From a wikipedia article:[1]

During his career, Mercury's flamboyant stage performances sometimes led journalists to allude to his sexuality. Dave Dickson, reviewing Queen's performance at Wembley Arena in 1984 for Kerrang!, noted Mercury's "camp" addresses to the audience and even described him as a "posing, pouting, posturing tart."

I think it may not refer to "camp" as a place (or encampment), but to a gay-related slang that means "a man who behaves in an ostentatiously effeminate way" according to the Google Translator.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Mercury

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    "Camp" is an adjective, not a noun; it means "self-consciously artificial or theatrical", and is usually associated with the aesthetic and behavioral styles adopted by some gay cultures. Mar 19, 2015 at 22:21

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Stoney B's definition is right; however, camp is by no means exclusive to the gay community. In its non-gay applications, it's sort of a 1960s word. In today's English you might say "over the top".

  • Exactly right about the word being used in other contexts. Although I don't hear camp used like this very often, it seems the adjective form is still in use (as in, "That's a campy TV show").
    – J.R.
    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:50
  • Over here in Britain, the word "campy" is not mainstream (and in fact I have never heard it). As far as I'm aware, "camp" is still the usual adjectival form. I don't know why it should need to be supplanted by "campy". Jun 22, 2020 at 10:24

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