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 13th Beautiful Days are confirmed as from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August 2015 at Escot Park, near Fairmile, Devon, with gates opening on the Thursday afternoon.
Hosts Levellers will open and close the festival headlining the main stage with fellow headline acts Dropkick Murphys playing their only UK festival date this year, and Happy Mondays.
They will be joined on the main stage bill over the weekend by House of Pain, Gogol Bordello, Idlewild, Dhol Foundation, Katzenjammer, Hoffmaestro, Hudson Taylor, Slamboree, CoCo and the Butterfields, The Beat, Dizraeli and the Small Gods, Mad Caddies, Kim Churchill, Syd Arthur, The Skints, Birth of Joy, The Sundowners, and C.C. Smugglers.
Headlining on the festival's Big Top stage are Wilko Johnson, The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain, and and an exclusive performance 10 years on from its premiere at Beautiful Days 2005 of the musical story of John Lilburne - Rev Hammer's Freeborn John featuring Maddy Prior, Kathryn Roberts And Sean Lakeman, Rory McLeod, Phil Johnstone and members of the Levellers.
Also appearing on The Big Top stage are Nahko and Medicine for the People playing their first ever UK show, Oysterband, Wildwood Kin, Eddi Reader, Rich Hall (aka Otis Lee Crenshaw), Duke Special, Jack Savoretti, Peatbog Faeries, Moulettes, Rory McLeod, Keston Cobblers Club, Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Gaz Brookfield, Kill It Kid, She Makes War, Levellers (acoustic), and a screening of 'A Curious Life' - a film about the Levellers rise to fame in the 1990s.
The Little Big Top will play host to MistaJam, The Mouse Outfit, Prince Fatty Soundsystem, and Dub Colussus Soundsystem, plus TC, DJ Chris Tofu, Dutty Moonshine, Backbeat Soundsystem, Mr. Nice, Ben & Lex, Astralasia, Lewah , Insomniax, Lionstar, Catalyst, Solar Wolf, DJ Ambiessence, DJ Farmer, Old Mans Corner, N.U.M.B, Don Johnston, Microcosmics Sacred Geometry Band, DJ Shiny Beast, The Glissando Guitar Orchestra, MCs Johnny G, Jay Tuns, and Westman, and the Silent Disc.
Confirmed for The Band Stand are The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, 3 Daft Monkeys' Athene Roberts & Tim Ashton, No Limit Street Band, Steve Pottinger, Luke Daniels, Gilli Bloodaxe, Phat Bollard, O'Shea & O'Gaukroger, Stevie - One Bloke One Mandolin, Natalie Shay, Drumscapes, Hyde & Beast, King Size Slim, Maelor Hughes, Glenn Hodge Banned, Under A Banner, Parson's Lot, and The Sweetchunks Band plus Open Mic Sessions, John Robb in conversation with Special Guests and the 2015 Fancy Dress Competition.
The festival's seated Theatre Tent welcomes the Circus of Horrors, plus L’Hotel performing 'Circo Rum Ba Ba', Une Femme Exposee performed by Abigail Collins, Just4Funk's breaking BBoys dance show and Boppin Bunnies' interactive music shows. Physical comedy theatre company Le Navet Bete return to perform 'Napoleon' and Entertainingly Different are back with their Rise n Shine workshops and Traditional Tales show.
The line-ups for the last two stages, The Bimble Inn and The Band Stand, will be announced in the coming months.
For the line-up details, as available, click here.
There will be no day tickets available, tickets have sold out, there will be no tickets on the gate. Tickets for this event have sold out every year!
An adult weekend camping ticket was priced at £135, child (10 to under 16 years of age) weekend camping tickets is £65, children aged 5 to under 10's weekend camping tickets is £35 and under 5's weekend camping tickets is £5. On the Fiddle Members are entitled to a discount on adult weekend tickets.
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 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.
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 2015 is 'This Garden'.......think flowers, hedgehogs, butterflies, trees, bumblebees, weeds, birds, gnomes....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 to this summer's Beautiful Days 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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