alt text The Big Top stage at Camp Bestival

The Big Top stage is one of the main performance areas at Camp Bestival each year, and with 2014’s theme for the three-day family festival being ‘The Circus’, the Big Top couldn’t have been a better setting for Albert’s Band to perform their interactive Albert’s Travelling Circus Band concert.

Known as “The Greatest Family Show on Earth… at a Castle Campsite by the Sea”, Camp Bestival attracts the biggest names in children’s entertainment, from Horrible Histories to Mr Tumble. It also features top-class entertainment for the parents, with this year’s featured artists including Laura Mvula, De La Soul, Chas & Dave, Johnny Marr and Basement Jaxx. Set in the beautiful setting of the grounds of Lulworth Castle in Dorset, it is an amazing experience with something for family members of all ages.

alt text Albert’s Band on stage in the Big Top

Albert’s Band, the Royal Albert Hall’s resident ensemble, was one of the few acts at Camp Bestival to be granted the compliment of two performance slots over the weekend. The band took the opportunity to deliver their usual eclectic mix of wacky performance and audience interaction.

Albert’s Band clown Kevin Hathway led the audience through circus music classics, including Entry of the Gladiators, Liberty Bell (the theme music to Monty Python’s Flying Circus) and The Acrobat, with lots of audience interaction and participation.

alt text Clowning around: Albert’s Band’s Kevin Hathway

Despite dramatic thunderstorms on Friday night and Saturday morning, the incredible circus atmosphere kept the clouds away and the sun shining throughout the afternoons. The video below shows how we got on and we hope to see you there in 2015!

Albert’s Band are…

Kevin Hathway – Leader/Trombone

Paul Munday – Trumpet

Sophie Lockett – Violin

Harry Cameron-Penny – Clarinet

Mike Poyser – Tuba

Claire Riches – Percussion

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