Camp Bestival 2021 set to “go ahead as planned”

Fatboy Slim, Kelis and Groove Armada will headline Dorset's Lulworth Castle from July 29 – August 1

Camp Bestival is still expected to go ahead as planned this summer.

After a 2020 summer in which coronavirus forced the cancellation of festivals across the globe, the event will return to Dorset’s Lulworth Castle from July 29 – August 1.

Camp Bestival curator Rob da Bank said he was “counting down” the minutes, hours and days to the event in Dorset.

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He told BBC News: “There is literally nothing [my wife] Josie and I like more in life than standing in a field surrounded by family and friends, dressed in daft outfits dancing to amazing bands and DJs and Mr Tumble. That’s exactly what we plan to be doing at Camp Bestival.”

Fatboy Slim, Kelis and Groove Armada lead this year’s Camp Bestival line-up. Other musical highlights include the likes of Friendly Fires, Tim Burgess, Becky Hill and Sophie Ellis Bextor. Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh will also lead the event’s comedy lineup, while new attractions for 2021 include the Full Moon Cinema, a Cirque Bijou High Wire Spectacular, and a new comedy venue, ‘the Giggle Box’.

It comes after earlier this week (February 22), it was reported that gigs, live events and nightclubs could return in June, if the government’s roadmap out of lockdown goes to plan.

Boris Johnson is aiming to “remove all legal limits on social contact” by June 21 at the earliest, which would pave the way for live music to restart without any restrictions on capacity or social distancing.

Since the announcement, a number of festivals including Reading & LeedsGreen Man and 2000 Trees have all revealed that they now hope to go ahead as usual in 2021, with Reading & Leeds selling out of tickets just two days after the announcement.

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Festival Republic boss Melvin Benn, who runs R&L, Wireless and Latitude, has cited the UK’s successful vaccination programme as the key to unlocking large-scale music events this summer.

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