Camp Bestival founder Rob Da Bank says there’s NEVER been a better time for music festivals

DJ Rob Da Bank says there has never been a better time for music festivals as he prepares to launch Camp Bestival Shropshire this summer.

The former Radio 1 DJ, 48, co-founded Bestival with his wife Josie in 2004, and the pair have expanded the brand by creating two family-run Camp Bestivals, the original located in Lulworth Castle, Dorset, which takes place in July .

Their latest adventure in Shropshire takes place from August 18-21 and he says fans who missed festivals during Covid are keen to make up for lost time.

Rob told MailOnline: “We managed to run Camp Bestival last year, we were the first out after Boris opened everyone up so we were very lucky and it’s planned for this year.”

“Some people might be looking at us thinking ‘why the hell are you launching a new festival right after Covid? but actually it’s the best time for us because we can capitalize on this popularity.

Rob Da Bank co-founded Bestival with his wife Josie and from there emerged the family offshoot Camp Bestival, which is now held annually at Lulworth Castle in Dorset. The couple are also launching a new one to be held in Shropshire in August

Camp Bestival (pictured) is hugely popular with adults and kids alike and sells out every year.  This year, festival-goers will be treated to performances by The Proclaimers, Rag N' Bone Man, Example, Razorlight and Rudimental among others

Camp Bestival (pictured) is hugely popular with adults and kids alike and sells out every year. This year, festival-goers will be treated to performances by The Proclaimers, Rag N’ Bone Man, Example, Razorlight and Rudimental among others

The new festival takes place in Weston Park where the V Festival was previously held.

Over 10,000 tickets have already been sold and fans are excited to see headliner FatBoy Slim, as well as chart-topping artists Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Becky Hill and Example.

Family favorites including Horrible Histories and CBeebies star Mr Tumble will entertain young festival-goers, while comedy and circus acts will increase the variety of performances on offer over the four-day weekend.

Rob says: “From the start, 14 years ago, it sold out and it has always maintained that level of popularity.

Rob Da Bank and his wife Josie (pictured above) have spent almost 20 years hosting crowded festivals together

Rob Da Bank and his wife Josie (pictured above) have spent almost 20 years hosting crowded festivals together

“It’s weird that the UK doesn’t have more family festivals, so there’s a lot less competition.”

Josie adds, “It’s always so rewarding to see adults mingling with their kids and having fun.

“And no one leaves litter!” It is very respectful and durable.

Rob and Josie knew the last location would be perfect just ten minutes after setting foot there.

He says: “We’ve been talking about doing another one for years, but being soppy southerners we were a little worried about where it would be on the map because we didn’t know what it would look like.

“But within ten minutes we looked at each other and thought ‘wow – this is the best festival site we’ve been to’.

“It’s absolutely stunning, a real wilderness setting, very scenic with lakes and woods.”

The couple, who share four children, are hoping to set a new Guinness World Record at Camp Bestival Dorset in July for the biggest disco dance.

Festival-goers will learn a five-minute routine to Sister Sledge’s classic We Are Family, which will be presided over by official judges to ensure the moves are all consistent. They need more than 324 people to break the record.

Those wishing to register to participate in the record attempt can visit the Camp Bestival website here and learn to dance here.

Josie says, “We all try to create great family moments. It’s gonna be amazing.

An important aspect of the Shropshire venue will be the wellness offering where revelers will be encouraged to improve their mental health, reduce stress, improve their sleep with ice baths led by instructor Wim Hof, breathing with Stuart Sandeman and Cosmic Kids Yoga among the on-site activities. .

When the kids go to bed, the adults come out to play... festival-goers are entertained after dark by a spectacular fireworks display of a festival of yesteryear.  This year, the organizers want to break the Guinness World Record for the largest nightclub

When the kids go to bed, the adults come out to play… festival-goers are entertained after dark by a spectacular fireworks display of a festival of yesteryear. This year, the organizers want to break the Guinness World Record for the largest nightclub

Those looking for something a little more fast-paced can try Boot Camp at Camp Bestival – with HITT sessions including jumping jacks, lunges and classic cardio before heading into the festival crowd ready to tackle the day .

The Wild Runs led by UK Athletics qualified race leader David Poole will take place offsite to kick-start endorphins and leave festival-goers feeling energized for the day ahead.

Set in the beautiful feel-good woods of Weston Park, Cirque Bijou will transport audiences to the forests and jungles of Southeast Asia with enchanting circus performances.

There will also be a Botanical Cocktail Bar for adults to enjoy a drink while relaxing.

The inaugural Shropshire camp will also host wild swimming and paddle boarding.

During the first Camp Bestival, the focus will be on well-being, well-being and relaxation, taking care of body and mind.  There will be shamanic drumming journeys (pictured), ice baths, breathing and yoga as well as other restful exercises

During the first Camp Bestival, the focus will be on well-being, well-being and relaxation, taking care of body and mind. There will be shamanic drumming journeys (pictured), ice baths, breathing and yoga as well as other restful exercises

Massages will be the order of the day after a hard day of partying - and those looking for something a little quicker can try Camp Bestival's Boot Camp - with HITT sessions

Massages will be the order of the day after a hard day of partying – and those looking for something a little quicker can try Camp Bestival’s Boot Camp – with HITT sessions

Rob adds: “Josie and I have always had a wellness area at all of our shows since we launched Bestival in 2004 and have loved the ability to sit in a quiet place and take in the world, get pampered or try something new, knitting to meditate, cocoa ceremonies to get out of our comfort zone and sing with strangers!”

For more information on Camp Bestival Dorset and Camp Bestival Shropshire, visit the Camp Bestival website.

Jan G. Gilbert