Beautiful Days, “horrendous” loos, crowded spaces

Could the Beautiful Days festival at Escot Park become our very own local superspreading event?

Festival Goers disgusted by state of toilets

Molly Dowrick www.devonlive.com 

People attending Devon’s long-awaited Beautiful Days music festival have slammed its less-than-beautiful toilet facilities at the site.

Whilst the music and atmosphere has been praised, attendees say they’ve been “let down” by the “horrendous” portable toilets that are “totally unsanitary”.

Staff at the festival say they are aware of people’s complaints and are currently working their way around the site to empty and clean the toilets – while bringing in extra loos to help improve the situation.

But some festival-goers, say there has been “no improvement” since they initially complained hours ago.

One festival-goer told DevonLive: “It’s such a great festival but this year it’s being let down by horrendous toilet facilities.

“The condition of nearly all the toilets is totally unsanitary but festival goers on Twitter and Facebook are constantly being told the sanitation teams are working on it, but there is little to no improvement!

“I fear this situation could jeopardise any licence for future events.”

Another said: “It’s such a shame because this festival is always known for having nicer loos. It’s been pretty disgusting this year!”

DevonLive understands extra toilets have been delivered this evening – but some people say there is still a “strong smell” from the loos.

A spokesperson for Beautiful Days Festival said: “We are responding to complaints and feedback on site as quickly as we can about the toilets.

“Our team, and the contractor, have brought in extra resources to ensure all toilets are emptied and cleaned and can be maintained throughout the rest of the weekend.

“They are actively working their way around site and will continue to do so – cleaning and emptying the toilets. The situation is very frustrating and we can only apologise for any delays reaching certain areas of site.”

Festival goers say the state of the loos at Beautiful Days festival is 'horrendous'

Festival goers say the state of the loos at Beautiful Days festival is ‘horrendous’ (Image: submitted)

The news comes amid festival-goers being asked to prove they do not have Covid-19 in order to be let into the site.

Last month, organisers confirmed people would be asked to proof they have had a recent negative NHS lateral flow test if they want to attend the festival.

A spokesperson for the festival said: “Everyone – working, performing or attending – will be required to prove their Covid-19 status to gain access to the festival site to reduce risk to you and others around you.

“This is not a Covid passport. If you have not had the vaccine then you can take a free test.”

Acts confirmed for this year’s sold out festival include Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, James, The Orb, Gary Numan and, of course, festival founders the Levellers.

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