Kid Creole to headline Camp Bestival

Crowds at Camp Bestival 2008 by Al De Perez
Crowds at Camp Bestival 2008 by Al De Perez

Kid Creole And The Coconuts have been confirmed as the Friday night headliners for this year's Camp Bestival, as Rob da Bank reveals his plans for an explosive finale for the festival.

The calypso ska legends will join PJ Harvey and Mercury Rev as headliners for the Dorset bash, which will return for its second year in July.

Camp Bestival, founder Rob da Bank couldn't be happier with this new addition, “I booked him for Bestival a couple of years back and he smashed it with one of the tightest bands and razzle dazzle performances I've booked,” he said, “It was like Prince meets George Clinton on a desert island and he's coming to Dorset!"

The Camp Bestival boss also revealed plans for a spectacular finish to the festival on the Sunday with a stunning surprise for the senses.  Rob da Bank will DJ while the best pyrotechnic innovators in the UK, The World Famous and the English National Ballet provide the visuals.

The finale is set to be extraordinary, as the press release explains: "The castle starts off illuminated with strobing white flares, glittering silver fish swim in the sky, fired from massive cakes on the roof, the castle turns red as noisy crackling fountains erupt, the pace drops and goes slow and dreamy, performers swing waterfall units around their head, gentle cascading spirals of silver intertwine with the music before high pitched whistles shoot from the roof and the whole shebang climaxes with a multicoloured celebration of music and fire. Jeepers, it’s gonna be pant wettingly good."

Other treats over the weekend include Bon Iver, Erol Alkan, Roots Manuva and DJ Derek alongside a whole roster of live acts and DJ's covering a wide range of genres.

Click here for the latest Camp Bestival line-up.

Organisers have also revealed that the fancy dress theme for this year’s festival will be 'Animal Magic'.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £130 for an adult weekend pass, with more prices available.

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Camp Bestival 2009 will take place at Lulworth Castle, Dorset from 24-26 July.

The festival will also feature a literature arena and poets as well as over 100 free things to do for children. The Bestival spin-off will also have a silent disco, comedy, coffee mornings, boutique camping and a River Cottage Café with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.