Rob Da Bank’s initial line up has been announced for the utterly lovely, award winning Bestival, and it includes the Pet Shop Boys, who are to headline on the Saturday night of the event.
Other live acts set to appear include Devendra Banhart, The Stranglers, The Fall, King Creosote, Jamie T, Cagedbaby, Kid Creole and The Coconuts, The Young Knives, The Sunshine Underground, Kanda Bongo Man, James Yorkston, Jeremy Warmsley, and the Young Blood Brass Band. DJs on the bill include DJ Marky, DJ Yoda, Annie Mac, Cosmic Fury (Tom Middleton & Fred Deakin), Erol Alkan, DJ Zinc, Justin Robertson, Mary Anne Hobbs, Jazzanova, Chris Coco, The Black Dog, and of course, Rob da Bank. And that’s not the end of it. Oh, no no no: more acts are yet to be announced, including two more headliners.
The Cuban Brothers will be compering on the main stage every day as well as playing tracks from their ‘A -Z’ album, and, following the success of last year’s Guinness World Record breaking event, there’ll be a another fancy dress party, this time with a circus theme.
There are also innovations in the accommodations area – this year you can hire a room in a double decker bus, which sounds fun, or stay in the luxury tented camp created by Mrs Josie Da Bank. But if you don’t actually want to go to bed, there’ll be plenty to keep you occupied overnight, what with the non stop Blue Room Ambient and Electronica Tent, a new 24 Hour Twilight Circus Field featuring a Voodoo Circus Big Top programmed by Rob da Bank and Continental Drifts, the Mad Hatters open mic tent and the now traditional Hidden Disco. And oh, look, I just noticed that there’s going to be a Spiegeltent where you can learn how to dance, instructed by what the PR calls ‘top tutors’. It all sounds so lovely. I hope I can make it.