Camp Bestival’s Rob Da Bank sued for £650,000 by TicketLine

Bestival and co-founder of Camp Bestival Robert Gorham is being sued for £650,000 by TicketLine for allegedly failing to repay in full a loan taken out to support Bestival (cap. 40,000) before the festival went into administration in 2018.

Gorham, otherwise known as Rob Da Bank, appeared in County Court in central London where, according to Mail Online, Ticketline accused him of refusing to repay around £650,000 of a £1million loan of £ which had been granted to keep Bestival afloat.

Ticketline said it made the loan directly to Gorham and co-director John Hughes to “save the day” because they weren’t confident their money would be safe if loaned to the Bestival company.

In 2019, LN-Gaiety and Live Nation Entertainment’s SJM Concerts formed a 50/50 joint venture to acquire Bestival and Camp Bestival (26,000). The events had been forced into administration by main creditor The Richmond Group, who then acquired the assets for £1.1million through a newly formed company, Safe Festivals Group.

While Bestival is no longer staged, Live Nation expanded Camp Bestival at a second site this year. The family festivals with a capacity of 30,000 will take place at Weston Park from August 18-21 in Shropshire and at Lulworth Castle in Dorset from July 28-31.

Working alongside his illustrator wife Josie, Gorham launched the first Camp Bestival in 2008. He continues to oversee the event.

Jan G. Gilbert