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Camp Bestival Preview – Arrested Development...

Camp Bestival Preview – Arrested Development Interview

It’s not long now until Camp Bestival begins and I’ve been fortunate enough to interview Speech from Arrested Development who are one of the main acts performing at this year’s event. Founded by Speech in Atlanta, Georgia back in 1988 with their positive afrocentric themes providing a positive alternative to the gangsta rap made popular in the early 1990s. Many of those positive themes and messages are just as relevant to society today.

The Grammy Award winning band has undergone some line up changes over the years but those attending the festival will be fortunate to see the present line up of Speech (vocals), Tasha LaRae (vocals), 1 Love (vocals), Za’ (bass), JJ Boogie (guitar) and Fareedah (dance). Despite their topics being an observation and celebration of black culture in America, the band have a diverse appeal that many can relate to.

Speech, for those of you who might be new to Arrested Development which four tracks from your back catalogue would you encourage them to check out first?
Tennessee
Mr Wendal
I Don’t See You At The Club
Living
 
With such a huge back catalogue how do you go about deciding on which tracks to add to your set list?
We learn and practice about 50 songs and I choose literally while on stage what songs to go into next.
 
Over the years how have you and the group changed your approach to performing live and touring in general?
Not really. Our live shows have a lot to do with the audience, if they’re connected were extra connected!
 
This year you have released two new albums This Was Never Home and Changing The Narrative. The latter has been made available for free, can you tell us about how the idea came about and how fans can get hold of a copy?
We wanted to give back to our fan base! Get both albums now at ADtheBand.com

With Camp Bestival only a month away what can those fortunate enough to be there expect from your show?
A celebratory Energy, a great example of hip-hop tradition, with dance, singing and artistry.

If you like what you hear then you can get your hands on their music on Spotify and www.adtheband2.com. Don’t forget to stay up to date with future announcements on Facebook, Twitter @ADtheBAND and Instagram @ADtheband. Arrested Development are part of the MN2s team and you can read more about the band over on their website www.mn2s.com.

Camp Bestival takes place on the weekend of 28th-31st July at Lulworth Castle in Dorset. The event is the “little sister” to Rob Da Bank’s Bestival over on the Isle of Wight. The family orientated festival features live performances from Fat Boy Slim, Tears For Fears, Jess Glynne, Turin Brakes, Katy B, DJ Yoda and Dawn Penn. As well as music you will find comedy, theatre, poetry, food and activities for all the family.

You can join us as there are a limited number of day and weekend tickets are available from the following outlets…

Ticketline / 0844 888 4410
Ticketmaster / 0844 844 0444
Days Out With Kids / 01202 830838
Festicket: Ticket & Accomodation Packages
Big Green Coach: Ticket & Travel Packages

For more information on ticket prices including the age break downs check out www.campbestival.net/tickets.

Their positive afrocentric themes provided a positive alternative to the gangsta rap popular in the early 1990s.


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