Camper Calling has quickly established itself as one the UK’s most sublime family festivals. This August Bank Holiday (23rd–25th August 2019) the festival returns to its majestic lakeside location of Ragely Hall in Warwickshire for its fourth year for a weekend of music and magic, revelry and relaxation, family fun and foodie feasts. Iconic indie bands The Fratellis, The Feeling and Sleeper are the first acts to be announced. Tickets are on sale now here.
The brainchild of the team behind Camper Jam at Weston Park, the festival combines an all-embracing family festival experience with a breathtaking camping holiday. This is a staycation on a whole new level!. The festival offers a range of reserved camping plots across the opulent grounds of the Ragley Hall estate. This year, campers can also book an extra night and arrive on the Thursday afternoon. The campsite has also been extended into the stunning woodland to meet growing demand.
Away from the music, there are plenty of fantastic activities to ramp up the joy at this wondrous festival. With family at its heart,Camper Calling hosts a range of thrilling activities for families of all ages from face-painting and funfairs, to graffiti to glitter, big tops and bumper-cars to watersports and woodland walks. There are creative workshops, campfire tales, circus workshops and so much more. It’s carnival of fun for all ages! For the grown-ups, add award-winning street food, pop up cocktail bars, a huge Dance Tent, a Bier Keller with live music, cafes, bars, shops and stalls. There truly is something for everyone.
Camper Calling director Shelley Mears said: ‘Camper Calling is back. And we are bigger and bolder than ever before! We’re over-the-moon with our line-up so far. The Fratellis, The Feeling and Sleeper are Brit-pop icons and masters of big sing-along indie anthems. I for one can’t wait. And with plenty more acts to be announced, there is guaranteed to be something to get you and the kids throwing shapes from noon until night. And it’s more than just the music, a large majority of the festival is programmed with families in mind so whether you are 5 or 105 there is something for everyone.’
Brit Award winners The Fratellis top the bill. Playful, punchy and purposefully relaxed, The Fratellis are back roaring into their second decade with a fifth album In Your Own Sweet Time that plays to their strengths while also pushing their sound in vivid new directions. The Chelsea Dagger stars are firm festival favourites and Camper Calling attendees can expect hit after hit including Whistle for the Choir, Henrietta, Mistress Mable and Baby Fratelli.
The Feeling will hit Camper Calling to play their million-selling album Twelve Years and Home. The album featured hit singles such as Sewn, Fill My Little World, Never Be Lonely, Rose and Love It When You Call. These tracks went on to earn the chart topping five-piece the title of most-played act on British radio in 2006 as well as the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriters of the Year.
Frontman Dan Gillespie Sells commented: ‘I’m so excited to be playing with the band again. To be performing an album that has always meant so much to me is going to be quite an experience! What a party it’s going to be.’
After hibernating for twenty-one years, Britpop favourites, Sleeper are back on the road, following s sell-out tour last year. Fronted by Louise Werner, Sleeper notched up eight top 40 singles and three top 10 albums before they split in 1998. Their hits included Sale of the Century, What Do I Do Now, Nice Guy Eddie, Statuesque and Inbetweener. The band return in 2019 with a new album and a nostalgia-filled live show at Camper Calling!
You don’t need to be a camper van owner or enthusiast to enjoy the festival. Camper Cal