The Flaming Lips want to be house band at Camp Bestival

Wayne Coyne oversees Alice-themed fancy dress parade

Camp Bestival continued today (July 19) with hundreds of the festival-goers in fancy dress.

Taking up the challenge set by host Rob da Bank, many of the partying crowd wore white rabbit costumes or playing card outfits inspired by the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from childrens’ classic, Alice in Wonderland.

Overcoming traffic difficulties – many travellers were stuck in long queues to get into the festival – the 13,000 music fans present enjoyed a theatrical headline set from The Flaming Lips who were introduced by a bearded town-crier waving the red and yellow flag of Dorset.

Appearing high on the balcony of Lulworth Castle, singer Wayne Coyne tumbled through the crowd inside an inflatable plastic ball before being lifted onto the stage as streamers and confetti rained down.

The Oklahoma City band then powered through a set that featured videos of a naked couple running through woodland and YouTube clips of Japanese TV on a giant LED screen.

On either side of the stage, the party atmosphere was bolstered by dozens of dancers in fancy dress costumes.

“This feels like the perfect evening, we should come back and play every year,” declared the besuited Coyne on stage, before launching into a classic Led Zeppelin cover and continuing: “We love you and it even looks like the sun is staying around for a beautiful sunset. This is perfect!”

The setlist included:

‘Vein Of Stars’

‘The Test’

‘Free Radical’

‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’

‘The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song’

Saturday’s line-up also starred singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, an energetic show from Black Kids, DJ Yoda, and a DJ set from Dexys Midnight Runners‘ frontman Kevin Rowland.

Follow all the weekend’s action at Camp Bestival in Rob da Bank’s Camp Bestival blog exclusively on NME.COM.