Camp Bestival 2010

Camp Bestival 2010

Camp Bestival 2010

Venue: Lulworth Castle

Location: Dorset

Date: May 30 – Aug 1, 2010

Rating: 4.4/5


Following a slightly underwhelming line of events the previous day, Camp Bestival’s 2010 Saturday line-up boasted the likes of Madness, Ellie Goulding, Annie Mac and Jack Beats. Calvin Harris was originally scheduled to play the Saturday before Madness, however, was moved to a midday Sunday slot.

Unlike Friday, apart from Calvin Harris being rescheduled, the day went completely to plan. The opening act on the main stage was The Lost Brothers, an Irish folk duo. The organisers of Camp Bestival have a tendency to book mellow folk acts for the Castle Stage early afternoon, and The Lost Brothers were no alteration from this theme; creating a jubilant atmosphere, somewhat comparable to Mumford & Sons performance in 2009. Ellie Goulding performed mid afternoon on the Castle Stage, and as expected by the masses, put on a great live display. Mainstream female vocalists tend to be very well received with the family audiences at Camp Bestival, with Florence + The Machine luring an equally impressive crowd the previous year. Ellie Goulding proceeded to perform the majority of tracks from her debut album, Lights, including all her singles and forthcoming release, The Writer.

The Bollywood Stage, which caters for the majority of DJ bookings across the weekend, hosted Jakwob for an early evening slot. The originally midlands based dubstep producer is best known for his remixes, specifically his hugely popular remix of Starry Eyed by Ellie Goulding. It was unfortunate that Jakwob had such a small crowd, but it was unsurprising with the likes of Ellie Goulding and MistaJam gracing the Castle Stage. The set, which included a combination of reggae and dubstep, showcased the producer’s inarguable talent.

The highlight of the Saturday for the vast majority was, of course, Madness. The Castle Field was packed full of both old and young, with a great sense of excitement filling the Castle Stage crowd in build-up to the ska bands appearance. Opening with one of the most exciting and predictable openers, One Step Beyond, was a great way to get the field bouncing; it’s a rarity that practically every person in a crowd moves with such energy and enthusiasm. When combining such passion with by far the largest crowd of the weekend, it evokes quite an impressive atmosphere.

The Castle Stage may have finished in honourable style; however, over at the Bollywood Stage the night’s events were just beginning to unfold. Jack Beats are producers that specialise in a very different and certainly interesting style of EDM. Fidget House is best described as a dubstep/electro crossover. Wobbly house produced at 140BPM. With members from Scratch Perverts and Mixologists, the two-piece have been receiving an increasing amount of Radio 1 exposure, including having the privilege of featuring on Radio 1’s Essential Mix. Playing a range of well know track including U.F.O and their remixes of Drop The Pressure and Mars, the Bollywood Tent was inoculated with an unfathomable amount of energy.

Jack Beats were followed by Toddla T, a name that has been cropping up more commonly on Radio 1 event line-ups. Technically, Toddla T is a very solid DJ, he began by playing a range of forthcoming electro before progressing into less well received grime and dubstep, taking the sting out of the evening slightly. Annie Mac took to the decks for an hour to end the evening. It was unfortunate that her track selection was so generic, with the likes of Pendulum’s remix of Voodoo People amongst other old, over-played tracks being played, however; her set was well received and it can only be assumed that she was catering for the younger crowd at the stage – after all, Camp Bestival is a fairly mainstream festival.

~ Article by James Murray