Bestival 2019: Was Camp Bestival FOCUSED this year? Did the police shut down Bestival? | Music | Entertainment

Has one of the UK’s most popular music festivals suddenly been scrapped for 2019? The information spread like wildfire after a statement made by police to ITV. Last September trustees were appointed to manage the company’s finances and now the police statement says outstanding payments have not been honored and the festival is not taking place. Organizer Rob da Bank hit back on social media.

ITV reported the following statement from Dorset Police which referred to a conversation with the “new owners of the event”.

Financial Richmond Group Debt Capital had made a bid last fall to take over the festival which was previously run by Bestival Group, Bestival Ltd and Camp Bestival.

Dorset Police said: “Payment of our 2018 policing bill, totaling £141,176 to cover our policing services at both Camp Bestival and Bestival, is still outstanding. We have not received any full or partial payment in this regard.

“Some time ago we were informed by the new owners of the event that there were no plans to hold a Bestival 2019 event.”

In response, Rob da Bank posted on Twitter, “There are some very weird and frankly completely fabricated and totally untrue stories going around right now…watch this space.”

He added that the current reports were “most likely also defamatory”.

The Camp Bestival website is still fully operational for the popular festival which is scheduled to take place July 25-28.

Tickets are still on sale on the site, with an adult weekend pass priced at £180.

Bestival is one of the most family-friendly summer festivals, with a huge range of entertainment for children.

The main musical lineup this year includes Jess Glynne, Sister Sledge, Nile Rodgers and CHic, East 17 and The Human League.


Jan G. Gilbert