Beautiful Days – time for a proper West Country Party

One of the best festivals around is about to kick off and if you haven't got your tickets already then you are going to be disappointed as once again it's a sell-out...

They're a bit more laid back down Devon way and from the moment you get in the gate the vibe is chilled out fun at Beautiful Days.

That doesn't mean that it's all cows and pasties though because one of the enduring theme of this particularly fine festival is the quality of the bands on show.

Without doubt the pick for me, and it's an obvious one, is the Manic Street Preachers - a band that should need no introductions to lovers of finely honed tunage.

Alongside the Saturday night headliners we have the none too shabby Shed Seven, Skids and one I am looking forward too yet again Dreadzone.

My Friday though will kick off the festival with Feeder but more importantly a debut BD appearance by locals Black Water County a group that will have no trouble converting the late night revellers in The Bimble inn to die hard fans.

If you fancy a singalong then Friday Pm sees a knees up with the levellers acoustic and a quality visit from Suzanne Vega.Nice.

Sunday is often a day of rest but that couldn't be further from the truth. Yes it's less hectic but the great music keeps on coming with Seth Lakeman, The Barsteward Sons of Val Doonican and one of my favourites Dub Pistols.

Finally the traditional round up from the mega Levellers and who could blame them given that they organise the shindig?

It is truly a great festy with a shed load of stuff to do and some great music and thankfully you won't need to remortgage the house to buy yourself a pint.

I'll see you on the other side with, hopefully a load of photos and a very happy reviewer!

Black Water County
Dub Pistols

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