If you’re over in the UK, one festival that is always voted the best is the Levellers’ Beautiful Days festival. The initial lineup has been announced this morning and it’s a good one as usual. Of course the Levellers will be playing it more than once, plus scheduled to perform will be Flogging Molly, Travis, Gary Numan, New Model Army, Hawkwind, From The Jam, Indigo Girls, Imelda May, The Skints, Gentlemen Dub Club, Dreadzone, Damien Dempsey, 3 Daft Monkeys, The Orb, Circus of Horrors and much more! The festival will be happening August 21st-23rd at Escot Park Devon, England.
Tickets for Beautiful Days 2020 are on sale now – all tickets are weekend camping and there are discounts available for children. There are family campsites, campervan fields, caravan pitches and bell tent, yurt & tipi hire options available for 2020. For information about accessibility, go to the festival website.
Tickets on sale now www.beautifuldays.org/tickets
Topping the bill on Friday night are Celtic-punk rockers Flogging Molly. Led by Irish frontman Dave King, the social and political awareness that drives their music is never more prominent than in their latest release Life Is Good and they are renowned for their passionate and energetic live shows. Scottish indie-rock band Travis will headline the Main Stage on Saturday night. The band recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of their multi-platinum selling hit album ‘The Man Who’. Their new single ‘Kissing in the Wind’ is out now. Festival founders Levellers will close the festival on the Sunday night. They have announced a new studio album for release in 2020. Levellers will also open the weekend with an acoustic set in The Big Top. Also announced today for the Main Stage at Beautiful Days 2020 is icon and pioneer of electronic music Gary Numan, plus New Model Army who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May, one of the UK’s most formidable live acts Skindred, the Balkan ska punk extravaganza that is Dubioza Kolektiv, punk-rock, blues and country band Alabama 3 and From The Jam who are currently celebrating the 40th Anniversary of critically acclaimed album ‘Setting Sons’ which earnt them their first top ten hit single ‘The Eton Rifles’ Also on the Main Stage bill are festival favourites Dreadzone, high energy dub outfit Gentleman’s Dub Club, Mexican ska-rock band Los De Abajo, American singer-songwriter Trevor Hall, British reggae band The Skints, Irish powerhouse Damien Dempsey, cosmic four-piece Henge, Leeds alt-rock band Pulled Apart By Horses, feral garage-punk band Avalanche Party and breakthrough Hebridean sensation Peat & Diesel.
Topping the bill in The Big Top are the legendary and pioneering Hawkwind. With founder Dave Brock still at the helm, the band celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. American folk-rock duo Indigo Girls headline The Big Top on Saturday night with Sunday’s top spot still to be announced. Also announced today for The Big Top at Beautiful Days 2020 are folk stalwarts Show Of Hands, London punk-pop four-piece The Big Moon, infectious folk-gypsy outfit Mad Dog Mcrea, plus Shooglenifty who seamlessly fuse Celtic influences with world music grooves, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita and bluegrass collaborative Watkins Family Hour featuring Nickel Creek founder member Sara Watkins. 3 Daft Monkeys return to celebrate their 20th anniversary, plus 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 festival friends 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 with Alex Paterson and Michael Rendall, Mungo’s Hi Fi, Eva Lazarus, Youth, Adrian Sherwood, Altern8 & Slipmatt Present ’30 Years Of Rave’, Shades Of Rhythm (Live), The Moody Boys, 2 Bad 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 our 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.
The theme for Sunday is MAD HATS – the most colourful, quirky and creative hats along with fancy dress outfits of your choice!