Camp Bestival Dorset reveals new artists including David Rodigan, Gracey and more

Camp Bestival have revealed new acts for their summer event in Dorset and we couldn’t be more excited.

The family festival returns to Lulworth Castle between 28 and 30 July after winning the title of best family festival at the UK Festival Awards six times.

On January 25, its organizers announced the first artists and performers heading to Dorset this summer, including headlining heavyweights like Rudimentary and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.

The 2022 lineup includes “a patchwork of music, comedy, entertainment, wellness and food for kids of all ages,” festival developers said.

Fireworks at Camp Bestival. Credit: PA

The programming of Camp Bestival 2022

Fans couldn’t contain their excitement after the festival was first announced, with many sharing their thoughts on Twitter.

One user commented, “Absolutely buzz! Im gonna walk 500 miles to see rag’n’bone man.”

While another said, “WHAT A LINE UP! Dance already.”

Speaking at Camp Bestival Dorset’s second line-up announcement, Camp Bestival curators Josie and Rob da Bank said: “And musical excellence, creative diversity and fun just keep coming our way. Dorset mothership show…”

Organizers added: “We made David Rodigan a lifelong resident at Camp Bestival a decade ago and he never let us down, yet… Add to crowd favorites Junior Jungle, royalty ska Rhoda Dakar, new blood Gracey and relaxing wizards Chris Coco. and Pete Gooding, and we’re really starting to do some motoring… and that’s not it, but that’s enough for now!

Dorset Echo: Camp Bestival Circus Show.  Credit: Camp BestivalCamp Bestival circus show. Credit: Camp Bestival

The “Desert Island Disco” themed event will also feature rap and hip-hop duo Too Many T’s, children’s rave artists Junior Jungle and the world’s youngest Asperger’s band, The Stencil Pencils.

These incredible performers will join new talents like Lola Young and Orla Gartland as well as family favorites Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors and everyone’s favorite Scottish twins The Proclaimers.

The four-day event will also feature popular DJ sets from Gok Wan, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jodie Harsh, Jo Whiley’s 90s Anthems, Faithless and Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon.

As always, there will be plenty to keep the kids entertained, including Brainiac Live: Remixed, Mr Tumble, Yolanda’s Jam Band and Mister Maker & Rebecca Keatley, MC Grammar, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Dick & Dom and Elmer’s Walk.

If you’re a fan of comedy, the festival weekend won’t disappoint either with Irish comedian Ed Byrne set to appear alongside Comedy Club 4 Kids and Hurray For Gin.

The hours of fun don’t end there either, you can also enjoy performances from Horse Meat Disco and the “holy trinity” from Earth Wind & Fire Experience ft. Al McKay, Kool and The Gang and Sister Sledge in a nod to the festival. Desert Island Disco theme.

In a first for the festival, organizers will also feature a stunt bike and BMX arena with Extreme Bike Battle to accompany its circus and the best street food in the UK.

Camp Bestival curators Josie and Rob da Bank have teased that there’s more to come ahead of the July event, you can stay up to date by following the the festival’s social networks.

How to Buy Camp Bestival Dorset Tickets

Dorset Echo: Camp Bestival stage.  Credit: Camp Bestival Bestival Camp course. Credit: Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival Dorset will run from July 28 to July 31, 2022.

All weekend tickets include access to general campsites at Camp Bestival Thursday through Monday (4 night camping).

The prices for the festival are as follows:

Adult weekend – £228 (+ booking fee)
13-17 Weekend – £157.30 (+ booking fee)
Weekend 10-12 – £130.20 (+ booking fee)
Weekend 5-9 – £108.50 (+ booking fee)
Weekend 4 and under – £86.80 (+ booking fee)
Babes In Arms (1 year and under) – FREE (but ticket required)

Check out the full range of packages and payment plans for the Dorset-based festival via Ticketmaster.

Ticket prices are correct at the time of writing but may be subject to change.

In October 2021, the festival confirmed that it would be launch of twin event in Shropshire with the same family fun as the original.

You can all see the full lineup and how to book tickets for the Shropshire sister event through our explainer.

You can book your tickets through Ticketmaster.

Jan G. Gilbert