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Rob Da Bank taking Bestival to the US and Europe

By | Published on Wednesday 20 August 2014


Mr Rob Da Bank is going to “knuckle down a bit” and replicate his Bestival franchise over in North America AND at additional sites – that’s sites, plural – in Europe.

Da Bank has confirmed he’s expanding his fancily dressed weekend festival, which for the ten years since it began has been Isle Of Wight-based only, to TBA locations in the States and on the (Euro) continent, and will sign a deal to that effect with overseas reps next week.

Explaining his motivation for doing so, he tells The Telegraph: “The deal has been a long time coming. I’ve never been in this industry for the money but now I’m 40 with three small kids, it’s time to get business minded”.

He adds: “We’ve made a real impression on the festival market and pioneered a lot of ideas. People think Bestival pours multi-millions into my bank account every year and it doesn’t… That’s not a sob story but now it’s time to knuckle down a bit. My 20s and 30s were a total laugh, but now I have to be responsible”.

This year’s 50,000-capacity British Bestival, the tenth anniversary edition, takes place right inside Robin Hill Park between 4-7 Sep, with Outkast, Beck and Foals headlining.