Bestival boss Rob da Bank: ‘Booking Stevie Wonder was a once in a lifetime thing’

Promoter says he's almost clinched 2013's headliner too

Bestival boss Rob da Bank says that booking Stevie Wonder was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for him as a promoter, after the Motown legend closed the festival last night (September 9) with a two-hour set.

“Booking Stevie Wonder for a promoter is once in a lifetime thing,” Rob Da Bank told NME in a video you can watch above. “It’s like booking Prince. He’s one of my all-time heroes.”

He added: “It wasn’t actually that difficult. It’s well known that with Robert Smith and The Cure it took me seven years to twist his arm into doing it. With Stevie it all happened in about six months. It was a lot quicker but very intense.”

The promoter also said he has started planning next year’s bash, but kept tight-lipped about any possible headliners. “I’ve already started booking some acts,” he says. “A couple of smaller ones – and a possible headliner. Exclusively for you NME.COM, it’s gonna be…no I’m not gonna do that! But it is someone very exciting, or a band that’s very exciting. The first headliner is that close to happening. So fingers crossed it comes off.”

Stevie Wonder immediately endorsed Barack Obama in the forthcoming November US elections when he walked on stage at the Isle of Wight festival last night. “Without him we can’t move forward,” he said to massive cheers. “When I hear ’bout racism it makes me freakin’ sick to the stomach! We are all creations of the almighty.”

New Order paid tribute to Ian Curtis in their headline set on Saturday (September 8), while The xx brought their new album ‘Coexist’ back to home turf in their first UK festival appearance.