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Bestival 2009: Live Acts: Elbow + Kraftwerk + Massive Attack + MGMT + Fleet Foxes + Seasick Steve + Lily Allen + Klaxons + Bat For Lashes + Soulwax + Doves + The Horrors + The Big Pink + Polly Scattergood + Casiokids + The Duloks + Fresh Legs + Xo-Man + The Ghost + More To Be Announced!
This is The Year Of The Spectacular at Bestival – from the stupendous bands and DJs playing to an out of this world pyrotechnic spectacular called Blastival! See www.bestival.net for further information.
The Brit Award winning melancholic and emotional guitar-based band from Manchester, full of romantic realism and epic stadium anthems. Guy Garvey and the boys became the soundtrack to almost every major sporting event, fireworks display or emotional 'journey' on television with their symphonic powerful anthem 'One Day Like This' (plus they recorded 'First Steps' as the BBC theme for the 2012 London Olympics). Their impressive back catalogue includes 6 UK top 10 albums, with 2014's 'The Take Off And Landing Of Everything' and 2017's 'Little Fictions' both reaching the number 1 position.
Elbow tour dates
The German Gods of electronic music, Kraftwerk have been electronica pioneers and flag-bearers since the late 70s and show no signs of slowing down. Songs like 'The Model' (a no 1 UK single), 'Trans-Europe Express', 'The Robots' and 'Tour De France' inspired a generation of bedroom pioneers to pick up their keyboards and play. Without them, modern dance music (ambient, techno and trance) would be a far darker place - if it were there at all.
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Along with Portishead and Tricky, Massive Attack remain one of the most respected acts from the famed "Triphop" scene. Robert Del Naja
Grant Marshall have used an array of guest vocalists and musical collaborations throughout their career, with each album growing to a higher level. Their success story is somewhat surprisingly for an act who are genuinely quite publicity shy and have almost fought against the mainstream.
Their seminal million-plus selling debut album Blue Lines spawned the hypnotic and timeless anthem 'Unfinished Sympathy' featuring the powerful vocals of Shara Nelson, while further success came from second album Protection featuring the unmistakable voice of Everything But The Girl's Tracey Thorn.
Their third release Mezzanine sold over 4 million copies, making it their biggest selling release to date, perhaps in part to the haunting single 'Teardrop' which featured the breathy voice of Liz Fraser from the Cocteau Twins. Further albums 100th Window and Heligoland have continued to break musical barriers and push their sound ever forward.
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New York duo Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, who, after finding a shared love of obscure, twee music, started MGMT and began making their deliciously sparkly retro pop, heavily influenced by the likes of Bowie, Spaceman 3 and The Incredible String Band. Their eponymously titled 3rd album in 2013 saw them reaching further out there.
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Fleet Foxes blend West Coast harmonies with a European baroque sensibility and many have drawn comparisons with legendary acts such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Beach Boys. The band themselves have described their sound as 'baroque, harmonic pop jams'.
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2016 saw Steve perform his biggest ever headline show at The SSE Arena, Wembley and achieve his 5th consecutive Top 10 album in the UK with his new album, ‘Keepin' The Horse Between Me And The Ground’. ‘Keepin' The Horse Between Me And The Ground’ has Steve in the saddle and holding the reins, so what you get here is a good ol' Seasick mix of boogie, blues, rock, americana, folk-music. It’s an album celebrating being alive, still going strong, and loving every minute of it.
Seasick Steve tour dates
For a London girl who kick-started her career on the now almost forgotten social networking site myspace, Lily Allen soon became a sensation,emerging with her iconic debut No 1 single ‘Smile’. Her cheeky songs, down-to-earth lyrics and dramatic sense of fashion earned her a place at the top of the charts and has seen her climb her way out of Internet-based cultdom, into mainstream commercial success and critical acclaim.
Her 2006 debut album 'Alright, Still' combined pure pop with ska, reggae and hip hop influences and to date has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. 2009's follow-up 'It's Not Me, It's You' took in electropop, country and even jazz, scoring memorable hits including 'Not Fair' and the no.1 single 'The Fear'.
Allen then took a music hiatus, launching her own clothes shop and raising a family, before returning in 2014 with third album 'Sheezus', taking her music in a more R&B and urban direction. In 2017 she colloborated with Giggs on a new single 'Trigger Bang' with the announcement of a new album to follow in Summer 2018.
Lily Allen tour dates
Neo-rave meets indie-rock from this London band, who merge guitars with synthesized sound to create their unique acid-rave sci-fi punk-funk sound. With influences ranging from Bowie to KLF, Klaxons' art-rock-rave-revolution has been setting fire to dancefloors across the country.
Klaxons tour dates
Sublimely twisted folk made up of pianos, guitars, harpsichords and wistful electronics, embellished by the transcendent voice of the beautiful Natasha Khan. Surrounded by myth and legend, largely created by Khan herself, Bat for Lashes are more than just music; 'a never-ending story of fantastic dreams and heartbreaking reality - the chapters unfold with a sense of wonder and slow, powerfully evoked drama. Bat For Lashes inhabit a magical kingdom you won't want to leave.' (The Guardian)
Bat For Lashes tour dates
Belgian brothers David & Stephen Dewaele, best known for their alter-egos as 2 Many DJs or, less often, the Flying Dewaele Brothers. Famous for their leftfield remixes and As Heard On Radio Soulwax...series, the brothers are one of the most sought after acts around.
Soulwax tour dates
One of the UK's best indie rock bands (and former members of 'Sub Sub) whose first two albums have allowed the band to dispense with comparisons and forge their own sound. Mellow guitar-driven indie with irresistable chord arrangements, which sometimes give way to playful dance undercurrents, their Glasto 2002 and 2003 sets have been festival highlights for any lucky enough to hear them.
Doves tour dates
From their initial somewhat shambolic goth-garage-punk beginnings, covering Screaming Lord Sutch's 'Jack The Ripper' and having an admiration for The Sonics, Faris Badwan and friends have matured considerably over the course of their career, becoming a respected name and stadium-level stars. Their dark gothic sounds now lean more towards Nick Cave and Joy Division than their original garage-rock roots.
The not-so-difficult second album 'Primary Colours' was awarded NME's best album of 2009 and received a Mercury Prize nomination, while 2011's 'Skying' and 2014's 'Luminous' both met with great critical acclaim, entering the UK Official Album Chart at numbers 5 and 6 respectively, while 2017 saw the release of 'V', their 5th album.
The Horrors tour dates
London duo The Big Pink whose drone-led soundscapes and dreamy vocals put them somewhere in the same category as MGMT and has led to support slots with the likes of TV On The Radio.
The Big Pink tour dates
'Polly's eclectic mix of music is a testimony to her phenomenal self-taught talent and remarkable self-drive to tell stories through her music'- Big Note.
Polly Scattergood tour dates
Scandinavian electro outfit hailing from the celebrated music scene in Bergen, Norway – also home to Röyksopp, The Whitest Boy Alive, Ungdomskulen and Datarock.
Casiokids tour dates
'A bit of Kevin Blechdom but with more of a Shaggs flavour. Duloks have made us recover our trust in music and headbands'- East London Post. 'A repertoire of pure fun.... sexy synths and blistering drum beats'- Moles, Bath.
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