Close your eyes. Breathe in the salt air. Hear the seagulls screaming their murderous, terrifying cries to the sea. You’re on England’s Isle of Wight. Now, listen closer. Do you hear that wailing guitar, that anguished howl rising from all the stores who have exhausted their black eyeliner supplies? Could it be? YES. You’re not just on the Isle of Wight… YOU’RE ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT DURING BESTIVAL 2011, LISTENING TO THE CURE PLAY. OMG! (Oh My Goth!)
At least that’s how you’ll feel once you pop this brand new double live album into your CD player/Mp3 listening device! The Cure: Bestival Live 2011 hits US shores on December 6, the magical date when you’ll be able to take in 32 live Cure classics like “The Lovecats” and “Boys Don’t Cry.” And so much more! Bestival festival founder/Sunday Best record label founder/BBC DJ Rob da Bank will release the album on his own Sunday Best label and the Cure superfan had this to say:
Since I was 15 and backcombing my hair, donning my sisters eyeliner and singing the lyrics to “A Forest” into my hairbrush I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with The Cure. To say it reached its peak at Bestival 2011 is an understatement, as after seven years of pestering I not only landed The Cure to headline Bestival, but now appear to be putting out one of their live records on my own record label. How strange! For any of the 50,000 who were at Bestival and saw all or some of the two and a half hour set, this live album will transport you back. For fans of The Cure who didn’t make it I know this will be a legendary addition to your Cure collection!
Proceeds from album sales will go to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, a charitable organization that provides counseling and support service to island residents under twenty-five. Charity Director Eileen Monks said:
What wonderful news that The Cure should choose us, an Island charity of 27 years, to benefit in this way. This came completely out of the blue and at a time when it is becoming extra hard to raise funds to support our work with children and young people on the Island, further cementing our association with young people in their many interests and aspects of their lives. We would like to thank Rob da Bank for his continuing support.
So many quotes! So many Cure jams! So many nice, fuzzy feelings! Crank that double album baby up and let the seagulls scream along.
11.15.11 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall
11.21-23.11 - Hollywood, CA - Pantages Theater
11.25-27.11 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre