As a child of the initial Sophie Ellis-Bextor ‘boom’, I couldn’t resist myself this one as the sun gave its last spattering on the main stage at Camp Bestival.
As for the gargantuan S.E-B, we can split her somewhat confusing set into two enticing (or not) parts.
Part One of the Sophie Ellis-Bextor experience was a little under-whelming to say the least… Promoting her new album Wanderlust for which sees a departure from her more familiar disco roots, the London-born singer devoted the first half of her set to songs from her new record. My reflections upon that? It was perhaps unsurprising to see that a huge crowd wasn’t buying non-stop music from an album about ‘Dolls’ and ‘Witches’. In fairness to her, there were a couple of rays of enjoyment in the form of ‘The Deer and the Wolf’ and ‘Young Blood’, both of which had their moments.
Unfortunately for her, it was all a bit Bran Flake and not – to the great disappointment of an old-school Bextorer(?!) – barnstorming.
But fear not! With the change of outfit and a seeming understanding of how to perform a little less timidly in 6 inch heels, the Bextor pulled out what everyone had been hoping for: Legendary S.E-B Disco. Performing classics such as Groovejet, Murder On The Dancefloor and a cover of Moloko’s Sing It Back, hips were collectively shaking and arms were unashamedly waving as she gave Camp Bestival some disco-blazed fun in the sun.