As ever we have a cavalcade of high time hilarity in store at Camp Bestival with a side-splitting collection of the best comics on the circuit. Heading up this year’s line-up is comedy prodigy Jack Whitehall. At just 22 Jack is already a veteran comedian with sell out shows across the country and regular TV appearances on BBC1’s Live at The Apollo, Royal Variety Show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Mock the Week Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, as well as having an enviable stack of awards and distinguished nominations to his name, including being the youngest ever comedian to make the finals of the prestigious Laughing Horse New Act competition.
Jack Whitehall said: ‘I’m really looking forward to Camp Bestival in July. It’s the only festival I am doing this year and I know it’s going to be brilliant. I really want to see Beardyman, the things that he can do with his mouth are amazing! He is by far one of the best live acts around! Hopefully after you have seen as much comedy as you can muster, join me at the front of Beardyman for a mosh.’
Joining Jack on the comedy bill will be former Best Newcomer Perrier Award winner and Britain’s funniest Milton, Milton Jones whose recent 2011 show, The Lion Whisperer, sold out across the country, Argumental team captain and Radio 4 stalwart Marcus Brigstocke, Andrew Maxwell, who is no stranger to the Camp Bestival crowd, Canada’s Craig Campbellwho wowed crowds supporting former Camp Bestival comedy headliner Frankie Boyle on tour last year and erstwhile Cyderdelic eco-warrior Barry Castagnola. There will also be Chortle Best Newcomer Seann Walsh, the one and onlyRobin Ince, the inimitable Andre Vincent and the much lauded trio Comedy Club 4 Kids.
We’ve just had some great news and are literally jumping for joy that the one and only Shrek will be making his Camp Bestival debut in a UK Festival exclusive. Nominated for eight Tony Awards, the star of Shrek the Musical will be joining Mr Tumble, The Gruffalo, the ZingZillas and Sooty in a stellar line-up that is guaranteed to thrill kids of all ages.
Camp Bestival never comes up short when it comes offering superb sustenance whatever your mood but this year we have some very special new additions to our vast array of gorgeous grub including Kerstin Rodgers’ The Underground Restaurant. A super cool, supper club – brought to you by the foodie’s foodie and ex-NME photographer, Kerstin Rodgers – The Underground Restaurant will offer a set menu of unusual but hearty cookery for three sittings a day – lunch, dinner and a midnight feast – all served up with vintage mismatched crockery, glassware and table linen by waitresses in vintage French pinnies. Full price and booking details will be available at www.campbestival.net very soon, so please keep checking the site for details.
The ‘Queen of Baked Goods’ and cake-maker to the stars, Lily Vanilli will be whipping up a very special recipe this year. All Camp Bestival kids have the chance to design their very own Medieval cake and Lily will transform the winning idea into a giant, spectacular cake. Everyone who enters a drawing of their design into the competition will be invited to a special tea party on Sunday afternoon where the cake masterpiece will be revealed and you’ll get to try a slice!
Lily says: ‘I can’t wait to see all the Medieval cake designs from you guys – you can even tell me what sort of flavours you would like to taste and I’ll add them to the mix!’
Cake designs, along with your full contact details so we can invite you to the party, should be sent to the Bestival Office – Address: Lily Vanilli Cake Competition, Camp Bestival, 25 Denmark Street, London, WC2H 8NJ - before the end of June, so Lily can choose the best one. The winning cake will be revealed at the festival!
Plus we’ll also have Gizzi’s Tiki Tea Love Lounge, from the previously announced Gizzi Erskine which will be serving cocktails, champagne tea and cakes from special 50s and 60s inspired menus designed by Gizzi.
With the comedy and food well and truly covered we have some more mega-musical morsels to announce including reggae cover version sensations Easy Star All-Stars, Dalston doyens Disco Bloodbath, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s dubstep and bass big gun Mistajam, dubwise beatmeister Tayo, mind music purveyor Luv*Jam, art-synth trio The Mirrors and the irrepressible Sombrero Sound System.
With all the best music, arts, entertainment and everything in between remember to check www.campbestival.net for more details and the most up-to-the-minute news.