Paloma Faith and Basement Jaxx join Bestival bill

By Emily Pearce

Monday, March 3, 2014


Paloma Faith and Basement Jaxx join Bestival bill

Paloma Faith will be performing in the Big Top on Sunday night. Picture copyright Alice Hawkins

SONGSTRESS Paloma Faith, dance duo Basement Jaxx and soul diva Candi Staton are the latest acts to be added to the Bestival bill.

They will play the Isle of Wight event, which has a Desert Island Disco theme, in September, along with Outkast, Foals, Beck and Chic featuring Nile Rogers.

The glamorous Paloma Faith, who will close the festival with a set in the Big Top, on Sunday night, said: "Bestival is the best festival because everyone gets dressed up and I will be too, dressing my band up.

"It’s so perfect I should be invited to play at this festival this year because my new album, A Perfect Contradiction, was all influenced by the history of soul music, particularly disco. So, I was listening to artists like Candi Staton, Prince, Chaka Khan, Gloria Gaynor, all of those types of artists. Parliament, Funkadelic, the lot. It is my favourite festival without a doubt — I’m so excited, see you there!"

Basement Jaxx's Felix Buxton said they were looking forward to returning to Robin Hill, after headlining the very first Bestival.

"It was an honour and a pleasure to headline the very first Bestival — and we are very pleased to be back!" he said.

With a back catalogue of hits including Where's Your Head At?, Plug It In and Oh My Gosh, they are sure to get the crowd dancing.

Candi Staton, best known for Young Hearts Run Free and You Got the Love, has also joined the bill.

Bestival curator Rob da Bank said: "Desert Island Disco seems to have lit up everyone’s imaginations with its mirrorball and palm tree vibes going down really well. So we though we'd add some disco divas and pure upfront house legends to the bill.

"Basement Jaxx did us the great honour of headlining the first ever Bestival way back when, so I'm doubly chuffed they're coming back to tear it up. Paloma played a few years back when she was just starting out and, on the eve of her disco inspired album coming out, we thought it'd be rude not to.

"And where do I start with Candi Staton? She may not have played Bestival before but her hits have been caned by DJs over the years. 'You Got The Love’ is surely gonna be one of those 'moments' at Bestival 2014. See you at the Disco."

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