The Pig’s Big Ballroom at Bestival, September 2013

Perhaps the area I spent the most time in during the excellent Bestival 2013 was The Pig’s Big Ballroom in the Port area of the site. Curated by Greg Butler of Greg’s Greats and The Shellac Collective and decorated beautifully by the Bo Nanafana Social Club team, it not only housed a number of familiar faces, giving it a ‘home from home’ feel for me, but in this wonderful setting of music hall Victoriana and curios was a number of superb and eclectic acts. I’m aware I only saw a fraction of what was on offer here over the weekend but it provided me with some of my favourite moments and memories of the festival. Far too many to mention them all but some special highlights were The Vagaband, CC Smugglers, Duke Special, The Edison Brothers’ Cylinder Set, The Henry Brothers – performing with a smile songs so dark that Nick Cave would think twice about them – and much, much more.

auntie maureen of the shellac collective

auntie maureen of the shellac collective

bestival

bestival - the vagaband at pig's big ballroom

Kipper Cat at the Pig's Big Ballroom

Kipper Cat at the Pig’s Big Ballroom

the vagaband at the pig's big ballroom

the vagaband at the pig’s big ballroom

bestival - pig's big ballroom, edison brothers cylinder set

bestival - pig's big ballroom

bestival - pig's big ballroom, edison brothers cylinder set

the edison brothers' cylinder set in the pig's big ballroom

the edison brothers’ cylinder set in the pig’s big ballroom

duke special dancing with the bo crew in the pig's big ballroom

duke special dancing with the bo crew in the pig’s big ballroom

preparing for the cylinder set

preparing for the cylinder set

cc smugglers

cc smugglers

jaz delorean, playing accordion with duke special

jaz delorean, playing accordion with duke special

henry brothers

henry brothers

bestival - pig's big ballroom

duke special

duke special

duke special

duke special

duke special

duke special

dj78

dj78

auntie maureen

auntie maureen

duke special

duke special

tony tunes

tony tunes

bestival - pig's big ballroom

bestival - pig's big ballroom

the henry brothers

the henry brothers

bestival - pig's big ballroom, henry brothers

audience for cc smugglers

audience for cc smugglers

cc smugglers join the audience

cc smugglers join the audience

cc smugglers in the audience

cc smugglers in the audience

finale

finale

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