My two Camp Bestival favourites

It feels like weeks since I was at Camp Bestival, but despite having been to Spain in between there are still a couple of acts that have stuck in my mind.

The wonderful thing about festivals is that you get to listen to all kinds of new music that you wouldn’t normally see, and this opens you up to all kinds of fun new experiences. One thing I particularly love about live music, and what draws me to the smaller stages to watch less well known acts, is being able to actually get up close and watch the musicians actually playing their instruments – you get to see the passion and concentration in their faces, individual muscles straining.

Anyway, enough of my babbling, here are my two favourite acts from Camp Bestival – my ones to watch. You should definitely check them out:

Ethan Ash

What the programme says – this young singer-song writer has already supported Seth Lakeman on tour and is set for big things.

What I say – absolutely adorable, you just wanted to hug him. It was the Seth link that drew me in. Bee had the best day of her life with Seth at Camp Bestival just a few years ago.

Check out Ethan on Facebook

Hudson Taylor

What the programme says – having honed their craft from an early age busking in Dublin, brothers Alfie and Harry are poised for mahoosiveness.

What I say – an engaging and energetic stage presence plus beautiful Simon and Garfunkel style crooning.

Check out Hudson Taylor on Facebook



  1. 14 August, 2013 / 4:45 pm

    Dang! I missed both of these – was probably stuffing my face with all the fabulous food (still fantasising about Deadgood Burritos) and laughing like a drain at the stand-up comedy – especially Andrew O’Neill. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed The Levellers – they were like a better version of Mumford & Sons! It was our first time at Camp Bestival and the safe, fun family-friendly atmosphere worked brilliantly for my young teens – we’ll definitely be back!

    • admin
      16 August, 2013 / 12:38 pm

      Are you a vintage Levellers fan? I loved them in my teens and saw them at Beautiful Days a few years ago but I’m not mega keen any more. Hudson Taylor definitely had a bit of Mumford and Sons about them if you’re a fan. Alan Davies was very good I thought in a ‘having a chat with a funny mate’ type way.

    • admin
      16 August, 2013 / 12:39 pm

      Ah see I’m not really a Dick and Dom fan – to me they are just trying too hard to be Ant and Dec, but their humour is really childish, not the sort of thing I like. Horrible Histories on the other hand – AWESOME!

  2. Nicky Richards
    27 August, 2013 / 10:22 am

    I really like Ethan Ash and his CD is v good. Megan asks to play it in the car all the time :) x

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