One of the greatest albums to have emerged during the heady days of the 1990s, ‘Screamadelica’ is effortlessly timeless, so we’re truly ecstatic to announce that Primal Scream will be joining us at Camp Bestival headlining the Sunday night playing their seminal album in its entirety. From the sublime ‘Movin’ On Up’, through the blissful bass of ‘Don’t Fight It Feel It’ and the euphoric ‘Come Together’, Primal Scream presents Screamadelica is a cast-iron guarantee for an epic last night at Camp Bestival. But that’s not all because Bobby Gillespie and co have also agreed to perform their greatest hits too, making for a truly unmissable Sunday headline set!
We’ve already announced that the sensational English National Ballet will be joining us at Camp Bestival exclusively this year but we’ve got even more exciting news from them, as on Sunday afternoon we want everyone to go ball(et)istic in the Castle field when English National Ballet will get you plie-ing and pirouetting en masse in our first Camp Bestival Ballet Flashmob! With Rob da Bank on decks and English National Ballet showing you the moves, this is ballet fun on a grand scale. Don’t forget your legwarmers!
More melodious merriment throughout the weekend comes courtesy of BRIT nominated finger picking tour de force Newton Faulkner. With his purist’s love of music and a burning desire to share his songs with people, Newton will be playing the penultimate set in the Big Top on Saturday night. Hotly tipped fellow singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich also joins the throng to wow the crowd with his diaphanous harmonies and enchanting guitar playing, while tongue in cheek country & western concerns are addressed by Clint Westwood who will be on hand with tales of round ups, rustlers and the 7.36 from Victoria.
BBC Sound of 2011 nominees Nero are set to take Camp Bestival even higher with their euphoric dubstep vibes. Weaving elements of old school house and trance into their low frequency oscillations Nero will blast the late night crowd into submission. Electro governor Doorly will be unleashing his dumbfounding deck manoeuvres cutting searing riffs and bass-quaking beats all with lashings of his trademark relentless energy. And the White Wedding crew will be making the trip to the Jurassic coast supplying classic tunes to fuel all the choas of the best wedding you’ve never been to including first dances, confetti-hurling, mother-in-law hats, bouquet tossing and more bad dad-dancing than you can handle.
Once again the East Lulworth Literary Institute will provide a wealth of erudite entertainment for you to lose yourself in, whiling away the hours listening to an array of fascinating musings, talks and literary offerings. The How To interview sessions will give you an insight in how to do loads of good stuff, with some well-known faces in our inspirational array of live and exclusive interview sessions. Confirmed talks include How to Make A Meal of It with Gizzi Erskine , the fabulous food writer, chef and presenter of Channel 4’s ‘Cook Yourself Thin’ will give us a host of tips on how to cook delicious grub for family and friends sustainably and cheaply. Known as the ‘Damien Hirst of horticulture’ How to be a Gardener with Diarmund Gavin will see the revolutionary gardener share his best herbaceous tips and tricks about how to make your garden gorgeous. Renowned graphic designer Vaughan Oliver - famed for his 4AD connections, as well as his recent designs for David Lynch’s ‘Good Day Today’ on Sunday Best – will be giving insights into How To Design A Record Sleeve. The East Lulworth Literary Institute will also host a series of author readings from Marcus Brigstocke, Jon Ronson, Sam Leith, Simon Day, Joe Dunthorne, David Whitehouse and Laura Dockrill.
Some of the delights in the Dingly Dell this year will include Bane and Bane 2 featuring one man, 79 characters and a virtuoso live guitar soundtrack. Hired hand Bruce Bane works the mean streets of pulp fiction. As he goes about his shadowy business down back alleys and eerie sidewalks, he shoots from the hip and asks questions later. Inspired by hard-boiled detective stories, classic film noir and mainstream cinema, Bane and Bane 2 are hilarious one-man genre parodies. Bane 2 picked up a Fringe Guru Editors Choice award at Edinburgh Festival and has just been nominate for the London Festival Fringe Best Play award!
After their outstanding performance of La Boheme last year, OperaUpClose returns with ‘Wretched Bliss‘ a dark comedy about a corrosive relationship. Wretched Bliss shrugs off the operatic clichés – no innocent victims, no suicidal heroines, no silly costumes – it’s just a snapshot of life as we’ve all experienced it. With fantastic music and performances, Wretched Bliss is unlike any other contemporary opera around today.
Anyone looking for a an hour or so of chilled entertainment could do worse than catching one of six Classic Album Sundays performances: A Communal and Audiophile Listening Experience Classic Album Sundays is where music fans gather to fully listen to a classic album in its entirety on a Class A audiophile system. It elevates the listening experience to greater heights and takes the listener as close to the studio recording of the album as possible. Most people will never get the opportunity to experience music this way, never mind a generation brought up on low quality MP3s and headphones. Albums being played in their entirety will include Massive Attack’s ‘Blue Lines’, Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’, Primal Scream’s ‘Screamadelica’, Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds of Love’ and an as yet to be decided album as voted for by you, more details on how you can cast your vote soon.