The brainchild of renowned music specialist Rob da Bank and creative director Josie da Bank, and founded in 2008, Camp Bestival is known as the UK’s ultimate family festival, having won Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards multiple times.
Taking place over the summer holidays at Lulworth Castle on Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast, Camp Bestival offers hundreds of things for families to do from circus skills, science explorations, bushcrafts and immersive theatre journeys through to amazing live acts and DJs, family raves, comedy, cocktails, award-winning street food, and flamboyant evening cabaret, all shared with likeminded people.
The birthday extravaganza begins on Friday 28 July with headline acts spanning from indie favourites The Kooks, to pop stars Ella Henderson and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Also joining the party are crowd favourites Scouting for Girls and the iconic Elvana: Elvis Front Nirvana. The ‘world’s first time travelling’ DJ Hot Dub Time Machine will join fellow DJs Roni Size and David Rodigan on the decks. Families can also expect appearances from Fearne Cotton, Caity Baser, CMAT, Sam Tompkins, Mister Maker and Splash Test Dummies, with a session of Bongo’s Bingo too – all on the Friday of the bash.
The party continues on Saturday as the iconic, pioneering queen of pop, Grace Jones headlines the main stage with a huge back catalogue of hits. The nation’s favourite Space Man Sam Ryder and DJ legends Gok Wan and Fat Tony also appear whilst Woody Cook of the ‘Fatboy Slim’ DJ dynasty, DJ Jaguar Skills and English hip hop/electronic dance group Stereo MCs will continue the party vibes. Tribute band The Bootleg Beatles will take over the main stage, while East 17’s Christmas Special promises to be the singalong moment of the weekend. The Cuban Brothers will likely impress with both tunes and legendary outfits, and families can also look forward to appearances from Chris Packham, Dick & Dom, Mr Tumble and many more.
The special weekend will be closed by Craig David Presents TS5, Confidence Man and Jo Whiley’s Festival Anthems. The decks will see Todd Terry join all the way from across the pond, as well as Camp Bestival favourites Dub Pistols and Junior Jungle. Families can also experience a workout session with Mr Motivator, immerse themselves in Dolly Parton’s music with The Dolly Show, or try Cosmic Kids Yoga – Live with Jaime. 90s Pop star Melanie C is also set to perform, before the weekend closes with a fireworks spectacle. Find out more
The theme was superheroes and heroines.
Acts included Jess Glynne, The Human League, Nile Rodgers & chic, Annie Mac, Sister Sledge, Sara Cox, Goldie, Vengaboys, Ash, David Rodigan, Greg Wilson, Melancie C’s 90s Mixtape, Rak-Su, Morcheeba and Shed Seven acoustic.
The theme was Camp Bestival Sets Sail!
Main acts included Rick Astley, Clean Bandit, Orbital and Basement Jaxx (DJ Set)
What a weekend! Camp Bestival’s 10th birthday had it all. It was typically British summer weather with a bit of everything but that didn’t stop anyone from having four joyful days of festi-holiday fun and song, filled with comedy, theatre, shows, attractions, activities, poets, talks and delicious food.
Rob da Bank says: “Wow, what a crazy weekend… it was such an inspiring sight seeing everyone having so much fun despite the odd shower or three. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for coming to Camp x”.
With crowd-smashing headline performances from Mark Ronson, Madness, and Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds, and amazing sets from Leftfield, Holly Johnson, All Saints, Anne-Marie, Louise Johnson, Ray BLK, Kate Nash, Becky Hill, Los Pacaminos feat Paul Young, Skream, David Rodigan, School of Rock – The Musical, The Cuban Brothers, Louis Berry, Big Fish Little Fish, Raindance and so many more, the crowds never stopped boogying. Add in all the fabulous antics for all ages and entertainment from the Insect Circus and the Tudors on Tour to forest delights in The Dingly Dell and action-packed awesomeness in the Sports Park and Julian Clary & David Roberts and Reginald D Hunter to Kidocracy and the Scummy Mummies, it’s been non-stop good times.