Festival Embassy is our new series of feel good micro-festivals brought to you from our House in the heart of Soho. Our first brings you the wondrous world of Bestival with its spirit of discovery and adventure, inspiring peace, love and dancing, where we’ll be bringing you rising stars, intimate acoustic gigs, renowned and emerging DJs and much more!
We caught up with Rob da bank, HoSB founding member and founder of Bestival to have a little chin-wag before the frivolities later this week!
HoSB: You’ve supported The House of St Barnabas for a long time now; what drew you to become a founding member?
RdB: I was shown around the building by an old friend of mine Sandra just before it was being reopened and I not only loved the building but also loved the history of the place and the story behind the charity. it was a no brainer.
HoSB: What can we expect from Festival Embassy x Bestival at The House of St Barnabas?
RdB: We’re looking forward to bringing a large slice of all the things that make Bestival a unique show, right into the centre of London. We’re gonna have some amazing dance music, fantastic bands, delicious food, glam, glitter and some off-the-wall action.
HoSB: Tell us a little bit about the line-up.
RdB: Basement Jaxx were one of Bestival’s original headliners when we started so we’re very excited to have Felix DJing, he’s a bit of a genius when it comes to smashing up dancefloors. We’ve also got sets from my Bestival FM co-host Goldierocks, and Nice-Up’s DJ Shepdog and Serocee and I’ll be getting behind the decks too. In the Chapel, we’re gonna have some acts I’m really excited about including Will Varley, Mary Epworth, Bud and Halia. And we’ll also have tie-dye workshops, Mother’s Day card making, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen brunch and a far out Sound Bath session.
HoSB: For every ticket bought The House of St Barnabas will buy another for someone affected by homelessness. Why do you think opening up access to culture is important?
RdB: Having access to culture shouldn’t be a privilege. It’s an important part of defining your self-identity, it can give you a purpose and a sense of belonging and can shape you in so many ways. Everyone should have a chance to experience that.
HoSB: How does Bestival differ from other festivals?
RdB: I can only speak for how we do things at our festivals but we do it all from the heart. Every detail of how it looks and feels has been thought about. We want people to feel like they’ve really experienced something special and we work really hard to make that happens.
HoSB: What makes HoSB a unique place to enjoy music?
RdB: It’s a stunning building. It’s really warm and welcoming and has an incredible atmosphere that’s hard to find anywhere else.
HoSB: What’s your most played song of the moment?
RdB: Maybe not one that people might expect but i absolutely love The Divine Comedy’s new song – To the Rescue… it’s got such beautiful strings and orchestration and Neil’s lyrics are spot on as ever. it could be an anthem for HoSB… check it!
We’d love for you to join us for our day of music, DJ sets, dazzling acoustic jams, crafts, mouth-wateringly good food and a whole lot of dancing. To find out more and book your tickets just click here.
…And don’t forget, for every ticket bought, one will be given to someone who has been affected by homelessness, opening access to culture, live music and our home in Soho with social inclusion at its heart.