“Yeah it really was tough [getting Sunday headliner Missy Elliot to perform],” Rob Da Bank tells Newsbeat backstage at Bestival.
It’s the festival he set up 11 years ago.
“Missy doesn’t like playing live particularly, she doesn’t need to, she just doesn’t want to that much and she doesn’t like travelling.”
But Rob Da Bank was persistent, willing to pay her more and that paid off for him.
“It took me nine months to book the line-up this year”
“It was just a case of keep on whacking up the money, keep phoning the agent and pray for good news.
“I got turned down twice and then I was like ‘I am going to give it one last go’, luckily something clicked and the cheque was large enough, speaking frankly.
“And I am so pleased as she hasn’t been here for nine years.”
Image caption Rob Da Bank organisies the festival on the Isle of Wight each year with his wife, Josie.
As one festival ends, his thoughts now turn to next year and the on-going headache of who will headline in 2016.
“I think we’ve got a Saturday night headliner in the bag which is good for us because that is my most stressful thing that I do really,” he admits.
“It took me nine months to book the line-up this year, it is just a ridiculous amount of time to have it buzzing around your head and waking up in the middle of the night going ‘Oh how am I going to get a third headliner’.”
He says the music festival market is extremely competitive and negotiations with agents have to happen sometimes years in advance.
Earlier this week, Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis told Newsbeat there’s “a shortage of headliners at the moment”.
Rob Da Bank disagrees there aren’t any out UK headliners out there.
“I think if you look hard enough, they are there for sure,” he says.
“The Maccabees, Foals, even Jungle.
“Jungle were second headliner on Saturday and that was by accident, it was supposed to be someone else in that slot.
“They absolutely smashed it, they put a bit extra into the show they added more stuff.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment