Beautiful Days Festival 2009

Discussion in 'festivals' started by Badgers, Mar 5, 2009.


Are you going to Beautiful Days?

Poll closed Aug 23, 2009.
  1. I am there with bells on

  2. Not going, seen the Levellers before or something

  1. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    So far have not booked tickets for this despite doing the last few. Not because I don't want to go but just financially unable to plan that far in advance.

    Just had the latest email though and a few old favourites on the bill:

    No mention of Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs but if I was a betting man......


    Anyone going along this year?
  2. zenie

    zenie >^^<

    It's an August one isn't it? :(
  3. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!


    2006 was really great weather
    2007 was a fair bit less great
    2008 was pretty wet all over
    2009 is bound to be a sunny one

    I really like it as a festival but it gets knocked a lot.
  4. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    We're booking ASAP.

    We were in doubt for a bit for budget reasons, but one of the tipping points decision wise was Deb finding out on Monday about the full Gong reunion malarkey :D :oops:

    Pogues and all, wonder whether it's the full Shane McGowan lineup? :confused:

    See you down there Badgers, maybe for more than a few minutes this time ;) , what with there bound to be a lot more sunshine and that :D
  5. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    McGowan is playing so Pogues look good.

    Was suprised about Gong too
  6. bouncer_the_dog

    bouncer_the_dog Well-Known Member

    I want to go but am too skint to fork out for a ticket at the moment..
  7. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    This line-up looks very tempting. :hmm:
  8. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Was discussing last night
    Now the brain is kicking into gear as to how to get ticket money put aside
  9. Tort

    Tort Well-Known Member

    It certainly does! I'd love to get back down to Escot again one day but I'm afraid it's unlikely to be this year.
  10. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    We're going.
  11. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Another reason to go :mad:
  12. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    :D x a lot
  13. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    Tempted. Lineup doesn't do anything for me but that might be a good thing. Nice to stumble across stuff and all that. Is there much to see and do, outside of the music? What's the deal with travel? The website suggests you can take your own booze... true?

    Basically, I'm saying: Someone sell it to me. I *need* a late festival this year, to stave off the post Glasto blues :)
  14. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    We have been three years running mate and (last two damp years aside) have really liked it. The line up is very folky but I have never been bored and also I find the line up (like yourself) not essential to a good festival.

    Setting is the grounds of Escott Park and the Guardian voted it the Best for getting back to nature last year.

    Access to the site is easy and we have always had enough camping space. The site is small by comparison to some (especially Glasto) but big enough for you to not get bored at any point.

    One of the common complaints about the festival is the 'Levellers Factor' but I never get bored of seeing them. They organise it and it is their party, if the last few years are anything to go by.

    Travel is pretty easy but the gates don't open till Friday morning and the music starts at midday-ish so is a but tighter than some places. There are festival buses running and a few urbs are driving up ;)
  15. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    To add to Badgers' excellent info above, yes paolo you can definitely take your own booze, and you're allowed to carry your cans all over site.

    In any case there are several great beer tents run by the excellent, local Otter Brewery (Honiton, 4 miles away) whose prices are pretty reasonable :)

    The Bimble Inn always has some cracking gigs, best stage for impromptu discoveries although it does get packed at times. Maybe less so this year if the weather improves as it surely will ....
  16. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    Pendulum :hmm: still any good?
  17. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    Never were any good really, though this is a DJ set so can't possibly as bad as the live stuff
  18. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    Couple of tunes were alright :p
  19. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    no, they weren't
  20. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    :hmm: maybe I'm getting confused, I'll check my CDs when I get home :D
  21. Mungy

    Mungy i haz boobz

    we're really hoping to get to this one. hopefully for free* :D

    *will probably involve some minor begging
  22. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    Badgers & William - thanks for the info.

    Will, how does it compare with EndorseIt? (Escott Park sounds prettier, and I really prefer a free-roam festival... then again EndorseIt has a better line up for me. Favouring BD at the moment.).
  23. kittyP

    kittyP schmeeer

    With baby?

  24. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    BD is much bigger, it has things like doughnut stalls and people selling glowing necklaces at night. Edid is smaller and more intimate, the food is less commercial and two years ago there were only 6 food stalls. BD is landscaped stately home grounds, Edid is in the middle of fields you can crunch across - you can just walk out. But then BD has nice old trees.

    Its hard to compare the two.
  25. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    yep. Am starting to be a bit nervous about it actually, all the other festivals we know loads of people going but they all seem to be unable to come to BD. So we might have to suppress him ourselves all weekend. And work :hmm:
  26. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    That's given me a general picture - thanks. :)
  27. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Endorse it in Dorset is an U75 favourite so there must be some mileage in it. I guess that (without having been to Endorse it) the difference based on feedback is that Endorse it is very small with more of a private party atmosphere. Both are smaller than Glasto (of course) but BD is a good halfway house so gives you the best of both worlds.

    Where we have got camped the last two years allows you to watch a stage clearly from your camp-site/tent but in surroundings not unlike a less crowded smaller Pennards as a setting.

    No doubt both are good and I can't give a balanced opinion as I have only done one while getting feedback from the other.
  28. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    If you need some time off give me a shout :)
  29. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Yep, as said above they're both excellent. So hard to decide between the two that you'll have to come to both! :D :p

    One thing's for definite, both are very friendly, both are pretty laid back, both are more or less free roam. Although at Endorse It (unlike at Escot), you're not meant to carry your own booze into the central arena and this is checked to some extent.
  30. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    I think you have just made up Paulo's mind William!


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