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Rob da Bank's A-Z of Festivals: My Festival Life in 26 Letters Hardcover – 1 May 2009

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752227009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752227009
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 725,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'the book's entries are an idiosyncratic choice as to what makes up the festivals' fabric...a valuable overview of what's on offer'
-- Record Collector

'the guidebook of mudfests, raves and cultural carnivals...Every true festival junky should own this book.'
-- Real Travel

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'the guidebook of mudfests, raves and cultural carnivals...Every true festival junky should own this book.'

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This is a really funky little book. Like Bestival & Camp Bestival, it's for adults who like to unleash their inner child by dressing up in fancy dress, heading off into the great outdoors and having a fantastic couple of days accompanied by music, comedy & all sorts of other stuff. It's full of lovely hand-drawn pictures, and the text is Rob da Bank's personal account of his obsession with festivals large & small. Probably the perfect birthday present for friends who love festivals, but then again if you know someone who's never been to one, this might easily inpsire them to get the wellies out and give it a go.
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Format: Hardcover
Rob da Bank's A-Z Of Festivals
By Rob da Bank
Illustrations by Josie da Bank
(Boxtree)
Radio 1 DJ and Bestival organiser, Rob da Bank has been going to music festivals for as long as he can remember, and his A-Z Of Festivals (subtitled: My Life Of Music, Mud, And Mayhem In 26 Letters) explains why. Festivals are listed alphabetically, and he writes passionately from both personal experience, and from an historical context. Both approaches work. His writing on the 1970 Isle Of Wight gathering offers up some interesting snippets, as do his pieces on Glastonbury and Reading (yes, I was there when Meatloaf took a carefully wrapped faecal parcel directly in the mooey - good times).

Some of his more personal observations can be a little rose-tinted. When talking about Cornbury he rightly comments on the excellent facilities, food, etc., but omits to mention the high attendance of twatty middle-class gits and their obnoxious offspring (Tarquin, Crispin and Jemima take note: if you spill my cider, your daddy will pay, one way or the other). And Latitude receives much kudos for its greener than green policy of solar powered showers, deposits for beer glasses and composting toilets, though I suspect he's never used the latter. An hour into the weekend, the smell of stale urine is fiercely overwhelming, and you wouldn't pass a solid in one if Nick Cave offered to come to play in your tent for free.

Then there are the omissions; what about Leicester's very own Summer Sundae, and Fairport's annual Cropredy beano? Apart from that, a thoroughly good read. Ideal to dip into when reading in my own toilet, where there's always paper to hand, rarely a queue outside and it's yet to be upturned while I'm halfway through the business (or the chapter on the Montreux Jazz Festival). 7/10.
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Saw Rob on Breakfast TV & loved the interview. Ordered the book for my daughter, a keen Festival go'er who really enjoyed the read & would recommend.
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As a regular festival go-er, this book is excellent and has given us some fab ideas for 2012 festivals. Good buy and fast delivery.
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Bit of fun yet useful gift for my son.
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