After half an hour of fevered Googling, I still haven't found a negative comment.
After half an hour of fevered Googling, I still haven't found a negative comment. Whether you ask old fans with tour t-shirts from the eighties or the new generation born after the band's formation, Rob da Bank's decision to host The Cure at Bestival 2011 has met universal approval.
Their appearance will be their first UK festival date since July 2004, when they played at Oxygen in Dublin and Move Festival in Manchester. Even Rob da Bank, Bestival organiser and Radio 1 DJ, seems surprised at his luck. “I’ve spent the last twenty years of my life listening to The Cure,” he said, “and the last five attempting to persuade Robert Smith and the crew to hop on a ferry to our magical Isle. I'm still not sure what we've done right but I'm overjoyed that they are coming as Saturday night headliners.”
2011 will mark the 35th year since the group's formation, but fans say their live shows are as strong as ever. On the band's forums, Kazandaath said: “My first cure concert was 1981 Portsmouth Guildhall, my latest (but not last!) 2009 O2 Arena. Both awesome and all the ones in between as awesome. I would say they get better, but you can't better what was already the best.”
Another Cure fan, Luciel, saw them in '89, '92 and '09. She demonstrates their all-encompassing appeal with her heart-warming story: “I was pregnant with my daughter, Alexis, when I went to the '92 show. Guess what? I took her to the 2009 show – her first concert. It was like coming full circle.”
To put their age in to perspective, The Cure formed in the same year as U2, The Clash, Joy Division and Madness. It was also the year of the first Concorde flight, the formation of Apple and a year before the release of Star Wars. The world's changed a lot since then, but The Cure's ability to entertain and amaze hasn't dwindled.
So can we expect something special from their Bestival set? Well, frontman Robert Smith said he's “delighted and excited” and that the band “will do all [they] can to help make it a weekender to remember!”
They'll be helped out by sets from Magnetic Man and Crystal Castles, as well as the legendary Primal Scream who plan to play 'Screamadelica' in full. Speaking on Twitter about today's line-up announcements, RobTroubadour said: “I just told my housemate the news and he put his arms in the air and screamed YEAAH!” – an understandable reaction.
The festival will also host sets from 65daysofstatic, LFO, Brian Wilson and Grandmaster Flash, amongst others. Music lovers can expect the unexpected as dance, indie and hip-hop meets jazz, pop and skiffle across four days of tomfoolery and nonsense.
With plenty more acts to be announced and a lower ticket price than Download, Glastonbury and Reading/Leeds, Bestival is shaping up as next year's must-visit festival. 400 live acts, a quirky atmosphere and an annual fancy dress theme ensures that fans are already stoked. ANewBandADay said: “I would happily trade my (frankly dwindling) dignity for two Bestival tickets.” So would I.