Described as ‘organised chaos for all the family’, ‘Beautiful Days’ – run by 80s folk band The Levellers – has to be this summer’s headline fest, running from Running from August 16 to 18. Oliver Payne spoke to bass guitarist Jeremy Cunningham to find out more about why it’s so special.
“The intention always has been to provide an alternative to the big corporate music festivals. Ours is all about alternative culture/lifestyles set to a soundtrack of the best (as opposed to trendiest) live art/music available.” It’s – dare we say it – a fairly hippie affair, with a goal to offer something different to the huge usual summer festivals.
“We started Beautiful Days as a reaction to playing huge, soulless music festivals. Its mission is to be like the old school free-festivals we (Levellers) used to attend when we were young.”
The festival has boasted exciting names, but Jeremy says his own highlights have been hosting the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Midlake, Wolfpeople, Gogol Bordello and Frank Turner, to name a few. Plus, this year will feature more wild performers, ‘creatures’ and ‘more fire at night’.
But the real gem is the festival site, however, is Escot Park in Devon.
“Escot is cool because the landowner digs the festival. Each year with his cooperation we try to unlock more land for the same amount of people so everyone gets more space. And each year we put in more services to make it as comfortable as possible for folks. We have a specific kids area, run by experts, as well as all the usual festival chaos for grownups…most of the band have kids so it was always important to us to have a family festival vibe where all ages can experience a bit of off-grid, chaotic feisty nonsense in safety. We love it!”
Beautiful Days takes place on 16-18 August at Escot Park, Devon. Visit their website here.