Camp Bestival: Rob da Bank wins loan case

BESTIVAL founder Rob da Bank celebrates after winning his four-year lawsuit against him – sued for £650,000 over an alleged unpaid loan.

The DJ, real name Robert Gorham, appeared in Central London County Court charged with failing to repay a loan given to him by TicketLine to save the struggling festival in 2018.

The festival was originally held at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight in 2004, and quickly became a major event on the music festival calendar – attracting the likes of Elton John, Duran Duran, Kraftwerk , The Cure and Stevie Wonder, before moving to Dorset.

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In 2018, Bestival struggled financially – and almost didn’t move forward, until it was rescued with an 11th hour cash injection, the court heard.

TicketLine Network Ltd claimed to have personally loaned the bank and event co-director John Hughes around £1million to keep the event going, but he ‘refused’ to repay around £650,000 of it .

The festival guru argued that he had never taken a personal loan so he shouldn’t have to pay it back.

Da Bank also told the judge that he had not been directly involved in the financial side of the business.

Rob da Bank in 2016.

After the judge ruled in favor of the Bestival promoter, da Bank said: “Josie and I are so happy and relieved that truth and justice have prevailed, and that four years of grueling legal proceedings are behind us.

“We are so grateful to our incredibly loyal friends and families for allowing us to continue – and to our legal team at Russell, Sara and Jonathan, for proving our innocence beyond doubt.

“We now look forward to getting back to what matters most to us – our children and families, playing with friends in the fields and at festivals, and launching our brand new Camp Bestival festival in August.”

This year’s Camp Bestival will be held at Lulworth Castle in Dorset and Weston Park in Shropshire.

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Russell Strong, partner at Greenwoods Legal LLP, who represented da Bank, said: “Justice has been served. While the case against Robby has changed on several occasions, he has maintained from the outset that no money will be given to him. had been loaned personally – and so he was found.”

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Jan G. Gilbert