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Bestival goes 3D on Sky

In what is undoubtedly our finest year to date, which will include sets from The Cure, Pendulum, Primal Scream, PJ Harvey, Brian Wilson and DJ Shadow amongst a huge and ever-growing line-up of musical treats, Bestival 2011 hurtles headlong into the future, adding a whole new dimension to our televisual shenanigans, breaking new ground for festival entertainment with a super-generous seven and a half hours of Bestival 3D TV on Sky this coming September.

Rob da Bank said: “It’s amazing to be part of the world’s first 3D TV festival extravaganza on Sky. Bestival in 3D will be a mind-blowing explosion of colour and multi-dimensional music and mayhem and it’s great to be working with Whizz Kid again to bring it to life.

“Having Camp Bestival too as part of the Sky festival season means we’ve got a great summer of TV ahead.”

This year we’ll be beaming all the best bits of music and mayhem from Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight directly into your front room, all in very modern 3D on Sky. Teaming up with the legendary Malcolm Gerrie’s Whizz Kid Entertainment Bestival will broadcast two hours of LIVE 3D TV each day from Friday 9th through to Sunday 11th September, so you’ll be able to experience Bestival’s unique magic in 3D form – amazing! There will also be a super-sized 90-minute Bestival Special on Sky One following the festival season’s closing spectacular, so everyone who was there can relive their glories and catch up with the bits that they’ve missed.

Taking a flavour of 14 stages of live music and capturing the crazy Bestivalites Rock Stars, Popstars & Divas fancy dress frolics, as well as all the eye-popping sights and sounds of our party paradise, the Bestival 2011 TV spectaculars will be pushing the boundaries of weekend entertainment!

We’ve still got our Sunday night headliner, literally hundreds of top drawer turns and plenty of crazy fun and games to announce so be sure to keep checking for all the latest action.

And don’t forget you’ll also be able to catch all the action from Camp Bestival – which takes place at Lulworth Castle between 28 -31 July featuring sets from Primal Scream, Blondie, Mark Ronson and Business INTL, Laura Marling, Mr Tumble, Shrek, The Gruffalo & lots more – on Sky Arts 1 this summer as part of Sky’s summer festival season.

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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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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.

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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Dot to Dot launches for 2011

Having expanded to a three-day event last year, Dot to Dot Festival is set to take over three of Britain’s musical hubs as part of what has quickly become the leading urban music festival in the country. Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol will continue the event’s tradition in hosting some of the most exciting up-and-coming artists and on the strength of the seven names we can now announce, there is no let up in the depth of talent which will be on show.

Dot To Dot Event Organiser Anton Lockwood Commented: ‘2011 is shaping up to be the best Dot To Dot ever. We’re really excited to have the UK’s most stylish avant-garde electronic pop act Hurts headlining the festival. And, this is just the tip of the iceberg as we have many more fantastic established and up and coming acts from around the world still to be announced.’

Headlining this year’s Dot to Dot are Hurts. The Manchester duo had a fantastic 2010 with their debut album, ‘Happiness’, going Gold, peaking at number four in the Official UK charts as well as selling out their headline UK tour. The synth-pop act have won a number of high profile fans after coming fourth in the BBC Sound of 2010 poll from the NME to Scissor Sisters who they supported on tour last year.

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Camp Bestival line-up revealed

Blurring the lines between the Great British summer holiday and a fun-filled festival frolic, our multi-award winning Camp Bestival returns to Dorset’s idyllic Jurassic coast for our fourth festi-holiday, all set in the enchanting surrounds of Lulworth Castle, from July 28th to 31st.

The stunning Blondie is the first headliner out of the bag for Camp Bestival 2011. Topping the bill on Friday night with an almost endless canon of chart storming hits including ‘Rapture’, ‘Hanging on the Telephone’, ‘Heart of Glass’ and ‘Maria’ spanning their 30 year career, Blondie will, without doubt, be the sing-a-long highlight of the weekend.

Mark Ronson and The Business Intl, who are currently riding a wave of love for the acclaimed ‘Record Collection’ album, which spawned the singles ‘Bang Bang Bang’, ‘The Bike Song’ and the sublime ‘Somebody To Love Me’, will be headlining the Saturday night at our Dorset jamboree.

And we’ve still got one more headliner to announce which we’re really excited about, keep checking for more info, and scroll down to the bottom to check out the full line-up which includes House of Pain, Groove Armada presents Red Light, ZingZillas, Wretch 32, David Rodigan and many more.

(Also check out our Spotify playlist featuring tracks from this year’s line-up)

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West End return for Carwash

The glitz, glamour, sparkle and downright fabulousness of Carwash – the UK’s longest running and most spectacular weekly club night – is returning to its rightful home in the heart of London’s West End. Combining the decadence of the 70’s and street cool of the 80’s with the spirit of pure escapism, Carwash will be the perfect tonic for these troubling times.

After seven years across town, the capital’s most fabulous party is taking residency in Centro (formally AKA Bar) from March 5, 2011, in W1 where it belongs. Carwash are also ecstatic to be able to announce that the opening night’s very special guest will be house diva and nu disco sensation Shèna. The voice behind chart topper The Weekend and 14 other Top 40 hits including Nothing I Won’t Do, Dare Me, Guilty and Watch Out, Shèna has one of dance music’s most sought after voices gracing tracks by the likes of The Freemasons and Eric Morillo. Having also backed the cream of the funk soul pantheon including Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse, Angie Stone, Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey, Shèna is now leading the nu-disco movement with disco stormers Cant Stop The Rain, My Fantasy and Nasty Little Rumour, all of which will be performed on the night.

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GI’s February Godlike Genius Playlist

With Shockwaves NME Awards fever flying around the office, and indeed the UK for the month of February, we thought it was only right we twist our monthly Spotify playlist to reflect the sensational heritage and fantastic music which has been promoted by Britain’s most iconic music magazine.

Therefore, some of us in the Get Involved office have selected a track, which optimises the NME and then picked our own personal Godlike Genius. Of course Dave Grohl is the worthy recipient of the NME’s highest honour this year, while we have stretched from Grooverider to Patti Smith and Paddy McAloon to Siouxsie Sioux.

Listen to what we have picked on Spotify, and click read more to check out a full tracklist and explanations as to why we have chosen certain people who we think, in some way, resonate God’s image in human-like musician form.

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