YOU could say Rodrigo Pérez is a real high flyer. For the Chilean-born performer makes a living as a human cannonball.

Rodrigo who comes from a long line of family entertainers, has been revealed as one of the new acts for Bestival this summer which will be held at the Lulworth Estate from August 2 to 5.

He will fly up to 25 metres after being fired from a custom-built cannon.

“Firing yourself out of an enormous cannon takes a man of a high calibre,” he told the Echo.

“Luckily, I’m a cannonball kind of guy. Come and be amazed as I shoot through the sky, flying over your crazy, smiling faces.”

Organiser Rob da Bank says that circus and immersive theatre have always been at the heart of Bestival and this year’s event will be a circus-themed spectacular.

He said: “In my other life as Ringmaster Robby I’m pretty darn excited about having a human cannonball flying across the Lulworth Estate in August.

“Rodrigo is the best in the business and will not disappoint. Watch ya heads!”

The announcement was timed to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Philip Astley’s first circus performance at Westminster Bridge on Tuesday.

Organisers say there are many more acts and attractions due to be unveiled in the coming weeks, including “an all-embracing music line-up, jaw-dropping circus feats, bearded ladies, sword swallowers, sideshow shenanigans and more”.

Organisers have decided to hold the music festival between August 2 and 5 - the week after its family-friendly sister event, Camp Bestival. Last year was the first time Bestival was held at the Lulworth Estate, having relocated from the Isle of Wight.