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Last weekend saw Rob Da Bank’s Bestival’s ‘litte sister’ Camp Bestival, Elisa went down to Dorset to have a look….

The first thing you notice on arrival to the scenic background of Lulworth Castle in Dorset, home to Camp Bestival, is the vast amount of children there are – running around, being pulled around in carts and dancing to the sounds of music beyond their years. This makes for an unusually family orientated music festival, with an element you don’t usually get to see at the likes of Reading or Camp Bestival’s bigger sister festival, Bestival.

With an audience comprising mainly of 5-10 year olds and their accompanying parents, it’s not difficult to understand why such a breadth of different activities to take part in are available on site, such as alpaca meet & greets, wood sculpting, painting, and a variety of different talks to suit all ages.

20258053382_a25d43e8df_oMusic wise, the line up seemed to be a bit all over the place, though satisfying at the least – amongst the relatively unknowns were headliners such as Clean Bandit, Kaiser Chiefs and Underworld. Being there only for the Sunday, stand out acts included Ella Eyre, who upped the crowd excitement with beaty pop hits, and Slaves, who didn’t lose any of their fire in spite of a different crowd than perhaps they were used to. Acts like Bob Geldof seemed to appeal to the older crowd, and the folkier performers seemed to match the age old stone surroundings and the sunny warm day that had come to greet us. Different stages also held host to a variety of different dj’s to appeal to the teens and 20-somethings amongst the crowd.

Though the festival has grown a lot since it started, the amount of smaller stalls and activities amongst the larger stages makes for an intimate, quaint festival feel that holds a lot of personality, with a warm atmosphere that makes you want to come back year after year.

Did you attend Camp Bestival? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

Image: ‘Greg’ under a Creative Commons licence.

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