Camp Bestival will bring vacationers and shine the region, promises DJ

Camp Bestival arrives at Weston Park

“When we had our Camp Bestival in Dorset people don’t just come for the festival, a lot of them also book a hotel and also spend a few days vacation there, and we would like to see that in Shropshire and the Staffordshire. “

All of this will no doubt sound like music to the ears of the region’s besieged hotel industry, but will the Midlands really have the same attraction as the Jurassic Coast around Lulworth Castle, where the festival has been held in recent years?

Da Bank does not see why.

Camp Bestival arrives at Weston Park

“There is no coastline, but there are so many other great things to do there,” says the DJ, who “hosts” the event with his wife Josie.

“There’s Alton Towers, Ironbridge, you’re close to Wales, you’ve got the beautiful countryside, and you’re also close to Birmingham and Wolverhampton, and everything in there.

“The area sometimes suffers from a bad reputation, like a place you pass through to go elsewhere, but Josie and I have been blown away by what we’ve seen over the past few weeks.”

Da Bank describes Camp Bestival as arguably the world’s largest family-themed festival, and in addition to music, the grounds of Weston Park will be teeming with events and activities for young people.

“We probably won’t have 30,000 in our first year, that would be a bit ambitious, but I would like to think we could get 20,000 and continue from there,” he says.

Rob and Jose da Bank with their children

“But we’re not here for a year, it’s something that we plan to develop every year.”

The three-day festival runs August 18-21, following the Lulworth event which runs July 28-31.

The lineup is expected to be announced, but in the past the festival has attracted a wide range of big names, including Chuck Berry, Florence and the Machine, and Fatboy Slim.

Da Bank says the schedules will be broadly similar for the festivals, but there will be some differences as many people will be going to both events.

He adds that the festival isn’t just about household names but also promoting the stars of tomorrow, and he says one of his favorite moments was seeing a then-unknown Ed Sheeran perform in front of a band of around. 30 young people in a forest.

Weston Park

“We usually have some of the biggest names in pop music, and then a few lesser known and cool bands,” adds da Bank, who is 48 years old.

“But we’re also hoping to have some of the unknown bands in Shropshire and Staffordshire, and give them a platform.”

Da Bank, who spent 12 years on Radio 1 before leaving in 2014, says he himself will be a DJ during the festival.

He adds that due to the family nature of the event, there will be no late night noise and the venue will be left in a clean and tidy condition once it is completed.

Jan G. Gilbert