Bestival’s Desert Island Disco Dancehall Comes to Southampton with Rob da Bank, Martelo, more


In anticipation of the festival this September, Bestival will be stopping off at Orange Rooms (Southampton) on the 6th June, bringing their Desert Island Disco Dancehall with them. Chief festival curator Rob da Bank will be headlining the warm-up party at Orange Rooms, alongside Martelo, Pelo Rizardo, Cholombian, Morgan Hislop, Johni Parker, and Levi Jules.


Bestival is a four-day music festival held at the Robin Hill country park on the Isle of Wight. It has been held annually in late summer since 2004. The event is organized by Rob da Bank along with his wife Josie and is an off-shoot of his Sunday Best record label and club night series. Bestival 2014 will feature music from OutKast, Foals, Chic (w/ Nile Rodgers), Beck, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Busta Rhymes, Paloma Faith, Basement Jaxx, London Grammar, and many more. DJs lined up to play across the weekend include Sven Väth, Annie Mac, Chase and Status, Andy C, Diplo, Eats Everything, Damian Lazarus, MK, Skream, Jackmaster, and Oneman.

Since Bestival’s inception in 2004, the carefully curated festival has grown from a mere 10,000 in attendance to now well over 50,000. With a reputation as a friendly festival and gaining in credibility with each passing year, attendees of Bestival 2014 are sure to be treated to an unforgettable festival experience, with a top notch atmosphere.

Each year Bestival has a unique overarching theme. The 2014 theme follows on from the 2013 theme, that of HMS Bestival, which imagined the three-day event as a nautical adventure. After travelling through “the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf and docking in Asian ports, trading stories and treasures with Persian kings and medicine men” the HMS Bestival eventually landed on the Desert Island Disco, according to the Bestival website.

The Desert Island Disco Dancehall is an extension of the festival’s theme and will be serving as a taster for the dance-music-orientated parts of Bestival.

Joining Rob da Bank at Orange Rooms will be London based party starter DJ Martelo, who knows a thing or two about getting a crowd going. Anyone who has seen one of his sets or listened to any of his mixtapes will vouch for his deft mixing skills and his top notch tune selection. Joining them will be Southampton duo Pelo Rizardo, Cholombian (recently signed to Sunday Best sister label Silver Bear), Morgan Hislop, Orange Rooms resident Johni Parker, and Levi Jules.

Mixtape Fridays pres: Bestival’s Desert Island Disco Dancehall (Rob Da Bank, Martelo, Cholombian) on 06.06.14 at 21:00

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Adam is a physics graduate from the University of Southampton with an interest in electronic music. He co-founded Sotonight and was involved with SEMSU and other music-related projects while at university.