‘A lot more than your average radio station, Bestival Radio promises to abuse your ears… In a good way of course. Four days of ridiculously sweaty, live broadcasts showcasing the very best of Bestival. Hosted by the very best of the Bestival artists, performers, and the Bestival FM crew.’ – Bestival Website Quote. Bestival Radio this year was inspired by the very best elements of Talking Heads ‘Stop Making Sense’ film. The radio took you on a surreal journey. No wonder I was asked to do a show.
So this year was my 6th Bestival. I’ve been there since the early days, working away in some sort of capacity. This year I worked alongside Lost & Found once more to host Bestival’s new stage, The Wishing Tree. We adopted the guise of rehab therapists that cured people of their obsessions with celebrity culture; Tree-hab. We cured some very sick people of their disturbing conditions including one poor fellow who had been obsessed with Wagner from X-Factor for over a year.
When we weren’t healing people at The Wishing Tree we went mobile dressed as personal trainers who were all obsessed with Cheryl Baker. We set out to break as many world records as possible. I still hold the title of ‘Fastest Jacob’s Cracker Eaten’ at 19.49 seconds. Dry mouth has never been so celebrated. Dressed in the finest of spandex, we also welcomed all the guests that arrived on the Thursday and Friday at the gates doing some Limbo with an excited Madonna (impersonator).
On Sunday Lost & Found were asked to warm up the crowd before Robyn on the main stage. I got the chance to stretch it out and do some hilarious fitness routines in front of 40,000 people. Other highlights of mine were supporting my friends T.E.E.D who performed with Friendly Fires and Hercules and Love Affair at The Big Top. The Maccabees truly rocked my world this weekend and I also had some rather amazingly awkward conversation with the lovely Björk.
It’s that special time of year where I get to get to put on a pair of silly specs and don the mighty Bestival Bluecoat, playing child friendly games that will regress even the grumpiest of grandads back to their carefree days of adolesence. The Bestival Bluecoats are the hosts of Camp Bestival spreading joy to both parent and child alike. They are run by Lost & Found, the notorious funsters and entertainers that definitely know their Zingzillas from their Teletubbies. This festival is a veritable lollapalooza of childish delights ranging from the incredible Mr Tumble to The Gruffalo. It also has some legendary music acts for Mum and Dad to enjoy when the kids are all tucked up in bed. I compèred with the Bluecoat Team as well as leading the fancy dress parade with Lost & Found. Of a night time, the Bluecoat came off and we hosted the Silent Disco tent during the DJ battles between Rob da Bank and Sunday Best‘s Sombrero Sound System. Fun.