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Channel 4 - Bestival 2008

Ref #003731 - September 2008
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Music 4 Studios recently worked on the music mix and TV mix for Channel 4's coverage of 'Bestival'. Our engineers (and studios) are unique in the fact they are equally at home working on TV mixes/dubs and mixing and mastering music to world class standards, so when both skills are required, Music 4 Studios is the perfect choice!

We received multitrack recordings of each and every performance and mixed these first. We then also created the final mix and dub of the finished shows on a very tight deadline.

The 2008 festival, featuring My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Underworld, Aphex Twin, CSS, and Hot Chip, was a weekend of eclectic music, eccentric people and plenty of fancy dress, set in the grounds of Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight.

Bestival has been held annually in the late summer since 2004. The event is organized by BBC Radio 1’s Rob da Bank, who handpicks the line-up so fans can watch anything from international superstars to the complete unknown. Over 400 live acts, DJs and comedians perform over the weekend spread over eight tents and stages.

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Channel 4 is a public-service British television station, broadcast to all areas of the United Kingdom, which began transmissions in 1982. Though entirely commercially self-funded, it is ultimately publicly owned: Originally a subsidiary of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), the station is now owned and operated by the Channel Four Television Corporation, a public body established in 1990 for this purpose and which came into operation in 1993, following the abolition of the IBA.

The station was established to provide a fourth television service to the UK that would break the duopoly of the BBC's two established television services and the single commercial broadcasting network, ITV, then the only services broadcast there. Though having seen new competition through the subsequent availability and growth of cable, satellite and digital terrestrial stations, Channel 4 still enjoys almost universal coverage, and a significant audience share.

Channel 4 was established with, and continues to hold, a remit of public service obligations which it must fulfil. The remit changes periodically, as dictated by various broadcasting and communications acts, and is regulated by the various authorities Channel 4 has been answerable to; originally the IBA, then the ITC and now Ofcom.