Rob da Bank says: “What can I say? What a day! I see part of my job at Bestival as giving you acts you may never have seen or will get the chance to see again… so, I’m hoping you feel as happy as I do as we announce the legendary Stevie Wonder as Sunday night headliner! A winner of 25 Grammy Awards, the most ever for a solo artist, this man’s music has always been part of the da Bank home listening experience and also a favourite at our Sunday Best and Bestival parties and this is a very rare chance to see a legend in action. See you there!”
A man of unparalleled fame, Stevie Wonder is our musical definition of sunshine. From his first number 1 hit, ‘Fingertips, Part 2’ at the age of 13, to the present day, he is one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music. With a run of 5 classic mid-70s albums that included ‘Talking Book’, ‘Innervisions’ and ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ and platinum selling albums in the 80s, producing a string of hit singles including ‘Superstition’, ‘Higher Ground’, ‘Living for the City’ ‘Masterblaster (Jammin’)’ and ‘Happy Birthday’ which became the rallying song of Stevie’s efforts that helped make Martin Luther King’s birthday a national holiday in the US, his influence is timeless. And, almost unbelievably, he is coming to the Isle of Wight to close Bestival 2012 in a UK festival exclusive with a live performance tour de force and we are about as excited as we’ve ever been! So, make sure you join us at Robin Hill Country Park this September to witness one of the greatest acts of all time.
With over 20 stages of live music from more than 300 bands soundtracking your escape from reality, Bestival is the fans’ favourite festival, with a wealth of hidden treasures peppered across the site. From the old world southern American charms of the Swamp Shack and the magical aura of the Wishing Tree, to the mayhem of the Wall of Death and the rush of the Roller Disco it’s a non-stop party paradise and the greatest show on earth! See you down the front!
Don’t forget, we still have our Friday night headliner to announce as well as lots more amazing escapist action so keep on checking in at the ever expanding www.bestival.net, and our Facebook page and Twitter for all the super-fresh, up to the minute business.
All The Acts Announced So far:
Stevie Wonder / New Order / The xx / Sigur Rós / Friendly Fires / 2manydjs – live / Soulwax / Justice / Two Door Cinema Club / Hot Chip / Bat For Lashes / Nero / Emeli Sandé / Orbital / SBTRKT / Warpaint / De La Soul / Roots Manuva / Major Lazer / Sister Sledge / Gary Numan / The Horrors / Spiritualized / Death In Vegas / Doom / Ben Howard / Michael Kiwanuka / Sub Focus / Azealia Banks / Alabama Shakes / Kevin Saunderson feat. Inner City live / Gallows / Rizzle Kicks / Buraka Som Sistema / Sage Francis / Grimes / Bellowhead / Earth Wind & Fire Experience feat Al McKay / Django Django / Little Dragon / Gold Panda / Adam Ant & The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse / The Cuban Brothers / Top Cat featuring Sir Coxsone Outernational / Chairlift / Iceage / Ren Harvieu / Lianne La Havas / Delilah / First Aid Kit / Gesaffelstein / Daughter / Zulu Winter / Ane Brun / Friends / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs / King Khan and The Shrines / The Japanese Popstars / Chas & Dave / Dub Pistols / Factory Floor / Charli XCX / Errors / King Krule / Toy / Kindness / Dismantle / Dirty Beaches / Drums Of Death / Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard / General Levy / Slagsmålsklubben / Jaipur Kawa Brass Band / Field Music / Jinja Safari /Jaipur Kawa Circus / B.Dolan's Church of Love & Ruin / 2:54 / Frankie Rose / Porcelain Raft / Milagres / 3 Bonzos & a Piano / Prince Fatty / Liz Green / Trailer Trash Tracys / Forest Swords / Alt-J / Skinny Lister / Josh Kumra / Ryan Keen / Stay+ / Nina Nesbitt / BIGkids / Gabrielle Aplin / Fiction / Turbowolf / Misty's Big Adventure / This Is The Kit / Young British Artists / Patterns / Ghost Outfit / L.A. Salami / To Kill A King / Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo / Heathward / Laurel Collective / ahab / Gecko / Model Society / Sky Sphere / Blackhouse Crow / The Lovely Eggs / St Spirit / Charming / Shepherds / Seán McGowan
DJ Sets From Rob da Bank And Friends:
Annie Mac Presents / Four Tet b2b Caribou / The 2 Bears / David Rodigan MBE presents Ram Jam / Dirtybird showcase feat. Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin & Eats Everything / François Kevorkian / Moodymann / DJ Yoda / Maya Jane Coles / Scuba / Kavinsky / LTJ Bukem / Plastician / Greg Wilson / Doctor P / Pearson Sound / Borgore / Flux Pavilion / Max Cooper / Gemini / Krystal Klear / Pangaea / Billy Daniel Bunter / Pariah / Trolley Snatcha / Warm & Electric Minds / Scratch Perverts / Koan Sound / Camo & Krooked / Giles Smith & James Priestley (secretsundaze) / Mosca / Numbers showcase: Oneman b2b Jackmaster, Deadboy, Spencer, Redinho / Ben UFO / PBR Streetgang / Jaguar Skills & His Amazing Friends / Blawan / Girl Unit / Chris Coco / Pete Gooding / Phil Mison / DJ Shepdog / Shellac Collective / DJ Charge
And in the Ambient Forest: Mixmaster Morris, Chris Coco, Pete Gooding, Phil Mison
Brainfeeder Presents Thundercat, The Gaslamp Killer, Teebs, Lapalux, Jeremiah Jae, DJ Kutmah