Counterculture hero and raconteur, Howard Marks, who died on Sunday 10th April, following his battle with cancer, was an integral part of the Bestival family. Howard attended Bestival since it began, not only as a guest but also performing his acclaimed one-man show to enthralled audiences and DJing dubstep late into the night. His appearances at Camp Bestival reading bedtime stories and fairy tales drew enormous crowds, transfixing toddlers and parents alike with his Burton-esque Welsh lilt. Behind the scenes he was a close friend of promoters Robby, Josie, Ziggy and John, who was his manager for the past decade. He became a surrogate uncle and trusted friend to most of the Bestival team, who all benefitted from his easy going wisdom through the years. His presence at Bestival was always keenly felt and he will be greatly missed by the entire team.
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