The more child-friendly version of Bestival, Camp Bestival takes place at Lulworth Castle in Dorset at the end of the month (26-29 July) with Hot Chip, Happy Mondays, Kool & The Gang, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers and the Fantastic Mr Fox Opera among the acts on the bill. The event's organiser, Radio 1 DJ, Rob da Bank, explains how he tries to keep everyone happy.
How are the preparations for this year's festival currently going?
"Great! Camp Bestival is in its fifth year now and going from strength to strength... we have sort of reinvented the family festival and keep adding new bits each year so we're pretty pleased with how its shaping up. Tickets are going well despite the media onslaught of bad press about festivals so we will sell out again!"
What acts on the bill are you most proud of booking this year?
"I'm pretty chuffed with the disco triple bill of Chic, Earth Wind & Fire and Kool & The Gang all playing back to back. Gonna be some serious Saturday night fever action going down that night."
Who else are you looking forward to this year?
"Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs has been one of my big pushes for a few years now and his new live show is off the hook, King Creosote and Jon Hopkins made one of my records of last year and they're great fun too so cant wait for them and I've never seen Jimmy Cliff so that'll be one to tick off the list."
Have you managed to 'sneak' any personal favourites on to the bill (that's got to be a perk right?) if so who?
"Obviously Rolf Harris! [laughs] Well as pretty much the sole selfish booker of the event I have carte blanche. Aside from the names above, James Yorkston is one of the best folk singers ever and Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer and his chap-hop sub genre makes me laugh my socks off every time!"
Can you recommend us one non-musical thing from this year's event?
"Definitely, the East Lulworth Literary Institute - our arts hub where everyone from Niles Rodgers of Chic to Mat Horne, Russell Kane and Scroobius Pip have concocted an incredible line up of spoken word, comedy and literary ramblings!"
Any site changes we should note?
"Bigger Kids Garden, more camping space and a two per-cent tweak of the angle of the main stage! Aside from that, it's as it was."
What's the latest travel advice for this year's event?
"Well we're pretty happy with everything. We open on the Thursday specifically so people can come early and get set up, so we have about half turn up then, and half on the Friday. Obviously Dorset has some small roads and lanes so be ready for any eventuality but I hope we won't be causing any delays!"
What one act who you haven't booked yet are you still desperate to have on?
What inspired this year's fancy dress theme?
"Well its Silly Olympics so I think you can guess it may have been the other Olympics party happening in a place called London the same weekend. We're obviously taking it a little less seriously and making it fun for all the family. I'm looking forward to the eight-legged drunken dad race!"
For more information, including the full line-up and latest ticket news head to Campbestival.net.
10:27 AM | 10/07/2012
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