BESTIVAL boss Rob Da Bank is in court this week, being sued for £650,000.

He is accused of failing to repay a loan which was lent by TicketLine to save the ailing festival in 2018.

The festival was originally set on the Isle of Wight, at Robin Hill, since it began in 2004.

It attracted big stars such as Elton John, Duran Duran and Stevie Wonder, before it located off the Island to Lulworth Castle in Dorset.

Rob Da Bank, whose real name is Robert Gorham, still lives on the Island.

He is a former Radio 1 DJ.

At Central London County Court today, the court heard the 2018 Bestival was struggling financially, and nearly didn't go ahead.

There was no money to pay for portable toilets, until a last-minute cash injection, reports the Daily Mail.

TicketLine Network Ltd says it personally loaned Mr Gorham about £1million to keep the event going, but he refused to pay back about £650,000.

They say they personally loaned the money to Mr Gorham and co-director John Hughes.

Mr Hughes has accepted the money must be repaid, but Mr Gorham does not accept this, and is fighting the claim in a court case likely to last ten days, the Daily Mail reports.

He claims he never agreed to a personal loan and should not have to pay it back.  

Isle of Wight County Press: Bestival 2016 - The Spaceport stage.Bestival 2016 - The Spaceport stage.

Giving evidence, Mr Gorham told the judge he had not been heavily involved in the financial side of the company, with other employees dealing with that side of the business.

'This was a multi-million pound, very busy business, with me driving the customer-facing side and the artists, a whole raft of things in the festival world,' he said.

'The finance and accounting was not my department.'

He added: 'I never signed up for a personal loan.'

The trial continues.