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.
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