Beautiful Days 2018


Escot Park, Devon

Date: 17/08/2018

Beautiful Days was the brainchild of the Levellers, named after their (not really) hit single. They must be doing something right, as it’s now been going sixteen years and expanded to 17,000 people congregating in a field in Devon. There’s an unashamedly hippy / family atmosphere, with no corporate branding or sponsorships, and with seven stages all told, there’s plenty going on. I did this one en famille, and there was plenty to keep my almost-eleven year old entertained. Not just the bands, but performance art around the site, activities, stalls, all manner of contraptions, and a theatre tent. Throw in plenty of decent food stalls and bars run by local brewery Otter offering some fine beers for a measly £4 a pint, and you’re in for a treat. Plus giant illuminated ambulatory bird skeletons.

Things kick off on Friday with Levellers doing an acoustic set in the Big Top tent. I’ll be honest, at this point I’m a bit Levellered out. Had a lot of fun with them over the years, but I’m increasingly bored of the way that, despite having around a dozen albums in their catalogue now, their live show … Continue reading Beautiful Days 2018