The first acts announced for the seventh Beautiful Days festival are The Pogues, Levellers, Hawkwind, The Saw Doctors , Gong, Lamb, Dreadzone, Imagined Village, Dub Pistols, Pendulum DJ’s, Cara Dillon, The King Blues, Eliza Carthy, Imelda May, Lau, Edward II, Kris Drever, John McCusker & Roddy Woomble Trio, John Smith, Sonic Boom Six, Les Truttes, Chris T-T, Jay Jay Pistolet & Ruarri Joseph
Folk-punk legends The Pogues are headlining the festival on the Saturday night featuring Andrew Ranken, Spider Stacy, James Fearnley, Jem Finer, Darryl Hunt, Philip Chevron, Terry Woods and ,of course, Shane MacGowan. Headlining the festival on the Friday night are psychedelic space rockers Hawkwind who will mark their 40th anniversary in style at Beautiful Days with a one-off laser and light spectacular. Festival founders Levellers will headline and close the festival on the Sunday night with a stunning firework finale.
Also performing are Irish punk-rock band The Saw Doctors, Gong featuring Daevid Allen, Steve Hillage, Gilli Smyth, Miquette Giraudy, Chris Taylor, Theo Travis, John McKenzie and Mike Howlett, the newly reformed Lamb, festival favourites Dreadzone, Simon Emmerson’s acclaimed musical project Imagined Village, Pendulum headlining The Little Big Top with a DJ set, Dub Pistols fronted by the infamous Barry Ashworth, Irish folk singer Cara Dillon, punk-reggae band The King Blues, acclaimed folk artist Eliza Carthy, rockabilly singer Imelda May, innovative Scottish trio Lau, roots pioneers Edward II, three of Scotland’s most successful musicians – Kris Drever, John McCusker & Roddy Woomble Trio, singer-songwriter John Smith, ska-punk band Sonic Boom Six, Les Truttes from Belgium, Chris T-T, Jay Jay Pistolet and singer-songwriter Ruarri Joseph.
There will be more confirmed acts to follow soon with the festival’s 2009 theme still to be announced.
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW Adult weekend camping tickets are £100. Children’s ticket prices have been held again at £60 for 10 to under 16′s, £30 for 5 to under 10′s and £3 for under 5′s. Campervan passes are £30 and car routing passes which include parking are £10. All tickets are subject to booking fees. Tickets are on sale from www.levellers.co.uk, www.seetickets.com & www.artisttickets.com
Ticket information, FAQ’s, travel, disabled access, photo galleries and more from
www.beautifuldays.org / www.myspace.com/beautifuldaysfestival
UNSIGNED BANDS The first of two competitions is now open for bands to get a slot at the festival. We’ve teamed up with The Unsigned Band Review www.unsignedbandreview.com to give one unsigned band the opportunity to play this year. Go to the website to apply. The second competition for unsigned bands will be announced at the end of March.
To celebrate their 40th Anniversary of live touring, GONG, the progressive/psychedelic rock band originally founded in 1967 by Australian musician Daevid Allen will join forces with guitarist Steve Hillage and other core members from the original line-up for a rare UK tour in November 2009.
The UK tour will celebrate the first time Gong have toured the UK since 2000.
Dates as follows: Bristol O2 Academy (Nov 19), Exeter Lemon Tree (Nov 20), Manchester Academy 2 (Nov 21), Edinburgh Picturehouse (Nov 22), Sheffield Leadmill (Nov 23), Leamington Spa Assembly (Nov 25), Cambridge Corn Exchange (Nov 26), London HMV Forum (Nov 27), Oxford Regal Theatre (Nov 28) and Brighton Corn Exchange (Nov 29).
Gong’s music has been described as space rock. The highly anticipated forthcoming tour will reunite founding member Daevid Allen with former Gong members Steve Hillage, Gilli Smyth, Mike Howlett, Miquette Giraudy, Chris Taylor, Theo Travis and John McKenzie.
Gong are currently working on a brand new forward-looking album called “2032,” the same year that the Planet Gong makes full contact with the Planet Earth – and a major new chapter in the continually evolving Gong mythology. The album will be released September 2009.
Gong is often referred to as a ‘cult’ band. Which we have always understood to mean, “a band which too few people love too much”
But… In the words of that great French pataphysician and all round musicbox, Bloomdido Bad De Grasse, to whom we defer on all things “Zeee Gong eeeet egg-zisst all waysssss!” – as long as you want it to in fact.
Now in 2009 GONG is in its 40th year of giggling and performing in all its many forms and dis-guises, and the process has become so much more than just the most eccentric originating psychedelic band of the late sixties and early seventies.
The buds, satellites, comet-like offshoots, children and grandchildren of Gong are many and varied. Their activities cover a vast range of musical styles, tastes, inclinations and altitudes. But always at the heart of all these bands, musicians, poets, artists and performers lies the original seed vision of the luminous green planet Gong – may this site help you see it more clearly.
Why we are? Well we continue to work and at one and the same time assiduously not work on that little conundrum…