What is rob really like?
"Hello you, you, and you too. It's da Bank here for the next two hours, playing the best in left field, right field and any bloomin' field we can lay our hands on."
So starts a typical morning on Robert 'Rob da Bank' Gorham's weekly BBC Radio One Leftfield Show, a colourful corner of the musical universe where you're as likely to stumble into stripped down motorway techno as you are woozy weird folk or a booty electro cover of an obscure David Bowie tune. It's the same blueprint that has made his annual Bestival festival jamboree the summer's cool ruler since it began in 2004, and it's not a million miles from the Sunday Best parties (entrance famously 99p, Harvey as a monthly resident) he ran upstairs at the Tea Rooms Des Artistes in Clapham back in his days as a roving Muzik magazine journalist in the mid '90s.
This insistence on the eclectic runs through everything, from his long-running Sunday Best Recordings label, his own Lazyboy music or the myriad compilations from the Fabric 24 peak time club mix to 2006's Folk Off to the A-Z of Bestival releases, or his DJ sets and parties everywhere from Ibiza to NYC, right up to the pages of the technicolour coffee table book on the glorious world of festivals (Rob da Bank's A-Z of Festivals for Pan Macmillan). When Rob da Bank describes his modus operandi as "a mad drive the wrong way round a one way system," he's not messing around. Well, he is messing around, because messing around is what he does best, but he means it. And it shows.
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Where & When you can see Rob
Renowned for his up-beat party sets featuring massive anthems, all-time classics and some of the freshest music around, Rob da Bank will be Djing at a venue near you soon...
26th MaySunday Best, Lock Tavern, London
6th JulManchester International Festival, Pavilion Theatre, Manchester
13th JulManchester International Festival, Pavilion Theatre, Manchester
18th JulManchester International Festival, Pavilion Theatre, Manchester
19th JulManchester International Festival, Pavilion Theatre, Manchester
Wellies, Mud & Warm beer!
Sunday Best presents Bestival is the polar opposite of plain.
The four times winner of Best Festival began with the expansion of Sunday Best into a tent at Glastonbury and started at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight with an audience of 7,000 people in 2004. Read More
Welcome to Rob's
Film & Tv
Rob da Bank's involvement in visual media extends far beyond festivals.
As a fan of films, last year saw Rob da Bank performing a live scoring of King Kong enabling him to combine two loves; music and film. This creative direction continues with work going on beyond the scenes on more cinematic and sound adventures. Read More
Rob da Bank re-scored the original 1933 King Kong film live for the first time in May 2011 at the FutureEverything Festival at the RNCM Concert Hall in Manchester. Previously aired on BBC 4, it was the first time that Rob performed this to a live audience.
"So I've been busy digging through my record library and trying to take things from a different angle. Being such a great film it has made it a lot of fun to do. My soundtrack takes in everything from dubstep to rock and lots of electronica and weird beats. I hope people enjoy it!" Rob da Bank
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And then there's the radio.
He and Chris Coco hosted the cult Blue Room show between 2002 'til 2006 after being approached by the BBC who wanted a show to cater for the millennial chill-out boom. Read More