Camp Bestival really Hotting Up!

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A host of new acts announced for our July family-friendly festival Camp Bestival including Live Acts, DJs, Talks, Interviews & Discussions, Spoken Word & Literature plus Music Quiz, Rob da Bank's Music Club and Morris Dancers Galore!!

With things already shaping up to be an absolute belter for Camp Bestival’s fifth birthday this July 26-29, our festi-holiday feast of fun continues to grow with some exciting and exhilarating new additions to the bill. We’ve got even more musical joy to keep your hips swinging and toes tapping and a whole raft of inspirational action and amazingly erudite amusements to get your brains buzzing!  

Rob da Bank says: “Word up Camp Bestivallers! Hope you dig the new additions as much as I do - Kitty Daisy and Lewis are practically family at Camp Bestival and are gonna rock (and roll) the main stage on Friday night. From Vintage Trouble to new folk heroes Skinny Lister and some great additions to the Arts Tent including Nile Rodgers being interviewed and Mathew Horne making us all laugh I’m getting more vibed up about Camp B than ever before!”

Massive favourites of the Camp Bestival crew, we are super-excited that Kitty, Daisy & Lewis will be making a very welcome return to Lulworth Castle. With their last album seeing them grow as song writers and gain them huge critical acclaim, we can wait to see the instrument swapping sibling trio in the Castle field again. Fresh from their stateside escapades folk shanty behemoth Skinny Lister will also be back for a foot-stomping sing-along. There will also be sets from the very hotly tipped Jamie N Commons, classic soulsters Vintage Trouble, rousing folk five-piece To Kill A King, acoustic troubadours Gecko, romantic story teller  L.A. Salami, must-see Mancunians The Slow Show, Country & Western sextet Police Dog Hogan, suburban cowboy Clint Westwood - the man with one name and Bournemouth noiseniks Vlad. 

There’s going to be major mash-up excitement on the dancefloors too, as the mighty Nextmen will be on hand to get the party absolutely jumping with their brand of Reggae influenced hip-hop finery and those that can’t resist a sinewave will be pleased to know that there will be some extreme bass love from Breakage to wrap your lugholes around. There will also be rug cutting manoeuvres from uplifting skank merchants Reggae Roast, Bestival and Camp Bestival favourites and genre surfing party beasts Sombrero Sound System, Xfm’s new music maestro John Kennedy, Wang Dang Doodle top boys In Light Of Aquarius, old Camp Bestival friends, the incredible Mix It UP DJ Kru and south coast drum n bass lynchpin DJ Charge.

We are incredibly excited, about our jam-packed line-up, that’s set to keep the excitement levels on turbo charge over the weekend. However, here at Camp Bestival HQ, we know that you discerning lot are also very fond of flexing your mind muscles and so we are thrilled to be presenting the latest news from our fantastically diverse programme of talks, discussions and spoken word offerings.

First up, we are bursting with excitement to announce one of the most prestigious live interviews we have ever had the honour to present at Camp Bestival... the legendary Nile Rodgers! He has very kindly agreed to treat us to a pre-gig live chat, complete with a meet and greet and a book signing! Nile will be sharing tales from his extraordinary life within the heart of the music scene and showing us how he created the sounds that defined the disco revolution. Totally unmissable.

Continuing our exclusive series of How To interviews in the East Lulworth Literary Institute tent, we are also delighted that one of our favourite actors Mathew Horne will be joining us to tell us How To Be A Little Bit Funny! And we’ll be hearing from BBC2’s award-winning food writer Stefan Gates, who will be sharing his tales and adventures from Cooking in the Danger Zone. 

Now, anyone out there who has kids (and we’re guessing that’s a lot of you!) will know how hard it can be sifting through the mountains of ‘advice’ about parenting. So you’ll be pleased to hear about Professor Tanya Bryon’s refreshing approach, How to Parent Your Own Way, helping you parent in a way that suits your own needs and your own kids. 

For all you budding gardeners out there, the pioneering Richard Reynolds will be passing on his experience and expertise on How To Be A Guerrilla Gardener. And if you’re looking for love at Camp Bestival then drop into the Crap Dates Workshop with Rhodri Marsden to get some tips (and warnings!). 

We are very proud to be welcoming back the RSA to present another bunch of bright thinkers and big ideas. Leading the programme will be a thought-provoking live panel discussion entitled The Kids Are Alright: Aren’t They? Join us for this special event about the future of Britain's young people, featuring renowned Kids Company founder Camila Batmandjelih, Guardian journalist and author John Harris, the New Statesman's Laurie Penny and a young member of the Oval Theatre Truth About Youth project. Also check out RSA Hour with renowned journalist and academic Jules Evans plus see Elaine Glaser and Laurence Shorter go head to head on either side of the RSA's debate on optimism and pessimism.  

We are also very pleased to be hosting a series of talks by ideas experts The School of Life. They will be helping us work out ways to Change The World, to Stay Sane and Enjoy the Outdoors.

The Tate is also back with their fantastic Great British Art Debate workshop, talk and exhibition in the East Lulworth Literary Institute and pop-up activities happening across the site. Family Matters is the last exhibition in the Great British Art Debate series, which aims to examine what family is and to explore what family means to you. Right on trend for all you families at Camp B! 
There is a family portrait project led by leading photographer Marysa Dowling, who will be roaming the site to capture your unique family moments. Then there will also be a performance workshop on Saturday afternoon, led by artist Louisa Martin and a debate in a conversation with Tate Curators and very special guest, poet, writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay M.B.E! Lemn Sissay says, "You are your own family. Once you know this you can offer family, friends and the world the benefits of being part of you." What do you think? Join them on Saturday! 
As the icing on the cake, you can also get involved in Family Matters, as we’ve mentioned before. There’s lots more information on that here.

To complete our programme of authors coming to Camp B this summer, we are well chuffed that our favourite Essex funny boy Russell Kane will be sharing a reading of his new book The Humourist. Another impressive string to this self-proclaimed chav’s bow...

We’ve also got our final flurry of talented spoken word artists to add to our impressive gang of talking maestro’s taking to the stage in the East Lulworth Literary Institute. Paul Cree, Bridget Minamore, Indigo Williams and Anna Freeman will be showcasing their latest lyrical offerings during the Tongue Fu and Poejazzi take-over sessions of Scroobius Pip’s Satin Lizard Lounge. This is some serious talent not to be missed folks!

Plus gentleman of many talents Richard Strange, will be joining us in the East Lulworth Literary Institute to share his one-man show An Accent Waiting to Happen. Featuring stories, readings from his memoir, acoustic songs, film clips and slides from his colourful life as a writer, musician, composer, nightclub host, actor, curator and adventurer. 

And last but not least, gather yourself a team together to flex your aural muscles and test your recall skills at the The Sounds Familiar Music Quiz! In a brilliantly fresh and simple concept, DJ Al plays a track and you have to come up with the title or the artist or both. This is not a nerd’s muso quiz, this is for anyone who loves music!

Phew, and as if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, here’s a quick rundown of the other talks, spoken word and literary treats that we have previously announced: there will be live interviews; How to Change Lives with Camila Batmanghelidjh and How to Dick and Dom About (with Dick and Dom of course!). Spoken Word Artists include Scroobius Pip, Chris Redmond, Joshua Idehen, John Berkavitch, Jodi Ann Bickley, John Osborne, Alex Gwyther and John Sinclair, and Breakfast with Henry. And there will be author readings from Fabulous Baker Brothers, Joe Stretch, Matt Whyman, Richard Milward, Ben Crystal, Lerryn Korda, David Gatward, Stuart Evers and Howard Marks Reading Kids Stories.

The Bestival Foundation has proudly presented Rob da Bank’s Music Club in partnership with the Isle of Wight Youth Trust for over 6 months now on the Isle of Wight and it’s proved so popular that we’re bringing it to Camp Bestival with us! Situated next to the Sports Park, The Rob da Bank’s Music Club Tent will be offering music workshops and demos from our trusty volunteers and a host of celebrity DJ’s and Band members – all eager to show you their tricks of the trade. Open from 10am till 10pm for 14 – 18 year-olds there will be electric drum kits, decks, instruments and music production equipment to try out and it’s all free!

Published on 18 April 2012 by Ben Robinson

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