Thousands descend on Weston Park this weekend for Camp Bestival

DJ Fatboy Slim to headline Saturday at Camp Bestival in August

Campers will be arriving from today and settling in before the start of the main entertainment tomorrow at Camp Bestival.

The lineup at the site on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border ranges from DJ Fatboy Slim to outgoing fitness instructor Mr Motivator, with other acts like Rag’n’Bone Man, Becky Hill and Example spread over three days.

The festival, held for the first time in the Midlands, will be a sister event to the existing Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle, Dorset, which was held last month.

The Dorset event has been run by former Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank and his wife Josie since 2008.

The entertainment program begins tomorrow, with Bewdley-born Becky Hill, who shot to fame after appearing on TV show The Voice, Scottish favorites The Proclaimers and global dance music maestro Sasha.

M People singer Heather Small will also appear on opening day.

There will be DJ sets from TV star Gok Wan and drag queen Jodie Harsh, as well as a singing performance from pop group Scouting for Girls.

Acid House DJs Lisa Loud and Nancy Noise, singer-songwriter Mae Muller and CBeebies favorite Yolanda’s Band Jam will also perform on opening day.

The headliner on Saturday will be DJ Fatboy Slim, with appearances from rapper Example, and BBC Radio 2’s Sara Cox, who will also lead the costume party.

Acid-house pioneers 808 State and Mancunian DJ Mr Scruff will also be in attendance on Saturday, along with UK award nominee Gracey.

Children’s entertainment will include the star of CBBC, Mr Tumble, Brainiac Live and yoga sessions from Cosmic Kids.

The closing day will be headlined by the baritone sounds of UK winner Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, with Sheffield Britpop legends Shed Seven also performing and a DJ set from Faithless.

Sister Nancy & Legal Shot Sound will bring Jamaican dance hall flavors to the park, while Hot Tub Time Machine will help parents relive the sounds of the 1980s and 90s.

Former GMTV fitness instructor Mr. Motivator will also be there on Sunday to get the partygoers in shape.

Day tickets are still available.

Jan G. Gilbert