The programming of Camp Bestival 2021 and the novelties of this year

Becky Hill, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Fatboy Slim, Blossoms, Groove Armada – the stars of Camp Bestival 2021 are household names.

The line-up, as always, has something for everyone in the family.

From Dick and Dom and Mr Tumble for the kids, to hidden gems like DJ Sara Cox, Heather Small and comedian Dom Joly for the parents, there’s a reason Camp Bestival has been missed in 2020.

READ MORE: Bestival founder Rob da Bank tells Dorset Live what the festival is really about

The wait is over, however – finally!

If you’re headed to Camp Bestival this year and haven’t checked out the lineup yet, or just want to feel the urge from afar thinking about booking for next year, here’s your quick guide to the festival.

What’s new for 2021 at Camp Bestival?

  • The new gourmands – First Dates star Fred Sirieix is ​​the festival’s new ‘foodie ambassador’, ready to introduce people to new chefs, dishes and breakfast/dinner clubs.
  • Stargazy presents ‘Keep it Cosmic’ – a new dance tent with silent discos and a space theme.
  • The Palace – a festival within a festival for teens. Everything from career advice to open mic sessions, DJ lessons and drawing lessons.
  • Laughter box – a comedy venue for children and adults, with Trigger Happy TV star Dom Joly as the star name.
  • The Wild Tribe Teepee Camp – 20 traditional tepees make up a new ecological camping area. Think compost toilets, rain showers, fire pits and folk music.
  • Children’s garden and motorhome/caravan site – a new space just five minutes from the main castle grounds and right next to the lower children’s garden.

Camp Bestival programming – day after day

friday july 30

Headliners: Becky Hill, Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Other highlights:

For kids – Sam & Mark, Brainiac live

For adults – Purple Rave (Prince Tribute), S Club Party

The Camp Bestival 2021 program – the poster for Friday July 30

Saturday July 31

Headliners: Fatboy Slim, Flowers

Other highlights:

For kids – Dick and Dom, Mr Tumble, Cosmic Kids Yoga

For adults – Level 42, Sara Cox, Jo Whiley’s 90s anthems, Heather Small, Tankus the Henge (we could go on!)

The program of Camp Bestival 2021 - the poster for Saturday July 31
The program of Camp Bestival 2021 – the poster for Saturday July 31

Sunday August 1

Headliners: Groove Armada, Max & Harvey, The Sherlocks, The Fireworks Finale

Other highlights:

For kids – Stupid science, arts and crafts

For adults – Dom Joly, The Wurzels (time to get in touch with your West Country side), Laughter Yoga

Program of the Camp Bestival 2021 - the poster of the acts of Sunday August 1st
Program of the Camp Bestival 2021 – the poster of the acts of Sunday August 1st

Rob da Bank promises a surprise and spectacular final at Camp Bestival

Festival co-founder and DJ Rob da Bank told Dorset Live he was excited about this year’s line-up but also promised a mysterious surprise.

He urged people to keep an eye out for the fireworks finale on Sunday night as well.

He explained: “There’s an action story that takes place on the castle in this beautiful video mapping and then a huge fireworks display which is always very emotional and everyone always stays for it.”

“There are always surprises up our sleeves,” he added.

“But I can’t tell you because then it wouldn’t be a surprise!”

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Jan G. Gilbert