May Newsletter

What have them lazy so and so’s been doing?

We are nearly ready for you and we start building the festival in 2 weeks’ time!

The festival is back at our iconic home of Catton Park nestled in the National Forest for our 11th outing. In this addition of our newsletter is to give you an insight as to what we have planned and what we have done to try and make this year’s festival a bit more special than the last one. We have 6 main music stages being The Pallet, Magical Sounds, Woodland, Maui Waui, Convoy Cabaret and One Big Showcase. We have several smaller venues including Something Else Tea Tent, The Ship, Rogues Hideout, Magic Teapot, Alpaca, Creative Intentions and much more.

The festival arena will open after 4pm on Thursday and music on the opening day will be supplied by the Pallet, Woodland, The Ship and Alpaca. On Friday the festival is fully open, and music will commence from midday on Friday and all live stages close at 11pm, Woodland at midnight and indoor DJ venues until 3am.The Woodland is open until 2am but showcasing comedy from midnight until 2am on Friday and Saturday.

In total we have 257 acts performing at this year’s festival across all our stages and side venues. We have installed more drainage into the main arena should the elements not be on our side, completing the final phase of festivals site drainage works. We have created a much easier access point from Oaklands campervan field into the Trent Campervan site, added 2 new venues the Magic Teapot and One Big Showcase, added more toilets to all areas of the campsites and arena. We have added urinals into the general camping areas (not family camping). We have grown the family camping area following last year’s feedback and we have 3 areas for family camping clearly advertised when you arrive but in addition a campsite management team are working the sites ensuring we have space for everyone and avoiding camping areas becoming “land-locked”. The Woodland PA system has been overhauled and replaced with a top specification line array system following feedback in 2017, the Pallet has been replaced to improve facilities for our production team and lighting upgraded, the Children’s Village and Magical Sounds had a space increase and we have added a second merchandise stall in the Woodland. All the bars will be serving from compostable glasses and using paper straws, we recycle all litter off site and we aim to beat the 80% we recycled in 2017. The Woodland walk has an affordable array of street food vendors and we have put in a gin bar into the Woodland stage area.

We ask you to please abide by the camping chair signs in the main arena, we have designated areas for their use to accommodate people’s needs for having them against the arena areas capacity and dancing requirements.

Thanks for supporting us once again and we can’t wait to see you all in a few weeks’ time.

IMPORTANT TICKET UPDATE

Tickets are all but sold out and the only available tickets are now the re-sale of tickets following review of payment plans by See Tickets.

If you paid via the monthly payment plan, the final payment should have been taken from your bank ACCOUNT TODAY. If you paid via the pay half now and half later payment plan, the remaining balance NEEDS TO BE SETTLED ASAP. Remember you manually need to settle the balance.

If you have replaced your bank card or changed your address since the original deposit then you need to update See Tickets with your up to date payment method by contacting them via https://www.seetickets.com/customerservice or calling 0844 412 2711

Tickets for the payment plans will be posted out towards the end of this week. Accessibility applications have now closed.

Entry and Re-Entry Times to Bearded Theory

The earliest you can arrive at the festival is 1pm on Thursday May 24th and no earlier. The festival had a very bad time with the authorities because people arrive earlier than the advertised time and we need your support to ensure our premises license doesn’t become at risk. Gates close strictly for re-entry/entry at 8pm. Gates re-open at 9am on Friday May 25th until 9pm. Please note you can vacate the festival at any time.

Music does not start until 4pm at the earliest so you will have plenty of time to set up before the music starts and the bars open. If you arrive early why not support the local economy by using a local supermarket for festival supplies or go to a local café located off the A38.

Directions

Due to a very narrow bridge in Walton on Trent we ask everyone to follow the routing signage and do not try to enter via Walton on Trent due to a very narrow bridge. Last year we had several people with caravans and campervans trying to use this route and ended up getting stuck. This had a serious impact to Village residents and commuters going to work. We try our hardest to avoid impacting our neighbours spending thousands to mitigate noise pollution and litter kept minimal in surrounding areas, but we can only do so much without your assistance. Please, please follow the signage both in and out of this year’s festival and help the festival become a positive impact to our local community.

Full directions can be found here http://www.beardedtheory.co.uk/page/directions

Food Bank Help

Bearded Theory’s “FoodBank Holiday” campaign encourages everyone to bring one item of healthy, non-perishable (tinned, dried or longlife, unopened and in-date) food for donation on arrival at any of the festival’s car parks and entrances.

All donations will go to Derby’s Padley Group, a registered charity and Queens Award for Voluntary Services-winning foodbank, homeless services hub and development centre. Established more than 30 years ago, Padley Group feed around 70 people a day, 7 days a week at their homeless centre, and a further 30 per day at their development centre Monday – Friday.

The Padley Group will also run a “donation location” stall, where festival-goers can bring donations at any time over the weekend, and also learn more about their valuable work in the community.

High priority food items include:-

SHAVING FOAM
WASHING POWDER
WASHING UP LIQUID
DISPOSABLE RAZORS
TOOTHPASTE
SHAMPOO
SHOWER GEL
FOOD FRUIT SQUASH
TINNED MEATBALLS
LONG LIFE MILK
TINNED RAVIOLI
COFFEE
TINNED RICE PUDDING
DRINKING CHOCOLATE
RED SAUCE
BROWN SAUCE
MAYONNAISE
TEA
TINNED CUSTARD
TINNED FISH
TINNED FRUIT
FROZEN FOOD
TINNED MEAT
INSTANT MASH POTATO
BREAKFAST CEREALS
COOK IN SAUCES
GRAVY GRANULES
TINNED CASSEROLE
TINNED VEGETABLES
We also accept sugar, pasta, unused underwear, flour, clothes / coats, rice, soup, thermal hats, gloves, socks, scarves tinned tomatoes shoes baked beans.

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