Preview: Camp Bestival Festival 31/7/10-1/7/10
28 Jul 2010
next up on the festival highway is camp bestival, a special little festival (well, 30,000 isn’t that little) in lulworth organised by rob da bank. the festival has already sold out, but for those of you ticketed up, or those just curious, we’ve put together a little list of the artists playing who we are very excited about and thusly think you should be too.
Next up on the festival highway, Rockfeedback are off to enjoy the sights and smells of Camp Bestival, a special little festival (well, 30,000 isn’t that little) in Lulworth organised by Rob Da Bank. The festival has already sold out, but for those of you already ticketed up, or those just curious, we’ve put together a little list of the artists playing who we are very excited about and thusly think you should be too. If this only whets your appetite, then the full listings are available HERE also. Here goes...
It is arguable that it was the release of this LA beatmakers sophomore record Cosmogramma – a colossal, unquantised shuffle through post-dubstep, hip hop and jazz which featured guest vocals from Thom Yorke – that was the catalyst that brought digital music back to the fore of the alternative scene. This album opened the doors for such great artists as Baths, Toro Y Moi et al to stumble into peoples collective musical consciousness. It’s about breaking genres without derailing rhythm – his sets comprise everything from chillwave, to hip hop, to big beat, and are bound to be worth a rave up.
Now, this is a bit of a wildcard, as the man has been out of the public’s ear for quite some time. This isn’t to say he hasn’t been busy as Don Letts – the man who brought Reggae and Dub to the punk crowds by DJing in support of The Clash and The Sex Pistols in the late 70’s - is an absolute legend. Most recently he’s released a film called Strummerville (about the charity established in Joe Strummer’s name), but it is undisputed that this man is made out of music. He’ll be spinning a few plates, and will undoubtedly chuck in a few punk-reggae classics on top of the dub. Go, skank, and have an awesome time in the presence of a living legend.
There are very few words to describe quite how terrifyingly brilliant this band are live. We first caught them at SXSW this year, and were absolutely stunned by the raw, visceral energy that the pair manage to make with a mic, guitar and some beats saved on an ipod. This is the kind of music you’d expect some disaffected kids to make in a car park with a bottle of white lightning. They’re signed to M.I.A’s label and will be smashing it large very soon, mark our words. Seeing them will be the best time you’ll have. EVER.
Egyptian Hip Hop
Another band we’ve been keeping our beady eye on for some time, these young chaps have been given such awful comparisons as “the Horrors grandchildren on prozac”, or “the chill brother band of the Rapture”. The fact that these comparisons are ever so slightly apposite makes it even more annoying. They’re a snotty bunch who make the kind of itchy post-punk pop that got Late of the Pier twitching.
We first saw this lot when they played at a Club Rockfeedback gig about a year ago and were utterly struck by the violent magnetism of the band. Whilst their Joy Division meets 'Bossanova'-era Pixies music alone wouldn’t launch a thousand ships, their huge, lurching male Grace Jones of a frontman could easily sink a couple more with his thousand—mile stare and baritone voice. They’re frankly one of the most compelling and eloquent bands we've seen, and this more than comes across in their onstage presence.
This is in no way a definitive, just a few new-ish bands we think are worth your time checking out. Other than that there are some incredible acts performing - The Flaming Lips, Wild Beasts and LCD Soundsystem would be the big acts to catch, but there is also the hilarious beatboxer Beardyman, Everything Everything, Here We Go Magic, Toro Y Moi and the magnificently terrifying Gaggle. Our man Tom Hocknell will be back next week with a full report.