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Bestival 2009: Doves and Elbow join line-up


Story by Jack Foley

MERCURY Music Prize winners Elbow and newly rejuvenated Doves have joined the line-up for Bestival 2009!

Elbow will be headlining the Sunday night of the festival, joining previously announced headliners Kraftwerk and Massive Attack.

Also joining the bill are The Horrors, Toddla T, Polly Scattergood, Casio Kids, Chris Coco, Pete Gooding and loads more live acts and DJs.

Taking place once again at Robin Hill Country Park from the September 11 to 13, 2009, Elbow will be closing the Bestival main stage on Sunday evening with their own special blend of spine tingling atmospheric rock.

Announcing their inclusion, event organiser Rob da Bank said: “Its been a long road to landing our Sunday night headliners, much like the 18-year road our Sunday headliners have travelled ‘til they finally got the exposure they deserve …

“I’m well pleased that Elbow will be bringing things to a majestic grand finale on the Sunday of Bestival and can’t think of a more suitable act after their mammoth year. All that aside they just make brilliant, honest music that judging by the biggest singalong I saw at Glastonbury last year will go down a storm on the Isle of Wight.”

Doves, meanwhile, are all signed up to give the Bestival crowd a spellbinding treat. With their fourth long player Kingdom of Rust just about to drop, the trio are in a rich vein of form.

Other acts confirmed to be crossing the Solent to join the melee this September will include The Horrors, new wave shoe-gazers The Big Pink, Polly Scattergood, Norwegian keyboard botherers Casio Kids will provide and all-girl trio The Duloks.

There will also be live sets from Fresh Legs, XO-Man and The Ghost, whilst the late night discotheque action will be enlivened with the addition of beat alchemist Toddla T.

Island Day

This year at Bestival the whole of Saturday on the bandstand will be a glorious celebration of the Isle of Wight’s own incredible musical talents, dubbed, not unreasonably, Island Day.

The cream of the island’s scenesters will be displaying their talents for all to behold with sets from JC and Angelina, Wightlight Orchestra, Guy Page Trio, Santa Spirita, Joe Stilgoe and many more.

Explaining the idea behind Island Day, Rob da Bank said: “Each year I get inundated with CDs of amazing bands and DJs from the Island and I can never fit enough on so this year we’re giving the whole of the Saturday day and night on the Bandstand over to Isle Of Wight talent.

“From Blank Beats to The Shoots we’ve got the cream of the local bands and watch out for an announcement on a DJ day too.”

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