Camp Bestival 2018: washed up pop sludge ahoy

Discussion in 'festivals' started by editor, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. Yossarian

    Yossarian free shrugs

    Probably ensures marital harmony as well, when parents take turns having early nights.

    "Why don't you go to the main stage tonight while I put in earplugs and tuck in the kids?"

    "Noooo, I insist, after you..."
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  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    "It's Rick Astley in half an hour!"
    "Early night?"
    "Good call...!
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  3. clandestino

    clandestino no llevar papel

    Actually, kind of yes. Not a calamity as such, but if you go to a festival with kids, you have to accept that you're going to spend a large percentage of your time not seeing bands, and spending time doing kids stuff - at the circus field, playing games somewhere, at the cinema tent, etc, etc. So the last thing you want is a packed schedule of bands you really want to see, because it's going to hurt when you miss half of them. The perfect family oriented festival has a fair smattering of bands you like, and a load of stuff you don't care about. So you can mix seeing bands with doing other stuff.
  4. Cloo

    Cloo Surfeit of lampreys

    Kind of my thoughts... we're planning on going as some mates are going (I can totally leave the headliners) but the fact is, as a family festy you don't really want it to be non-stop brilliance for the reasons you mention. There's a couple of acts I'd like to see, a few more I wouldn't mind having on in the background, so that's about right really given we'd have to be balancing it with kid demands and levels of stamina!
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  5. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    I did monitors for Rick Astley last year, he’s great. Lovely bloke who knows exactly who his audience is and plays up to the part perfectly :cool:
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  6. Silas Loom

    Silas Loom The people have spoken, the bastards.

    Who is his audience? Is it his contemporaries, or is it youngsters who have grown up with rickrolling and think of him as iconic?
  7. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    A large percentage of now middle aged women with a healthy level of support from gay men seemed to be the usual mix :D
  8. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    I dunno about Camp Bestival, or to be fair the most recent few Bestivals, but I went to Bestival proper several times and it was never really massively about the music, especially not headliners. Much more about having a good time in a cool setup. This looks like it probably has the same potential in its own way.
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  9. clandestino

    clandestino no llevar papel

    Check out Jane Weaver, who sticks out like a sore thumb on that bill.

  10. Cloo

    Cloo Surfeit of lampreys

    Don't know her stuff, will look it up.
  11. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    He always comes across as a lovely bloke. But he's not my idea of a headline festival act!
  12. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Bestival never appealed to me. For some reason it always conjured up pictures of young professionals donning afro wigs and being wacky all weekend.

    *I understand this may be unfair
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  13. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    You're way off. It was really good, best of the larger festivals I've been to, I think. I gather it had problems with getting the numbers and scale in recent years.
  14. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    That's what I thought too - think she needs to have a word with her booking agent
  15. Orang Utan


    doesn't look that much different to Glasto
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  16. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Have you been to either? ;)

    Camp Bestival is massively different. We went there in 2008, almost entirely because we reckoned it might be the last time Chuck Berry could be playing in the UK** (Deb's a huge R & R fan, and like myself, she'd never seen him).

    **Correct prediction as it turned out, and his gig .... wasn't too bad :hmm:

    We disliked lots of other aspects of CB and its lineup though.

    Even some parents find it just that bit ;) too family/child dominated, we've been reliably told.

    The traffic into the site that year was beyond badly stewarded/badly organised too, about the worst of any festival we've ever been to, even with the weather being good! :mad: .. and we missed a genuinely good band, Kitty Daisy and Lewis, because of that as well :(

    We've not been back to CB and have no plans to.

    Glastonbury on the other hand ..... :)
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  17. Orang Utan


    I've been to Glastonbury. when it was good.
  18. rubbershoes

    rubbershoes not the only raver in the village

    Anyone defending the line up has obviously overlooked...

    Fearne Cotton - DJ set

    It can't get worse than that
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  19. discokermit

    discokermit Well-Known Member

    stupida fahkin thread.
    skatalites on the bill, wiki says lester stirling still in the lineup. worth the money for that alone.
  20. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Still can be and usually is for us, admittedly working there gives us a diffeent perspective. And we're not short of reservations nowadays either .... we can leave all that out of this thread though :oops:

    My main point though was that Camp Bestival resembled Glastonbury hardly at all, and I stand by that.
  21. Orang Utan


    I said that it looks like Glastonbury to me. It does.
  22. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    I don't get that, the differences are huge. But I'll leave this, we'll never agree.
  23. Orang Utan


    Yeah, you did waste your time with your first response as I didn't get beyond the first sentence of it :D
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  24. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    You going then?
  25. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    I think that’s unfair. I’ve been to both (for context I went to Camp Bestival on a freebie through work a few years ago and have been going to Glastonbury since the mid 90s) and Camp Bestival is a bit like tiny bits of Glastonbury. They’re bits I wouldn’t choose to go to on the whole, and I suspect you wouldn’t either because you haven’t got kids and neither have I. But it’s there. In a smaller way. I had a jolly old time at Camp Bestival when I went (Richard Hawley was ace :cool:) but I wouldn’t pay for a ticket. But then I’m not their target audience.

    That said the bogs were pretty shit on the whole.

    As an addendum I also went to Bestival proper once and thought it was fucking dreadful. Getting our tent robbed on the 1st night didn’t help, but the infrastructure was fucking terrible and the sound was terrible for most bands. Only festival I’ve ever left early and that says something when I’ve coped with a lot of Glastonbury mudbaths.
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  26. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    let's not forget Glastonbury had headliners like Rolf Harris and kiley minogue. Rickrolling everyone on the opening night is almost funny. Bangface had that donk crew on opening night last year, i think that's the spirit of it
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  27. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

    Nu Brixton has really got to you :D I saw a few posh divs with the wigs at the last splash i attended :facepalm:
  28. discokermit

    discokermit Well-Known Member

    as i have literally no source of income since my benefits were stopped and am depending on charity for food, no.
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  29. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    You can't really call it a rickroll when his name is on the fucking bill in huge letters.

    I've no idea what a donk crew but if it involved that utter twat Shaun Keeney or whateverhisnameis from BBC6 I hope large bottles of urine were sent stageward.
  30. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    rick Astley is a bit ironic guilty pleasure like a number of glasto bookings. Donk is a pretty silly strain of northern dance music given comedy prime time slot at Bangface in the name of good fun. Clean Bandit are a massive successful pop act popular with young teens with a number of top ten tunes from a couple of years back.

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