The Levellers own festival 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 tenth Beautiful Days are confirmed as from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August 2012 at Escot Park, near Fairmile, Devon, with gates opening on the Thursday afternoon.
Frank Turner and his support band The Sleeping Souls headline on Friday night, Public Image Limited on Saturday, and festival founders Levellers will close the celebrations on the Sunday night, as is traditional followed by a firework spectacular. Headlining The Big Top is Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson plays 'Thick as a Brick' in its entirety, plus Midlake and Richard Thompson.
Also announced are The Waterboys, New Model Army, Bellowhead, Inspiral Carpets, Alabama 3, Reel Big Fish, Dreadzone, Duke Special, Karima Francis, Show of Hands, Little Barrie, Mad Dog Mcrea, Crowns, Spiro, Liz Green, The Miserable Rich, Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs, Baskery, Sam Carter, Billy Bragg, Simon and Oscar (Ocean Colour Scene), Chris Wood, The Skints, 3 Daft Monkeys, Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo, Larkin Poe, Peatbog Faeries, NZShapeshifter, Alexia Coley, Dub From Atlantis, Mr Woodnote and Lil Rys, King Kapisi, Tony Thorpe, Dr Meaker, Mr. Nice, Ben & Lex, Zetan Spore, Lewah, Don Johnston, Maxxi P, Grudge, The Travelling Band, and more. With more acts to be announced. There will be a new seated theatre venue added this year, making six stages in all. For the line-up details as available please click here.
No acts have been announced yet for The Band Stand and stand-up comedy in the early evening.
The line-up for the seated Theatre Tent features shows for children of all ages and adults with a programme including theatre, comedy, music, acrobatics, mime and magic.
The new area will host Cube Theatre's 'Pinocchio'; Multi Story Theatre Companyss 'The Firebird'; Le Navet Bete's 'Napoleon: A Defence'; Owdyado Theatre's 'About A Bench'; Dom Coyote's 'The Ruan Tree'; Rob Pudner and Dexter Newman's 'Rise 'n Shine' and 'Entertainingly Different', Kat's Whiskers' 'The Hamwehads' and 'Rosie and the Seagull', magician Peter Clifford, Mr Be, and 'Grisly Tales from Tumblewater' by Teasel Theatre Company.
The festival's Sunday Theme is 'Hearts'.
In April tickets sold out.
An adult weekend camping ticket was priced at £120, child (10 to under 16 years of age) weekend camping tickets were £60, children aged 5 to under 10's weekend camping tickets were £30 and under 5's weekend camping tickets were £5.
Campervan passes are still available £40 and car routing/parking passes are £15. There are no day tickets available. To buy these options, click here.
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.
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.
Improvements for 2012 include a pedestrian relief bridge, improved roadways, and a little more space for campervans and camping. The festival which is licensed for 13,500 will not increase capacity this year. As well as music there's street theatre, 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 16th August 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 20th August. The gates will close for entry and re-entry at 3.00pm on Sunday 20th August.
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.
Click HERE for information about all aspects of Beautiful Days.
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