EIGHTIES icon Rick Astley and Scottish rock band Simple Minds, are among the first wave of acts to be revealed for Camp Bestival 2018.

EIGHTIES icon Rick Astley and Scottish rock band Simple Minds, are among the first wave of acts to be revealed for Camp Bestival 2018.

Other confirmed headliners include dance music favourites Clean Bandit who were behind hits like Symphony and Rockabye.

Organiser Rob da Bank said: "Expect the unexpected from rock giants Simple Minds and Shed Seven to dance gurus Orbital and Basement Jaxx and a cheeky bit of Rick Astley too - and that’s just the music.

"From River Cottage feasts and animatronic dinosaurs, to Insect Circuses, pantomimes and a gin festival, it’s full steam ahead for 2018.”

Simple Minds' front man Jim Kerr who will be topping the bill on Sunday night before a fireworks finale, said: “Simple Minds are delighted to be performing at Camp Bestival next year."

Baritone crooner Rick Astley will headline on Friday night, there will also be a headline appearance from techno trailblazers Orbital on Sunday and Basement Jaxx will hit the decks on Saturday.

Radio one DJ Sara Cox will be on hand on Saturday to present Just Can’t Get Enough 80s and there will also be appearances from Brit pop heroes Shed Seven, BGT winner Tokio Myers, Jamaican giants The Skatalites and turntable wizard Jaguar Skills.

Other DJ sets include Fearne Cotton and Huey Morgan’s NYC Block Party, The Undertones, the mighty Pop Will Eat Itself, psych chanteuse Jane Weaver and Jesus Jones.

Last month organisers confirmed a nautical theme for the 2018 event which will take place at Lulworth Castle from July 26 - 29.

Rob da Bank added: "We thought it only right to partner with the greatest sailors we know: the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

"For the first time this year, we’re adding a £1 charity donation on to all Camp Bestival tickets, which will go directly to the trust. This money will be used to fund their amazing work that helps young people rebuild their confidence after being diagnosed with cancer."

Camp Bestival's Christmas promotion including stocking fillers with Early Bird tickets runs until December 11. For more details, visit campbestival.net. Bournemouth Echo

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