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It's going to be three beautiful days...

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: August 15, 2013

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AWARD-WINNING and sell-out festival Beautiful Days returns with one of its best line-ups yet.

Thousands of festival goers are descending upon Devon this weekend to soak up three days of diverse music at Escot in Ottery St Mary from August 16 to 18.

Performing at the festival are Primal Scream, Ocean Colour Scene, Levellers, Sinead O'Connor, Arrested Development, Roy Harper, Imelda May, The Skatalites, The Wonder Stuff and many more acts.

Turning the clock back to the Britpop years when they headline on the Friday night are Ocean Colour Scene.

The Mod-inspired band has recently released new album Painting, and will also be performing many of their great classics including Day We Caught the Train and Hundred Mile City.

During the weekend, English rock band Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel will be taking everyone even further back in time with hits including Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me).

The headline act on Saturday is Primal Scream. The band has been releasing records for 26 years and have gone from the bleary house-indebted psychedelia which populated their early efforts, to the more straightforward rock records they've made in recent years.

Bobby Gillespie and guitarist Andrew Innes, as well as a rotating cast of others, are now back with new album More Light.

Primal Scream played some of their new material at this year's Glastonbury festival on the main stage before the Rolling Stones came on.

Bobby, wearing a neon pink suit, not only looked good but delivered an amazing set with the rest of the band, giving the crowd at Beautiful Days lots to look forward to.

Headlining on the Sunday as always is festival organisers and favourites, the Levellers.

The folk-band created Beautiful Days 11 years ago, with the aim of creating a very different music line-up and bringing all ages together to share an unforgettable experience.

Not only have they succeeded in doing just that, the festival has also become one of the highlights of the summer.

"The idea of doing it somewhere else never really occurred to us," admits the Brighton-based musician.

"We have quite a lot of friends down here, and we also do some writing and recording in Devon, so it's kind of like our second home.

"The people of Devon think of it as their festival and that's absolutely fantastic."

Behind the scenes a vast amount of work goes into making it the award-winning festival visitors enjoy, and the Levellers definitely aren't afraid of a bit of hard work.

"It's 365 days a year and, of course, we do a lot of it and the people we have working with us we trust," explains Mark. "Most of it takes care of itself but as far as the philosophy and any ideas or bookings, that's what our input is.

"We start off with a wish list of acts and end up with whatever we can get.

"It does get easier and easier every year as the festival name has now established itself, so we get a lot of requests from people.

"We start off now with the request to play and our wish list, but it's not just our wish list – we have to think of the audience and give something that everyone will like."

This year's dressing up theme on the Sunday is animals, with revellers expected to be donning an array of weird and wonderful outfits including whiskers, wings, tails or scales.

The hugely popular seated Theatre Tent is making a returns with a programme including Rob, Dex & The Entertainingly Different Gang who will start the mornings off with their Rise and Shine shows and will also be bringing some Traditional Tales to life.

Festival favourites Le Navet Bete are back to create more mayhem with their extravaganza of clowning, acrobatics, mime and music.

The evenings in the Theatre Tent will again feature stand-up comedians including Robin Ince, Tom Price, and Jim Smallman.

Elsewhere on the festival site, The Band Stand will be playing host to The Martin Harley Band, The Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican, and Sly & Reggie among others, as well as daily singing workshops with the Exeter Gospel Choir.

All tickets for the festival have sold out and none will be available on the gate.

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