Diverse headliners picked for eclectic family festival
The madcap family party that is Camp Bestival returns to the Dorset coast for its sixth year from August 1 to 4. Curated, like its big brother Bestival, by BBC Radio 1DJ Rob da Bank, it's a quirky, all-ages extravaganza held in the picturesque grounds of Lulworth Castle. It always promises an incredibly diverse line-up embracing every genre of music, plus all sorts of entertainment to keep kids young and old happy, including TV's Dick and Dom, and Mr Tumble.
This year's Friday-night headliner is double Mercury Award nominee Richard Hawley, pictured. He says: "I am so chuffed to have been asked to headline this festival. I like the fact that there's an hour's silence on the Saturday to accommodate an ancient church service; most modern festivals would give that the rods and just steam-roll over it.
"But mainly I am looking forward to making the folks happy at a great event like this; big old castle, ancient Jurassic coast, rock'n'roll, poetry and theatre."
Mercurial pop-overlord Labrinth, who played with Plan B at Plymouth Pavilions on Tuesday evening, is delighted to be heading up Sunday night's finale.
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And folk rock stalwarts Levellers, who continue to go from strength to strength on the festival circuit, will top the bill on the Saturday.
"We never thought of ourselves as camp, but we know we're going to fit right in at Camp Bestival because we just love to dress up as women and play campfire anthems!" says a statement from the band.
The bounteous medley of aural action across the weekend includes reggae giants Toots And The Maytals, choral symphonic-popsters The Polyphonic Spree who will not only treat the crowd to their own infectious grooves, but will also perform a special Rocky Horror Show set. Chart-topper Gabrielle Aplin will showcase her acoustic delights, Brit Awards Critics' Choice winner Tom Odell will be demonstrating what all the fuss is about, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts will make a welcome return. Other names include I Am Kloot, Billy Bragg, dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip, Lissie, The Farm, a joyously reunited Musical Youth, beatbox genius Beardyman, electro-swingers The Correspondents, "scrumpy and western" specialists The Wurzels and, of course, annual regulars The Cuban Brothers, pictured above.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now via the event's website.