February Newsletter announcing more bands.
We are delighted to announce the Wonder Stuff will be joining us to
support the Stranglers on Saturday night. Miles said “The Wonder Stuff
first played at Bearded Theory in 2010 and are very much looking
forward to returning to the festival this year. If you’re of a mind to
include mine and Erica’s acoustic performance in 2011 it will be our
third appearance at this amazing festival. And in such exalted
company! Playing right after the mighty PWEI and before the legends
that are The Stranglers. What could possibly be better!?!?”
We have also added underground ska legends Culture Shock to our Friday
night. We have one more biggy (to us) to pull out the hat and
hopefully that shouldn’t take too much longer.
Our tickets have been flying out and we have around 30% left so
please do not leave it too late if you are joining us this year.
LOCKED INN THE WOODS
We are delighted to announce the first names for the Locked Inn the
woods. Inner Terrestrials make a welcomed return headlining Friday
night and they will be joined by Barber Lucks Eastendtrinity, Poisoned
Elektric Head, Will Tun & the Wasters, Firepit Collective, Maelor, the
Ghouls and more are to be confirmed.
Saturday will be headlined by some special guests who we won’t
announce until you turn up wondering what’s going on and they will
be joined by Deadwood Dog, Jake & the Jellyfish, Louise Distras and
Tony Auton Band with a lot more to be confirmed. Sunday so far
programmed and looking rather lonely is Seven Little Sisters.
The Lock Inn will be set in a beautiful woodland away from the hustle
and bustle of the arena. It will be complimented by some stunning
decor, a bar, café and large seating area. In the mornings we plan
to do some fitness workouts and if you know any types who do this sort
of thing please put them in contact. We will be programming bands
until midnight, then some comedy and finishing with funk and chill out
Bearded Theory is back again for a seventh year and will be hosted
for 4 days over Spring Bank holiday (May 22nd until 25th 2014). We
can’t wait to show you our new home at Catton Park in South
Derbyshire and delighted to include an extra day in the ticket price.
Similar to Kedleston Hall we will be located in idyllic countryside in
the heart of the National Forest. With that we will be hosting a brand
new stage based in the woods celebrate the move. We are proud to have
the title of Best Small Festival which we won at the 2013 UK Festival
Awards and delighted we won the Festival Kidz Gold Award for our
amazing 1 acre children’s village which is testament to the great
work of Angel Gardens.
2014 will be jam-packed with entertainment across the Main Stage,
Magical Sounds, Tornado Town, Children’s Village, Lock Inn the Woods
and Secret Rabbit Cabaret. The Lock Inn the Woods will host a
brilliant stage with music and DJs until the early hours and will be
complimented with a real ale bar and café.
The campervan fields will now be hosted in its own huge FLAT field,
the pub priced bars will once again be operated by local award winning
brewery bigger and better tipi village, Thornbridge from Bakewell, you
are still allowed to bring your own booze into the arena, the
campsites will have more FREE hot serviced showers, picnic area,
tranquil gardens, stunning site art plus fabulous organic and
affordable world food concessions. With our prices much lower than our
competitors who provide a similar offering, the festival now being
over 4 fantastic days and children five and under gaining free entry
it will be a unique start to next year’s summer and a brilliantly
Our musical offering will be better than ever with old favourites and
new favourites taking to the stages, Carter Unstoppable Sex Machine
playing a Festival exclusive, The Stranglers, Peter Hook & the Light
performing a New Order and Joy Division classics set, UB40 featuring
Ali Campbell, Hayseed Dixie, Pop Will Eat Itself, Oysterband,
Dreadzone, Dub Pistols, Men They Couldn’t Hang, Blockheads,
Fishbone, The Orb sound system, Billy Nasty, Mr C the Shamen, the list
is endless and we are still booking but check out the line up further
down the page for the latest!
The new campervan field is huge and flat with permanent access roads
allowing for its own totally separate field, the bars will once again
be operated by local award winning brewery Thornbridge from Bakewell ,
the campsites will have more hot serviced showers for free, picnic
areas, tranquil gardens, stunning site art plus a world of fabulous
organic and affordable food concessions. We are so proud of our food
offering we have a restaurant critic coming to review our concessions!
We will be having Bearded Theory radio that you can tune into over the
weekend ran by a professional radio station and it will bring news
around the site about secret gigs happening around the site. We will
be belting out the tunes in Magical Sounds until 3am and in the
woodland chill out music will be setting scene on until sunrise. So
come on what you waiting for join us!
To keep up to date on news and developments from the BT HQ, or just to
mingle with likeminded festival types via the social ether, remember
to follow us on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/beardedtheory ), like us
on Facebook ( https://en-gb.facebook.com/beardedtheoryfestival ) or
join our fabulous online forum ( http://beardedtheory.co.uk/forum/
Angel Gardens have been working super hard already to get the best
family area on the festival scene. We are super blessed and have so
many folks wanting to perform and bring their skills to the space that
you will be utterly and wonderfully shocked by how amazing this
year’s area will be! Our research tells us will be one of the
biggest kids areas this year and will have one of the best programs
We are improving a few things this year and really concentrating on
developing the White Rabbit Cabaret. We have struck a fabulous
relationship with Herbidacious Tents and they are bringing a fabulous
marquee, stage, lighting and sound system complete with sound
engineer! so no more crackling speakers and rubbish sounds, we will
have the very best and this means more entertainment for you!
We are booking loads of family cabaret performers for you, so we have
our own entertainment as well as organising a few little projects that
will help us stand out from the rest:
Talent Show: the talent show returns on Sunday evening, auditions take
place all weekend.
The Red Paper Clip Project: you will be given a red paper clip and a
card, the idea is to trade your clip for something and then trade that
something for something else and so on… the winner is the person who
in our view trades up to the best thing on site!!!
The Demonstration: Kids will meet on Sunday morning to prepare and
plan for a demonstration, they get to choose their course, maybe later
nights or more chocolate, whatever it is they will create a
demonstration complete with placards and a march around site.
Magic Moments: Angel Crew will be choose kids all weekend to give them
a special moment, you need to be around to be chosen.. Last year kids
met headliners and had back stage tours!!!
Kids Crew for a day: information will be sent out soon for kids to
apply for kid’s crew posts. Children selected will be given
T-shirts, lanyards and hiviz’z and allocated a crew member to assist
for the afternoon.
Parties: we will have a themes party every day starting on Friday with
the welcome party in true holiday rep style you will be told what will
be happening over the weekend, following with a Benidorm Disco….
Saturday will be the onsite disco, arrive early for your free make
over, nails, glitter and make up. and finally Sunday offers you a
Tinsel and Turkey night, with a Christmas party complete with Santa
and a countdown to new year.. All in one night!
As for workshops we will be running the usual free crafts tent for
kids and families with tons of free activities the whole weekend long.
Other activities will take place around the gardens and in the craft
marquee( we will send the list soon) but with Dance, drama, music,
arts, crafts and more, you will have more than enough to choose
from… there will be at least 100 workshops and activities to choose
Teens will have their own area this year too; supported by
graffitiartists4U we have a new graffiti designed tent for teens, with
chill out area, Dj sets, a pool table and workshops/performances. Look
out for hair styling sessions, beat boxing class and fire workshops.
Graffitiartists4U will be providing workshops and demonstrations too.
As always there will be Angel Guests, some of the most talented crafts
people and activity providers will be joining us to provide you with
more specialised activities for a small change. Look out for Felt
making, candy floss spinning and Woodland workshops.
Kids Essentials: as always we make things as easy as we can for you
and will provide the usual care facilities for you as families: The
kids cafe serves baby food and kids meal at a small price, the baby
care tent is manned by the National Child Birth Trust and will be open
all day with everything you need to help you cope with a baby and or
course we have the kids only loos and essentials stall.
Look out for more information in the coming weeks and months as we
announce the details of the Scarecrow Competition and this year’s
Oliver Bear Project… so much more to tell you!!!!!! So watch this
This year, we will have the best tipis we could find.
Warm and snug on wet or windy nights and cool on hot summer
afternoons, the tipis are made based on the native American tradition
from high quality materials and come complete with inner liner, full
weather protection, groundsheet and matting.
A firm festival favourite, Tipis offer comfortable and roomy
accommodation so you can really make yourselves at home for the
weekend. They are available in 3 different finishes so there’s
something to suit couples, families, groups of friends and those who
simply cannot live without their creature comforts!
Loos and hot showers will be available for your use and comfort as
Please click here to book or via our ticket page here (
SAVE A QUID BUY A PROGRAMME IN ADVANCE!
We are now selling programmes online for £4, a pound cheaper than
buying them at the festival and they will be available for collection
from the merchandise tent next to the Main Stage. If you want to save
a quid head over to www.theticketsellers.co.uk(no booking fees are
applicable on programmes).
In 2014 will be actively and financially supporting Console a suicide
prevention charity and Neuro Care. Both charities have a significant
importance to the organisers and friends of Bearded Theory.
We have started writing a blog about organising of Bearded Theory so
you can see what we get up. Due to our move to Catton Hall it includes
the details of applying for our new premises license along with band
bookings and deliberating on how many toilets to order. It will be
written by a few members of the organising team so you can see how
boring we really are. Please go to www.beardedtheory.com/blog
LOCK IT UP!
Even horrible can buy a ticket so make sure you stay vigilant with
your valuables. We have subsidised secure lockers onsite to use at
your convenience. Don’t lose it lock it! To secure your secure
locker head over to our ticket page and book now
www.theticketsellers.co.uk (no booking fees are applicable on
TROLLY TOTS RETURN TO BEARDED THEORY
Rain or shine, customers love the trolleys for toting their tots about
festivals and the service we provide.
Terrific Trolley Benefits
* Stay mobile while the kids are sleeping in their trolley
* Carry the essentials (nappies, food, jackets) for your kids and
(beer) for yourself
* Mud is no obstacle. Easily navigate festival terrain
* Kids will happily ride in them
* Kids love them!
* We transport the trolleys so you have more room for festival
essentials in your car
* Cute, easy to snap on rain cover provided for inclement weather
* Keep your pushchair clean
* We clean up so you don’t have to
* No need to store a trolley year round
For more information or to pre-book your trolley now on our website,
please visit www.trolleytots.com
We have an onsite taxi service using golf buggies with trailers to
help families with camping gear for £3 per person. They will be
available in the car park and head into the main campsite.
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