Beautiful Days 'came of age'- organisers

PUBLISHED: 21:34 28 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:09 18 June 2010

THOUSANDS of revellers flocked to Escot last weekend to enjoy the annual Beautiful Days festival.

THOUSANDS of revellers flocked to Escot last weekend to enjoy the annual Beautiful Days festival.

The sell-out, family-friendly three day festival, famous for its jovial atmosphere, attracted 12,500 visitors and organisers said the event "came of age" this year.

Beautiful Days founders The Levellers traditionally brought festivities to a close on Sunday as their headline performance on the main stage was followed by a spectacular fireworks finale.

Revellers turned out in colourful clothing and face-paints to mark the evening's 'flower power' themed swansong.

After two years of heavy rain and mud, organiser Dave Farrow felt the weekend could not have gone any better. He said: "We really arrived this year, the festival came of age. It was a great weekend and went very smoothly, there were lots of happy people.

"The weather was great and that makes a huge difference, all the traffic issues went well.

"There were no incidents, no problems and lots of compliments. We are looking forward to next year."

Aeging psychedelic warriors Hawkwind had opened the festival last Friday, before high-octane Dreadzone quite literally lit up the evening with a rousing performance and a lights display.

The Pogues, fronted by Shane McGowan, headlined on Saturday night. They followed Irish band the Saw Doctors on the main stage. The Wonder Stuff, Dub Pistols and cowpunk band Pronghorn also featured as Belgian outfit Les Truttes kicked of the day's music.

Devon folk singer Seth Lakeman was a highlight of performances in the festival's Big Top venue.

Beautiful Days die-hard David Fairweather, 23, of Chineway Gardens, Ottery, enjoyed the festivities. He said: "This is always a massive deal for me and a lot of my friends. I've had this weekend marked out in my diary for months. It's great to have an event like this so close to home. The atmosphere, the entertainment and the weather has been great."

The festival also featured family camping, a huge children's area, food and craft stalls, real ale bars and amazing site art.

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