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Live Gig Video: New Order reveal live performance of ‘Temptation’ from Bestival 2012, related to new charity album

 
By on Wednesday, 10th July 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Similar to this album that the Cure released in 2011, the current incarnation of New Order have released ‘Live at Bestival 2012’, a charity CD to support the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust. This video just released is of the legendary Manchester band bringing it to the festival last year to perform ‘Temptation’, in all its 9-minutes plus glory. Watch it below.

New Order’s ‘Live at Bestival 2012’ is available now from Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best label, with all proceeds go to the Isle of White Youth Trust, a charitable, independent and professional organisation offering counseling, advice, information and support services to young people aged 25 and under who live on the Isle of Wight (the home of Bestival, natch) and, in some cases, their parents or carers.

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Live Gig Videos: The Cure perform ‘Close to Me’ and ‘A Forest’ at Bestival 2011

 
By on Wednesday, 14th December 2011 at 4:00 pm
 

Legendary band the Cure have released two performance videos of their appearance at this year’s Bestival. Both ‘Close to Me’ and ‘A Forest’ (the audio versions, anyway) appear on the band’s ‘Bestival Live 2011’, released earlier this month.

You can buy the special 2 CD set now; all proceeds of this Sunday Best release go to the Isle of White Youth Trust. For more on this special double album, read Braden’s review.

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Album Review: The Cure – Bestival Live 2011

 
By on Thursday, 8th December 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

When you’re in the Cure, you’ve got both a difficult and simple job when making a set list. When headlining one of the most reputable festivals in the country (Bestival), you’ve got to think of a few things. How many hits, how much newer music, how many fan specific favourites?  If you’re Arctic Monkeys, you might want to focus on a new direction. If you’re Muse, you may want to celebrate a specific album in full. Most bands generally choose a strong mix of new and old and throw a surprise in there, but the Cure simply can’t do that. They’ve got too much music to condense down to ‘hits vs new’. What they can do however is pull out all the stops on a roller coaster through their back catalogue. This is exactly what they did in their newest release, a live album called ‘Bestival Live 2011’ that was, yep, you guessed it, recorded at the Isle of Wight event this past September. This double album is even made more special in that all proceeds from the sale of this release will be going directly to the Isle of White Youth Trust, a local charity that provides counseling and support to young people who live on the island.

For many in the younger generation, the only Cure album they’ll own if any will be the Greatest Hits one, easily located in your local HMV so with twelve crossover tracks, from ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ through ‘Close to Me’, ‘Just Like Heaven’ and ‘The Lovecats’ (a song the band have only recently fallen back in love with live), that’s that group well and truly satisfied. That leaves 20 to go. Most of the rest is filled with the nearly greatest hits like the gladly renamed ‘Killing Another’ and absolutely beautiful opener Plainsong.

When your back catalogue reads like Robert Smith and company’s does, pulling out the likes of newer tracks from 2008’s ‘4:13 Dream’ album like ‘The Only One’ and ‘Hungry Ghost’ can bring a mixed response. On one hand, ‘The Only One’ is one of the strongest tracks on the album, whilst ‘Hungry Ghost’ has had limited outings, but somewhere in that huge crowd, someone just had their dream come true.

A double encore produces more from both crowd and band, as nothing can go wrong for the band on this night. As far an introduction to the Cure goes, it doesn’t get much better than this. It’s so difficult to catch them live these days, as they do one European festival every year and a rare show outside of that, so to have the gold dust wrapped up in one, 2 and half hour package is something in itself. The Cure truly are one of our greatest exports, and Robert Smith the talisman at the front of it all, big hair and all.

9/10

The Cure’s live album ‘Bestival Live 2011’ is available now through Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best label. All proceeds go to the Isle of White Youth Trust, a charitable, independent and professional organisation offering counseling, advice, information and support services to young people aged 25 and under who live on the Isle of Wight (the home of Bestival) and, in some cases, their parents or carers.

 

Preview: Bestival 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 8th April 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Bestival (side)Bestival is a three-day, action-packed music festival held every year at Robin Hill Country Park on the beautiful Isle of Wight. The bash is well-known for being one of the final music festivals to be squeezed out of the last of the summer months, and this year Bestival will be taking place appropriately late – between Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September.

The festival initially started out 5 years ago and has grown in both size and popularity since then. The brainchild of Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank, Bestival is renowned for both it’s diverse line ups as well as it’s super fun atmosphere.

Headliners confirmed for this year’s event include Elbow, Massive Attack and Kraftwerk. Other quite simply amazing acts taking to the stage this 2009 include (and we stress, include!) MGMT, Fleet Foxes, Doves, Seasick Steve, Klaxons, Lily Allen, Friendly Fires, Florence and the Machine, Little Boots, Esser, Passion Pit, Chew Lips, La Roux and Jack Penate.

Meanwhile, DJs who’ll be spinning the decks at the Isle of Wight bash this year include Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Zane Lowe and the boss himself, Rob da Bank.

Yet this is only a minuscule look into the massive selection of artists and DJs confirmed for this year’s event. You can grab the complete line-up over at Bestival’s website by hitting this link.

But music, no matter how impressive the line up may be, isn’t completely what this festival is about. Bestival is also a celebration of fun, and this year looks set to be one hell of a party.

Every year, for example, the festival has a fancy dress theme, and this 2009 the theme is ‘outer space’! So why not visit ‘The Dressing Up Area’, complete with a ‘Pimp My Outfit Booth’ to adorn yourself in such clothing wonderment while at the festival?

If fancy dress isn’t your thing, how about you check out ‘Heavenly Healing’ or ‘The Pamper Lounge’, two beautifully relaxing retreats providing festival-goers with a range of therapeutic treatments between their sweaty head banging sessions.

Other delights you can experience while at this dreamy festival include the tasty treats of ‘Buttercupcakes Afternoon Tea Hut’, the dizzying heights of the ‘The Big Wheel’, the jam-packed ‘The Village’ (complete with a farmers market and sushi stall!), ‘The Kids Garden’ for wee festival goers, and the famous ‘Inflatable Church’ should you fancy getting married along the way!

Wow! So, to learn more about this rollercoster of a festival, check out Bestival’s website. An adult weekend ticket for the event costs £140, and this includes camping. Tickets are still available for the fest and can be purchased from most ticket outlets. Check out the site for more information on where to purchase yours. Have fun!

Top photo is taken from alex_lee2001’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.

 

Bestival Time

 
By on Friday, 12th September 2008 at 1:34 pm
 

After a wonderful summer of music festivals, it’s already time to start booking your tickets and buying your wellies for next year.  Despite the mud bath that was Bestival 2008, Rob Da Bank and the rest of his team are positive about next years festival and have released the ‘Early Bird special’ tickets today.

The Festival will take place at Robin Hill, Isle of White, starting Friday the 11th of September and coming to an end on the 13th.  For a limited period only, the fast and furious can buy a bargain adult ticket for just £120.  Not a bad price at for three days of music and mud.

Visit the Bestival web site for more information.

 
 
 

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