PHOTOS: Camp Bestival in full swing after rocky start

THE sun finally rose on the first main day of Camp Bestival yesterday after a wild and windy start – as families got into the dancing mood.

But there was disappointment as one of Friday night’s big acts, Sophie Ellis-Bextor was forced to cancel her performance after her two children contracted coronavirus.

The Murder on the Dancefloor singer was due to perform on the Castle Stage during the family event at Lulworth Castle.

Announcing the news just hours before the show, a Camp Bestival spokesperson said: “Unfortunately Sophie Ellis Bextor’s two children have come down with Covid so she is home with them. Sending all her love. ”

Fans took to Twitter to show their support for the star and her family.

This followed a rocky start to the event, as high winds from Storm Evert swept through the venue on Thursday night and yesterday afternoon.

Festival attendee Allan Jones said: “People started arriving at the festival on Thursday, it was very windy and some tents were blown away. They delayed the opening but when the doors opened the sun came out and it was beautiful.

“There are thousands of people here, it’s always been a family party, but there are a lot of families here.”

However, not everyone was able to fight through the storm.

Patricia Risbridger said: “Gutted (about) our tent at Camp Bestival accessible campsite had to bring our little wheelchair user home – her very first festival – with a broken heart.”

Keiron Quin said, “I remember the night and the morning well. Unfortunately, the tent took an irreparable hit and we had to bail out. Hoping that people are luckier than us and still enjoy the festival. ”

Other big names due to perform yesterday included Becky Hill, The Selecter, David Rodigan, Musical Youth and TV favorites Sam and Mark.

Some of the big names on today’s list include Fatboy Slim, Blossoms, Level 42 and DJ Sarah Cox. Meanwhile, fellow DJ Jo Whiley will bring some nostalgia to the mix with a little help from her 90s anthems. For the youngsters, there’s Dick and Dom and Mr Tumble.

On Sunday, Groove Armada headlines with a special fireworks display to light up the sky.

Jan G. Gilbert