Beautiful Days Festival

Beautiful Days Festival
By Black Kite – Taken at Beautiful Days Festival 2011, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36731994

As the Levellers sing ‘What a beautiful day’, we say ‘what a beautiful festival idea’.

Now this is a real hippy music festival run by real hippies (not sure if they’d admit to that).

Beautiful Days is the Levellers’ family music festival. We are huge fans of the Levellers here at Mystical Mayhem Hippy Clothing and have had the pleasure of seeing them live on several occasions.

Where & When

Beautiful Days Festival takes place at Escot Park in Devon. If any of you have been to Devon it is a beautiful place and so a great place to hold the weekend event. Why not extend your break before of after Beautiful Days and explore the area. There is plenty to see and do – enough to keep the whole family satisfied! I would recommend checking out Wildwood Escot while you are there.

This magical fest takes place from the 19th August to the 21st August. It tends to always take place on the 3rd weekend in August and so the dates will of course vary.

Bands and Stuff

Bands take to 6 stages in this sell out music fest. The capacity for Beautiful Days is around 17,500 and to date the tickets always sell out in advance. This doesn’t happen for all festivals so it really does say a lot about how good it is.

The line up looks like a trip back to the 90’s and for me this would be a great thing. Opened on the Friday by the Levellers them selves and then closed by them also. Their final performance is then followed by an epic fireworks display. Across the weekend you can catch the likes of Reef, Leftfield, James, The Proclaimers, Terrorvision, The Coral, The Levellers (of course) and many more.

As well as the six stages, it boasts a huge children’s area, a plethora of comedy acts, theatre performances and a whole heap more.
To top this off,  there is licensed real ale bars from Otter Brewery & a fantastic choice of food and craft stalls to keep attendees fed and entertained.

Zero Sponsorship

The Levellers started the festival in 2003 as they wanted to get the right element of cultural exchange back into festivals. The idea was and still remains, to bring back the real festival feel. So many festival have lost touch with what it all really means to engage with people in a happy and friendly atmosphere.

One of the many things that really makes this a wonderful event is that Beautiful Days has no sponsorship, no branding and does not advertise.  This really is something that is needed in a society that heavily relies of brands and product placement.  To be at a festival and just have fun and enjoy the music without the constant bombardment of advertising is a truly beautiful thing.

This festival has proved that by not selling out to big corporations you can still have a fantastic event that gives the people great line ups, and a great venue. All of this on offer and they do not overcharge to make up for it. This speaks very highly of the organisers.

When it first started it was only a two day thing but, as it has grown, so has the number of days the festival runs. Now a three day event with many stages,  Beautiful days has really come a long way. The festival used to conveniently coincide with one of the most corporate festival of the year ‘V Fest’. Although this was not originally deliberate, Mark Chadwick (singer of the Levellers) liked it because “the ethos of our festival is the antithesis of V.”

Awards

Beautiful Days has won many awards over the years and I am sure will continue to win many more. Here are just a few;

In 2011 it was pronounced “Best Family Festival” by the UK Festival Awards.
It was awarded the Grass Roots Festival Award at the 2015 UK Festival Awards.
And in 2015 it was awarded the Best Medium Festival in the FestivalKidz.com 2015 Awards.

With the advent of commercial festivals we love the idea of this festival. If you didn’t manage to get tickets this year then we strongly suggest looking out for tickets next year.

Head over to the official website here for more information.