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Camp Bestival Lineup Taking Shape Already

Regular readers will no doubt recall my praise of Dorset’s Camp Bestival held at Lulworth Castle, just a few miles from home.

The sister festival to the Isle of Wights season closing festival, Camp Bestival is a great option for families with children.  As I have reported in the past Camp Bestival is not just a family friendly festival, it is a festival that is focused on children from the ground up.  There is an almost endless stream of activities to keep the little ones entertained throughout.

This year sees the return of Dick and Dom, Mr Tumble and Aliens Love Underpants on the main stage.  This years theme is outer space so dig out your space suit outfits to join the fun.

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With Jess Glynne and Fatboy Slim already announced as Friday and Saturday night headliners, the headline line-up is complete with the mighty Tears for Fears headlining Sunday and closing the festival.

Camp Bestival curator Rob da Bank says: “Songs from the Big Chair was, and still is, one of my most treasured albums, and one which appears totally timeless. I still can’t figure out what most of the lyrics mean, but when the music and vocals are so strong it doesn’t matter. We took our kids on holiday last year and only had two CDs in the car, one of them was this and they cannot get enough of it, too… so, I know after five years of trying, Tears for Fears are going to be something very special at Camp Bestival for all ages.”

Tears for Fears commented on their first UK festival appearance in 26 yearsWe are so looking forward to playing our first UK festival since our last one in 1990 at Knebworth. I know we’re not the most prolific artists but we believe in quality over quantity. We’re looking forward to performing new & old songs as we will have finished our new album before we perform. The fact that it’s in the West Country where we began our journey makes it all the more gratifying. We look forward to seeing you at Camp Bestival”.

This years Camp Bestival takes place from 28 – 31 July.

To ease the burden on families Camp Bestival is offering a weekly payment plan: Details and tickets here.

Camp Bestival is on the internet on Facebook and Twitter


Common People Comes To Oxford

After a hugely successful two day festival of fresh and exciting sounds in Southampton last May the lovely folk behind Common People are doing it all again next spring bank holiday.  In addition to Southampton Common People 2016 will also have a site 90 or so miles North on 28th & 29th May 2016 so the excitement will be doubled.

Common People 2016 will be brought to you by the makers of Bestival and Camp Bestival in conjunction with Oxford City Council.   Taking place in the stunning surrounds of South Park, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful parks in the UK, and famously the venue for a home-coming concert by Radiohead and Supergrass over 15 years ago, Common People Oxford, will be a feast of the finest that the live music and DJ scenes have to offer. A twin for our already established Southampton event held on the same spring bank holiday weekend, both festivals will share some line-up, with a few key regional differences to give each show an unmistakably homespun feel.

Common People Curator Rob da Bank says: “Common People HQ is buzzing with excitement today to announce that we’re bringing our show to Oxford next May. South Park is a stunning setting and we have an amazing line up to share with you very soon – from pop stars to underground legends, theatre and spoken word to our ace Kids Area and some special Oxford touches. Thanks for having us Oxford.”

Both amazingly brilliant line-ups of world class superstar bands and DJs will be announced very soon.

For further information on Common People make sure you sign up to the mailing list and get access to an exclusive 24-hour ticket pre-sale. But that’s not all, 100 randomly chosen people will get the chance to buy a day ticket in the pre-sale for just £10!

You can find more information about Common People Oxford and Common People Southampton on the official website.

Common People Oxford is on Facebook  and Twitter

Camp Bestival: Lulworth Castle Dorset – 30 July – 02 Aug

Hello everyone,

Here is the third batch of my photographs from last weekends  Camp Bestival.  Please have a browse and if you spot yourself, your children or your friends give us a shout out.

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Camp Bestival: Lulworth Castle Dorset – 30 July – 02 Aug

Good morning,

Please check out the second gallery of my photographs from Camp Bestival last weekend.  Be sure to give a shout out if you spot yourself, your kids or your friends.

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Camp Bestival – Lulworth Castle Dorset – 30 July – 02 August 2015

Where you at Camp Bestival last weekend?  If you were you  might find that I captured you on camera.  I will be posting a series of photo galleries of festival goers over the next few days.

Have a look and see if you can spot yourself, your children or your friends.  If you see anyone you know be sure to let us know.

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Camp Bestival: 30 July – 02 August – festival preview

Are suffering from the post Glastonbury blues?  Are looking for a Uk based ‘staycation’ because you are are worried about the effect the Greek referendum is having on the Euro?  Then grab your tent, pack the kids in the car and head down to Dorset for Camp Bestival.

Camp Bestival is held each year at Lulworth Castle in Dorset, a unique location if ever their was one. The festival has been running since 2008 and is often described as the little sister of the Isle of Wight version, Bestival.  Camp Bestival won the “Best New Festival” award in the UK Festival Awards in its inaugural year and has won the Best Family Festival no fewer than four times since 2009, including in both 2013 and 2014.  There is a good reason for those awards.  Put simply Camp Bestival is not just a “family friendly” festival.  It is so much more than that, it is a festival built from the ground up to accommodate the needs of families, including families with very young children.

The range of kids activities at Camp bestival is truly mind boggling.  You need to check out the website to explore it all but to mention just a few highlights the little ones will be kept entertained with The Cat In The Hat – Live, Dick and Dom and Mr Tumble.

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Whilst there are things to keep the kids entertained right across the site Camp Bestival dedicates large areas of the site to children activities.  The upper kids garden provides a safe and secure area for the kids to have fun in.  There are sandpits, soft play areas and even a mother and baby chill out area!   Older kids are catered for with a funfair, circus skills, their own music club, kids disco’s and any number of fun and creative activities to ensure that even the most demanding of children are kept entertained from dawn to dusk.

Of course Camp bestival doesn’t just cater for the little ones, us big kids are looked after too.  Like any major festival Camp bestival has more than enough entertainment to keep adults entertained throughout the day and into the wee small hours if your stamina lasted that long.  Central to the festival entertainment is the music line-up.

Like it’s big sister Camp Bestival aims to provide an eclectic mix of music that caters for every taste.  This years diverse lineup features acts ranging from Indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs to the electro pop of Clean Bandit.  From the Electronic Dance Music of Underworld to the classic punk sound of Bob Geldof and The Buzzcocks.  From the latin Caribbean rhythms of the Cuban Brothers to the quintessentially English folk music of Eliza Carthy their truly is something for every musical taste.

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To the live music lineup add DJ sets from top disc spinners like Andy Kershaw and Dave Hornby, add a dash of comedy from the likes of Marcus Brigstocke and Matt Richardson, a range of theatre shows, spoken word, talks and poetry and you have the mix for a perfect family holiday.

Camp Bestival is just a few miles from Dorset’s Jurassic coast, Lulworth Cove and the award winning beaches at Bournemouth, Poole and Swanage.  There are a huge a number of campsites and other holiday accommodation throughout the area so you could easily combine a visit to Camp bestival with an extended stay in one of England’s most beautiful Counties.


This video shows some of last years festival highlights.  This years festival lineup can be seen here.


What are you waiting for?  Grab your tickets from here.  Camp bestival is on the internet, on Facebook and they tweet as @CampBestival

Slaves – Portsmouth Pyramid Centre – 3rd March 2015

I managed to catch part of the Slaves set at last years Reading Festival and had been looking forward to seeing them again ever since.  The opportunity arose on Tuesday evening as the Slaves were out on the road on the 2015 NME Awards tour alongside Palma Violets (who I also saw a Reading last year), The Fat White Family and the Wytches.  The Amazing Snakeheads were supposed to be on the bill but sadly they split on the eve of the tour.

It looked a great lineup but it was primarily Slaves that I wanted to see.  Isaac Holman (drums and vocal) and Laurie Vincent (guitar and vocal) may be looking forward to their forthcoming album release on Virgin records but these are guys who have come up the hard way on the pub circuit.

With Slaves being a duo you might expect a reasonably laid back, perhaps acoustic, performance.  If so you would be in for a surprise because this is a duo who create a sound big enough to blow any hardcore band off the stage.  The energy is nothing short of astounding, I was exhausted and I was watching.

By the time they had reached their forthcoming single “Feed The Manta Ray” Isaac had ditched his shirt and was streaming with sweat as he uttered his drum and belted out the vocals in true punk fashion.  The spirit of punk certainly lives on with bands like Slaves, whilst they take their performance and music very seriously they don’t take themselves too seriously as Isaac demonstrated at the end of “Manta Ray” as he joked “what a stupid fucking song.”  I don’t know why but I was strongly disappointed that the member of the crew who had made appearances earlier in the tour dressed as a Manta Ray was missing.

Slaves showed how professional they are as they overcame a number of technical difficulties during their set, they laughed and joked with the crowd as the problems were sorted and when they played crowd favourites like “Where’s Your car Debbie“, “Sugar Coated Bitter Truth” and “The Hunter” they had the crowd sweating, seething and moshing their way through the set.

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It is clear that Slaves have found a way to connect with the audience, they sing about everyday things in a sharply observational way.  It brings a smile to the face of the mundane, a laugh to the drab and colour to the bland.  They connect with people in the same way that Joe Strummer, Ian Drury and Joey Ramone did.  The audience feel that they are part of the show and the get right into every aspect of it.

Having seen Slaves in The Pit at Reading Festival last year and now on the NME tour I cannot wait to see them perform on the 20k Capacity NME stage at reading in August this year.  I am convinced that the release of their debut album, ‘Are You Satisfied?’ out June 1st on Virgin EMI and appearance at Reading Festival, Camp Bestival and Bestival as well as a number of other festivals will ensure that Slaves are the name on everyones lips this year.