'For three days I was but lost in music, adoration of, and admiration for Rob da Bank. For it was, undoubtedly, his finest festival yet.'
Dots & Dashes round off the summer festival season with da Bank’s bestest Bestival to date, highlights of which came from the most reliable of sources (The xx & Stevie Wonder & Sigur Rós) as well as other boys less likely to (Kwes. & Errors & John Talabot)…
Review: Friday, 7th September / Saturday, 8th September / Sunday, 9th September. Gallery: Friday, 7th September – Sunday, 9th September.
Recorded at the Toronto Jazz Festival last Friday, here’s a long-overdue new number from Janelle Monáe who, despite avowing to having written quite precisely “84.799%” of not one, but two new records over six months ago hasn’t been furnishing us with anywhere enough of this lustrous soul stuff of late. Clunkily bootlegged, it’s a little hefty on the ol’ rhythmic side o’ things although even when submerged in the mix Monáe’s sublime vocals remain palpably buoyant and irrefutably palatable.
Monáe returns to the UK at long last next month for Friday of Latitude…
Now established as a fundamental element of Bestival’s expansion into a four-day fling, Thursday evening’s Back To The Phuture bill has this afternoon been announced. Perfectly incongruous with this year’s overall Wildlife theme, the festive mainstay is this year headed up by previously announced quirk-pop types Hot Chip, whose forthcoming LP In Our Heads really is quite honestly superb. It’s arguably their finest work to date and it’s been stuck on ceaseless rotation ever since it flumped through figurative letterbox earlier on in the week. They’re to be joined by industrial engineer Gary Numan and Athens’ hairiest – or at least heaviest – Alabama Shakes. However newcomers to the summer’s final throw-down include worldweary anti-troubadour Willis Earl Beal, the lustrous future of British pop Jessie Ware, and our beloved Sunless ‘97.
The full line up thus far, still short of one headliner somewhere or other between September 6th-9th, looks a little something like:
Stevie Wonder & New Order & The xx & Sigur Rós & Friendly Fires & 2manydjs & Soulwax & Justice & Two Door Cinema Club & Hot Chip & Bat For Lashes & Nero & Emeli Sandé & Orbital & SBTRKT & Warpaint & De La Soul & Roots Manuva & Major Lazer & Sister Sledge & Gary Numan & The Horrors & Spiritualized & Death In Vegas & DOOM & John Talabot & Ben Howard & Michael Kiwanuka & Sub Focus & Azealia Banks & Alabama Shakes & Kevin Saunderson feat. Inner City Live & Gallows & Rizzle Kicks & Buraka Som Sistema & Sage Francis & Bellowhead & Earth, Wind & Fire Experience feat. Al McKay & Django Django & Little Dragon & Gold Panda & Adam Ant & The Good The Mad and The Lovely Posse & The Cuban Brothers & Top Cat And Sir Coxsone Outernational & Chairlift & Iceage & Ren Harvieu & Lianne La Havas & Delilah & First Aid Kit & Gesaffelstein & Daughter & Zulu Winter & Ane Brun & Friends & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs & Brainfeeder presents Thundercat, The Gaslamp Killer, Teebs, Lapalux, Jeremiah Jae & DJ Kutmah & King Khan And The Shrines & The Japanese Popstars & Chas & Dave & Dub Pistols & Factory Floor & Charli XCX & Errors & King Krule & Kindness & Jessie Ware & Drums Of Death & Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard & General Levy & Congo Natty & Grimes &Slagsmålsklubben & Jaipur Kawa Brass Band & Field Music & Jinja Safari & Skepta & Willis Earl Beal & 2:54 & Frankie Rose & Porcelain Raft & Milagres & Three Bonzos And A Piano & Liz Green & Trailer Trash Tracys & Forest Swords & Alt-J & Skinny Lister & Josh Kumra & Ryan Keen & Stay+ & Nina Nesbitt & BIGKids & Lucy Rose & Jamie N Commons & Kwes. & Diagrams & Clock Opera & Stealing Sheep & & Mary Epworth & Wet Nuns & Gabrielle Aplin & Fiction & Turbowolf & Misty’s Big Adventure & This Is The Kit & Young British Artists & Patterns & Ghost Outfit & L.A. Salami & To Kill A King & Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo & Heathward & Laurel Collective & AHAB & Gecko & Model Society & Sky Sphere & Blackhouse Crow & The Lovely Eggs & St. Spirit & Charming & Shepherds & Dingus Khan & Anothers Blood & Tom Williams & The Boat & Valentine Gray & Cherishpot & The Widowmaker & Mr. Motivator & John Foxx and the Maths & Killaflaw & Murkage & Jake Bugg & The Staves & Sunless ‘97 & The Other Tribe & Parma Violets & Gorgeous George & Crowns & Subgiant & Daytona Lights & Charley Macaulay & Alonestar & A Way Of Life & This Way Up.
DJ SETS FROM ROB DA BANK AND FRIENDS Annie Mac Presents & Four Tet b2b Caribou & The 2 Bears & David Rodigan MBE presents Ram Jam & François Kevorkian & DJ Yoda & Moodymann & Maya Jane Coles & Jamie xx & Dirtybird Showcase feat. Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin & Eats Everything & Scuba & Kavinsky & LTJ Bukem & Plastician & Greg Wilson & Doctor P & Pearson Sound & Borgore & Flux Pavilion & Max Cooper & Gemini & Krystal Klear & Pangaea & Billy Daniel Bunter & Pariah & Warm & Electric Minds & Scratch Perverts & Koan Sound & Camo & Krooked & Giles Smith & James Priestly (secretsundaze) & Mosca & Brodinski & Gilles Peterson & Redlight & Shy FX & Numbers Showcase: Oneman b2b Jackmaster & Ben UFO & PBR Streetgang & Jaguar Skills & His Amazing Friends & Blawan & Girl Unit & Chris Coco & Pete Gooding & Phil Mison & DJ Shepdog & Shellac Collective & DJ Charge & Julio Bashmore & The Nextmen & B Traits & Leo Zero & Dr. Alex Paterson & Evian Christ & Reggae Roast & Mixmaster Morris & Frank Tope & Phil Mison & Rev Milo Speedwagon & Graeme Fisher (Balearic) & Pathaan & DJ Cable & Foamo & George B & Mojo Filter & Sink The Pink & Gutterslut & Zomboy & Krafty Kuts & Duff Disco & Sonnyji presents Bang Bhang & Flying White Dots & Kaf-Tan.
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