Missy Elliott has been announced as the Sunday night headliner for Bestival, marking her first UK show in nine years.
Missy Elliott will headline Bestival's Sunday night.
The 'Work It' hitmaker has been announced as the third headliner for the annual festival, which runs from September 10 - 13, and is ''very excited'' to perform in the UK, having not played a show here for nine years.
She said: ''I can't wait to see all my fans I haven't seen in some time.
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The affectionately regarded Mayor of London is to host the second annual London Music Awards in June.
Boris Johnson is set to host this year’s London Music Awards, in a ceremony held on June 11th at the city’s Roundhouse venue in Chalk Farm.
According to its press release, the Awards “celebrate the achievements of London’s inspiring and aspiring musicians and its legendary performers." It includes a panel featuring the radio DJ Rob da Bank, and examples of the prizes it gives out are ‘Londoners’ Favourite Music Venue’, ‘Rising Stars’ and ‘London Legend’.
While this might seem surprising (what do electable political figures have to do with music?), the move makes sense as the Awards, running for its second year in 2015, are held and sponsored by the Mayor’s Music Fund.
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Charli XCX and Ella Eyre are among a host of female artists that have been added to the line-up for Bestival festival on the Isle of Wight this summer.
Charli XCX and Ella Eyre have been added to the Bestival line-up.
The 'Doing It' hitmaker and the 'Waiting All Night' singer are among a number of female artists who have been added to the bill for the upcoming music event organised by DJ Rob da Bank.
He said: ''Well whaddya know? There are shed loads of amazing people making some startlingly good music at the moment... from pop to leftfield, soul to hip-hop and some ace DJs too, and look, lots of them are female! Whatever next?
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Rob da Bank - Welshman and former drug smuggler Howard Marks and Friends including actor Rhys Ifans who played Marks in a film, perform in concert at The Forum in London, United Kingdom - Saturday 28th February 2015
The popular Isle of Wight festival is landing in Toronto this summer
New Year, New Festival Season and in 2015 one of the best ones is going global - Bestival is going to Toronto. Bestival UK has been a firm favourite in the summer calendar for 12 years having been set up and run by BBC Radio DJ Rob da Bank and his wife Josie.
A firm festival favourite is heading to Canada
This year its popularity is going stateside and it's landing at Hanlan’s Point Beach in Toronto Island on the shore of Lake Ontario during the weekend of June, 12th-13th.
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The Charlatans' late drummer Jon Brookes has been remembered fondly by his peers, with The Smiths legend Johnny Marr leading the tributes following his death yesterday (13.08.13).
The 'One to Another' musician died yesterday morning (13.08.13) aged 44 after a battle with brain cancer, and the former Smiths star has described him as ''one of the good guys''.
Johnny wrote on Twitter: ''Such sad news about the death of Jon Brookes. Like all of The Charlatans Jon was one of the good guys. Love and respect. Johnny.''
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Fatboy Slim is returning to Bestival to headline the opening night of the festival on September 5.
Fatboy Slim is to headline Bestival.
The 49-year-old dance music legend - who topped the bill at the festival when it first launched in 2004 - feels ''honoured'' to be closing the main stage on Friday September 5, and is equally excited by his fellow headliners, Sir Elton John and Snoop Lion, who was previously known as Snoop Dogg.
He said: ''It was at Glastonbury 2003 where I closed the Sunday Best stage for Rob da Bank that I first saw the glint in his eye to create his own festival. 12 months later I was headlining Bestival and ten years on, here I am again, throwing them the biggest birthday bash possible and sharing the main stage alongside Elton John and Snoop Dogg. It's an absolute honour to return for this momentous occasion - staying creative and independent in these times. You've come a long way, baby!''
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Michael Molly's Rise and Fall is set to be released
Michael Molloy, 18, died when the Bestival-bound coach he was on came off the A3 near Hindhead, Surrey in 2012. This shocked a festival circuit, otherwise awash with frivolity. Colin Daulby, 63, from Warrington, Cheshire, and Kerry Ogden, 23, from Maghull, near Liverpool, were also killed in the crash.
But in a touching tribute, a song by the late and aspiring musician, penned before his untimely death, is to be released after support from BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank. "It was Michael's ambition to have his music recognised by the wider world,” said his brother Joe."He never fulfilled that ambition so we, his family, are fulfilling it for him. Michael can never come back and we will never cease to grieve for him. We think about him every hour of every day. Michael's mother Frances added: "The release of Michael's single will represent a small step in the long and hard job of rebuilding our lives. We will always be thankful for the fact that he was the happiest 18-year-old alive at the time of his death. He was fulfilled and full of hopes and dreams. One of those dreams was for his talent to be recognised. The release of Rise and Fall means that will now happen."
Instrumental - Rob Da Bank
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Here at Contactmusic, we’re already taking bets on how many punters at Bestival will be dressing up as Elton John on fancy dress day. Or possibly for the whole weekend. If you’re planning on going to the festival, on the Isle of Wight this summer, you’d better get your outrageous glasses purchased now, because they’re sure to run out pretty soon. Apparently, it was the power of fancy dress that lured Elton to the festival. “I’ve heard that the Bestival audience comes in fancy dress and I can’t wait to see that, they must all look amazing from the stage.”
Elton’s appearance is a serious coup for the festival, which is curated by Radio One DJ Rob da Bank. He admits “I haven't played any of the major festivals in the UK in recent years,” so the chance to catch him at a relatively small (though influential) affair on the ever-expanding UK festival circuit will be a treat. “When the opportunity to play Bestival came up I was very interested,” Elton told The Guardian. "Bestival seems to be more of a people's festival, not too big, and very friendly - I like the idea of that.” Whether or not Elton’s planning on wearing fancy dress too, remains to be seen.
The second of the festival’s headliners to be announced is the US rapper Snoop Lion (the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg, that is), another rarity on the UK’s outdoor gig scene. The event takes place on September 5-8, 2013. Snoop will headline the Saturday night and Elton takes the iconic closing slot on the Sunday.
Geri Halliwell, Andrea Corr, Ben Fogle, Beverley Knight, Chipmunk, Duncan Bannatyne, Ed Byrne, James Cracknell, James Morrison, Maxine Peake, Natasha Kaplinsky, Pamela Stephenson, Paul Rodgers, Rachel Stevens, Rob da Bank and Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Monday 9th May 2011 at Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences London, England