Another day, another Bestival announcement – and I do say that this one is a particularly good one. Last year at the festival saw the inception of the Replay Stage, one which played host to acts playing impromptu sets and entertaining the crowds with improvisation. This year, Da Bank has stepped his game up a little by incorporating a full programme to the newly named ‘Replay with Rob Da Bank’ stage. This is what he had to say about it:
‘The Replay stage at Bestival 2011 was a lot of fun with some ace acts playing impromptu sets and this year I’ve stepped up my programming of the all new Replay with Rob da Bank stage and I’m pretty chuffed with who I’ve managed to book – loads of new acts from AlunaGeorge to Sunless 97, Alt-J, The Other Tribe and BIGKids and welcoming back past heroes of Bestival like Kate Nash. Gonna be big! Plus catch exclusive sets streamed live via beatclash.com!’
The stage is set to be packed with exciting new acts as well as some more established ones – so don’t be surprised if you see a band who suddenly rocket come 2013. You’ll hear from the likes of Summer Camp and Kate Nash who have been on the scene for a little while now, but also:
Alt-J, Clement Marfo & The Frontline, Willis Earl Beal, Iceage, Wet Nuns, Dingus Khan, Jake Bugg, This is the Kit, The Staves, Mary Epworth, Daytona Lights, Rudimental, Kwes, Big Kids, The Other Tribe, James McCartney, The Coronas, Nina Nesbitt, Jinja Safari, Lucky Elephant, Stealing Sheep, Balearic Folk Orchestra, Two Jackslas, Clock Opera, AlunaGeorge, Diagrams, Tom Williams, & the Boat, Crowns, Kate Nash, King Charles, Skepta, Gush, Palma Violets, Sunless 97Georgous George, Gecko and Beans on Toast.
All worthy of a spot on on the stage, and all worth a gander. I particularly recommend ALT-J and Clock Opera, who are both guaranteed to make it big in the music business. Whilst I’m fully aware of the sheer size of the line up and the acts on it, I do believe it’s worth taking a step back for a moment to check out acts like this – I discovered Metronomy that way and have never looked back!
Keep an eye on the Bestival website for further information, and get those wildlife costumes in the making!