• Re-live the Bestival good times on YouTube

    • 18 September 2012
    • POSTED BY Duncan

    Check our ace Bestival highlights film (above) and then head to our YouTube page where you’ll find a total of 93 songs from a host of brilliant Main Stage and Big Top acts from our weekend of glorious music and fun times.

    The current top ten most viewed tracks are:

    01. The xx – Angels (87,938)
    02. Adam Ant – Prince Charming (50,680)
    03. The xx – Tides (26,761)
    04. Delilah – Breathe (21,060)
    05. Flux Pavilion – Louder (20,591)
    06. Florence + the Machine – Shake It Out (20,395)
    07. Flux Pavilion (18,838)
    08. Ane Brun – Undertow (15,507)
    09. Adam Ant – Stand & Deliver (15,099)
    10. Gary Numan – Metal (11,118)

    There’s a lot more stuff to discover on the page than the top ten tracks though and just a little bit of digging can turn up some real treats. After enjoying all the acts he couldn’t see at the time Rob da Bank put together his own personal top tracks which are (in no particular order):

    Valerie June – Working Woman
    Skinny Lister – Wild as the Wind Blows
    Bat For Lashes – Laura
    De La Soul – A Roller Skating Jam named ‘Saturdays’
    Fake Bush – Wuthering Heights
    The Other Tribe – Businessman on Diazepam
    Disclosure feat Jessie Ware – Running
    Sister Sledge – Lost in Music
    Florence + the Machine – Dog Days Are Over
    The Cuban Brothers – Mike 4 President
    First Aid Kit – Emmylou
    Little Dragon – Little Man

    And that still only scratches the surface of all the brilliant Bestival performances that are up at youtube.com/bestival

    The performances will be available for the next 90 days so catch them while you can.

    And while you are there please hit the subscribe button (top left) to ensure you’re the first to know when we add new videos and tag our favourites.

  • Bike To Bestival 2012

    • 18 September 2012
    • POSTED BY Duncan
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    This year’s scorchingly hot, stunningly fine Bestival wasn’t just notable for wall-to-wall sunshine and an improbably delicious line-up of topper bands… It also marked the first-ever Bike to Bestival – a hardy band of 40 cyclists who’d decided to eke out their Bestival experience by a few days and pedal all the way from London to the Isle of Wight – and raise a huge amount of cash for Cancer Research UK in the process.

    As organiser Warren Howard, who organised the ride with Dominic Ball and Sophie Ariss, explains…

    We pushed off on the Tuesday before the festival from the delightful surroundings of Lambeth Palace (massive thanks to the folks there) and made our way out of the Smoke, taking in the glories of Richmond Park, the cool riverside paths of the Thames and – naturally – a good chunk of the Olympic road-race route, where Wiggins, Cavendish and Co had somehow been denied gold a month or so earlier.

    Fifty miles in, the B2B peloton stopped off at the (appropriately monikered) Mellow Farm campsite just south of Farnham, Surrey, for a barbecue, beers (never more deserved) – and a good old “Kum Ba Yah”-ish sing-song around the campfire in preparation for the group’s starring slot on the Big Top stage on Thursday afternoon.

    A tough ride on Wednesday (who put those hills there?) nevertheless brought us triumphantly sailing in to Southampton – and then sailing out of it, across the Solent, bathed in sunshine, to the Waverley Park campsite on the Isle of Wight for a pre-Bestival knees-up. The Waverley bar also had the distinct privilege, that night, of witnessing the (stunning) live debut of the B2B band…

    A short(ish) cycle the next morning took us to the Bestival site – and the small matter of summoning up whatever energy we had left to haul our guitars, ukuleles, melodicas and banjoleles (don’t ask) on Bestival’s Big Top stage to bash out (all 40 of us) a short set of classic singalongs to a baying crowd of, ooh, tens of people. We opened for Alabama Shakes and Hot Chip and no one – no one – can ever take that away from us. So don’t try.

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      Bike To Bestival open the Big Top at Bestival

    It was a huge honour to be involved in the organising of this – and a real delight to get to know the disparate gang who came together as a group of strangers on bikes, and wound up as firm friends.

    We were also delighted to have on the trip a lovely bunch from The Times, there to film us as we went along – and to raise awareness of their brilliant Cities Fit for Cycling campaign, an initiative dedicated to making sure that cycling, wherever you choose to do it, is a safe and joyful pursuit.


    So look out for us next year – and if you’ve got the legs and the heart for it, sign up for Bike to Bestival 2013; surely the only proper way to get to the Isle of Wight.

    And in the meantime, why not (please!) add to our growing fund in aid of Cancer Research UK. We’re aiming for £10,000 – and blimey, we’re almost there..!

    Go on, help to push the Bike To Bestival Team over the finishing line here:

    Or if you know an individual Bike to Bestival rider you can sponsor them individually here: justgiving.com/teams/BiketoBestival2012

    Also, BIG thanks to VELECO ethical cyclewear for providing the riders with organic Fair Trade t-shirts and cycling caps.

  • Just one day left to help WaterAid’s Big Dig bring clean water to Malawi

    • 17 September 2012
    • POSTED BY Duncan
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    Thank you Bestival! Hundreds of you visited the WaterAid tent in the Grassy Hill and supported their Big Dig appeal to bring to bring clean water and sanitation to some of the poorest communities in Malawi.

    Did you get have your photo taken? Get your nails done? Have you seen the photos? Look here and share your photos – spread the love! All this will help to boost the campaign.

    Last week, the drilling of new boreholes in the villages of Bokola and Kaniche brought the communities clean, safe water for the first time – just watch this film to see how the community celebrates!

    Along with new latrines and hygiene education, which has been carried out throughout the summer, the new boreholes will save and transform lives.

    Bokola and Kaniche are just the tip of the iceberg. The UK public responded with phenomenal generosity to the appeal throughout the summer, and with the UK Government matching all donations pound for pound from the aid budget over £2 million was raised – enough to help WaterAid change hundreds of thousands of lives in communities across Malawi.

    There is just one day left to make a donation to The Big Dig, as the UK Government will match all donations made before midnight 18th September – to donate or find out more go to thebigdig.org

  • Coach Crash

    • 11 September 2012
    • POSTED BY Rob da Bank

    I just wanted to personally send my condolences and heartfelt sorrow to the families and friends of everyone affected by the coach crash after Bestival. Myself, Josie, John, Ziggy, Ben and the whole Bestival family and production team are devastated that this has happened at the end of what was hopefully a joyous weekend of music and fun for most and leaves a shadow over all of us. Bestival is a festival that thrives on positive music and good vibes so this has been a terrible shock. We’re in constant touch with Surrey Police and are assisting in any way we can. Rob da Bank

  • Timetable changes - updated

    • 6 September 2012
    • POSTED BY Duncan
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    Sadly Azealia Banks has cancelled :(
    Jessie Ware is now on at 17:30 today in the Big Top
    Disclosure are now on at 18:55 today in the Big Top
    Please tell your friends and spread da word! x

    Wiley (Big Top Saturday 12.45)
    Secret Surprise Guest (Psychedelic Worm Sunday 13.15)

    Soulwax (now in Big Top Friday 18.10)
    Flux Pavilion (now on Main Stage 17.45)
    Arlissa (now Big Top Friday at 13.30)
    In Motion (now in Psychedelic Worm Thursday 18.00)
    The Sessions (now in Reply with Rob da Bank Friday 11.30)
    Alexander Nut (Arcadia Saturday 20.00)
    Eats Everything (Arcadia Saturday 18.30)
    Justin Robertson (no longer in Arcadia on Thursday)

    Frank Ocean
    Forest Swords
    The Correspondents
    Frankie Rose
    Ruby Wax

  • Don't miss The Knees Up!

    • 3 September 2012
    • POSTED BY Duncan
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    The Knees Up Tent is brought to you by the original Music Hall Time-Travelling All-Singing Troupe of Idiots Underbling & Vow, and brings to you a gin and tea fuelled pop mash up through the space-time continuum… in the Wishing Tree Field.

    A mild cock-up has meant their timings didn’t make it into the programme… but fear not, you can find them here instead. DON’T MISS!

    20:00 – DJ Monkey Stomp Blues
    22:00 – Globoloco’s World Street Party

    DJ Monkey Stomp Blues (playing throughout the day)
    14:00 – Lorraine Bowen Singing Workshop
    14:45 – DJ Monkey Stomp Blues
    15:00 – Des O’Connor
    15:15 – Rajesh the Bollywood Lounge Singer
    16:00 – DJ Tony Higgins
    16:30 – Lorraine Bowen Experience
    17:30 – DJ Monkey Stomp Blues
    18:00 – Anil Desai’s Night at the Movies
    19:00 – DJ Monkey Stomp Blues
    19:30 – Underbling & Vow
    20:30 – DJ Monkey Stomp Blues
    21:00 – Bourgeois & Maurice
    22:00 – Rude Grrl Cabaret
    04:00 – CLOSE

    14:00 – Lorraine Bowen Singing Workshop
    14:45 – DJ Monkey Stomp Blues
    15:00 – Bunty
    16:00 – DJ Monkey Stomp Blues
    16:30 – Lorraine Bowen Experience
    17:30 – DJ Monkey Stomp Blues
    18:00 – Des O’Connor
    18.15 – Rajesh the Bollywood Lounge Singer
    19:00 – DJ Big Ron
    19:30 – Underbling & Vow
    20:30 – DJ Big Ron
    21:00 – I’m Just Happy / Too Many T’s
    21:30 – Anil Desai’s Night at the Movies
    22:30 – I’m Just Happy / Too Many T’s
    23:00 – Globoloco’s World Street Party
    04:00 – CLOSE

    14:00 – Lorraine Bowen Singing Workshop
    14:45 – DJ Monkey Stomp Blues
    15:15 – Bunty
    16:15 – DJ Monkey Stomp Blues
    16:45 – Lorraine Bowen Experience
    17:45 – DJ Monkey Stomp Blues
    18:00 – Ida Barr
    19:15 – I’m Just Happy / Too Many T’s
    19:45 – DJ Monkey Stomp Blues
    20:00 – Bourgeois & Maurice
    21:00 – Rude Grrl Cabaret
    03:00 – CLOSE