Camp Bestival curators are delighted to respond as nearly 20,000 people attend

Becky Hill is performing at Camp Bestival this weekend

Music lovers from across the region and beyond flocked to Weston Park for the first-ever Camp Bestival held there this weekend.

Organizers confirmed around 18,000 people came through the gates – as they announced today that early bird tickets will go on sale for next year’s event from this Friday.

Festival curators Josie and Rob da Bank said: “Josie and I are delighted with the support we have received for our first ever Camp Bestival Shropshire.

“We would like to thank each family for making the weekend so special watching you jump in the lake, fall off a paddle board, laze in a hot tub, watch the circus in awe, learn a new skill , watch a number you never heard of and was blown away or fell in love with Fatboy Slim all over again.

Mylie Harlow, 5, Molly Davies, 7, Tilley Davies, 9 and Leyla Harlow 9, from Tamworth

“We had such a warm welcome from all the new faces we met and absolutely loved meeting each of you. It was such a joy to see families camping together and experience all that we packed into our magical trunk of delights in such a beautiful setting, we can’t wait to come back and see you again next summer!”

This year’s festival featured Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Bewdley’s Becky Hill and DJ Fatboy Slim, Example and Scouting For Girls alongside other artists including Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors for younger audiences.

Becky Hill said: “It’s so beautiful that Camp Bestival has been brought to the West Midlands. It’s important. I think we need a lot more festivals this way.”

Gok Wan brought the party vibe during his DJ set in the marquee, with a surprise stage appearance from friend Becky Hill alongside her dad, dancing to a mix of uplifting pop songs and soulful music. drunk.

Having fun on the ride are LJ Mitchell and Harrison Mitchell, 2

Fatboy Slim added, “The festival was full of joy, absurdity and love that only Camp Bestival produces. It was an honor to always be part of the family frolic.”

Colin Sweeney, CEO of Weston Park Foundation, said: “We are delighted that Camp Bestival Shropshire has made Weston Park their home for this packed and fun family festival. It’s brand new to the area and everyone had a truly wonderful time. We are already looking forward to next year.”

Camp Bestival Shropshire, which has started clean-up operations, will return to Weston Park next summer from August 17-20, with a limited number of super early bird tickets on offer from August 26 at 10am.

Jan G. Gilbert