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 12th Beautiful Days are confirmed as from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th August 2014 at Escot Park, near Fairmile, Devon, with gates opening on the Thursday afternoon.
Steve Earle, Seasick Steve, and hosts Levellers will headline the main stage. They will be joined by Jimmy Cliff, Dead Kennedys. SEEED, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, EasyStar All-Stars performing Dub Side of the Moon, The Undertones, Dreadzone, Culture Shock, Reverend & The Makers, Ruts DC, Public Service Broadcasting, The Fisherman's Friends, Skinny Lister, The Computers, Chris T-T & The Hoodrats, Orphan Boy, Rusty Shackle and Treetop Flyers.
Headliners in The Big Top are Bellowhead, Tinariwen, and Devin Townsend's Casualties Of Cool. They are joined on the bill by Steeleye Span, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Seth Lakeman, Adrian Edmondson's folk-punk band The Bad Shepherds, Cara Dillon, Courtney Pine, La Chiva Gantiva plus 3 Daft Monkeys, Beans on Toast, Ferocious Dog, Kim Churchill and Zervas & Pepper.
Dance acts announced for The Little Big Top include Stanton Warriors, Matrix & Futurebound, Adrian Sherwood, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Mad Professor, Bronzehead, Moody Boyz, Simian Frenzy, Mr Nice, Elle &The Pocket Belles, One Shot, Carnevala, Josh Flowers & The Wild, DJ Ambiessence, Harry Vinnicombe, Lewah, King Farmer, Maxii P, Jessica Joy, Ragadee, Jonny G plus The Silent Disco with Ritchie Rundle, Benny, Lex, Lee and Farmer.
The Band Stand returns with a line-up including Belshazzars Feast, Mad Dog Mcrea, Seize The Day, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Wille and The Bandits, Sweet Black Angels, Lily & Meg, Whitestar, The Sweetchunks Band, Corky, Hosen Brass, Pelvic Floor, The Lounge Kittens, Elle & The Pocket Belles, Funke and the Two Tone Baby, Sea Stacks, Cleverly Brothers, Dream of Giants, and Brothers of Mothershovel. Plus John Robb will be in conversation with guests during the weekend, open mic slots and the judging of the Fancy Dress Competition
The Bimble Inn hosts Hong Kong Ping Pong, John Fairhurst, Z Star, Ushti Baba, Dr Bluegrass and the Illbilly 8, Annaca, Sam Walker, Stevie - One Bloke One Mandolin, Worry Dolls, Marc O'Reilly, Feral Mouth, Just a Couple of Mums, Felicity Groom, Slightly Offensive Steve, Ratbag, The Jamie Freeman Agreement, Scarlette Fever, Siren, Makeshift People, Small & Gold and John Maclean & The Clan.
For the line-up details, day and stage splits, 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 at the festival will this year host shows including the return of Le Navet Bete presenting madcap performances full of acrobatics, improvisation and live music. Plus Dan the Hat & DJ Bobble present 'Scratchin' & Catchin' - a two man show with crazy skills on and off the turntables and Wolly's Circus show featuring hilarious physical comedy and breathtakingly dangerous stunts. Swamp Circus present 'The Wave', Bo Diddlers return with a new show and Trifle Gathering present 'The Dancing Digger Road Show'. Four of Swords present 'Sir Gawain and The Green Knight' plus the soundscape 'The Diamond Road Show' - created by Digger Barnes: one-man-band, storyteller and outlaw. And not to forget Entertainingly Different who kick start each morning with an interactive hour of songs, stories and silliness and will perform their 'Entertainingly Different Pirate Show' which is jam-packed with swashbuckling songs, stories, slapstick and silliness.
The festival's Sunday Theme has been announced as Black & White.
Tickets have SOLD OUT. An adult weekend camping ticket was priced at £130, child (10 to under 16 years of age) weekend camping tickets was £60, children aged 5 to under 10's weekend camping tickets was £30 and under 5's weekend camping tickets was £5.
Campervan passes were priced at £40 and car routing/parking passes are £15 (still available).
All tickets are subject to booking fee. 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. Children of all ages count as part of the festivals capacity and must have a ticket. All under 16's must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult. Proof of age may be required for children’s tickets.
On the Fiddle Members were entitled to a £10 discount on adult weekend tickets (1 per member) up until 31 December. Members also receive a Levellers On The Fiddle Crew Hoodie available in most sizes and a discount on Levellers merchandise at the website.
There will be no day tickets available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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