Family matters: a Camp Bestival 2012 preview

Who to see at the family-friendly festival

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Eustace - 24 July 2012

Leaving the music to one side for a second, there's also art, theatre, circus shows, spoken word, literary activities, talks and workshops, so boredom is not even an option. We checked.

The list of stuff to see and do is exhaustive: Shrek, Fiona and Donkey will be having a singalong, while the Dingly Dell will host the Fantastic Mr Fox Opera and theatrical company Gideon Reeling, and there’s circus shows with Square Peg and Wookey Hole.

The Lower Kids Garden will once again host the English National Ballet workshops, taking place once again in the Lower Kids Garden. There’s Rob Da Bank’s Music Club to help aspiring young musicians, the Freestyle Sports Village and Freesports Park, which will give introductory sessions to Parkour, Mountain Boarding and more.  “Professional wallies” Lost and Found, meanwhile, will be celebrating the theme of 'Silly Olympics' with a host of ridiculous games to get involved in.

Everyone from Dick and Dom to Tanya Bryon’s getting interviewed in the East Lulworth Literary Institute, where there’ll be discussions, spoken word and readings featuring the likes of Jules Evans, Scroobius Pip, Russell Kane, Stefan Gates and Richard Reynolds, and the Tate will host the Great British Art Debate, with artists onsite helping to create a live family portrait.

Nile Rodgers will also be holding a talk and meet and greet before Chic’s set, and here’s who else you should catch this weekend:

Hot Chip (Friday headliners, Castle Stage)

Back with a new album ‘In Our Heads’, it’s clear that they’re now the country’s foremost dance-pop purveyors. Not only are new songs like ‘Night & Day’ made for Main Stage moments like this, there’s also ‘Ready For The Floor’, ‘Over And Over’, ‘Boy From School’ and many other big hitters. Not only that, Joe Goddard’s housetastic side-project with Raf Daddy, The 2 Bears, are also playing that day.

Netsky (Friday, Big Top)

It’s unpretentious drum’n’bass headbangers all the way with Netsky – and with elements of dubstep, house and, in ‘Give & Take’, old school video games, it’s never anything less than euphoric. Fans of Chase & Status or High Contrast certainly ought to investigate, and the likes of ‘The Whistle Song’ and 'Love Has Gone' will make you feel suitably energetic for a day that also includes the Olympics opening ceremony and the Camp Olympic Warm Up.

Kool & The Gang (Saturday headliners)

‘Get Down On It’, ‘Celebration’, ‘Joanna’, ‘Ladies Night’… need we say any more? Many will blame it on the drink, but Kool & The Gang will no doubt cause a few sore throats at Lulworth Castle such will be the singalong their prime disco staples will start up. You think you don’t know the words, but you will.

Mr Tumble/The gruffalo (Saturday, Castle Stage)

As far as many of the kids going are concerned, these two are the headliners. There not far wrong, as they’ve been deemed big enough to take to the Main Stage. Once you’ve finished following Mouse as he meets The gruffalo on a journey through the deep, dark wood, CBeebies superstar Mr Tumble will be on to clown around as only he can. Trust us, we’re big fans.

Happy Mondays/Fireworks Finale (Sunday headliners, Castle Stage)

Anything the Roses can do…. The original Mondays line-up is back together to complete the Madchester reformation party, so if Heaton Park left you thirsty for more baggy reminiscing this’ll be the place to do it, as Shaun Ryder’s indie-dance mob go again. If you aren’t dancing like Bez before the fireworks start, there’s no hope for you.

Lianne La Havas (Sunday, Castle Stage)

The latest singer-songwriter on the block, she’s just bagged a Top 5 album, and the summery, soulful likes of ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ should ensure she’s a big hit on the big stage here. The razor sharp ‘Forget’, breezy ‘Age’ and the brittle anguish of ‘No Room For Doubt’ bode well for a varied, compelling and most of all fun set.

Chic, Rizzle Kicks, Adam Ant, Jimmy Cliff, Rolf Harris and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs among the other acts set to play across the weekend - click here to hear more with the VF Camp Bestival Spotify Playlist.

Check out the full Camp Bestival line-up.

Weekend tickets for Camp Bestival 2012 are sold out.

Day tickets for Camp Bestival are onsale now, priced as follows:

Adult Day Ticket - £60.00 per day

Age 15 to 17 Ticket – £35.00 per day
Age 15 to 17 Day Tickets are for anyone aged 15 to 17 on 26/07/2012. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 30.

Age 11-14 Ticket - £30 per day
Age 11 to 14 Day Tickets are for anyone aged 11 to 14 on 26/07/2012. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 26.

Age 10 and Under Day Ticket – FREE (but ticket required)
Age 10 and Under Day Tickets are for anyone aged 10 and under on 26/07/2012. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21.

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