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ROB DA BANK

Bestival founder Rob da Bank is passionate about ensuring that everyone has a magical time at the festival he runs with his wife Josie (whose surname is also da Bank, in case you were wondering). One of the many projects Rob looks after at Bestival is the Replay With Rob Da Bank stage, which he gets pretty excited about. “Last year we really went to town on the ‘Replay with Rob da Bank’ stage with some amazing bands making it one of the most popular stages we’ve ever had, with insane performances from the likes of Alt-J tearing the place apart. This year’s no different, we’ve gone full steam ahead and booked one of the best line-ups of exciting and fresh music that you’re likely to see all year long, with The 1975, Swim Deep, Merchandise and Jagwar Ma amongst many I ‘d recommend. Make sure you don’t miss out on this one, it’s gonna be big,” says Rob. You can find out more about the artists on the Replay With Rob Da Bank Stage right here on the Replay Tumblr, and we caught up with the man himself, Rob da Bank to find out just why he loves this annual event so much, with just one month to go until Bestival 2013.

 Hi Rob. You’ve been doing Bestival for the past decade, and it’s grown from 10,000 people to the current (maximum) 55,000 attendees – and that’s not including the crew. How difficult is it for you to maintain personal input on a festival this big now?

 Rob da Bank: We really control and oversee everything, from which traders are there, where the toilets are put, camping space, when the acts are on, changeover times. It’s still very much a DIY, family-run show.

 Where do you go to get ideas and inspiration for Bestival?

 RdB: I love all festivals. I like the competition, so we’re just trying to have the best new music, most exciting stages, loads of things for people to see and do. Our core team are all actively looking all year round for inspiration. We send people up to the Edinburgh Festival to see some of the kids shows, or for example, I’m up in Manchester at the moment at a festival. I’m not spying though, I’m working!

 What about all the crazy things to see and do at the festival that aren’t music-based; where do you find those elements of Bestival?

 RdB: Luckily since we’ve been doing it for 10 years, now it’s more about people getting in touch with us, sending us ideas, and we just have to say ‘yes, that sounds fantastic.’ So it looks like it’s all been created by Bestival, when actually other people need to take the credit!

 How do all the interesting jobs and projects you’ve done in your career so far contribute to the planning of Bestival?

 RdB: I started off as a music journalist and then started DJing and set up a record label; so it’s all fed into the Bestival tree. I guess the main thing I can offer, that no one else really does at Bestival, is that I’ve got contacts and connections to different agents and managers for DJs and artists, so in the early days when we first started I would beg and borrow people for the first festival. Now we’re known for having such a huge amount of acts, 400 acts over the weekend, and it’s not about quantity, but I like a lot of choice - for people to get to see a lot of different things. I love it when I hear people talking the week before, saying ‘I can’t believe it Robbie, I’ve got 72 acts on my finder that I wanna see!’.

 Finally, what does it feel like for you in the final run up to Bestival each year, and over the weekend itself? 

 RdB: The adrenaline is definitely pumping, there’s always a glass of wine or two each night, my mind’s racing and we only really get the full site a week before. The main site is a real pile-on and you’ve only got a week to do it: come rain or shine the whole show needs to go up!

 I get to relax a little bit more than I used to; the first Bestival was just mayhem and carnage, I didn’t handle it too well. Now there’s just this nervous energy, you can’t really eat much -  in two days you might have a plate of chips, but you get back out there and don’t have much sleep either. Ideally I want to see everything right through until 4 in the morning, and then I’m back up by 7 or 8am, checking the ground, checking toilets are suitably clean, working on autopilot. I’m exhausted but hopefully quite happy. Then I start to enjoy it by the Sunday, watching the headliner and get a really good feeling. For Stevie Wonder last year we got all our crew together and watched him with a few drinks. We were just really happy; that’s the payback. Then it takes about 3 weeks for my head to get back into normal shape!

 Catch acts like Merchandise, JAWS and Lewis Watson at the REPLAY With Rob Da Bank stage at Bestival (5-8 September 2013)

 

 

For more from Rob da Bank, check out his interview with District MTV

JAWS

Birmingham shoegazers making songs for summer 

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 Birmingham-based band JAWS are longtime pals with Swim Deep and Peace and make the kind of tunes that are perfect for drifting through the hot summer days that will (hopefully) continue between now and Bestival. They released their shoegaze-style Milkshake EP earlier in 2013 and are touring for much of the year, with an appearance on the Replay With Rob da Bank stage in September.

JAWS frontman Connor introduces us to the band.

 What’s been your proudest achievement so far as a band? 
I think when we and recorded a BBC Radio 1 session at Maida Vale was the biggest thing so far, that was pretty surreal for us.

We heard that you and Alex in JAWS are both at University, whilst Ed and Jake are at college. How do you guys manage your time and was it important for you to finish your education even with your success as a band?
Well, Alex and I have actually had to leave university now to balance time better. It doesn’t really get in the way unless you are touring and playing shows a lot.

 You are playing at various festivals over summer including Bestival, with headline acts include Snoop Dogg, M.I.A and Elton John, how do you think this is going to compare to other festivals and gigs you have performed at?
Bestival is going to be the biggest show we’ve ever played, I don’t think anything is going to compare!

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Best ever festival experience?
I’ve actually never been to a festival so this year is a first.

We saw something about eating many hotdogs on your Twitter. Talk us through your experiences of post-gig food.
We love a good old hot dog or burger! 

Finally, why should someone come and watch Jaws at Bestival this year? 
I’m not actually sure, I guess if you wanna see 4 guys sweating in the summer heat playing some chill ass tunes then come along!

 

To read more from JAWS, check out District MTV

 

 

JOHN COOPER CLARKE

Born in 1949 to George, an engineer and Hilda, an unpublished poet, John spent his childhood growing up in Salford, Lancashire.

After teenage years as a Mod, John served a few jobs including an apprentice engineer, a tailors assistant, a lab technician at Salford Tech, where he was interviewed by another Manchester hero Tony Wilson, for Granada TV and also a lead type compositor. After a stint living in Dorset, John returned to Manchester and started properly on the path for which he would become most famous for; his poetry… working at cabaret clubs and tough venues around the city.

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His biting, satirical, political and very funny verse delivered in his rapid-fire performance style resonated with the punk movement that had begun to pick up speed in the late 70s. After touring with most of punk’s seminal and ground breaking bands including the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks, The Fall, and Elvis Costello, to name but a few, he began to draw large crowds in his own right. Joy Division were proud to open for JCC on numerous occasions and New Order later supported him on their first joint Australian tour.

In 1978 JCC signed a major a album deal with CBS Records. His records with the Invisible Girls and produced by Martin Hannett have become acknowledged as masterpieces. The unique fusions of JCC’s poems and The Invisible Girls’ highly original music, created influential records still name checked by people as diverse as Bill Bailey, Jarvis Cocker and Steve Coogan.

He also released a massive collection of his poetry and words “Ten years In An Open Necked Shirt” , which became one of the bestselling poetry books of the1980s. This has finally been reprinted and is now available again.

A figurehead for the movement and all that it encompassed, he became the “Punk Poet” or “The Bard of Salford” .He found himself as one of the leading voices of punk and youth culture of the late 70s. Live, he was performing to thousands across the UK, as crowds gathered with open eyes and ears gazing up at his distinctive, and now iconic visual appearance (tall and thin with a mess of black hair, black sunglasses, drainpipe trousers and cuban-heeled boots) all transfixed as he worked through a catalogue of work taken from his four studio albums and numerous singles.

The decline of punk also saw a decline in John the man. He spent most of the 80s with a serious heroin addiction which saw his output wane dramatically. A tough battle, which thankfully saw him kick the habit in the early 90s.

So what of John now? Aside from being a key orator of British society during this time, his mark is indelibly seen in today’s pop culture. Aside from his fashion style spawning copy-cats all over the country, his effect on modern music has been huge.

His influence needs only to be heard in the satirical and keen social observations of the songs of the Arctic Monkeys (Alex Turner cites JCC as a huge inspiration and John’s work appears in the sleeve of one of their singles as well as Turner apparently having a JCC tattoo), as well as platinum selling Plan B (another keen fan, asking John personally to appear in his directional film debut “Ill Manors”, which came out in August 2012, as well as appearing on the soundtrack). Clarke’s recording of “Evidently Chickentown’ was also used in the penultimate closing scene of one of modern TV’s most famous and respected television shows, “The Sopranos”. JCC featured on BBC Radio 4’s Chain Reaction in August 2011 being interviewed by none other than New Order’s Peter Hook. John then interviewed Kevin Eldon a week later, creating classic radio. JCC is a regular presenter on BBC 6 Music and guests frequently on the Radcliffe and Maconie show.

The revival of the 70s punk phenomenon over the last few years has seen a whole new generation clamouring over John’s work and watched his star rocket once again. Continuing to write new work from his Colchester home, He has a plethora of new poems and monologues which he performs solo, alongside his best known works such as Beasley Street and Evidently Chickentown. His shows are always packed and his audience always leave ecstatic.

JCC had his own film “Evidently John Cooper Clarke” on BBC Four TV in the UK in May 2012, and it is now available on DVD. He appeared as his younger self in the award winning Ian Curtis biopic “Control”. He has made a multitude of recent UK and Irish festival appearances including Glastonbury, Latitude, The Green Man, Electric Picnic and many others. He also regularly tours throughout Europe and Australasia and will be making his first visit in eons to the USA in 2013.

No bigger accolade and platitude of his work is that three of his poems are now in the GCSE syllabus, including the remarkable Twat. He is studied by many A-level students and his poetry is prolific within UK and Irish University courses, all ensuring that he will be forever ingrained in the psyche of Britain’s new youth.

One of Britain’s best loved and most important poets and performers, John is as vital now as he was then; He’s not going anywhere. Catch him live coming to your town soon…

 

WOODPECKER WOOLIAMS

An unnerving, sweet tremolo. A lo-fi folk  drone - modern & intriguing.

Bold and fearless performances of truly unusual songs.

‘A stunning find.’ - SUNDAY TIMES

"Musically and emotionally, it’s belting." – BBC.CO.UK

‘Enchanting solo masterpieces are laced with lo-fi murder folk and droning harps which are more like P J Harvey’s foray into the autoharp than Joanna Newsom’s twee fixations.’ - THE INDEPENDENT

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‘Assuming various personas to deliver her astonishingly dark, heartfelt, and resoundingly odd compositions, [Woodpecker Wooliams] leaves much of the crowd crammed into the indoor, intimate second stage in stunned silence. You can guarantee you’ve never seen anything quite like it.’ - SUBBACULTCHA

 

A resident of Brighton, a keeper of bees, all round naturophile and lover of Russian Dolls, WOODPECKER WOOLIAMS , aka singer-songwriter Gemma Williams delivers an alluring, understatedly dramatic live set. Often joined onstage by Marcus Hamblett (Laura Marling, Willy Mason), Benjamin Gregory (Said Speaks) & Thomas Heather (Eyes and No Eyes), her voice soars and swoops against the backdrop of pin-drop beauty and sonic storms.

On her 20th birthday Gemma was initiated onto a shamanic path, completing a thorough practitioner’s training over several years, including an overnight earth burial. Meanwhile she worked as an auxiliary maternity nurse and went on to train as a midwife in 2007/8, delivering several babies. A sudden and severe illness put paid to that and on leaving hospital Gemma upped sticks and sought out the countryside calm of Devon, holing up in a cottage built into the hill
under Totnes castle. She waitressed in a teashop and hired a harp. WOODPECKER WOOLIAMS  was born - the more she sang, the more she learned to play, the more well she became.

With two sell-out releases in the UK (Sleeping Under Dark Suns) and Italy (Patryoska) both receiving praise across Europe, the alt-folk songstress returned in 2012 with her newer, darker, bolder noise-folk songs. What followed was the release of the highly acclaimed “bird-based masterpiece’’ (Clash), THE BIRD SCHOOL OF BEING HUMAN .

Woodpecker Wooliams has headlined tours across Russia, Germany, Switzerland, The Baltics, Italy and more recently, the UK. Also taking in festival slots at the Big Chill, Great Escape, Positivus (Latvia) and the Fano Free Folk Festival (Denmark).

2013 promises much for Woodpecker Wooliams, continuing her ascent with the first days of the year bringing a BBC 6Music session with Tom Robinson and an appearance on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch programme