08/03/16 - Bestival are relaunching their longstanding festival radio brand as Bestival FM on Soho Radio.
The Bestival team will present two shows on the internet-based station; Bestival Weekly, reflecting Bestival's music policy across the years, with festival news and announcements, guests and chat, presented on rotation by Bestival curator Rob da Bank and Goldierocks, and Bestival Live, showcasing archive performances from the festival.
Bestival FM's first Bestival Weekly show on Soho Radio will be on Thursday March 10th at 2pm. The Bestival show will be broadcast live at www.sohoradiolondon.com; the soho radio app; tune in radio; and archived on mixcloud.
Bestival FM will become Soho Radio's first dedicated content channel, featuring a diverse array of Bestival's output that will bring the live experience of the festival and its sister events to the airwaves. Following a trial broadcast in 2015, Soho Radio will decamp to Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight to broadcast live from Bestival's site during the event.
Commenting on the partnership, Soho Radio Co-founder Adrian Meehan said: "We are so excited to be working with Bestival throughout the year. We believe by joining forces we can make the radio station into a truly international mouthpiece for our creative community."
Bestival curator Rob da Bank will take on a consultancy role at Soho Radio, drawing on his extensive broadcasting career, which includes more than a decade presenting on Radio 1, 6 Music and Spotify.
Rob da Bank said: "I've had a long and varied radio career and love nothing more than playing new (and sometimes a bit of old) music down the lines to people all over the world.
"It feels like coming home sitting in the studio at Soho Radio - tiny, a bit ramshackle, vinyl decks, as well as the modern stuff, and a view through a buzzing coffee bar out onto the streets of London: people popping into the studio, records being jogged, chatting, laughter - sort of my ideal radio station.
"I can't wait to get this partnership started, and for Bestival FM to enable us to talk music to our loyal fans all year round. We've waited a long time for the right opportunity and this feels like the right one."