The first acts have been revealed for Camp Bestival, which returns to the picturesque setting of Lulworth Castle, Dorset from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July.
Headlining the Castle Stage will be Rick Astley on the Friday, preceded by Sara Cox presents Just Can’t Get Enough 80s to get you in the mood. On Saturday night it's Camp Bestival favourites Clean Bandit, and rounding things off before the firework finale on Sunday will be Simple Minds. A man of few words and getting straight to the point, Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr said “Simple Minds are delighted to be performing at Camp Bestival next year”.
Elsewhere on the bill there's Shed Seven, BGT winner Tokio Myers, Declan McKenna, YouTuber dodie, ska legends the Skatalites, turntable wizard Jaguar Skills, The Cuban Brothers will present La Familia with a full live band, DJ sets from Fearne Cotton, and Huey Morgan's NYC Block Party, and live sets from Stereo MC's, The Undertones, Pop Will Eat Itself, Jane Weaver, and Jesus Jones, pumping beats from Billy Daniel Bunter, and Raindance, the return of Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana, fiddle folk from Chris Wood, and the junior rave that is Big Fish Little Fish.
There's also Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble, Dick & Dom, as well as Dinosaur World Live, Ballet with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Pirates of Penzance - The Musical, Royal Albert Hall’s Seafaring Symphony & Workshops, the return of ‘Come Dancing’ In Spiegeltent with Karen Hardy Studios, Underwater Carnival Night Parade, Sailing Talks with High Seas Adventurers, Pirate Bedtime Stories, The World of Supersaurs and Now That’s What I Call Sea Shanties.
There's teen talks and opinions from Gemma Cairney and Katie Thistleton, and family fun including HMS Camp Bestival hosted by the Blue Coats, Pirate Sandpit, the Dingly Dell featuring Den Building & Tree Climbing, Crafty Cabin with Katie Jones’ Knit & Lizzie King’s Tie-Dye, the Insect Circus & Museum, The Greatest Tent on Earth!, a bigger and better Art Town, Bigtopmania Kids Theatre & Circus, Spinney Hollow Woodland Crafts and the Sports Park & Skate Ramps.
With Camp Bestival Setting Sail for 2018, they're partnering with one of the greatest sailors: the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust! For the first time, a £1 charity donation will be added on to all Camp Bestival tickets, which will go directly to the Trust (Reg. Charity no. 4597114). This money will be used to fund their amazing work that helps young people rebuild their confidence after being diagnosed with cancer.
Captain da Bank says: “Ahoy there shipmates and anchors aweigh! HMS Camp Bestival is ready to set sail with our first wave of salty seadogs to announce. Expect the unexpected from rock giants Simple Minds and Shed Seven to dance gurus Orbital and Basement Jaxx and a cheeky bit of Rick Astley too… and that’s just the music. From River Cottage feasts and animatronic dinosaurs, to Insect Circuses, pantomimes and a gin festival, it’s full steam ahead for 2018. All aboard!”
Early bird tickets are currently on sale, priced as follows:-
Adult Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thursday) - £180
Student Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs) - £175
Age 13 to 17 (on 30/07/2017) Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) - £114
Age 10 to 12 (on 30/07/2017) Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) - £90
Age 5 to 9 (on 30/07/2017) Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) – £31.75
Age 4 & Under (on 30/07/2017) Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) – £10.60
Babes In Arms (1 & Under) - FREE (but ticket required)
The 2018 Weekly Payment Plan is also available over 25 weeks.
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