Camp Bestival – time to get excited

The festival season is in full swing and we’ve been looking at the Camp Bestival line up…

So you may be wondering to yourself "Where can I find a family friendly live music festival, that's in Dorset but still has a great line up of music?"

Fear not gentle reader for we have the answer

Bestivals' younger and slightly better looking brother Camp Bestival hits Lulworth (that's in Dorset) this weekend and checking out the line up reveals some stonking acts.

Now if you want to see the whole line up then you'll need to go to the CB website here because I'm looking at the groups/singers/stuff that Stu and myself are interested in and to be honest if I was to choose a 'bloke behind a table' as he calls them then the weekend might get off to a frosty start!

Headlining on Saturday are Kaiser Chiefs, one of the biggest acts to survive the noughties and purveyors of some of the most recognisable anthems around and permanent fixtures on the gigsandbandswagon playlist

We loved The Shires when they appeared at Larmer Tree last week and we get the chance to experience their particular brand of country music at Camp Bestival. Likeable and talented they are certainly on our list of must sees.

Child of the Seventies? Then you'll remember the superstars that are Level 42 with their particular slap bass style and catchy tunes. Also on the list is Alison Moyet and if you;ve never heard her amazing voice live then you really need to check her out. There's no autotune going on at all.

Stu has been going on at length about why I need to see Professor Green but I'm happy to swap him for the wonderfully talented Kate Tempest. Of course we won't have to because they are both appearing.

Looking down the line up what is clear is that there is something for everyone with music ranging from Retro punk gods the Buzzcocks to new on the block indie kids  Somahigh to the divine pop soul brilliance of Ella Eyre.



It would be wrong to give the impression that Camp is all about music. It's mainly about the music but there is also a decent comedy line up featuring Marcus Brigstocke and the lovely Kerry Godliman. Godliman is well worth seeing girls, if only to hear her story about what she did with her four days off recently!

There's good food,beer and because it's a family friendly festival there are tons of things for the little darlings to do. It's a safe environment so you can feed them aspartame laced drinks then let them run round until they flake out, then sit undisturbed while the good stuff is on. There's theatre, talks, activites for adults and kids and all manner of stuff.

Camp Bestival runs from Thursday 30th July to Sunday the 2nd August and you can find out more and buy your tickets here

Alongside TKCs are Friday Headliners Clean Bandit for all those music lovers under the age where they have a subscription to Saga magazine and you can expect some wonderfully dancy acts on stage.

We really enjoyed both George the Poet and The Cuban Brothers at the recent Common People festival in Southampton.  George is an excellent poet/rapper/soul singer and his thoughtful lyrics really hit home. The Cuban Brothers combine brill music with comedy and breakdancing with a bit of DJing thrown in. Sometimes a little near the knuckle their comedy is so well done that it flies airly over the head of the little ones.

Anyway the fact is that there are enough top quality acts that you won't be short of someone to sit and watch.

What's brilliant though is that the organisers of Camp Bestival make sure that they include lots of local bands in the line up to ensure that there is plenty of exposure for your favourites.

You may have noticed that we're both quite keen on Black Water County and they have a spot at Lulworth, as have the super Sinful Maggie, Pachango, Jawbone and The Jimmy Hillbillies.


The Buzzcocks at Southampton Engine Rooms

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