Preparations for Camp Bestival 2021 are still underway despite the cancellation of the Glastonbury Festival

PREPARATIONS are still underway for Camp Bestival to go ahead as originally planned – despite the cancellation of the Glastonbury Festival – with its organizer still “optimistic” the festival season will take place this summer.

The Glastonbury Festival announced last week that it would not take place in 2021 and raised concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing social distancing measures.

News of the hugely popular festival being canceled has prompted questions about the future of this summer’s festival season and whether other events will go ahead as planned.

But Camp Bestival organizers are confident the extravaganza will return to Lulworth Castle from Thursday July 29 to Sunday August 1 – with titles announced and tickets still available.

The event was canceled amid the pandemic last year.

A spokesperson said: “Rest assured that we continue to work behind the scenes to prepare for Camp Bestival this summer and hope to have more news for you soon.

“In the meantime, stay safe.”

Rob Da Bank, the Dorset-based festival founder, shared online: “So disgusted that Glastonbury is not taking place this year.

“Save a thought for Michael, Emily and Nick, who will be devastated, and all the crew and team that depend on them.

“Sad times. I’m still optimistic that festival season will be in the UK this summer.

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“Unfortunately Glasto is a gigantic beast to plan, he ran out of time… keep them all crossed festifolk.”

Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Kelis and Sophie Ellis-Bextor are among the headliners announced for Camp Bestival 2021.

Vengaboys, Louise Redknapp, The Wurzles and Heather Small are among other musical artists lined up to perform at the film-themed event, while children will be entertained by Dick and Dom, Sam & Mark, Mr Tumble and Mister Maker & Rebecca Keatley.

A stand-alone comedy tent will be set up in the castle grounds with Dom Joly and Irvine Welsh, while Fred Siriex of Channel 4 First Dates fame will organize the festival’s food and drink offering.

A new “clubby” space for teenagers, a cinema and a wire antenna will also be set up for the first time.

For more information and to book tickets call 0844 888 0444 or visit www.campbestival.net

Jan G. Gilbert