This in from Bestival HQ. In their own words. Ed
We love the 80s at Camp Bestival HQ! Pacman, deely-boppers, odd coloured fluorescent socks, Knight Rider, breakdancing, Sloane Rangers – it really was an ace time, so for one weekend only, we’re bringing 80s-mania back.
Turning Lulworth Castle into our own little time machine, we’re going to be celebrating one of the greatest decades in human history from August 1st-4th, with a glorious triumvirate of newly announced legends of the age and some proper down-the-disco type action from inimitable rogues The Cuban Brothers.
A child of the 80s
Contemplating the merits of the mullet, Rob da Bank says, “As a child of the 80s, I love that era. One-hit-wonders sit happily alongside some of the most visionary pop and electronic records ever made in my record collection. Heaven 17 fall into that latter category and still kill it wherever they go, so I can’t wait to see and more importantly hear them at Camp Besti.
“The Proclaimers are an incredible festival act for a good old singalong and Nik Kershaw is a boyhood idol too. Wrap it all up with Barry Peters and his Cuban Brother friends hosting an 80s night each day and it’s time for some serious leg-warmers, rah-rah skirts and fingerless lace glove action… Well, that’s what I’ll be wearing anyway!”
Kicking off with a band that was the personification of 80s cool on their debut album ‘Penthouse and Pavement’, we are extremely pleased to be welcoming the fantastic Heaven 17 to Lulworth Castle.
Stalwarts of new wave synth-pop, Heaven 17 lit up the charts with a string of Top 40 hits and quickly became one of the 80s’ biggest bands, so we can wait to take a trip down memory lane and catch their unmissable live set.
The greatest twins of the 80s were unquestionably The Proclaimers. Purveyors of some of the decade’s most memorable and enduring anthems, we’re mega-excited that Charlie & Craig Reid’s raucously infectious live show is coming to Camp Bestival.
Utterly irresistible, you know you’re going to find yourself bellowing every single word of ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ and ‘Letter To America’ at the top of your voice along with absolutely everyone else and we can’t wait!
Speaking about Camp Bestival, The Proclaimers said today; ‘We are looking forward immensely to our first appearance at Camp Bestival and enjoying first-hand this unique event.”
We’re also over the moon that 80s icon Nik Kershaw is coming to Camp Bestival too! With massive singalong hits like ‘I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ and ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’, Nik spent more time in the charts in 1984 than any other solo artist.
Having carved a successful career as a songwriter, Nik is still a regular on the live circuit, gaining regular plaudits for his hit-packed sets, so make sure you join us down the front for a sing-along.
Commenting on his appearance at Camp Bestival, Nik Kershaw also said: “I am delighted to be playing Camp Bestival this year alongside an amazing line up of artists from across the genres. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing you there!”
LIVE: RICHARD HAWLEY / LEVELLERS / LABRINTH / DJ FRESH (LIVE) / TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS / THE POLYPHONIC SPREE / GABRIELLE APLIN / KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS / I AM KLOOT / BILLY BRAGG / DAN LE SAC vs SCROOBIUS PIP / THE CUBAN BROTHERS / DJ YODA (LIVE AV SHOW) feat. THE TOOTSIE ROLLERS / JOHN COOPER CLARKE / LISSIE / THE FARM / MUSICAL YOUTH / BEARDYMAN / THE CORRESPONDENTS / THE WURZELS / MAD PROFESSOR / CLEAN BANDIT / LONDON GRAMMAR / MIKILL PANE / THE 1975 / FLEETWOOD BAC / ‘INTRODUCING’ RECREATE ‘DISCOVERY’ LIVE – A DAFT UNDERTAKING / HOWARD MARKS / LUCKY ELEPHANT / FOLK IDOL – FOLK FROM AROUND THE WORLD / SEXY SUSHI / BEN WATERS / MOULETTES / FILTHY BOY / FAKE BUSH / MR B THE GENTLEMAN RHYMER / LEWIS WATSON / JAWS / JAIPUR BRASS BAND / KAWA CIRCUS / J-CATS
DJs: ROB DA BANK & FRIENDS: GRANDMASTER FLASH / SASHA / DAVID RODIGAN’S RAM JAM / A LOVE FROM OUTER SPACE / FABIO + GROOVERIDER / JON MORE (COLDCUT) / BARRY ASHWORTH / JOHN KENNEDY / BALEARIC BROTHERS / FEELING GLOOMY / TYTHE / COLEY FROM LUV*JAM / SOMBRERO SOUND SYSTEM
ENTERTAINMENT: HORRIBLE HISTORIES: BARMY BRITAIN (FESTIVAL PREMIERE AND EXCLUSIVE) / ALAN DAVIES / MR TUMBLE / ERTH’S DINOSAUR ZOO / DICK N DOM / LET IT BE / BRIT SCHOOL / BLACK EAGLES CIRCUS / ROYAL ALBERT HALL GINORMOUS PERCUSSION ORCHESTRA / SHLOMO’S BEAT BOX ADVENTURE FOR KIDS / CANDO2 / GLORIA AND THE EXPLORERS / LITTLE SUNSHINE, LITTLE RAINFALL / ALICE IN WONDERLAND PANTO / LONDON LUCUMI CHOIR / INSECT CIRCUS / MATTHEW BOURNE’S NEW ADVENTURES / TRINITY LABAN / CANDOCO / MECHANICAL MENAGERIE / GIDEON REELING / SHADOW PUPPETRY & STORYTELLING / CRAFT AND NATURE WORKSHOPS / YOUNG BRITISH FOODIES / TATE WORKSHOPS / BFI FILM CLUB / THE FOUR CORNERS TREASURE TRAIL / LOST & FOUND / MORRIS DANCING / JOUSTING / FREESTYLE SPORTS PARK / KIDS BIG ART VILLAGE / MAYPOLE DANCING / BIGTOPMANIA KIDS THEATRE AND CIRCUS