Beautiful Days announce Thursday opening hours and fancy dress theme

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Beautiful Days announce Thursday opening hours and

Beautiful Days festival have announced they will open gates on Thursday at no extra charge, and announced 'Spots & Polka Dots' as the fancy dress theme

Beautiful Days festival will be opening their gates on Thursday at no extra cost to ticket holders this year. Weekend camping ticket holders will be able to enter the site between 2pm and 9pm on Thursday 18 August to set up camp. The gates will then re-open for entry at 9am on Friday morning. Stages will not start until Friday afternoon but caterers, traders and bars will be open on Thursday. By opening the gates on Thursday the festival hopes festival-goers will be able to enter the site on Thursday or Friday and set up camp at a more leisurely pace.

The Sunday theme for Beautiful Days 2011 will be 'Spots & Polka Dots'. Dress up as a Dalmation or a Ladybird or just wear a spotty shirt, bowtie or skirt………. make sure you're wearing something spotty or dotty on the Sunday! The festival is planning some amazing site art amongst other things which will tie in with the theme.

Whilst no more acts have been announced today, the festival has let slip that they will have a SILENT DISCO in The Little Big Top going on into the small hours on the Saturday and Sunday night for the first time! The last few acts for the Main Stage and The Big Top, plus the comedy line-up in The Little Big Top will be announced on 01 June.

Beautiful Days is the Levellers festival which takes place at Escot Park in the heart of Devon. 2011 will be the ninth Beautiful Days. It’s a family music festival with five stages, site art, a huge children's area in the centre of the festival, comedy, theatre, family camping, licensed real ale bars from Otter Brewery & carefully selected food and craft stalls.

Acts announced so far include headliners Big Audio Dynamite, Gogol Bordello, Carter USM and Levellers plus Pop Will Eat Itself, Flogging Molly, Stereo MCs, I Am Kloot, John Grant, The Blockheads, The Mob, Alabama 3 Acoustic, Teddy Thompson, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Four Men and A Dog, Paul Heaton, The Beat, The Jim Jones Revue, Lau, Divokej Bill, Salsa Celtica, Wolf People, Sheelanagig, Rory McLeod, Dave McPherson, Mojo Fury, The Fabulous Good Time Party Boys, DJ Friction, Sigma, Trolley Snatcha and Steve Hillage’s System 7. Plus Oysterband who will headline ‘Big Session @ Beautiful Days’ in the Big Top on the Saturday with Eddi Reader, Roddy Woomble, Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds, Dizraeli & The Small Gods, Jackie Oates, The Young Coppers.

Published on 14 May 2011 by Wayne Feltham

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