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Dan Le Sac on Bestival

By | Published on Wednesday 10 September 2014

Dan Le Sac

Having officially retired Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip at Bestival last weekend, the former will be using a little of the time now freed up to post occasional columns to CMU, considering the challenges and joys and frustrations of making your way as an artist in this here business of music in 2014. Though first, he wanted to share some thoughts on the place LSVP decided to stage their finale – Rob Da Bank’s Bestival, past, present and future.

Writes Le Sac: “Let just say Besti is beautiful at every step you take, things that most festivals would deem a waste of money just happen at Bestival. The disco is the details. All this beauty, which, as I understand it, Josie da Bank is entirely responsible for making happen, and all this attention to detail breeds nothing short of glee in everyone who walks through the gates, so when a band like Pip and I walk on stage, Robby et al have already ensured a crowd ready to be won”.

But what of recently announced plans by Da Bank to expand the Bestival operation into mainland Europe and the US. Of those plans, Da Bank told 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”. Le Sac notes: “When any idea becomes ‘business minded’, most of us are filled with dread; successful business is often about pasteurisation, it’s about the sterilisation of something to make it safe for the masses, it’s about removing the quirks to protect the bottom line”.

So what about the future? Read Le Sac’s full column to discover why he’s such a bit Bestival fan, and what his hopes are for the future of it.