Johnny Marr

Rock Stars, Pop Stars and Divas

The past month has seen a host of rock stars, pop stars and divas added to the 2011 Bestival bill, and it is exactly those people who fit that mould who we will be celebrating with our fancy dress theme this year on the Isle of Wight.

So when it comes to the UK’s Best Festival between September 8 and 11 expect spandex cat suits, face paint, Union Jack dresses, flowing hair and glammed up girls in suits of meat being carried across the field on the back of a massive floating lily pad – well perhaps not the latter but you get the idea.

Tickets are now on sale for the magical festival and can be bought here, and click the link below to listen to our Spotify playlist of everything Rock Star, Pop Star and Diva as selected by the Get Involved office (read more for Tracklist)

Get Involved’s Rock Stars, Pop Stars and Divas Spotify Playlist

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Bestival 2011


You might think it’s been a bit quiet on the Bestival front since our super-exciting announcement about The Cure headlining Saturday night at Robin Hill Country Park late last year but rest assured big things have been happening in the Bestival bunker in 2011, with Rob da Bank and crew working around the clock to ensure that this year’s Bestival is going to be a gargantuan party paradise and easily the best yet. With news of our Friday night headliner and a huge wave of new live acts and DJs that will be playing across 15 fun-packed stages in four days, plus news on some very special partnerships, we are about to drop the mother lode for your delectation and we’ve still one more headliner and lots more acts to announce.

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Cubans to help Japan relief effort



The Old Queen’s Head, Islington, N1 8LN

Thursday, March 24, 2011

£5 entry – all proceeds go to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal

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THE CUBAN BROTHERS * DJ YODA * BARRY ASHWORTH (DUB PISTOLS) * and many more to be announced

After the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami of the last week which has wreaked havoc in Japan, The Cuban Brothers are pulling together a number of their closest pals to help raise valuable funds and try to ease the pain of those in the Far East.

The fundraiser will take place at The Old Queen’s Head in Islington on Thursday, March 24, with turntablist supremo DJ Yoda and Barry Ashworth already agreeing to help out. Entry to the event will be a recommended minimum donation of £5 with all monies raised going to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.

There will also be an auction at the event to generate more funds for the relief including Bestival tickets, music mementos and other money can’t – ordinarily – buy items and experiences.

The massive earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 has caused widespread destruction and suffering, relayed on television screens around the world. More than 4,300 people have died in the disaster, thousands are injured or missing, and more than 440,000 people have had to leave their homes.

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It’s a French invasion

Get ready for a sonic assault from across the channel – the annual Oui Love tour is back! Committed to introducing us Brits to the most exciting acts of the New French Wave, Oui Love has yet again put together an unmissable tour, coming to our shores in May.

The formula is simple: six nights in the UKs best venues with two of France’s hottest musical offerings – much hyped coldgaze pioneers Team Ghost and electro new wave maestro Anoraak – a must for all fans of new music.

Working on behalf of the French Music Export Office, Oui Love can always be relied upon to expose us to the most important musical stirrings from across the pond. Last year was extremely successful featuring The Shoes, Bewitched Hands on the Top of Our Heads, Revolver and Curry & Coco, along with English student bands Bella Diem and Jimi’s Parade.

The 2011 tour continues the tradition of teaming French acts with emerging young British talent. Joining Team Ghost and Anoraak on the bill will be the winners of a competition organised by Access to Music to find the UK’s best student band – winners will be announced later this month.

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Record breaking pants

Massive congratulations to Pants to Poverty who recently had it confirmed by those people at Guinness – the World Records lot not the brewery – that they smashed the record for the World’s Biggest Pair of Pants at Bestival.

The brilliantly ethical pant-making social enterprise have been teaming up with our annual outing on the Wight Isle for a few years now, and we are thrilled they achieved this!

Check out this video to visualise what the biggest pair of pants in the world truly represents, and also make sure you visit so you yourself can don some of their fair trade organic wares (they come in smaller sizes).

Big Pants from Chris Storrar on Vimeo.

Camp Besti unveils Sunday headliner

Festi-holiday fun ahoy! Camp Bestival have already whetted your appetites with a mouth-watering line-up that includes Blondie, Mark Ronson & Business Intl, Laura Marling, House of Pain, ABC, Groove Armada present Red Light, Norman Jay and DJ Yoda – but now you can throw Primal Scream playing their seminal Screamadelica into that magical musical melting pot.

Bobby Gillespie and co will headline the Sunday night along and sit alongside the equally delicious musical morsels and cultural treats to entice you to join us at Lulworth Castle for the fourth Camp Bestival from 28-31 July.

Rob da Bank says: ‘Screamadelica is undoubtedly in my top five albums of all time. It came out just as I was launching myself into raveland, soundtracked so many late nights and early mornings and is at heart one of the best combinations of dance, soul and rock n roll ever.

“Screamadelica and Primal Scream have stood the test of time better than most and I can’t wait for Camp Bestival-goers old and young to hear it either again or for the first time. Come together!’

One of the greatest albums to have emerged during the heady days of the 1990s, ‘Screamadelica’ is effortlessly timeless, so we’re truly ecstatic to announce that Primal Scream will be joining us at Camp Bestival headlining the Sunday night playing their seminal album in its entirety. From the sublime ‘Movin’ On Up’, through the blissful bass of ‘Don’t Fight It Feel It’ and the euphoric ‘Come Together’, Primal Scream presents Screamadelica is a cast-iron guarantee for an epic last night at Camp Bestival. But that’s not all because Bobby Gillespie and co have also agreed to perform their greatest hits too, making for a truly unmissable Sunday headline set!

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GI’s soundtrack to childhood

With the launch of Camp Bestival and the recent announcement of Laura Marling joining the bill at our ultimate family festival, we have been racking our brains in the Get Involved office for the songs which made us tick when we were nippers.

So we present to you the soundtrack of our childhoods and hopefully jog your memories of 99s – when they cost 99p – dribbling down the cone onto your fingers, falling off your bike and grazing your knee, and those intolerable drives which seemed to last an eternity and half an hour in blistering heat to go and visit some long lost cousins.

Now, as is inevitable, there is a wide stretch of time between some of the songs with 90s pop Babylon Zoo, back through The Prodigy’s rave days to the Pointer Sisters and Bobby Gentry – but one constant is the amazing memories they bring back.

To check out the full track-list click read more, and listen to it on Spotify.

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