Bestival Brings You Soundsystem Pressure
23 August 2013
POSTED BY Bruce
As our 10th Birthday Spectacular draws ever closer this coming September 5th-8th, we’re spreading even more love across over 20 stages in 10 fields of wonderment, filled with non-stop parties and 24 hour escapism. It may be Notting Hill Carnival this weekend but if you’re after the greatest congregation of rib-rattling rigs outside of West London then we’ve got just what you’re looking for. Helping us to celebrate a decade of dancing on our very own Wight isle, we’re bringing some truly heavyweight Soundsystem pressure to the Isle of Wight. Plus we have news of some amazing news acts, Club Dada additions and the full line-ups for Pig’s Big Ballroom and the Disco Shed, so make sure you “grab the last few remaining tickets”/tickets because they’re flying out the door and we’re on course to sell out very soon. Don’t miss out!
Rob da Bank: “Two weeks to go faithful Bestivalites and I can’t wait! As you might have guessed, I’m rather fond of a dirty great big soundsystem, so I’m extremely excited to welcome the Digital Soundboy, Swamp and Trojan Sound System crews to our 10th birthday shindig, keep an eye out for me bogling down the front. And don’t miss out on all the crazy goings on in Club Dada and Pig’s Big Ballroom, you won’t be disappointed!”
Joining our super-colossal birthday line-up, we have three more full-fat soundsystems to announce who will be ripping up Robin Hill’s dancefloor’s including the incredible Digital Soundboy featuring the mercurial talents of their founder and Jungle pioneer Shy FX, plus the not inconsiderable dancefloor spanking abilities of B.Traits, genre-swerving bass soldier Breakage, and sets from Dismantle, Stamina, LX One and Juma.
Celebrating its 15th Anniversary, Red Bull Music Academy is set to return to Bestival this September with its strongest line-up yet! And they’ve got us chomping at the bit for some huge sine wave action from Swamp featuring Swamp 81 kingpin Loefah, the raw, machine music mayhem of Boddika, bass fusionist Pinch and off-kilter beat purveyor Mickey Pearce. Plus they’ll have Klose One stepping up to rain down the beats and Chunky on hand with the MCing action.
And Red Bull Music Academy aren’t stopping there, we’re ecstatic to announce they are also bringing the mighty Trojan Sound System who will do what they do best, blessing the dancehall with some proper jammin’ and thundering bass courtesy of hortical selectors Earl Gateshead, Daddy Ad, Superfour, Chucky Bantan and Jah Buck.
We also have a litany of booty shaking new acts to announce who will be helping us celebrate hitting double figures, including super-hotly tipped MC, Scrufizzer, whose fizzy flow will be smashing up the RBMA stage on Sunday, Tayo 3000 who will moving your dancing shoes in the Wishing Tree and Hidden Disco, funky beats guru Soul Of Man who will be keeping the Hidden Disco jumping and breakbeat champion Ed Solo who will be gracing our brand new arena, Temple Island, on Thursday night. We’ll also have sets from Phil Mison, Wayward, Pylo, Bestival stalwarts and party geniuses Sombrero Sound System, Cholombian, Black Kat Boppers, Duct & Owen Howells, Gemma Cairney, Matthew Hawtin and Steve O’Connor. Plus there will be live appearances from Run Tingz, Dr Meaker, Zac Smith and Garrett Kato who’ll be playing the Bandstand on Sunday night.
The surreal surrounds of Continental Drifts’ legendary Club Dada will play host to OQuadro, Max Pashm, Tia Brazda, Run Tingz Cru, Wonka Vision, Shoreleave, Gypsy Fever, Manière des Bohémiens, Dr Meaker, The Mouse Outfit and Dr Syntax, Pony Montana and *Loose Moose *who will all be swinging, dinging and exploding out of the spiegeltent across the weekend.
We’re delighted to say that Pig’s Big Ballroom is back with us once again this year, providing a hip-swinging array of acts inspired by music from the time before your mother was born. This year’s line-up includes the acclaimed Duke Special, whose vaudeville and music hall inspired style has made him a firm favourite for those in the know. There will also be live performances from Abioye and Randall, Lewis Mockler, The Tootsie Rollers, The Finkel Brothers Trio, Keltrix, The Devout Sceptics, Under the Driftwood Tree, The Henry Brothers, Ms Chameleon’s Incredible Flea Circus, Lucky Dog Theatre presents ‘Laurel and Hardy’, Ethan Ash, CC Smugglers, The Vagaband and The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing.
Pig’s Big Ballroom will also feature a wealth of 78s selectors manning the gramophones including Auntie Maureen, DJ 78, DJ GG and Monks, Duke Special (78s DJ set), Greg and The Kipper the Cat Show, Greg’s Greats 78s, Dr. Sid, It’s A Wind Up, Karla Chameleon’s Mechanical Melodies, The Edison Brothers Cylinder Set, Tony Tunes & Matt and Vintage World Music Set.
10 years old is positively middle-aged for a festival these days, so what better way for Bestival to mark its advancing years than by investing in a garden shed? Not that you’ll be getting much peace and quiet at this most outlandish of outhouses, mind. The Disco Shed has become something of a festival institution – spreading allotmentalism all over the land. And now they’re coming to Bestival, so expect a healthy dose of late-night shedonism from Thursday to Sunday taking in Ska, Funk, Reggae, Hip Hop, Dubstep, Garage, Rock n Roll and who knows what else from Del Gazeebo, Harvey K-Tel and Miss Splinters, et al.
There are just two weeks to go until we hit the island and celebrate like we’ve never celebrated before, so make sure you don’t miss out on the festival season’s biggest ever last hurrah! Last remaining Bestival 2013 tickets on sale now – get ’em quick before we sell out!