Camp Bestival 2018 Line-Up

It’s life on the ocean waves as Camp Bestival 2018 “Sets Sail” – the theme this year is distinctly nautical! Kick off the summer holidays in style, and cruise through Lulworth Castle on the Jurassic Coast from 26th-29th July. Hop aboard, pull up the gangplank and prepare for departure to the biggest fancy dress party ever on a voyage of festi-holiday fun fit for all the family!

From the ultimate in family shows and kids’ TV sensations, to legends of rock and pop and the freshest haul of up and coming acts, Camp Bestival are guaranteed to have something special that floats your boat.

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Camp Bestival 2018

You know when you hear the dates of something and they sound familiar? That’s exactly what happened when I received the email about Camp Bestival 2018. With the likes of Rick Astley, Basement Jaxx, Orbital, and Sara Cox presents Just Can’t Get Enough 80s, I really wanted to go this year. But then, when I double checked my dates for a theatre show I’d booked months ago, I realised they clashed. Gutted!

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The headliners aboard are Rick Astley, who will be rickrolling the waves on Friday night, and Clean Bandit are the seafarers on Saturday night, and before you disembark, Simple Minds top the bill before the big fireworks extravaganza.

Keeping the big guns firing there will also be a Big Top headline appearance from techno trailblazers Orbital on Sunday night and Basement Jaxx will hit the decks in big ol’ blue on Saturday night. But that’s not all, it’ll be chock-a-block with copper-bottomed good times including Sara Cox presents Just Can’t Get Enough 80s warming up for Rick Astley, Brit pop heroes Shed Seven, BGT winner Tokio Myers, tender troubadour Declan McKenna, YouTuber dodie, Jamaican giants The Skatalites, and turntable wizard Jaguar Skills.

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Celebrating 20 years of rocking the sweet soul and b-boy control, all with added risqué action, The Cuban Brothers will present La Familia with a full live band show, there will be DJ sets from Fearne Cotton and Huey Morgan’s NYC Block Party, expect all manner of mum moshing and dad dancing with live sets from Stereo MCs, The Undertones, the mighty Pop Will Eat Itself, psych chanteuse Jane Weaver and Jesus Jones and don’t miss hardcore, jungle, techno and breaks action with Billy Daniel Bunter & Raindance. We’ll also have the return of one of 2017’s biggest hits,  Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana, fiddle-fuelled folk from Chris Wood, and junior rave time with Big Fish Little Fish.

As ever, family shows and entertainment are front and centre on the promenade deck with top billing turns from long time CB legend Mr Tumble and Castle Stage faves Dick and Dom who commented on their return: “We’re back for our seventh year. HUZAAAR!!! Setting sail now in our tiny pink tub. See you in the summer, you nautical sea monkeys!”

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Thoroughly Wild Meat Co at Camp Bestival

There will be dino-mite fun with Dinosaur World Live, Ballet with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Pirates of Penzance – The Musical, Royal Albert Hall’s Seafaring Symphony & Workshops, the return of ‘Come Dancing’ In Spiegeltent with Karen Hardy Studios, Underwater Carnival Night Parade, Sailing Talks with High Seas Adventurers, Pirate Bedtime Stories, The World of Supersaurs and Now That’s What I Call Sea Shanties.

There will be teen talks and opinions from Gemma Cairney and Katie Thistleton. And don’t miss fun for all the family including HMS Camp Bestival hosted by the Blue Coats, Pirate Sandpit, the Dingly Dell featuring Den Building & Tree Climbing, Crafty Cabin with Katie Jones’ Knit & Lizzie King’s Tie-Dye, the Insect Circus & Museum, The Greatest Tent on Earth!, a bigger and better Art TownBigtopmania Kids Theatre & Circus, Spinney Hollow Woodland Crafts and the Sports Park & Skate Ramps.  

There will be lots of delicious food and drink on offer too including The Feast Collective hosted by DJ BBQ, River Cottage presents Family Feasting & Culinary WorkshopZoe’s Ghana Kitchen’s Kente Kala-Bash Supper Club, and Rob & Josie’s Gin Festival, with lots more to be announced.

Keep an eye on the horizon as Camp Bestival’s line-up isn’t all aboard just yet! There will be more maritime beauties coming alongside soon!

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With Camp Bestival Setting Sail for 2018, they have partnered with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. For the first time this year, we’re adding a £1 charity donation on to all Camp Bestival tickets, which will go directly to the Trust (Reg. Charity no. 4597114). This money will be used to fund their amazing work that helps young people rebuild their confidence after being diagnosed with cancer.

“I’ve been an Ambassador for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust for many years now and i can honestly say that sitting on a boat with these young people who have been through such harrowing life changing experiences is one of the most humbling and inspirational things i can do with my time. I hope you’ll understand why we want to help them in every way we can to keep giving hope and a new life experience to all these cool kids and teens.” Rob da Bank

“With the theme of ‘Set Sail’ what better year to have a partnership with Camp Bestival, all of us and the young people at the Ellen MacArhtur Cancer trust are absolutely over the moon to have this relationship, we hope that everyone who visits Camp Bestival has the best time, thank you so much for your support.” Founding Patron Dame Ellen MacArthur

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Camp Bestival 2018 will take place on July 26th – 29th. Book Tickets here / 0844 888 4410
Weekly Payment Plan (25 weeks at time of writing) are on sale now. Book online via Ticketline only.

Camp Bestival 2018 Weekend Ticket Early Bird Prices:

Adult Weekend Ticket – £180*

Student Weekend Ticket – £175*

Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket – £114*

Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket – £90*

Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket – £31.75*

Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket – £10.60*

Babes In Arms (1 & Under) – FREE (but ticket required)*

All weekend tickets include camping from Thursday or Friday

*NB: please refer to the Camp Bestival Ticket Terms & Conditions 

Car Parking – £20 in advance

Campervan Ticket – £90 per vehicle – please read Campervan T&Cs before booking

Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket – £100 (One car only per caravan/trailer tent – no exceptions). Please read Caravan/Trailer tent T&Cs here.

Festival Programme Pack – £10 (reserve your festival programme pack to collect on site at the festival)

Camping Plus, Boutique, Backstage and Hospitality tickets are available.

Other useful Camp Bestival information:

Check out the Camp Bestival Ticket Page for up to date information and news of sell outs.

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