As Rob and Josie Da Bank’s annual fancy dress end-of-season party reaches its 11th year drenched in palm fronds and disco balls, in keeping with its Desert Island Disco theme, here’s what we learned from being stranded at the Isle Of Wight’s biggest ever Caribbean rave-up. 1.
It's been two years since Lauryn Hill last graced a UK stage, and in the intervening period the tribulations of her private life have worked pretty hard to make it seem like she might not ever even make it back. But despite house arrest and a stint in jail for tax evasion, the famously erratic former Fugees singer is back out on the road, touring a new show that's sure to be as divisive as it is in demand. Prior to its arrival on British shores on September 20th, one of the show's first European airings took place last night in the Croatian coastal City of Pula.
Sad news, everyone - UK festival season is at almost at an end, with winter beckoning and only a smattering of exciting record releases to brighten up the gloomy months ahead. But hang on a second, it's not done quite yet - Bestival takes place on the Isle of Wight this weekend, offering one last hurrah for British festival-goers to check out their favourite bands.
Since its advent in 1999, Leeds festival has grown to become a festival that pulls in a crowd of many cliques - there’s the teenagers, fresh-faced with their GCSE results in one hand and plastic tubes of neon paint dappling the other. There’s also the music enthusiasts, a clientele who congregate nonchalantly in the sidelines, tucking highlighted itineraries in their backpacks and bumbags.
Reading and Leeds Festival may have shut its gates again for another year but, as ever, it's given us an array of talking-point sets. Between its world-beating returning heroes (Arctic Monkeys) to its breakthrough stars (Royal Blood, Jungle), via more controversial performers like Fat White Family, tongues were set wagging around both sites. To gauge a sense of what it was like to really be there at the front at some of the weekend's biggest sets, we got fans at Leeds to give their three-word instant reviews straight after the gigs. The bands taking the stand for judgement?