There are many music festivals happening all over the UK this time of year and then there is Beautiful Days, a family friendly event that was founded in 2003 by the legends that are The Levellers.
The festival attracts some of the biggest acts from across the globe, past performers have included the likes of The Undertones, Seasick Steve, Ocean Colour Scene, Primal Scream, Frank Turner and Public Image Limited to name just a few. Acts playing in 2015 include Dropkick Murphys, Happy Mondays, Gogol Bordello, Levellers, Idlewild and Wilko Johnson. Tickets for 2015, the 13th festival, have once again sold out in advance. For a full list of acts booked to play this year, see below; (click on the band/artist name for more information)
MAIN STAGE - DROPKICK MURPHYS * HAPPY MONDAYS * LEVELLERS * GOGOL BORDELLO * IDLEWILD * HOUSE OF PAIN * THE DHOL FOUNDATION * KATZENJAMMER * HOFFMAESTRO * HUDSON TAYLOR * SLAMBOREE * COCO AND THE BUTTERFIELDS * THE BEAT * MAD CADDIES * DIZRAELI & THE SMALL GODS * SYD ARTHUR * KIM CHURCHILL * THE SKINTS * BIRTH OF JOY * THE SUNDOWNERS * CC SMUGGLERS
THE BIG TOP - REV HAMMER'S FREEBORN JOHN LIVE (EXCLUSIVE) FEATURING MADDY PRIOR, KATHRYN ROBERTS, SEAN LAKEMAN, RORY MCLEOD, PHIL JOHNSTONE & THE LEVELLERS * WILKO JOHNSON * RICH HALL'S HOEDOWN * THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN * NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE * OYSTERBAND * EDDI READER * JACK SAVORETTI * DUKE SPECIAL * PEATBOG FAERIES * THE MOULETTES * RORY MCLEOD * KESTON COBBLERS CLUB * HOBO JONES & THE JUNKYARD DOGS * PHILIP HENRY & HANNAH MARTIN * GAZ BROOKFIELD * KILL IT KID * SHE MAKES WAR * WILDWOOD KIN * A CURIOUS LIFE FILM (15) * LEVELLERS ACOUSTIC
THE LITTLE BIG TOP - MISTAJAM * THE MOUSE OUTFIT * TC * PRINCE FATTY SOUNDSYSTEM * DUB COLOSSUS SOUNDSYSTEM * CHRIS TOFU * DUTTY MOONSHINE BIG BAND * BACKBEAT SOUNDSYSTEM * BEN & LEX * ASTRALASIA * LEWAH * INSOMNIAX * LIONSTAR * CATALYST * SOLAR WOLF * DJ AMBIESSENCE * KING FARMER * OLD MAN CORNER * N.U.M.B. * DONJOHNSTON * MR NICE * SACRED GEOMETRY BAND * DJ SHINY BEAST * GLISSANDO GUITAR ORCHESTRA * MCS JOHNNY G, JAY TUNS & WESTMAN * SILENT DISCO
THE THEATRE TENT - THE CIRCUS OF HORRORS * ABIGAIL COLLINS (UNE FEMME EXPOSEE) * L’HOTEL (CIRCO RUM BA BA) * JUST4FUNK (B-BOYS DANCE SHOW) * BOPPIN BUNNIES (INTERACTIVE MUSIC) * LE NAVET BETE (NAPOLEON) * ENTERTAININGLY DIFFERENT (RISE N SHINE & TRADITIONAL TALES) * DAN THE HAT & DJ BOBBLE * WANDERING TIGER (GRANNY EYEBALL) * SCRATCHWORKS (NEL)
THE SUNDAY THEME is THIS GARDEN.......think flowers, hedgehogs, butterflies, trees, bumblebees, weeds, birds, gnomes....full outfits or accessories - it's up to you!
THE BAND STAND - ATHENE ROBERTS & TIM ASHTON (FROM 3 DAFT MONKEYS) * THE BAR STEWARD SONS OF VAL DOONICAN * STEVE POTTINGER * LUKE DANIELS * JOHN ROBB IN CONVERSATION WITH SPECIAL GUESTS * 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 * PARSONS LOT * SWEET CHUNKS BAND * OPEN MIC SESSIONS * THE 2015 FANCY DRESS COMPETITION
THE BIMBLE INN - still to be announced.
As you can see above, the festival has music and entertainment across six stages plus a children’s area in the centre of the festival for toddlers through to teens, walkabout theatre, site art installations, comedy, theatre, family camping, food & craft stalls, healing area, play areas and real ale bars run by Otter Brewery.
Beautiful Days won BEST FAMILY FESTIVAL at the 2011 UK Festival Awards and were shortlisted for Best Family Festival, Best Medium Sized Festival, Grass Roots Festival Award and Best Toilets at the 2013 & 2014 Awards. Beautiful Days does not advertise and has no corporate sponsorship or branding and has sold out every year in advance.
So, you have a ticket for the festival, how do you get there? Well, click HERE to find everything you’ll need to know about transport, parking, car-shares and public transport.
We hope you have a whale of a time at this year’s festival, the lineup looks amazing (as always). To ensure that you survive the 3 days of festivities, why not check out our Ultimate Festival Survival Guide, you might just see something that you hadn't thought of!