17,000 festival-goers flock to West Midlands’ first-ever Camp Bestival

Becky Hill is performing at Camp Bestival this weekend

A total of 17,000 festival-goers flocked from across the country to Weston Park on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border this weekend, as Camp Bestival arrives in the Midlands for the first time.

Friday magic at Camp Bestival

The festival, which has attracted families from Scotland and Wales, is a sister event to the sold-out Dorset event which has been running for 14 years.

With a star-studded lineup including Bewdley-born Becky Hill, The Proclaimers, Fatboy Slim, Example and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, festival-goers flocked to the music scene this weekend.

Photo by Garry Jones

Rob Da Bank, the organizer of Camp Bestival, said: “It’s amazing. It’s Saturday morning here and I just did the Silent Disco where the crowd jumped up and down – and that sums up the weekend. end.

“It’s perfect festival weather and there’s a big crowd. After a few days, people find their way around the site and explore everything.

“Friday night we had Becky Hill and she absolutely smashed it and The Proclaimers had a massive crowd.

“Everyone is busy from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed.”

Becky Hill is performing at Camp Bestival this weekend
Photo by Garry Jones

There’s something for everyone at this year’s Camp Bestival, with fun family events that include ax throwing, wood crafts, paddle boarding, inflatables, art, yoga and circus performers.

Other notable names in the lineup include Mr Motivator, Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors, Jodie Harsh, Self-Esteem, Gok Wan, Sara Cox and Faithless.

After a secret Jodie Harsh set on Friday, the surprises continued on Barclaycard’s Amp Stage on Saturday, as Gok Wan brought his soulful mixes on stage for a 90s rave.

Staffordshire Police Sgt Helen Ceresa at Bestival. Photo by Sarah Derry.

Gok said, “Bestival is one of my favorite festivals because it’s so family-friendly, but when you go there, you have the best food, the best atmosphere, there’s a lot going on and there’s something for you. each generation.

“Kids can enjoy it as much as adults.”

Commenting on her Friday set, DJ Jodie Harsh said: “What a major day at Camp Bestival. It was so much fun getting the party started with Barclaycard on the Amp Stage – it was a time for a more intimate party with people of all ages, and there were so many ravers there with their kids.

“Later I headlined the Big Top, which was a different and very fun experience, late into the night!”

Gok Wan at Camp Bestival Photo by Alex Laurel
Jodie Harsh at Camp Bestival this weekend Photo by Alex Laurel

The Dorset event has been run by former Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank and his wife Josie since 2008.

“We’ve run Camp Bestival in Dorset for 14 years and have an amazing, loyal, sold-out crowd,” added Rob, “so we thought ‘why don’t we do one in the Midlands?’

“I had a great week driving around Shropshire taking in the history and heritage and we will continue to grow the festival here.”

Weston Park has 1,000 acres of green space which includes lawns, parks and wooded areas for people to explore and is a “beautiful site” for a festival.

Photo by Garry Jones

Becks Clarke, marketing at Camp Bestival, said: “It was amazing. It’s the most beautiful venue. It was phenomenal for a first year and we were lucky with the weather.

“We had so much support over the weekend. It’s so nice to be in the West Midlands and so nice to see families having fun, especially after the last two years.”

Welcome to Camp Bestival

Jan G. Gilbert