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Bearded Theory Festival 2016

Apr 5, 2016

Award winning family-friendly festival, BEARDED THEORY have announced the complete main stage line-up of more than 150 acts across their 4 day, 5-stage 100% independent, family friendly festival.

Bearded Theory Festival takes place between Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th May 2016 in the fabulous surroundings of South Derbyshire’s Catton Hall. With interest at an all-time high, and tickets selling faster than ever before, this year undoubtedly boasts the strongest line-up in their 9-year history.

Friday night’s headliners are the massively popular Folk-Rock festival specialists, Levellers. Returning to Bearded Theory after their triumphant performance closing the festival in 2013, they will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the weekend.

Saturday night’s headliners are Public Image Ltd. Their legendary frontman John Lydon will be bringing his customary swagger to the Stage, along with PiL’s incendiary back catalogue that includes classics such as ‘Death Disco’, ‘Public Image’ and ‘This Is Not A Love Song’.

Double Grammy Award-winning HipHop trailblazers Arrested Development headline the Pallet Stage on Sunday night. With classics such as People Everyday, Tennessee, Revolution and the ubiquitous Mr Wendle, Arrested Development will close the festival in style.

Performing immediately before Arrested Development will be Squeeze, one of the UK’s greatest New Wave / Post Punk bands. Fronted by Glen Tilbrook and Chris Difford, hits including ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, and ‘Another Nail In My Heart’ are a few that are surely set to feature in this very special performance.

Terrorvision are one of Yorkshire’s best-loved musical exports. They will serve up not just a liberal helping of ‘Tequila’, but a healthy dose from their back catalogue of more than 20 UK Top 40 hits, including ‘Oblivion’, ‘Middleman’, and ‘Alice, What’s The Matter’ to the Pallet Stage on Friday

Bearded Theory are also delighted to welcome back the incendiary political Ska-Punk band, The King Blues. Having recently supported Enter Shikari on a major UK tour, this will be their first festival performance since re-forming late in 2015.

From Billy Bragg, Killing Joke and Jack Savoretti, to Reverend & The Makers, Dub Pistols and legendary Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, the rest of the line up includes an embarrassment of riches for music lovers across the musical spectrum. Just some of the many other highlights from across all five live stages include reggae legends Black Uhuru, Cockney Rejects, folk-poet Beans On Toast, Bruce Foxton’s From The Jam, and million-selling acoustic duo Turin Brakes.

Bearded Theory’s much loved Magical Sounds Dance Tent – complete with one of the best soundsystems and visuals to be found at any festival in the UK – returns one again with an awe-inspiring line-up. A full bill of over 30 live acts and DJs over the weekend, headlined by Strontium Dogs, Juno Reactor and OTT & The All Seeing I will inspire you to dance till you drop – even if it is only mid-afternoon!

The brand new Maui Waui tent is also set to be a riot of madcap, circus-inspired musical and theatrical mayhem. Boasting a full line up of incredible acts, from the notorious Electric Swing Circus via the Smerins Anti-Social Club to the fabulous Gypsy Hill, Maui Waui will be filled to the rafters with full-on fun, all weekend.

Once again the festival will also be hosting its famed World Record Atttempt for the Largest Number of People Wearing False Beards (

As you would expect from a festival described by The Daily Mirror as ‘One Of The Best Family Festivals’, The Children’s Village is extensive. In addition to a large and well-equipped family camping zone, a ‘rogues hideout’ for teens, a full baby care tent and a huge variety of coordinated ‘Village Green’ style activities (all staff CRB-approved),

Bakewell’s independent Thornbridge Brewery will continue their successful relationship with Bearded Theory, once again running the on-site bars and bringing with them a wide selection of Ale’s and Ciders at exceptionally reasonable prices.

The festival also hosts a plethora of smaller stages and zones, including an extensive Crafts & Healing ‘Earth Area’ and The Something’ Else Tea Tent. The Convoy Cabaret will be bringing some mad cabaret along with comedy sides shows, punk hairdressers and a tattoo parlour.

The wildly popular Sunday fancy dress theme for 2016 is … ‘Stars In Their Eyes’.

Michael Eccleshall, spokesperson for Bearded Theory Festival says, “We are proud to announce the full line up for Bearded Theory. From headliners PiL, Arrested Development and Levellers to Arrested Development, Terrorvision and Jack Savoretti via Turin Breaks, Killing Joke, Black Uhuru and Dub Pistols and more than 100 other acts across five live stages, there really is something for everyone this year.

As always, the wholly independent ethos of Bearded Theory means we strive to deliver both excellent value and a high quality event, and by keeping the cost of a full adult weekend ticket under £100 you can spend 4 brilliant days watching over 100 high quality artists and enjoying some magical experiences for an exceptionally reasonable price.”

Four Day Weekend Camping Tickets are priced at £97 (Adults), £52.50 (Under 16’s),
£21 (Under 12’s) and Under 5`s are free (ticket is still required). Booking fees apply.

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