The Levellers own festival for 15,000 which they hope will "offer not only the best in live music today but to re-create a community spirit that many events nowadays lack or choose to ignore. This event is about people young and old coming together and taking part in something that will be remembered for a long time." It's certainly succeeded in that aim, and has become one of the most popular, selling out year after year.
The dates for the eleventh Beautiful Days are confirmed as from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August 2013 at Escot Park, near Fairmile, Devon, with gates opening on the Thursday afternoon.
The latest additions are The Living End, 65daysofstatic, Dodgy, Dave McPherson (INME), Hudson Taylor, Goldblade, Citizen Fish, Electric Rive, Thea Gilmore, The Long Hill Ramblers, Robbie Boyd, The Lancashire Hotpots, The Correspondents, Monster Ceilidh Band, Subgiant, Melosa, Audio Razor, King Farme, Tricka Technology (Krafty Kuts, A Skillz & Dynamite MC), Mr. Nice, Ben & Lex, DJ Ambiessence, Lewah , Maxxi P, Re-Defeat, Grudge, Renzo, Don Johnston, Andy Guthrie, Urban Tourist, Simplistix, Dr Trippy, Freshold b2b Catalyst and Stokka, and MCs: Agony, Crisis, Johnny G, Jay Tuns, Westman, Pacman, Mr English, Just a Couple of Mums, DJ Ambiessence, Golly, Slugrave, Dizzit, King Farmer, and Snatch the Wax.
Headlined by Primal Scream, Ocean Colour Scene, and festival founders Levellers who close the celebrations on the Sunday night, as is traditional. Also confirmed are Sinead O' Connor, Arrested Development, Roy Harper, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Imelda May, The Selecter, Skatalites, The Wonder Stuff, Clannad, Babylon Circus, Spiers & Boden, The Staves, Treacherous Orchestra, Damien Dempsey, Viv Albertine, Molotov Jukebox, Brother & Bones, Andy C, Banco De Gaia, Skamanians, Sharon Shannon, Headmix Collective, The Chair, Sheelanagig, Gaz Brookfield, The Emily Brothers, Heidi Talbot, Moulettes, Sam Lee, and The Fabulous Good Time Party Boys.
The evenings in The Theatre Tent once again feature stand-up comedy as 'Scary Dave presents' Robin Ince, Tom Price, Jim Smallman, Felix Dexter, Tony Cowards, Gareth Berliner, Nick Stein, Dougie Dunlop, and Sully O'Sullivan
The Band Stand in 2013 will be playing host to Martin Harley Band, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Sly & Reggie and The Middle Class Sound System, One Eyed Wayne, Lisbee Stainton, The Brendan Pig & Whistle Band, Denis Jones, and Walk, plus Homebrood, Mrs Mills Experience, Winter Mountain, The Midnight Barbers, The Wolves of Meantone, and John Robb in conversation with special guests and the Open Mic sessions, the 2013 Fancy Dress Competition and daily singing workshops with the Exeter Gospel Choir.
For the line-up details, day and stage splits, as available please click here.
The seated Theatre Tent features shows for children of all ages and adults with a programme including theatre, comedy, music, acrobatics, mime and magic, but with limited numbers it's best to get there early. The seated Theatre Tent returns in 2013 with a programme including Rob, Dex & The Entertainingly Different Gang who will start the mornings off with their Rise and Shine shows and will also be bringing some 'Traditional Tales' to life during the weekend. Le Navet Bete return to create more mayhem with their Extravaganza of clowning, acrobatics, mime and music. There is magic from the master of conjuring Peter Clifford and a fast paced juggling spectacular from Dan the Hat. Plus we travel back in time with Trifle Gathering Productions for a Curious Evening of Trance and Rap with The Ogden Sisters, and witness George Formby's rise from awkward stable boy to one Britain's biggest starts in a unique one-man performance from Ewan Wardrop. To top it all off there's extreme cabaret from Carney Cabaret and The Bo Diddlers (a Morris dance troupe with a difference) performing 'The Six Rods at Dawn'.
The festival's Sunday Theme has been announced as 'Animals'.
Tickets sold out in May this year. There will be no day tickets available. An adult weekend camping ticket was priced at £120, child (10 to under 16 years of age) weekend camping tickets was £60, children aged 5 to under 10's weekend camping ticket was £30 and under 5's weekend camping tickets is £5.
Campervan passes are priced at £40 and car routing/parking passes are £15.
Please make sure you purchase tickets for the age your child will be when they attend the festival, not their age at the time you buy.
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The festival will once again be offering free tickets for carers, disabled/flat camping and parking - all of which must be booked in advance. For information about disabled access please email email@example.com with 'ACCESS' in the subject line. The festival is striving to be as accessible as possible. Please email with any queries or requests and they will do their best to assist you.
As well as music there's street theatre, a healing area, lots of site art and sculpture, many children's activities in a large children's area in the centre of the festival, plus theatre, comedy, family camping, camping facilities, licensed bars from local company Otter Brewery, world food, craft stalls, fancy dress, a 'village shop' on site, and more. There is plenty of family camping close to the car parks.
Early entry Thursday
The gates to this summer's Beautiful Days are expected to once again be opening on Thursday to weekend campers. Those with weekend camping tickets will be able to enter the site between 2pm and 9pm on Thursday to set up camp. The gates will then re-open for entry at 9am on Friday morning. Stages will not start until Friday afternoon but caterers, traders and bars will be open on Thursday. Festival goers must be off site by midday on Monday. The gates will close for entry and re-entry at 3.00pm on Sunday.
Please remember no fireworks, fire lanterns, glass, animals, open fires, petrol generators or unauthorised sound systems are permitted on site. If you bring any of these items you are putting the festivals licence at risk.
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