Bestival at Goldsmiths

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Bestival at Goldsmiths turned the university into an amphitheatre of art, culture and performance. 

Bollywood, Music, Comedy and Street Food - No ticket needed

Transformed by Goldsmiths Fellow and Bestival co-founder Josie da Bank, the grounds radiated the unique magic that has become her trademark and defined Bestival’s aesthetic. Luxurious daybeds, striking festoon, stunning flags and eye-catching attention to detail.


Forecourt: PureGold X Fame Throwa stage

1.00 - Gabby
1.30 - Lia Mice
2.00 - Laura McCafferty
3.00 - Jack Eagle
4.00 - Midas The Cloud
5.10 - Ailsa Tully
5.40 - Talmont
6.10 – Marine

College Green

1.00 – Mellow Vibes
2.00 – Lulu Le Vay
3.30 – Squareglass
5.00 – Debora Ipekel B2B Sean OD
6.00 – Simkin B2B Merrin
7.00 – Vestalus
8.00 – Slow Shudder
9.00 – Ness B2B HNRO
10.00 – Baby Flame

Quad (within Richard Hoggart Building)

1.30 - Megan Tuck
2.00 - Comedy: Kirstie Millar; Kieran Wesley; Fran Barnes
2.30 - William Primett
3.00 - Fille
3.30 - Comedy: Cydney Wood; Lewis Kirkpatrick
4.00 - Spoken Word: Amy Louie Ball; Laura Dixon
4.20 - Anna Baines
4.30 - Rosie Everett
5.00 - Goldsmiths Jazz Collective Hour: Thumb; Captain Lobster
6.00 - Immy
6.30 - Karyma
7.00 – Bubbles


Lectures and films in the Richard Hoggart Building - Free entry

Here's what happened on the day

12-1pm – How to run a festival, with Rob da Bank

Rob and his panel of festival specialists gave insights into what they think is important when launching and managing a festival.  The creativity, the music, the atmosphere and industry secrets will be shared. The panel included Bestival, Simple Things, Field Maneuvers and more.  

12-1pm – Women in radio

Goldierocks and her panel of young female DJs and producers debated where the state of the industry - and how relevant radio is in today's digital world. They discussed very practical career/creative advice about tools/connections you need to get ahead. 

2-3pm – Starting a record label

Ruthie Woodward (NX Records), and Sarah Bolshi (Sunday Best) discussed what it's like launching a music label from their personal experience in the industry.  

2-3pm – Merging creativity: The job of being an artist

Electronic music legend Matthew Herbert examined the "job" of being a creative musician. He looked at how you can "manage" your creativity and make a living out of it. 

2-3pm – From Bowie to Prince: Why losing our heroes hurts so bad

Hosted by Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike  – a media and music academic specialising in fan culture, the cult of dead celebrity, pop culture and music - it explored the role of pop icons in our lives, and how their deaths impact our own identity and mortality. 

3.30-4.30pm - Staying creative in the music industry, with Rosie Lowe & Femme

Staying relevant, up to date, ahead of the curve and creative in the industry is tough.  Rosie Lowe and Femme (both Goldsmiths alumni) talked about their learnings and top tips, hosted and led by Simon Deacon. 

3.30-4.30pm - The Voice & The Busy Mind, with Reeps One

What happens to you when you can create all the time? Can the results lead to another kind of creativity? Reeps One spoke about his Harvard residency and how doing many things at once can unlock your potential. 

3.30-4.30pm – Keynote Interview – Kanya King MBE (MOBO Founder & CEO) 

The founder of MOBO and Goldsmiths Honorary Felllow, Kanya is a pioneer in promoting diversity in music and the arts. Her masterclass explored her work encouraging the next generation of creative stars. 

5.30-6.30pm – Music and Festival Photography Workshop with Victor Frankowski

An introduction to taking photos at music festivals as well a insight into the industry and how it has developed over the last 10 years. 

Afternoon - Film screenings

The Curzon Goldsmiths showed:
1pm - 20,000 Days on Earth
3pm - Purple Rain