Camp Bestival 2011.
11 August 11
For the second year in a row I made the trek to Dorset to cover Camp Bestival. Part festival, part holiday camp; Camp Bestival brings huge numbers to the Dorset coast to enjoy live music and good old fashioned family fun. It has a nostalgia of the great british holiday camp and is one of my favourite events in the UK.
The summer sunshine didn't really make an appearance, but at least there was little rain to moan about. It was good to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and generally relax in Dorset for a few days.
There have been many reviews and I won't add one to the mix apart from to say Sound of Rum. Last act of the festival and in my opinion the best by far. Kate Tempest had been around all weekend, hosting and performing at the Spoken Word events as well as bringing poetry to the main stage while the audience waited on the late arrival of Miss Dynamite on Saturday. Seeing Sound of Rum play to a full Big Top tent on Sunday night was a highlight of the festival.
It was an overwhelming moment for the band, but they stepped up and converted the whole crowd into believers. I have been following Sound of Rum since their first support slots, it was great to see them fill a stage with energy yet remaining humble, truly grateful to everyone who came to see them. Watching someones dreams & ambitions turning into realities in front of your eyes is an amazing experience. Denied a full encore, Tempest took to the stage alone to deliver a final piece of spoken word to the audience to close the festival.
All too quickly it was over and children started to cry that they didn't want to leave. I am sure several adults felt the same way.
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