Friday: Bestival was upon us again last weekend, the last festival of the summer! Last year the festival was plagued by a LOT of rain, so we were all keeping our fingers crossed for an Indian summer. We lucked out it was beauuuutiful!
I was performing 6 shows, 4 at Time for Tease Tent and 1 on in the Big Top and 1 on the Main Stage. Time for Tease has a great atmosphere and its always a nice atmosphere backstage. Everyone there are seasoned burlesque professionals, Zoe is super organised and stage manager extraordinaire Sean Mooney was there to make sure everything ran super smooth, which it did. My festival partner in crime Kitty Bang Bang was there too, not only one of the most high energy and best performers on the circuit she can always be relied upon for minksy fun.
Saturday: After my ‘Carry On’ show at Time for Tease on Friday I had a reasonably early night, (still exhausted from Paris) and then spent most of Saturday putting finishing touches to my Barbarella costume. I have been performing my Barbarella show for over two years, and I have slowly been upgrading the costume, it gets tired after so many moon landings!
For my first ever Barbarella show I wore some pretty bad thigh high silver stripper boots (they were the only silver boots I could find) and a customised shirt sprayed silver. I’m actually pretty bad in seriously high heels so those boots were a NIGHTMARE. Anyway the costume is now much improved. New additions include: my original 1960s ex-BBC helmet and space pack from the big Angels costume sale, I had to get up at 4am but it was worth it, new flaming lazer gun! It’s still a bit trial and error getting it to work properly but I love the zap of flame it gives, plus super sparkly new trim on my boots and suit!
After my Barbarella show at Time for Tease I ran over to the Big Top where I had enlisted the help of Kitty Bang Bang and Mr Cutlass as my Martian backing dancers. I’m a huge fan of catsuits and I was very kindly supplied these green zentai suits by www.legwearuk.co.uk . I use their white and leopard print suits in my acts- I love them. Kitty and Cutlass looked ‘out of this world’…..ha ha
The Big Top is the biggest tent at Bestival so it was a fun show, although the DJ did lean on my CD and stop it half way through and then ran away from the deck! Leaving me standing helmet in hand, in silence! Luckily the music started again so after a bit of filling I was back on track. Phew.
After a cat nap I headed back to Time for Tease for the midnight Barbarella show. It was packed out, the atmosphere was great, the rose wine woke me up. Result.
Post show Kitty and I headed over to catch Paloma Faith in the Red Bull Tent. What a great set! I loved her harlequin space costume for one. Paloma used to peform on the burlesque cabaret circuit (although sadly I never worked with her) and it really comes through on her face and actions, it was awesome! Bravo!
Exhausted I crawled into my tent- Main Stage tomorrow!
Sunday: After my final afternoon show at Time for Tease I headed to the Main Stage. The 12 year old girl inside of me still gets excited when I get backstage passes. I think I must be like that scene in ‘Wayne’s World’ brandishing my shiny wristband to burly security guards and then trying to walk with the feeling: ‘Yes I’m supposed to be here…..oh shit there’s Kate Moss! Don’t look! You don’t want to look un-cool! Nonchalance Lynchy, remember nonchalance!’
All the production staff at Bestival are awesome. Rob da Bank , who runs the entire festival with his partner Josie, is actually walking around the whole time making sure everything is going to plan and still remembers everyone’s names. It’s the fourth time I have worked for them so I feel almost seasoned. Sarah Holgate works for artist liaison and I met her the first time I did Camp Bestival and we really hit it off. Not only is she super efficient but also incredibly nice and gorgeous too! We are now proper friends and it’s always great to work with her. I hope one day I can afford to hire her as my ‘nice-but-don’t-mess-with-manger’. I can dream.
I was soo excited and a bit nervous about the Mains Stage, I was going on just before The Doves, so the crowd was pretty huge.
My friend Lou had replaced Kitty as Martian number 2 so we were all set. As I made my way across the stage I could make out the crowd through my visor! 1000s! But then I heard some one MC’ing. Yes that’s right MC-ing over my Space Odyssey music. Confused, I took off my helmet gave a salute and whoever it was kept saying things like ‘touch your willy’ ‘pull your pants down’ ‘sexy time’. Soooo offensive, embarrassing and downright rude. How would you like it if I pulled you mic out and danced over your set Mr MC? Grrrrrrr! I still enjoyed it, but sadly my attempts to vaporize the MC with my lazer gun failed!
Anyway I soon forgot about it- with my last show done it was now my night off and time to have some fun! I then bumped into the lovely Elbow front man Guy Garvey. Last year I was in their video for their single Grounds For Divorce, where we spent the day gallivanting round a replica Wild West town in Kent. It’s my favourite video I have done so far by. plus I get to start a bar fight.
Guy has one of the nicest voices you can imagine- so nice he even has his own radio show which I am a listener of, check out his dulcid tones here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/garvey/biog.shtml
Elbow were brilliant, what a perfect Sunday night spot! Later we all ended up in Carl Cox, who smashed it, he really looked like he was having a good time too. There was also this huge electronic robot on stage too- does anyone know who it is? I want to work with him!
After Carl Cox we hit some late night parties, and accosted a pineapple who amazingly stayed with us for the rest of the night. After turning in finally at 9am we were pretty much the only people left on the campsite at 4pm. Ooops.
I heart you Bestival!