It’s Bestival.. but it’s a bit calmer, but sometimes a bit more artsy. Oh, and you feel like you actually are on planet earth most the time. But even that’s questionable…


A really innovative idea to create a large scale commercial festival for families and kids, Camp Bestival does exactly this where people of all ages can enjoy everything from Jess Glynne to face painting to the carnival parade to the biggest bounciest castle in the world! (Yes, we had that… but yes, the queue was a few hours long because kids).


The Den space is where I spent most my weekend – a space targeted exclusively for young people, this saw some of the best emerging artists from the youths of England. I had the honour of seeing my all time favourite band Pocketclub perform again, as well as introduced to the brave mysterious world that is Spoken Word, seeing the Roundhouse Poetry Collective perform numerous times this weekend, including a set in the Literary Institute’s tent.


It had it’s classic big name headliners, this year being Jess Glynne, Fatboy Slim, and Tears for Fears (that was more for the parents I imagine). But at this festival, it was more the arts and culture which really stuck out for me.


The carnival stage and parade was my favourite spot, with samba band Batala Portsmouth being the highlight of my weekend. There were many talks during the week as well, including one on how to use poetry and writing to ‘battle the blues,’ with Cecilia Knapp and Jack Rooke, both spoken word legends.


And though it was a family focused festival, the night life was surprisingly fun, with all the frustrated young adults, actors, and workers coming out together, in venues like the Bollywood Stage, Blue Coats, and my all time favourite, Caravanserai.


It ended with the classic Bestival end-of-the-weekend fireworks, which I actually got to see form the main stage coming out of the huge Disney-like castle that was the landmark for the weekend.