PLAYED ON: Saturday 19 March 2011

Bestival comes to KOKO

Kitty Daisy & Lewis
The Cuban Brothers
Rob Da Bank (DJ)
Dan Le Sac (DJ)
Skinny Lister
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer

Gig info

With just over two weeks to go until Saturday 19th March when all good Bestival-ites descend upon Camden, to take over KOKO and party the night away at our exclusive annual London bash, we can reveal not only our sumptuous line-up of musical goodies but also our hotly debated Bestival Fancy Dress theme for 2011!

Rob da Bank says: "Dressing up and escapism has always been a big part of Bestival and our faithful crew are mega inventive to the point of eccentricity!  This year’s theme of Rock Stars, Pop Stars and Divas should give everyone enough ideas to really let rip with some outrageous, weird and downright flamboyant outfits. There are no excuses! Having said that i hope everyone doesn’t take it too literally – I’d love to see some Frank Zappas, Captain Beefhearts, Skream and Bengas or a Karen Carpenter as much as the better known faces. This has got to be a great opportunity for some group action too! Personally it’s a toss-up between Dolly Parton and Prince… could make for an interesting outfit!"

That’s right it’s time to channel your inner Rock Star, Pop Star or for the more daring, to unleash your inner Diva.  If you’ve ever fancied yourself as the late great Michael Jackson or think you can give Madonna a run for her money in a leotard or perhaps rocking  Slash’s iconic top hat look has always appealed, now’s your chance as we launch our Rock Stars, Pop Stars &  Divas theme.  KOKO is the testing ground for the big one on the Isle of Wight, so we want to see a cornucopia of Kate Bush-a-likes, a deluge of David Bowies and a full-house of Freddie Mercurys rocking, popping but hopefully not stropping (hold it down you Divas!) at our no holds barred rave-up at KOKO and then again in September at Robin Hill Country Park when we’ll be going for the biggest fancy dress party world record again!

Along with all the dressing up shenanigans we’re exceptionally excited to announce that Bestival favourites Kitty Daisy & Lewis will be topping the bill at our exclusive London shindig at KOKO on March 19th. With a new single on Sunday Best imminent (keep an eye out on Monday for more news on that) and the release of the much anticipated second album in the offing, the band will be playing a wealth of brand new self-penned material as well as all the old classics, including ‘Mean Son of a Gun’ and ‘Honolulu Rock-A-Roll-A’, in their first headline appearance in over a year!  That’ll be worth the ticket price alone!

Other top turns playing at our one of one-off Besti-bash include The Cuban Brothers , our intrepid Havana trio who will orchestrate a giddying display of body popping and funk and, most probably, nudity to blow away the winter blues and get people very much focussed on a summer of fun. Joining them will be Eastbourne’s Yaaks who will portray the thoughts of Jean Jacques Rousseau through their six musical minds and the medium of pop music. From philosophy to rhymes from beyond the grave, well almost, as Ghostpoet will be on hand to chill and inspire with his drifting tales of the morning after the night before. High octane folksters Skinny Lister will get things rocking with some foot stomping shanties and Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer will recite the hippest hop in the bestest Queen’s English. 

Bestival main man Rob da Bank will don the ones and twos for one of his legendary party sets, as the visionary behind the beyond eclectic line-ups which have made Bestival so beloved over the past nine years, you can expect to be cutting rug all night long. Also hitting the decks will be the ever amazing Sombrero Sound System who will cross genres and generations to make it a truly special evening and Greg’s Greats who will be dropping the needle on a treasure trove of shellac grooves. Plus we have one more very special guest DJ to be announced soon!


Tickets for this event are available from the venue box office, and can be purchased at face value if payment is made in cash.


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