The Lightning Seeds among new performers announced for Camp Bestival

Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds
Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds

THE tenth Lulworth Castle adventure for Camp Bestival is already shaping up to be a veritable Pop Stars & Rock Stars paradise of unparalleled joy! But Camp Bestival’s festi-holiday feast of fun and frolics continues to grow with even more fantastic live acts, booty shaking sound system line-ups, and jubilant family entertainment joining the bill. Plus, we have news of a very special album performance, too. So, don’t miss out on the most innovative and inspirational family festival around this July 27th-31st.

Curator Rob da Bank says: “I’ve waited a long time to see Leftfield perform Leftism in full, so Sunday night after Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds should be pretty special! And I really don’t believe there will be another festival this year, let alone millennia, which has the following line-up as we add The Lightning Seeds, The Crumble Lady, Julian Clary, Eats Everything, Orkesta Mendoza and David Rodigan. From reggae to kids’ pop, South American tearaway music and the camp Mr Clary it’s gonna be some festi!” With an arsenal of big-hitting pop singles including ‘Pure’, ‘Lucky You’, and Match of the Day favourite ‘The Life of Riley’, The Lightning Seeds will be heading to Lulworth Castle to rouse the Camp Bestival crowds with what is guaranteed to be a hit-packed set. The brainchild of Liverpool legend Ian Broudie, the exuberant pop brilliance of The Lightning Seeds has seen them conquer everywhere from football terraces to indie clubs and beyond, making them firm favourites for sing-along mayhem at our Pop Stars & Rock Stars extravaganza.

Rob Da Bank continues: “We’ve been dying to tell you this for ages! We are absolutely thrilled to be able to say that previously announced techno dons Leftfield will be performing their seminal masterpiece Leftism in its entirety for us when they hit the Castle Stage on Sunday night. Playing after Brian Wilson’s sunset headline performance and leading us into the fireworks finale, we can’t wait for the glorious beats and bass of all-time classics like Afro-Left, Original and Open Up to blow us all away!

“The good news keeps on coming as we are delighted to announce that the bill for The Greatest Tent on Earth will be topped by undisputed legend, comedian, entertainer and writer Julian Clary, who, along with award-winning illustrator David Roberts, will introduce you to The Bolds, a brand-new series of adventures about a family of hyenas living in an ordinary suburban street. With wildly hilarious readings in Clary’s unique style and live drawing by Roberts there will be guaranteed laughter at this unmissable appearance.”

The dancefloors of Camp Bestival are destined to be jumping all weekend long with a variety of sound system rampages suitable for all ages, including Old Skool marauding courtesy of Eats Everything back to back with hardcore legend Ellis Dee. David Rodigan’s Ram Jam will vibrate with appearances from the previously announced David Rodigan and Norman Jay MBE plus Natty Congo, DJ Q and Venum Sound. Ensuring our rug cutting medley covers all bases, the sublime Greco-Roman Soundsystem will see arms aloft attitude from Joe Goddard, JeanGa and George playing live, Full Nelson and George T. While finest purveyors of family raves across the nation, Big Fish Little Fish will see a proper Old Skool action from Alter 8’s March Archer and 2 Bad Mice, with drum n bass and jungle manoeuvres from Baker & Beale, and more special guests to be announced very soon.

We’ll also have even more Greatest Tent on Earth shenanigans with The Crumble Lady AKA Lorraine Bowen who was David Walliams’ Golden Buzzer winner on Britain’s Got Talent 2015, fantastic theatre with the tale of a baby fire dragon, Dotty The Dragon, colourful characters, catchy songs and puppetry from the Animalphabet team, and patchwork entertainment with Elmer the Elephant.

Plus, there will be poems, songs, stories, games and improvisation in a special kids’ edition of Tongue Fu, interactive theatre show Kidocracy, collective musical amusements with Mrs H and the Sing-along Band, ten times Guinness World Record-breaker, master Bubble-ologist and proud holder of no less than three Blue Peter badges, Samsam Bubbleman with his Giant Bubble Show, rocked-up nursery rhymes, action songs, and kid-friendly rock and pop favourites from Boogie Monsters, workshops and three new sets of performances from long-time Camp Bestival faves, West End Kids and Dorset-based and local to Lulworth theatre company The MakeShift Ensemble presents Fox and Rabbit’s idiots guide to the Owl and the Pussycat.

And wrapping things up for now, there’ll be even more live music from Sophie Barker, Swan Levitt, Orkesta Mendoza, Josephine and the Artizans, and The Fabulous Lounge Swingers.

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Entertainment Editor | Rob joined the View from series in 2007, initially as a designer. Now entertainment editor, Rob is also manager of the Production and IT departments.