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 14th Beautiful Days are confirmed as from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August 2016 at Escot Park, near Fairmile, Devon, with gates opening on the Thursday afternoon.
Headline acts confirmed alongside Sunday's headliners hosts Levellers are Leftfield on Friday night, and on Saturday night James. Plus Afro Celt Sound System, The Coral, The Proclaimers, Mariachi El Bronx, Gentleman's Dub Club, Reef, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Ezra Furman, The Damned, Terrorvision, Dreadzone, The Selecter, Hollie Cook, Lanterns on the Lake, UK Feds, Flight Brigade, and The Church.
Headlining on the festival's Big Top stage are Billy Bragg, Tricky presents Skilled Mechanics, and Treacherous Orchestra. Also appearing are Seth Lakeman, Martin Carthy, The Damned playing a second set, this time playing Damned, Damned, Damned in its entirety, Fotheringay, The Unthanks, Le Vent du Nord, Ethan Johns & Black Eyed Dogs, Show of Hands, Wildflowers, Stick in the Wheel, Sound of the Sirens, Mad Dog Mcrea, and The Lounge Kitten.
The Little Big Top will play host to Toddla T, DJ Hype, and Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, plus Mungo's Hi Fi Sound System, Solo Banton, Harry Shotta, Max Pashm, North Base, Too Many T's, Mr. Nice, Phantasy, Subgiant, Skata Tones, Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, Rapha Ghetti, AAA Badboy, and Reeps One. The Little Big Top also hosts The Silent Disco for two nights and family rave Big Fish Little Fish on Friday afternoon.
The Band Stand will play host to live music, comedy and chat from Alexander McKay, Brian Stone, Calling All Astronauts, Chris Eccleshall, CUD (acoustic) , Drumscapes, Flipron, Geoff Lakeman, Greenman Rising, Jack Of All, Josephine and The Artizans, Medicine Hat, Neck, Paul Coultas, Rews, The Frank & Walters, The Steve Eggs Band, The Sweetchunks Band, and Whitestar, and open mic sessions throughout the weekend, John Robb in conversation with CUD, The Frank and Walters, and Tony Wright (Terrorvision) plus on Sunday the 2016 Fancy Dress Competition.
They will be joined on the seated Theatre Tent bill over the weekend by stand-up comedy from Phil Kay, Danny Ward, Chris Brooker, Sean Percival, Gerry K, and Mike Gunn. Kids' favourites Rise N Shine return with Entertainingly Different every morning, Makeshift Ensemble who present Fox and Rabbits idiots guide to The Owl and the Pussycat – Adventures in a pea-green boat, magician Magic Matt, Entertainingly Different present Beautiful Days 'The Musical' and Swamp Circus bring their family show The Curiosity Shop. Le Navet Bete with new show The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Wake Up & Dance, plus French/English female comedy double-act Spitz & Co who present Gloriator, The Crazy Tramps with an amazing trampoline show, Superbolt Theatre with their hilarious Dinosaur Park and comedy performer Matt Barnard.
For the line-up details, as available, click here.
Tickets for Beautiful Days 2016 have sold out.
An adult weekend camping ticket was priced at £135, child (10 to under 16 years of age) weekend camping tickets was £65, children aged 5 to under 10's weekend camping tickets was £35 and under 5's weekend camping tickets was £5.
Campervan passes are priced at £40 and car routing/parking passes are £15.
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.
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.
This year The Disabled Campsite will have a named supervisor and team who will be based in an office at the campsite. The office will be stewarded 24hrs and will have information about the event, access around site, contacts and be there to assist with any queries or concerns you have during the event. They will meet and site everyone in the camping area as they arrive.
Organisers are adding increased walkways and trackways for vehicles and wheelchairs throughout the disabled campsite. And will do their best to ensure, in the event of wet weather, that information about alternative routes and/or assistance are made available for those in wheelchairs or with severe mobility issues to get to certain areas of the site.
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 Sunday theme for 2016 is 'Stars'.... full outfits or accessories, its up to you. The site art and other elements of the festival will be influenced, as usual, by the theme.
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 are expected to once again be opening on Thursday to weekend campers. Gates will open to the car parks from 12 noon on Thursday and then the site itself will open from 2pm. 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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