Following the untimely passing of one of the greatest musicians the world has ever known, Prince super-fans, Rob da Bank and Tayo, will team up for a very special Purple Rave set when Bestival presents The Future at the Bussey Building on 6th May.
Rob da Bank says: “Well where do I start? My all-time hero and musical inspiration went and left the earth quite unexpectedly last week… Me and thousands of Prince fans around the world are still in reeling and the news doesn’t seem to have quite kicked in yet. It seems only right to want to play his music as much as possible… even more than we might normally do, so me and my good mate, and fellow Prince-ophile, Tayo is joining me on the decks bashing out the Purple One’s biggest and best tunes, and possibly some of his hidden treasures and rarities. I hope to see you there!”
Mining their encyclopaedic knowledge of the purple one’s vast back catalogue, Rob and Tayo’s Purple Rave outings have become true events in their own right. Rocking everywhere from Glastonbury to Bestival and beyond, the pair drop a booty shaking array of sing-along anthems, fat floor fillers, the deepest cuts, amazing remixes, cheeky bootlegs, and incredible cover versions to keep the party bouncing all night. A celebration of dance, music, sex, romance, it’s guaranteed to be historic and a fitting tribute to Prince, one of the Bestival family’s biggest influences.
We’re also very pleased to announce that Riton will be joining GotSome, Krywald & Farrer and Nick Gabriel, Siobhan Bell, Poté, Hipster Don’t Dance and Tasty Lopez for our Future focused Bussey’s blowout. Currently riding high on the successes of Rinse and Repeat, one of 2016s biggest club bangers, Riton has a long history of taking crowds to the highest highs, so expect nothing less than dancefloor devastation.
Tickets are flying and you don’t want to miss this, so make sure you head here and grab yours now!
Bestival Presents: The Future
133 Rye Ln,
London SE15 4ST
9pm Till Late
Tickets: £10/£12 + Booking fee
‘Sometimes, sometimes life ain’t always the way. Springtime was always my favourite time of year… A time for lovers holding hands in the rain’
I’m sat round a dining table in a well to do restaurant in Soho at 6pm celebrating the fact that my record label has put out a great record from a fantastic new artist. I’m up from the Isle of Wight for once at the same time as everyone… and we’ve all met up for the first time in a few months, we’ve just ordered our starters and our mate and label A&R honcho Nick, 20 something, good looking cool guy blurts out that Prince is dead … silence..
A dozen Prince fans old and young fall silent round the table. Then the ‘no it’s a hoax’, ‘hold on someone saying its not true’, then…. His publicist has confirmed it. Prince. Is. Dead.
Surreal words that I never even thought id hear. I run..literally..outside onto the sunlit Soho street. Everything looks very normal.
I’m away from my wife Josie the second biggest Prince fan I know (maybe after me and Tayo and my mate Crackers). I call her, me smoking someone’s cigarette that I bum on the way out of the restaurant (I haven’t smoked since I was 19 and I’m 42), she’s in Sainsburys and with our son Merlin who I can hear saying ‘is it the man who you wanted to come to Bestival?’ quite innocently. We’d been trying for the last 12 years.
I remember Glastonbury a couple of years ago. Me and Tayo are doing our Purple Rave Tribute which is part of our ongoing (13 years and counting tribute) and we’ve just delivered our 2 hour homage to the man. Obviously we finished with Purple Rain and just as the mass singalong started the Dj coming on after me asked which USB stick to take out and I took out the wrong one …obviously!.. total silence through the headphones but no matter as everyone is engrossed in the singalong and no-one barely noticed the fuck up. Everyone sings along to the end… standard… as they say these days.
Back in the day by the age of 14 or 15 my entire room was covered in Prince posters and when I left home aged 18 my mum laughed how it took her weeks to take the blu tack off the ceiling… literally weeks. She’ll be sad ..but in a different way. I collected Prince albums, 7 inches, 2 inches and everything else I could about Prince..and I still do. Prince was like a boyfriend, like a girlfriend, really honestly like my best friend at times.
So when I phoned Josie as soon as I heard, stood on a bustling Soho street, people laughing, just out of work, me wanting to shake them and say ‘do you not know Prince is dead…yes PRINCE.’
And they keep going on their missions..
I’m almost home now now.. nearly at my destination. I’m hating the fact that people will have moved onto other news tomorrow and I’ll still be getting to grips with this but mostly though mourning the best songwriter of the 20th century and someone who kept me going through a lot of hard times. Man, Prince is dead, Long Live The King!
Rob da Bank
Shaping the destiny of dance music, our very own rave oasis, Temple Island, has lined-up the heavy hitters to take Bestival into The Future this September in the depths of Robin Hill. Curated in conjunction with Street Team and spanning all flavours of beat behaviour from hip-hop to jungle and almost everything in between, expect a jam-packed weekend of floor spanking brilliance from legendary selectors and the most exciting new DJs with non-stop songs of praise in our church of dance.
Bestival’s own dancefloor destroyer Rob da Bank says: “However hard I try to stay away from the brain-melting mega-rave zone that is Temple Island at Bestival the more I seem to get dragged into the madness. With its unique stepped dancefloor and open air Ibiza vibe it really is one of our best venues at Bestival. Last year it seemed to be a lock out from lunchtime till the wee hours, and this year will be no different with so many amazing names and legends from Goldie and Annie Nightingale to new bloods My Nu Leng and Oneman… oh yeah and I appear to be playing a history of jungle with Aled Jones MCing over the top”.
Temple Island curator and Street Team Director Liam Negus-Fancey says: “It’s another amazing year for Temple Island. Once again Robby & the Bestival ambassadors have put together something incredible… and big up Shadow Child for his fourth Temple Island appearance!”
Undoubtedly one of the weekend’s more off the wall appearances, we’re very pleased to announce that Temple Island will be the place to witness world renowned chorister Aled Jones rocking his chops as the microphone controller, presenting a very special history of jungle & drum n bass with the man like da Bank on the ones and twos. There will also be bass bin pressure from Radio 1’s first lady Annie Nightingale, Croydon’s finest* Artwork*, San Francisco’s fastest rising star Avalon Emerson, Bodhi Presents Roots featuring Axel Boman, Bodhi & Romare, Bade Records co-founders Talk&Smoke and Brothers Black, beat maverick Ed Solo, and Metalheadz don Goldie dropping an old school hip-hop set.
We’ll have more fire from Bristol bass music duo GotSome and deep Greco-Roman action from Joe Goddard, Karma Kid, Lxury and the Greco-Roman Soundsystem. Plus, there will be sets from the Isle of Wight’s Hadda, genre-swerver Hodgson, the on-point and eclectic Icarus, producer and designer Iglooghost, 1Xtra’s RnB queen Jamz Supernova, Juicebox featuring Maribou State, Fono, Joe Hertz & Juicebox DJs and skank master Kiko Bun.
And dropping bombs late into the night Temple Island will be jumping to Mant, garage deity MJ Cole, NTS Radio stalwart, Moxie, and My Nu Leng going back to back with Oneman, with even more deck wrecking from the mighty Shadow Child and Siobhan Bell.
Bestival are very proud to announce that Rob da Bank will be joining Masie Williams and Jamal Edwards, as a judge for Tracks 4 Change, the UK’s first purpose-focused online song-writing competition, which launches today.
Open to 16-22-year-old songwriters, Tracks 4 Change gives undiscovered young talent the opportunity to have their say, by writing a song that expresses their opinion and feelings about what they would like to see change in the world. We are also very proud to announce that the winning song will be performed on the main stage at Bestival.
Founded in order to encourage disenfranchised young people to participate, Tracks 4 Change invites them to have their voices heard, expressing the issues that concern them in a song. The competition will be run through tracks4change.co.uk, with tracks uploaded via YouTube. Voting for the final winner will take place through Twitter, from 1st June 2016.
Commenting on the competition Rob da Bank said: “Young people. You do have a voice. I’m here with Bestival’s backing to help you create something musical that shows society that your generation does care.”
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we’ve unfortunately had to postpone our Disco in the Sky, due to take place at the top of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower this Friday. All tickets will be automatically refunded with our new date being announced very shortly! We’re very sorry for any disappointment caused.
Future dancefloor flavours ahoy! Don’t miss the “Disco in the Sky” this coming Friday 29th April when Bestival and Wyld Events take over the Emirates Spinnaker Tower for some booty shaking headphone high jinx. With spectacular views across the Solent and surrounded by Portsmouth’s eye-catching skyline, expect sky-scraping dancefloor mayhem as two DJs battle it out across two headphone channels as you mix and match your own personal soundtrack.
Throwing down the celestial sounds at the zenith of one of the South Coast’s tallest buildings Bestival’s own lofty leader, Rob da Bank, will flex his silent disco skills hitting the decks alongside a glittering cast of Wyld Events’ resident DJs.
Tickets for this one-off, special event are priced at just £22 (subject to booking fees) and are available from “bestiv.al/discointhesky”. We’re expecting our Disco in the Sky to be a big one so grab your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment!
Don’t Miss Out! Get your tickets now to join us for our silent disco extravaganza, The Disco in the Sky on 29th April – bestiv.al/discointhesky.
Making Bestival the festival to discover new music is a big part of what keeps us buzzing. Finding an incredible new band that could change your life, or that one amazing unknown track that will blow everyone away is something that our intrepid curator Rob da Bank has made his life’s work. With his monumental musical knowledge helping him to sniff out a cornucopia of mysterious gems, Rob’s track record for discovering the next big thing is unparalleled, and the Invaders of the Future stage is Bestival’s cathedral of cutting edge sounds where you’ll find this year’s selection of bright young things who could just be your new favourite band in The Future.
Rob da Bank says: “Yup, we all love a stonking big headliner at Bestival, and huge DJs and bands that have sold millions of records smashing it on our stages, but mostly where you’ll find me across the weekend at Bestival is in our Invaders stage checking out the new bands. Once more we’ve gone mentally diverse from Radio 1 and SXSW darling’s Danny L Harle, Pup and Sunflower Bean through the amazing Eska and a takeover from the hottest label out there, PC Music, to local island talent Born Ina Barn and Xockha. See you down the front!”
Out on a mission to capture your heart and keep your feet moving at the UK’s official Best Major Festival, the Invaders of the Future stage will be bouncing all weekend long to sets from west London’s All This Noise, high-octane punks Asylums, atmospheric four-piece Black Honey, Island b-boys Born Ina Barn, and soulful pop types Clean Cut Kid, with appearance from Coco, Creeper and Danny L Harle.
We’ll also have singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eska, beguiling trio Fatherson, pop outfit Fickle Friends, ultra-vivid chanteuse GIRLI, rock n rollers The Greasy Slicks, the darkly inventive HÆLOS, visceral Spanish indie quartet Hinds and the swirling sounds of The Japanese House.
Getting those in the know all hot under the collar there will be more Invaders of the Future action from the golden voiced JP Cooper, Illinois’s K.Flay, the folk musings of L.A. Salami, hotly-tipped Merseysider Louis Berry, emo four-piece Moose Blood, punk rockers Milk Teeth, hyperreal ultrapop label action from PC Music All Stars and Pinegrove.
Don’t miss the chance to check out Merthyr Tydfil’s Pretty Vicious, Toronto’s PUP, the hypnotic and pulsing Rationale, off-kilter R&B producer Royce Wood Junior, epic indie upstarts The Sherlocks, Mancunian powerhouse Spring King, mesmerising 12-piece Stompy’s Playground and incorrigible ravers Subgiant.
And make sure you catch amazing new music from Brooklyn trio Sunflower Bean, Smugglers co-founder Will Varley, purveyors of surf-doom The Wytches, alt rockers Vant, the Island’s own Xockha and indie three-piece Zibra.
Collecting all our top tips for the future in one mind-blowing stage, head to the Invaders of the Future and discover what fires up Bestival’s soul.