Camp Bestival 2021 will continue in July or August this summer after the Covid lockdown is lifted

CAMP Bestival music festival is planned for this summer after the Covid lockdown is lifted, it was revealed today.

Thousands of music fans have flocked to Dorset for this four-day family event in previous summers.

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Camp Bestival is due to reopen this summer, its owner has confirmedCredit: Getty – Contributor

All music festivals were suspended last year as the pandemic spread across Britain.

But Camp Bestival is due to reopen at Lulworth Castle from the end of July, to boost lockdown-weary Brits and the pandemic-ravaged music industry.

The popular festival was co-founded by Josie da Bank and her husband DJ Rob da Bank.

It comes after it was confirmed yesterday that the Reading AND Leeds festival will take place this summer.

BOOST OF THE BEST

In a statement, Camp Bestival curator Rob da Bank said: “There is literally nothing Josie and I love more in life than standing in a field surrounded by family and friends dressed in silly outfits dancing to amazing bands and DJs.

“And Mr. Tumble…and that’s exactly what we plan to do at Camp Bestival in 154 days, 15 hours and 127 minutes…not that we counted.”

Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Kelis, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Sugarhill Gang and Tim Burgess are among the stars listed on the festival website who will perform from July 29 to August 1.

The festival has won Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards six times.

The Reading and Leeds Music Festivals will take place over the August bank holidays after Boris Johnson announced that all Covid rules would end after June 21, it was revealed yesterday.

So far, festival organizers have remained under the radar with their plans for a 2021 event.

The festival will take place at Lulworth Castle in Dorset

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The festival will take place at Lulworth Castle in DorsetCredit: Alamy
Thousands of music fans have flocked to Bestival events in previous years

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Thousands of music fans have flocked to Bestival events in previous yearsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But following the government’s roadmap announcement that all lockdown restrictions will be lifted in June, they have confirmed that this year’s festival will take place.

Confirming that the 2021 events would take place, the official Twitter account revealed: “Reading and Leeds 2021.

“Following the recent government announcement, we are looking forward to getting back to the fields this summer.

“LET’S GO!”

The festival, known for its mix of rap, rock and pop music which attracts thousands of Britons from across the country, will take place from August 27-29 this year.

The Reading and Leeds lineup so far includes six headliners, including Stormzy, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Post Malone, Disclosure and Liam Gallagher.

Artists such as Charli XCX, Yungblud, rapper Jack Harlow, rockers Neck Deep and Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid have also recently been added to the line-up.

But the lineup is far from over, as the festival says there are “lots more” to announce.

Reading and Leeds Fest will take place this year, organizers have confirmed

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Reading and Leeds Fest will take place this year, organizers have confirmed
Thousands of Britons are expected to attend the festival over the August bank holiday weekend

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Thousands of Britons are expected to attend the festival over the August bank holiday weekend

And the official weekend ticket-buying site crashed following the explosive announcement.

DREAMS OF DREAMS

One avid festival-goer wrote on Twitter: “Holy shit this is really happening.”

But others were more cautious – asking if there will be Covid tests for all visitors at the entrance.

It is currently unclear what coronavirus precautions festival organizers will take and how they will be implemented.

But despite the uncertainty, some Britons have forged ahead with the aim of making their summer out of lockdown one to remember.

Twitter user Emily wrote: “I just booked tickets in hopes we can go. Optimistic or stupid?!”

Another keen Briton said: ‘Good thing I booked it off work just in case.’

Events run simultaneously at the Reading and Leeds venues on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend – sharing the same bill and lineup.

Festival goers can choose to camp on the grounds or they can purchase day tickets to see the shows live.

In 2019, a record 105,000 people attended the festival – with over 200 artists performing at both locations.

Boris Johnson presented his plan to unlock the nation on Monday, which will begin in just two weeks.

Big events like concerts and sporting events can take place after May 17 – with limits on the number of people allowed to attend.

Brits can choose to camp or just buy day tickets to the festival

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Brits can choose to camp or just buy day tickets to the festival

But the key date everyone is waiting for is June 21, when all other restrictions will be lifted.

The lockdown will officially end on that date and restrictions on social contact will be lifted, meaning mass events are allowed to take place.

From then on, nightclubs will be allowed to reopen, as well as theatrical performances.

It is also hoped that restrictions on weddings will be lifted, a decision to be made later depending on the number of deaths and the success of the vaccination rollout.

And by the time the festival takes place, every adult in Britain should have been vaccinated.

Every adult in the UK could receive both doses of a Covid vaccine by August, or even “earlier if necessary”, the head of the vaccine task force has said.

Clive Dix, who is in charge of the task force that identifies and procures vaccines for the UK government, added that he was sure there would be no supply problems.

The UK festival circuit has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic with its 2020 season effectively wiped out.

In January, Glastonbury was canceled for the second year in a row after organizers said they tried to “move heaven and earth”.

The digital, culture, media and sports committee has launched an investigation into the future of festivals.

Camp Bestival confirms its programming for the summer of 2021

Jan G. Gilbert