Madness to headline Camp Bestival

The Human League, George Clinton, Calvin Harris, music, DJs, comedy, Mr Tumble, and more

By Scott Williams | Published: Thu 3rd Dec 2009

Camp Bestival 2010 - Madness
Photo credit: Steve Collins

Camp Bestival 2010

Friday 30th July to Sunday 1st August 2010
Lulworth Castle, Dorset, BH20 5QS, England MAP
adult weekend camping £155, child age 11-17 £77.50, under 10s free - SOLD OUT

Saturday headliners Madness, lead a line-up of acts that includes The Human League, George Clinton And Funkadelic/Parliament, Calvin Harris, Chipmunk, Lee Scratch Perry, and many more for next year's Camp Bestival.

Madness will take to the stage to play a Saturday night headline slot. Commenting on the set the band said, "We love nothing more then a good old family knees up and if we get anywhere near the reception we got at Bestival in 2007 we'll feel like kings of Lulworth Castle."

Joining the nutty boys on the line-up of live acts announced today are The Human League, George Clinton And Funkadelic/Parliament, Calvin Harris, Chipmunk, Lee Scratch Perry, The Cuban Brothers, Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, James Yorkston, Stornoway, Beth Jeans Houghton, Gold Panda, and Countryside Alliance.

Taking to the decks at next summer's family friendly bash will be DJs including DJ Yoda, Rob Da Bank, Greg Wilson, Ragga Twins, The Nextmen feat MC Wrec & Zarif, DJ Derek, DJ Joker, Cooly G, L-Vis 1990, Boy 8 Bit, Jonny Trunk, and Gregs Greats.

Comedy next year will come from a range of comedians including Andrew Maxwell, Jim Jeffries, and Marcus Brigstocke, and Andre Vincent who will be performing The Early Edition.

Making a return for 2010 is 2009's surprise smash hit with the kids Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble this time he'll be at the festival for the whole three days.

Also making a return is The English National Ballet and The World Famous will be back with the awe-inspiring pyrotechnical pleasures of their Son et Lumiere extravaganza.

New for 2010 is The East Lulworth Literary Institute offering rare live interviews with the likes of film director Andrea Arnold; learn How To Be DJ Derek, 'ideas to live by' through expert sessions from the School of Life; plus special guests and sessions to be announced soon.

There's also House of Fairytales a brand new art project headed up by renowned artist Gavin Turk. Arriving from Bestival is the Polka Tent with wall to wall, end to end Crazy Hoedown music, Balkan Bangers, Speed Gypsy and Kleizmer chaos.

Camp Bestival will play host to Bill Drummond's The17 and giving festivlal goers the chance to become part of special musical art project, and become a member of The17: Bill Drummond's (KLF, Timelords etc) choir. Bill will work with 10 groups of 17 people to record one of his scores. These will be combined and played back to the entire audience at Camp Bestival on Sunday night. To be part of one of the first 5 choirs to take part festival goers should email to register. All ages are welcome.

There's plenty more music, comedy and spoken word to be announced soon as well as plentiful activities for the young and old including Arts & Crafts workshops, Dance lessons, 100 free things for kids to do, Jousting from the Knights of Lulworth Castle, the Freestyle Sports Park including Mountain Bike, Skate And Parkour displays, madcap merriment from the Bestival Bluecoats and a new Kids Garden, which has doubled in size from 2009.

The River Cottage Café which was a huge hit with the Camp Bestival crowd in 2009, will return in 2010 with a sumptuous selection of rustic nourishment. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall commented: "Myself and the River Cottage Team had such a fantastic time at this year's Camp Bestival! We are really excited to be involved again with the River Cottage Café in 2010!"

Previously festival organiser Rob da Bank has already revealed that both The Fall, and The Wurzels will be appearing at next year's Camp Bestival. Rob da bank said of today's announcement, "It seems only yesterday that we were basking in the sun singing along to Mr Tumble and then watching PJ Harvey captivate the whole site with her extraordinary solo performance but it's that time again to unveil what we've been planning thus far for 2010. From Saturday night headliners the nutty boys Madness to Bill Drummond's inspirational new music project, from folk royalty Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick to DJ Yoda and Beardyman it's looking like a typically random yet happy family. Hope to see you there."

One of the best festivals in the country for families with young children, Bestival's sister festival Camp Bestival returns in 2010 from Friday 30th to Sunday 1st August, the first week of the school summer holidays, at the picturesque setting of Lulworth Castle, set against the backdrop of England's dramatic Jurassic coastline in Dorset.

There's a huge Kids Area filled with things to keep little ones of all ages entertained all day long in a jam packed haven for kids and their parents. Plus Lulworth Castle has its very own Animal Farm where the kids can get up close to their super-friendly animals.

An adult weekend ticket with camping is priced at £145, a weekend with camping child ticket for those 11 to 17 (on 30/07/2010) are priced at £72.50. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21. All children under-11 can attend for free (but MUST HAVE a ticket), and campervans cost £60 per vehicle.

To buy tickets, click here.

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