Camp Bestival 2021 – Music News

After a long wait, tough times and so much uncertainty for the music industry, Lulworth Castle has opened its beautiful grounds to around 30,000 campers for Camp Bestival 2021, Rob and Josie Da’s award-winning family festival. Bank.

That’s right, festival season is in full swing and in all its glorious sunny, rainy and all-everything mode! Dancing and shining in a field with your arms wrapped around your people is what we’ve all needed for so long.

The music, like the festival, is about rediscovering lost young people, something for kids, and feeling freedom like no other.
Jam full of great music, performances, activities and loads of cool ideas for all ages. There really was something for everyone every day. Throughout the weekend, we were able to enjoy a multitude of activities and attractions, including 101 free activities for children, comedy, theater, circus, authors, conferences, the largest bouncy castle in the world, inflatable church, dress-up tent, yoga and meditation, Spinning Discos, Streetfood, The WI Tea Tent, Cocktail Bars, Silent Discos, Bedtime Stories, Giant Sandpits, Bushcrafts, Den-Building, Soft Play Tent, Arts & Crafts and more again.
The ever-growing caravanserai in its eclectic mix of corporate leftovers with choppy trailers and late-night cabaret.

Fabulous Friday
The castle stage opened with Robby and Bez Doorly partying in true Bez style, followed by #resolution2020, CBeebies Mister Maker & Rebecca, BAFTA award-winning presenters Sam Nixon & Mark Rhodes, Brainiac Live, Big Fish Little Fish, Junior Jungle slamming the BIG tunes one after another.
A highlight in the marquee was Georgia (left field daughter Neil Barnes), there’s really nothing this young girl doesn’t do, a fantastic performance. We saw more main man Rob Da Bank and Tayo for a Purple Prince Rave up.

Sophie Ellis Bextor was replaced by ABBA tribute Bjorn Again. The headliner was pop and dance princess Becky Hill with her stunning solo material.

Sensational Saturday
To see our little people’s faces light up, we started the day with Mr Tumble followed by Dick and Dom who got everyone on their feet for a Rave up. We then burst out laughing during a Laughter Yoga session to recharge our batteries, refocus and recharge ourselves before leaving the children with the Freckles Festival Nannies and having a well-deserved party between adults.

We saw legendary Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess bring indie rock n roll to the big top. Followed by a good party time with one of the world’s most respected DJs, Norman Jay MBE. The all-time classics of Jo Whiley’s 90s anthems followed by indie band The Blossoms.

The highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly Fatboy Slim who dropped Banga after Banga Lighting up the sky in rave strobes and showing twisted animations. Cook is a force, bounding around the stage on his birthday singing along with his veteran ravers and their offspring. An absolutely stunning performance. It wasn’t his first appearance of the day, his 11-year-old daughter Nelly aka FatGirlSlim made her DJ debut in the Bollywood tent passing the FatBoy baton.

Slower pace on Sunday
We started well on Sunday – ‘sock n rock’ with Andy and the odd socks a CBeebies favourite. We hosted a slower Scrumpy Sunday with good ol’ Wurzels ‘Combine Harvester’, London Garage Orchestra and popped in for Craig Charles’ funk and soul show. Then we took it up a notch for Brit-rock, The Sherlocks and Reef National Treasures by getting our hands on it for Indie Rock Anthems.

Groove Armada’s electronic dance duo closed the festival with techno tunes and soft vocals. Above the castle, the special final fireworks lit up the skies and faces, bringing Camp Bestival 2021 to a close.

There were obvious challenges in booking acts overseas, but they weren’t missed. All of Britain’s best pitched in, many playing for the first time in 18 months to provide a fantastic weekend of music and entertainment for a very grateful and energized audience.

A huge thank you to the Camp Bestival family for this unforgettable weekend, it was really moving and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Jan G. Gilbert