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Camper Calling festival - photos, review and ticket information for 2022




Gaz Coombes of Supergrass which headlined at Camper Calling on Saturday night. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/5987. (50741084)
Gaz Coombes of Supergrass which headlined at Camper Calling on Saturday night. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/5987. (50741084)

IT was hard to tell who was more grateful for the return of live music at the Camper Calling festival at the weekend (28-29th August), the thousands of festival-goers or the bands themselves.

Let’s call it a draw – the appreciation was a two-way street as three days of music across two main stages at Ragley Hall allowed for some great, long-awaited entertainment.

Top of the bill – and playing only their second live gig in almost two years – were the Manic Street Preachers, who brought proceedings to a close on Sunday evening.

Reflecting on the day at Camper Calling on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6086. (50741127)
Reflecting on the day at Camper Calling on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6086. (50741127)

Not that you could tell that the band had been mothballed as they produced a slick performance of their biggest hits, finishing off their set with Design for Life, some numbers from their forthcoming album The Ultra Vivid Lament, released later this month, and even threw in a few “karaoke” tunes, as lead singer James Dean Bradfield described them. The instantly recognisable opening riff of Sweet Child o’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses was a crowd-pleaser and gave the impression the Manics were simply enjoying the audience.

From Pixie Lott and the Magic Numbers to Republica, Embrace and Jesus Jones – all the performers seemed genuinely excited to be back in front of a crowd again.

Among the many highlights of the weekend was the performance of 90s alternative rock band Supergrass. Gaz Coombes and Co had the mums and dads – Camper Calling is billed as a family festival – and even the hard-to-please teens jumping around on Saturday night with their hits including

Light show in the wood at Camper Calling. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6004. (50741090)
Light show in the wood at Camper Calling. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6004. (50741090)

Among the many highlights of the weekend was the performance of 90s alternative rock band Supergrass. Gaz Coombes and Co had the mums and dads – Camper Calling is billed as a family festival – and even the hard-to-please teens jumping around on Saturday night with their hits including

Alright, Moving, Grace and Pumping on Your Stereo.

While the more famous names and cover bands took to the main Lakewood stage, the unsigned, up-and-coming or just downright interesting bands could be found on the Arrow stage – along with some very good covers bands. The Nu impressed, as did Dat Brass, with their fusion of punk, jazz and rap.

Embrace on the main stage at Camper Calling on Saturday night. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/5935. (50741075)
Embrace on the main stage at Camper Calling on Saturday night. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/5935. (50741075)

Away from the music there were plenty of other offerings to keep families entertained, including a funfair, games, storytelling, theatre and workshops. There was also yoga, pilates and even a workout session led by Mr Motivator. Let’s hope he’s back at Ragley Hall for next year’s Camper Calling festival: an annual workout is just my level.

Bierkeller Schunklers played the Arrow Stage at Camper Calling on Saturday night. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6005. (50741091)
Bierkeller Schunklers played the Arrow Stage at Camper Calling on Saturday night. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6005. (50741091)
Crowd enjoying Supergrass which headlined at Camper Calling on Saturday night. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6000. (50741089)
Crowd enjoying Supergrass which headlined at Camper Calling on Saturday night. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6000. (50741089)
Embrace on statge at Camper Calling on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6190. (50741167)
Embrace on statge at Camper Calling on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6190. (50741167)
The crowd at Camper Calling. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/5914. (50741072)
The crowd at Camper Calling. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/5914. (50741072)
Enjoying the music in front of the main stage at Camper Calling. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6175. (50741163)
Enjoying the music in front of the main stage at Camper Calling. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6175. (50741163)
Young music fan at at Camper Calling enjoying the music on the main stage. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/5930. (50741074)
Young music fan at at Camper Calling enjoying the music on the main stage. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/5930. (50741074)
Festival goers at Camper Calling on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6072. (50741092)
Festival goers at Camper Calling on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6072. (50741092)
Happy families at Camper Calling. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6187. (50741164)
Happy families at Camper Calling. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6187. (50741164)
Embrace on the main stage at Camper Calling on Saturday night. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/5944. (50741076)
Embrace on the main stage at Camper Calling on Saturday night. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/5944. (50741076)
Power Rangers fans at Camper Calling. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6888. (50741071)
Power Rangers fans at Camper Calling. Photo: Mark Williamson R43/8/21/6888. (50741071)


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