We’re coming back to one of our favourite festivals with a great programme of sessions and featuring the loud and proud American loudspeaker manufacturer, Klipsch. We used their speakers the first time we were there and are happy to feature them in all their glory once again!

Situated inside the stunning surroundings of Lulworth Castle’s St. Andrews Church, Classic Album Sundays at Camp Bestival will allow music lovers to fully worship their favourite albums with daily morning and afternoon services including Sunday when the church will forgo its usual Sunday service to be replaced by some proper music worship. Each session will feature a presentation on the selected album followed by an uninterrupted vinyl playback on one of the world’s best audiophile sound systems worth over £500,000, with loudspeakers by Klipsch Audio and the turntable and amplification by Audio Note.

Following the Classic Album Sundays mantra of celebrating albums that helped shape contemporary culture and the music of today, legendary producer Joe Boyd will be this year’s star special guest. He and CAS founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy will discuss two very classic albums celebrating their 45 year anniversaries, both of which he produced: Fairport Convention ‘Liege & Lief’ and Nick Drake ‘Five Leaves Left’. Laura Mvula and Steve Mason will also be with us presenting one of their favourite albums.

For the young’uns, there will be a Kids Session on Saturday morning with a drawing contest featuring The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club’. We will also be giving away FOPP record shop gift vouchers and awesome Klipsch S3M earbuds in our lucky draws. Follow @ClassicAlbumSun for regular updates.

Attendees should report to the entrance of St. Andrews Church in advance of the session which will start promptly at the scheduled time. We have limited seating and it will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

Here is what we have lined up for your listening pleasure…


12:00 – 1:15  Dusty Springfield – ‘Dusty In Memphis’

1:30 – 2:45  Jeff Buckley – ‘Grace’

3:00 – 4:15 Neil Young – ‘Harvest’

4:30 – 6:00  Public Image Ltd. – ‘Metal Box’ with Steve Mason


11:00 – 12:00  Kids Session with a drawing contest featuring The Beatles – ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

12:15 – 1:30  Air – ‘Moon Safari’

1:45 – 3:00  David Bowie – ‘Hunky Dory’

3:15 – 5:00 Fairport Convention – ‘Liege & Lief’ with producer Joe Boyd

5:15 – 6:30 Miles Davis – ‘Kind of Blue’ with Laura Mvula


11:00 – 12:45 Nick Drake – ‘Five Leaves Left’ with producer Joe Boyd

1:00 – 2:15  Radiohead – ‘OK Computer’ with John Harris of The Guardian

2:45 – 4:00 Kate Bush – ‘Hounds of Love’

4:15 – 5:30  Mike Oldfield – ‘Tubular Bells’

In the words of Camp Bestival and Bestival co-founder Rob Da Bank, Classic Album Sundays is a great concept that allowed our festival-goers the chance to have a deeply emotive and engaging musical experience. They created a sonic oasis which provided a great chilled-out atmosphere in the midst of the festival.”

Matt Sommers, Klipsch Vice President of Marketing and Creative Strategies offers, “Klipsch Heritage Series speakers are exquisitely matched for vinyl playback, with superior sensitivity, dynamic range and freedom from distortion. The Classic Album Sunday’s sessions will be an amazing experience – immersive, impactful and true to the original artists’ vision. The opportunity to listen to the best source material on the best system is one not to be missed.”

“I’ve been a Klipsch enthusiast for over two decades,” enthuses CAS founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy. “I’ve DJ’d in venues from London to New York City to Tokyo on dance floors surrounded by multiple Klipschorns, the same speakers I have squeezed into the living room of my home and that started Classic Album Sundays. Needless to say, Klipsch is in my DNA.”

About Klipsch Premium Speakers

For over 65 years, Klipsch has designed premium speakers for those who are passionate about great sound. Company founder Paul W. Klipsch started this legacy in 1946, and it continues today with sheer commitment to innovation and delivering the world’s most powerful, detailed and emotional sound reproduction. Today, the brand’s diverse product portfolio encompasses home theater, professional cinema, installed whole-house contracting, commercial, computer speakers, wireless portable speakers and headphones. As one of the first U.S. loudspeaker companies, Klipsch continues to be the high-performance brand of choice for audiophiles and home theater aficionados around the world.

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