BESTIVAL co-founders Josie and Rob da Bank are to be named Honorary Fellows of Goldsmiths, University of London, where they met almost 25 years ago.
Growing up in Hampshire, the then Robert Gorham played trombone in brass bands as his father listened to The Beatles.
Rob moved to London in the early 1990s and enrolled on a BA French Studies and History of Art course at Goldsmiths and began playing hip-hop and funk in the city’s clubs under the name of Rob da Bank.
Josie, the creative director and producer of Bestival and Camp Bestival, joined Goldsmiths in 1991 to study illustration.
Rob began his weekend club night Sunday Best in 1994 at the Tea Room des Artistes in Clapham which quickly gained cult status.
After graduating from the Department of Art, Josie designed and made the flyers and banners for Sunday Best, and developed both her skills and reputation for event management.
She had artwork commissioned by a number of top names in music at the time, including Dido and her brother Rollo, before opening the bar Cocomo in Shoreditch.
Rob proposed to Josie at the Glastonbury festival and launched Bestival on the Isle of Wight in 2004 and the couple now live with their children on the Isle of Wight.
In a recent interview with the Goldsmiths Alumni magazine, Goldlink, Rob said he had ended up hanging around London’s 'arty’ scene.
He said: "I love art, but music’s my thing. It was more exciting for me being in south London. Hanging out where the where the Ragga Twins recorded, meeting Fabio and Grooverider and going to dirty raves."