The first acts have been revealed for Beautiful Days, which takes place at Escot Park, near Fairmile, Devon from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August 2020 with the gates opening on Thursday afternoon. Also revealed today is a ‘Mad Hats’ theme for the Sunday with festival-goers invited to wear the most colourful, quirky and creative hats along with fancy dress outfits of their choice.
Topping the bill on the Friday night are Celtic-punk rockers Flogging Molly (pictured above at Beautiful Days in 2011), on Saturday are Travis, and Sunday is no surprise with hosts the Levellers closing the show, as well as opening the weekend with an acoustic set in The Big Top. Also on the Main Stage over the weekend are Gary Numan, New Model Army, Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May, Skindred, Balkan ska punk extravaganza Dubioza Kolektiv, Alabama 3, From The Jam, festival favourites Dreadzone, Gentleman's Dub Club, Mexican ska-rock band Los De Abajo, American singer-songwriter Trevor Hall, The Skints, Damien Dempsey, cosmic four-piece Henge, Leeds alt-rock band Pulled Apart By Horses, garage-punk band Avalanche Party, and Hebridean sensation Peat & Diesel.
Friday's Big Top headliners are space rockers Hawkwind, and on Saturday is American folk-rock duo Indigo Girls, with Sunday's headliner still to be announced. Other acts for The Big Top are folk stalwarts Show of Hands, London punk-pop four-piece The Big Moon, folk-gypsy outfit Mad Dog Mcrea, Shooglenifty, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, bluegrass collaborative Watkins Family Hour, 3 Daft Monkeys, roots band Edward II, high energy funk/hip hop band Stephen Lewis & The Big Band of Fun, folk-punk band Sons Of Clogger, Irish singer-songwriter Amy Montgomery, punk band Headsticks, and The Bar-Steward Sons Of Val Doonican's Sunday Service with special guests.
The first acts announced for The Little Big Top are The Orb, Mungo's Hi Fi, Eva Lazarus, Youth, Adrian Sherwood, Altern8 & Slipmatt Present '30 Years Of Rave', Shades Of Rhythm (Live), The Moody Boys, 2 Blind Mice, Mark XTC, Verdi, Silent Disco, and family rave Big Fish Little Fish.
The seated Theatre Tent will play host to theatre, comedy and dance with shows including the circus that is like no other - Circus Of Horrors who are celebrating their 25th anniversary, the talented quadruple that is 4 Poofs & A Piano (known for being the house band BBC One chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross) and performances from Bash Street Theatre, Rubbish Shakespeare Company, Le Navet Bete, Spitz & Co, Dan The Hat, Entertainingly Different and their ever popular Rise’n’ Shine sessions.
More is still to be announced for all stages PLUS The Bimble Inn and The Rebel Tent but Beautiful Days has never just been about the music though – as well as the music stages and seated Theatre Tent the festival also hosts walkabout performances throughout the weekend, site art installations, an array of food & crafts stalls and real ale bars run by local brewers Otter Brewery. And back by popular demand are the pop-up folk/roots sessions in The Fiddler’s Arms next to The Big Top curated by Seth Lakeman’s musician dad Geoff Lakeman. A hardcore of session players will be on hand plus guest musicians from the stages and festival-goers are invited to join in too.
Tickets are priced as follows:-
adult weekend camping: £142.50
child (10 to under 16 years of age) weekend camping: £70
children aged 5 to under 10's weekend camping: £40
under 5's weekend camping tickets: £5
Campervan passes £45
Caravan pass: £60
Car routing/parking passes £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.
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