Chuck Berry dazzles first day of Camp Bestival

It's a family affair for the rock n'roll pioneer

Camp Bestival got off to a lively start this weekend (June 18) with Chuck Berry shining through the light showers with an impressive set of vintage rock n’ roll.

Wearing a black-patterned shirt with metal collar tips, a metal skinny tie and a nautical captain’s hat, Berry was on his feet throughout, covering every inch of the stage and lifting his guitar high in the air.

After launching into classic track ‘Never Can Tell’, the 82-year-old pioneer called out to the crowd, “Let me hear you holler ‘Oh yeah!'”, prompting a loud response from the sizeable crowd stood beside Dorset’s Lulworth Castle.


The one-hour set ended with a proud tribute from Berry‘s guitarist son: “We came and played guitar tonight and hopefully it was alright! My name is Charles Edward Berry Jr. My dad loves to come and entertain you British people because it’s a blast!”

Other acts scheduled to perform at Camp Bestival this weekend include Flaming Lips and Kate Nash.

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

NME.COM will be bringing you a photo gallery packed with images of the festival’s performances and the fancy-dress clad crowd early next week (June 22).