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Bestival 2010, Report by Helen Marshall & Jenny Blyth

It hasn't rained yet.... Thursday was one of the hottest days in weeks, hazy and relaxed, we basked in La Roux and Ded Man in the Big Top playing an array of mid tempo tunes.  Surprises such as Prince, Salt n Pepa and even Chaka Demus and Pliers got a friendly buzz started: well, it was chill out night!  
Friday night and all's well.  What a start to the music proper: RR started off with a bouncy Example's set: Love Kick Starts Again was a crowd pleaser for the early afternoon punters.
We then moved onto Four Tet for some big electronic beats: a trio of endlessly hula hooping ladies were the counterpart as Hebden's face was the picture of intense concentration throughout as he played to a packed Big Top
We then caught up with American chill wave outfit, Neon Indian after their performance of soon to be released album, Psychic Chasm.  The gentle guitar and keyboard sounds complimented the vocals on "Should have done acid with you" was RR's favourite. Lots more info at www.bestival.net

Bestival Thursday Friday 2010 from Helen Marshall on Vimeo.

Gil Scott Heron's wit came through as strongly as his gutsy, brilliant voice on the Main Stage as he cajoled the audience into singing along with a few choice quips.  One genius and a piano were enough to command attention however with keyboard and saxophone later joining the mix, this really was a treat for the appreciative crowd.   

Coming up: DJ Zinc; Dizzee Rascal and the Arcadia Presents The Spider Spectacular Fire Show and, if RR make it into the fabulous but rammed and sweaty Club Dada, a set from G-Swing Supremo DJ Romain Bno....






Come On!
out September 20th 2010
available via iTunes and Amazon
Helix Music / LIX 1

Having been chosen to lend their quirky pop sounds to the animators of a recent online advert by Hewlett Packard and by leading London jewellers and fashionistas Tatty Devine to headline the recent launch party for their new Covent Garden store, hotly tipped quintet missdavinalee are set to release their first single 'Come On!' on Monday 20th September on Helix Music (available on iTunes and Amazon via http://www.missdavinalee.com/comeon ).

Check out the single on Soundcloud here (available to stream or add to widgets, blogs, podcasts and apps): http://soundcloud.com/brucehay/missdavinalee-come-on


Born and brought up in West Harrow, singer, guitarist and all round trouble-maker Davina Lee Cooke ("I like Foals, PJ Harvey, Nirvana and Shangri-Las") assembled her band line-up of bassist and wearer of the hairy chops Roald Madland (who, although first inspired to make music by an A-Ha cassette, formed his first band at the age of 10 to perform AC/DC covers), electronic wizard and cardigan collector Angus Wilson (who used to write jingles for MTV) and Gareth Ashton (plays drums back-to-front) in East London in 2008.  Completing the line-up last year with keyboardist, tattoo lover and certified band hair and make-up specialist Jenny Green, the band have spent the first half of 2010 carefully crafting the early tracks for their debut album, due out early next year.

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