Rob da Bank

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Rob da Bank
Rob da Bank in 2006
Rob da Bank in 2006
Background information
Birth nameRobert John Gorham
Also known asRob da Bank
Born (1973-06-24) 24 June 1973 (age 49)
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
LabelsSunday Best Recordings

Robert John Gorham (born 24 June 1973 in Portsmouth, Hampshire), known by the pseudonym Rob da Bank, is an English DJ and co-founder of music festivals Bestival, originally on the Isle of Wight and now moved to Lulworth, Dorset and Camp Bestival, also in Lulworth. He presented a show on BBC Radio 1 which focused on promoting new left field music. Examples of artists featured on his show include Tipper, Moloko and a host of unsigned acts.

Until September 2006, he and Chris Coco were the presenters of the Blue Room on Radio 1. He hosted the Radio One Music Show on Thursday nights, the content of which was more similar to the music played on his current show. Rob da Bank filled in for John Peel's show for several weeks following his death in 2004.

In 2007, he produced the Together in Electric Dreams EP.

In 2009, he gave BBC Blast an exclusive look behind the scenes of his show. Until 2014, he hosted a Friday-night/Saturday-morning BBC Radio 1 show focused on left-field electronica.[citation needed]

He is also the owner of a number of business ventures under the name Sunday Best, which originated as a Sunday night event in a Battersea tea-room.[1]

The music played by Rob da Bank on Sunday Best helped launch the "bar culture" (as opposed to "club culture"), which features more relaxed activities than dancing.[citation needed]

Sunday Best has grown to incorporate a record label and two offshoot music festivals, Bestival on the Isle of Wight and in 2008, Camp Bestival, which is more family orientated and held in the grounds of Lulworth Castle in Dorset. In 2018 Bestival went into administration, leaving many workers unpaid. However, a festival of the same name, curated by Gorham and his wife Josie, was announced for 2019, at the same site and on the equivalent weekend. Gorham has also compiled a mix LP for the Fabric night club's series of mix compilations, entitled Fabric 24 (2006).[2]

In June 2014, it was announced that in September 2014, da Bank would leave BBC Radio 1 and that he would join the 6 Music family.[3] His last show was on Saturday 30 August 2014.[4] Da Bank hosts a weekly radio show on Evolution I Heart Radio in America.[5]

In 2014, alongside Graphite Media he set up the company 'Earworm', a Music Supervision, Original Composition and Talent Procurement service for Film, TV, Video Games and Advertising. Recent work includes the music supervision for BBC Drama – From There To Here, original compositions for the new HBO show 'The Left Overs', the title music for Annie Mac's 'Superstar DJs' on Channel 4 and music supervision for forthcoming Xbox One game – Forza Horizon 2.[6]

Da Bank was awarded The Outstanding Contribution Award at the 2014 AIF Festival Congress Awards.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Rob da Bank divides his time between London and the Isle of Wight with his illustrator wife Josie and their four sons.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Phillips, Dom (10 December 2004). "No one can ever be the next John Peel". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 August 2007.
  2. ^ Beatjunkie (20 October 2005). "Rob da Bank – Fabric 24". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 4 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Rob da Bank leaving Radio 1 for BBC Radio 6 Music". 5 June 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Radio 1 and 1Xtra changes specialist, weekend schedules". BBC Newsbeat. BBC News. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Evolution - All Things Dance". Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Cargo". Archived from the original on 26 April 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  7. ^ "AIF announces winners of the first ever Festival Congress Awards". 20 October 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2014.

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