"I have been going to the same party for ten years, and in no way is that sad"
Desert Island Disco marked my tenth year at Bestival. I’m a creature of habit. I like structure. But I also like to deviate from the plan… I sound like a bloody horoscope. So I like to party within an unorganised structure?
This year also felt like Rob da Bank’s festival baby had found it’s voice / groove / taste / bounce. And it shouted LETS DO THIS.
Bestival is a fancy dress party on an island where some bands play, DJ’s rock up, there’s a splash of arts, a dash of weird shit, and plenty of good views and vibes.
Each year I think “Alright Rob mate, what are you going to do this year? Are you going to change XXX and what the fuck about XXXX?”. You overhear people saying: “Is this your first year?”, and they add: “Yeah I was here for XXXX and saw XXX”. Yeah, it does sound dickish. And yeah, I think it is becoming one of those ‘I was there’ moments.
But each year I grow at this party, and each year I love watching this festival bitch grow with me. We’ve gone through some shit, Bestival and me. I don’t want to talk about the first year, or even the second. The one with the rain, SPACE, the three day bender, the Bestival letters, when we just stayed in the amphitheater, Neil-a-rama, the main stage locations, convinced we’d met Soulwax, the three chicken head mother fuckers….
To ease the memory triggers I’m just going to list stuff and then ramble at the bottom. This is all really for my pleasure anyhoo…
11th Bestival 2014
Theme: Desert Island Disco
Costume: Attempted ‘Castaway’ James Murphy
Bands: Beck, Caribou, Jenovah Collective, Bonobo (is he/it a band?), John Wizards, Major Lazor, Chvrches, Chic feat Nile Rodgers
DJ’s: Boys Noise, Rob da Bank (Port opening ceremony), Boys Noize, SBTRKT, DJ Yoda (twice)
Wot I saw: Opening Ceremony with the Druids, inspirational stuff from Kate Tempest, a woman from the Slits smashing ideas on goals and achievements, Reggaerobics, Mr Motivator, a huge synthasizer in the woods (pictured above), SHIT FACED SHAKESPEARE
Highlights: The best sausage rolls in town, 4 pint bestivales, that dick dance with the two guys - and one of them looked like pillowfort - Johnny’s calliope in the caravanserai and a world record breaking mahusive discoball
Negative note: I lost my phone which seriously sucked. But hey, first time for everything.
I feel warm knowing each year will feature my festival favourites and discovering new faces, things and shit. I met some great people this year. Plus some peeps allowed me to hang around with them… And I know it must have been annoying so I really appreciated that.
I’m already looking forward to next year, even though currently, I may not have anyone to go with. I’m excited about meeting people this year and seeing what situation I’m in when September rolls round. (I hear tickets are already on sale). I’m excited by the unknown and knowing you can always have a good time at Bestival. I have so far.