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Bestival 2007: Gossip and Soul II Soul join bill


Story by Jack Foley

GOSSIP have now been confirmed to join the line-up for this year’s Bestival (2007), playing on the Friday night before headliners The Chemical Brothers.

Portland Oregon’s the Gossip are one the world’s hottest bands at the moment. Fronted by the controversy-courting Beth Ditto, the band’s high-octane blend of sinewy punk riffs and potent, Gospel tinged vocals has propelled them to the top of the musical tree.

Ditto’s staunch non-conformist stance gained her the top spot in NME’s annual Cool List, which she followed up with second place, bowing only to Kate Moss, in the tome’s Sexiest Woman category, at the recent NME Awards.

Their universally acclaimed third album Standing In The Way Of Control whose title track was written by Ditto as a response to her government’s decision to deny gays the right to marriage in the US has seen the band living up to the hype and cementing their status as bona fide rock-n-roll icons. Their new single Listen Up is out on May 21.

Also included in the line-up are Soul II Soul, who have agreed to do a rare full live show on the Saturday night, as well as Marlena Shaw, the legendary Blue Note soul singer, who will be flying in to belt out her amazing California Soul and other classics as sampled by St Germain and Blueboy on Remember Me.

The amazing Bat For Lashes also returns for her second Bestival performance, along with Deltasonic signing, Candie Payne. Her sweet girl meets boy kitchen pop songs recall late sixties British cinema or a Smiths single sleeve.

This year’s Bestival takes place at Robin Hill Country Park in Newport on the Isle of Wight between September 7 and 9, 2007.

Find out about the headline acts

The full line-up so far is…

Bat For Lashes
Beastie Boys
Billy Bragg
Bonde De Role
Calvin Harris
Candie Payne
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip
Dub Pistols
Fionn Regan
Fujiya & Miyagi
Gregory Isaacs
Horace Andy
Infinite Scale
Jah Wobble
John Foxx (Cathedral Oceans & Metamatic sets)
Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit
Kate Nash
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis
Kode 9 and Spaceape
Man Like Me
Marlena Shaw
Max Sedgley
Mr Hudson and The Library
Plastic Little
Remi Nicole
Seasick Steve
Shy Child
Simian Mobile Disco
Simple Kid
Ska Cubano
Son Of Dave
Sportsday Megaphone
Super Nashwan
The Bobby McGees
The Chemical Brothers
The Cuban Brothers
The Hat
The Kissaway Trail
The Maccabees
The Orb
The Rumblestrips
Thee Earls
Zion Train

Ali B
Andy C
Annie Mac
Barefoot Doctor
Ben Watt
Bobby O Donnell
Boys Noize
Carl Craig
Chris Coco
David Holmes
Different Strokes
Digital Mystikz with Sgt Pokes
DJ Derek
DJ Scratchy
DJ Yoda
Eclectic Method
Eddie Pillar (Acid Jazz)
Erol Alkan
Francois K
Gilles Peterson
Jah Shaka
James Lavelle
Jonny Reggae
Jose Padilla
Justin Robertson
Kicks Like A Mule
Kissy Sell Out
Loose Cannons
Luke Vibert
Mary Anne Hobbs
Max Sedgley
Men in Masks
Mike Monday
Mixmaster Morris
Mr Scruff
Phat Phil Cooper
Rob da Bank
Sombrero Sound System
Stuart Patterson
Tim Westwood

Bestival 2007 Tickets: Adult Tickets – £115; Age 13 to 15 Child Tickets – £57.50; Age 12 & Under Child Tickets – FREE; Campervan Tickets – £45 (per vehicle)