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A Beautiful Day Out At Eden: Levellers, New Model Army, Reef, Dreadzone, Ginger Wildheart
In a first event of its kind at Eden, this is a one-day version of the award-winning grass roots festival Beautiful Days.
Brighton-based the Levellers – who mark their 30th anniversary as a band this year – sold more platinum, gold, and silver albums in the 1990s than any other act.
They’ve had seven Top 40 albums, including the number one album Zeitgeist and their platinum-selling 1991 album Levelling The Land, and a string of memorable Top 40 singles including This Garden, Hope Street, and the iconic What a Beautiful Day.
Punk Rock and Northern Soul fuelled the unique style of New Model Army. Six UK Top 40 albums and seven Top 40 singles, including Here Comes the War and Stupid Questions, have earned the band a devoted following.
Firm Westcountry favourites Reef, who gained fame in the nineties with hits like Place Your Hands, have a new album in the pipeline. Their line-up now includes Jesse Wood, son of Rolling Stone Ronnie, on guitar.
Dreadzone, one of the most powerful and exciting bands to come out of the post-rave scene, launched their 8th studio album Dread Times last year.
The show will be opened by rock guitarist Ginger Wildheart, who made his name in The Quireboys and later formed and led The Wildhearts.
Brighton's seminal folk-rock outfit formed by Mark Chadwick and Jeremy Cunningham in the late 80s who take their name from the 17th century radical democracy movement. Over the years they've become a staple on festival bills with their crowd pleasing blend of fiddles, guitars and biting political lyrics. Their 14 top 40 singles include the perennial anthems 'One Way', 'Hope Street' and 'What A Beautiful Day', which inspired the name for their annual curated music festival; 'Beautiful Days'.
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New Model Army are a legendary global underground cult band. Formed by Justin Sullivan in Bradford in 1980, their beginnings were inspired by Northern Soul, Punk Rock and the incendiary atmosphere of the times. Since then, they have had a long, creative and eventful journey. They have been massively influential in 'post-punk’, 'folk-rock’, 'politico-rock’, 'goth’, 'metal’ and all kinds of musical sub-cultures but, like Groucho Marx, they have steadfastly refused to belong to any club that would have them as members.
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Return of the West Country rockers fronted by Gary Stringer who first found fame in the mid 90s thanks to their song 'Naked' being used in a Sony Minidisc commercial. Perhaps best known for their '96 top ten hit 'Place Your Hands', which was adopted by Chris Evans and is still played in indie and rock clubs across the country today, along with chart-topping second album 'Glow'.
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One of the country's top reggae and dub acts, founded in 1993 by Greg Roberts and Tim Bran. Their debut album 360° set the stage for the follow up, Second Light, to be cited as a favourite of John Peel's and saw them play at Glastonbury just one year after their formation. Continuing to record and release new music, Dreadzone for many years hosted Dubweiser at Notting Hill Arts Club, and subsequently released Once Upon A Time in 2005. Their continued popularity remains a testament to their presence in British music.
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Ginger Wildheart remains one of the of the UK's most prolific singer/songwriter/guitarists. Best known through his work with The Wildhearts, Ginger Wildheart has spent the last twenty years writing and recording some of Britain's best rock music and building a fanatical following.
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