Holiday Camp Festivals

Pic : Jorge Diaz

The summer is just about over, and there’s still a month before we need to start thinking seriously about Christmas. It’s a bit too cold for camping, but most of us could manage one more weekend of drinking and dancing to round off the season. Perhaps that’s why this November has a whole smorgasbord of niche holiday-camp festivals to choose from. We take a look at just three of them.

All Tomorrows Parties: End of an Era
Pontins Camber Sands

The month sees the very last of the festival that started the whole trend in 1999. Promoter Barry Hogan’s then radical concept, a connoisseur’s music festival curated by selected guest artists at a holiday camp, would lead the ATP brand to international recognition. ATP’s ‘End of an Era’ festival will feature one weekend headlined by Television’s track-for-track live recreation of their classic Marquee Moon, and a second curated by Loop, who reformed to join their own bill beside The Pop Group and Mogwai. The music congnoscenti will enjoy the usual unique live music experiences, nostalgic movies from previous ATPs, and no doubt quite a lot of beery hugging.
Part 1, 22-24 November, SOLD OUT; Part 2, 29 November-1 December 2103


The Big Reunion

Butlins Skegness 
If ATP is a last hurrah for the rock music crowd, the Big Reunion is a concession to those too busy at overseas party resorts to make it to a British festival in summer. 2013 holidaymakers can meet up for one last party, with each weekend welcoming revellers from a different list of resorts. Two broadly similar weekend bills, both headlined by Example with DJ Wire, will be programmed across six arenas and feature late night indie gigs and all night urban, house, garage and bass parties with specialist DJs. An up-for-it crowd are expected to hurl themselves into non-stop dancing, Saturday night fancy dress and almost certainly the indoor swimming pool.

15-17 & 22-24 November 2013

The House of Fun

Pic: Fiona Shaw

Butlins Minehead

Essentially one of Butlins’ many music weekends, this one is programmed around two Madness headline gigs and promises to be a right knees up with something for young and old. Those nutty boys know how to host a party, and their irresistible hand-picked bill features a club set from radio’s funk and soul DJ Craig Charles, The Cuban Brothers with their own breed of live musical insanity and a whole raft of energetic ska and reggae acts including the wonderful Gentleman’s Dub Club and Prince Fatty. There will be chances to embrace the traditional holiday camp culture too, with bingo, music quizzes, a water park and amusements. A total-immersion Madness experience.

22-25 November 2013

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