker and Bestival 2012 closing headliner, Stevie Wonder, has been nominated in the Best Headline Performance category. If you were there you’ll know it was a momentous occasion and an amazing set, so if you could vote for Stevie Wonder too, we’d be much obliged.

    Our entire team puts in a huge effort all year round to make sure everyone has the best time possible at both Camp Bestival and Bestival and it really would mean a lot to us if you took a few minutes to head over to the UK Festival Awards’ voting page and vote for us!

    Thank you!

  • Oxfam's 'Grow' Food Power campaign at Bestival

    • 19 September 2012
    • POSTED BY Duncan

    At Bestival this year you may have gone into the Oxfam Festival shop to buy your festival best, or asked a friendly Oxfam steward which way the Psychedelic Worm tent was, but those Oxfam people in pink t shirts? What were they all about?

    The Oxfam Campaigns team jumped at the chance to come back to Bestival to talk to Bestival goers about their Food Power as part of their GROW food campaign. Food Power is the power we all have to make decisions about food to help make it fairer for all the people involved. We’re all part of the global system of food – so thinking about what we buy, where its grown, how much we pay for it and where it’s bought from can change the way food is done, and make it fairer for everyone involved across the world.

    At Bestival this year we wanted to celebrate what’s already happening in the UK to make food fairer and ideas shone out as brightly as the sun did over the weekend – some of you wanted to share the importance of buying Fair Trade coffee, others gave us ace recipes for using up leftovers and reducing food waste, and some talked about supporting small scale farmers both here in the UK and across the world. The Wildlife fancy dress added a whole other dimension – from a group (herd/flock?) of zebras talking about the benefits of vegetarianism (not just to protect their own kind I’m sure), to a family of assorted wildlife asking why people hate wonky carrots.

    So check out the photos on Facebook here and share those ideas you like best – so more people use their Food Power to make food a fairer thing globally.