April news & interview with Mark Chadwick

April 9, 2013 9:04 pm

Bands, Beards and Bright Sunshine at Bearded Theory less than 6 weeks

With an end to the drudgery of an extended winter now in sight, and
AOL Travel predicting a scorching heatwave in May (hurrah!), now is
the time to shake off those winter blues and get involved in the AIM
Award Winning Best Festival, Bearded Theory!

‘Bearded’ is set in the grounds of the stunning National Trust
property, Kedleston Hall near Derby. This year features their best
ever line-up, and with over 100 artists across 5 performing live
stages including Reverend & The Makers, Levellers, Asian Dub
Foundation, New Model Army, Stiff Little Fingers, Seth Lakeman, Karine
Polwart, Neds Atomic Dustbin, Peatbog Faeries, The Farm, The
Quireboys, Subgiant and Ruts DC there is music to suit all ages and
musical preferences.

Bearded Theory isn’t just all about the bands though. Whether it is
the festival’s stunning location, the Thornbridge Brewery-run bars
serving a fabulous quality selection of ales and other refreshments,
the extensive selection of independent food traders, market and craft
activity stalls or immersing the little ones in the magical world of
the acre-sized Angel Gardens Children’s area, there is always
something for all to see and do.

One of the biggest highlights of the weekend is the annual World
Record Attempt for the Greatest Number of People Wearing False Beards.
Taking place on Sunday just after the performance by Australian
Musical-Comedy sensation, The Beards (who will also co-host the record
attempt), the event brings everyone at the festival (and their false
beards) together, and is always huge amounts of fun. With the biggest
audience ever expected for Bearded Theory 2013, confidence is high
that we will smash the record we set last year!

Bearded Theory is less that 6 weeks away, taking place between 17th
– 19th May. We’d love you to join us, so head over to
beardedtheory.co.uk to check out all the info, the full line-up,
and details on how to get tickets (which are just £79 per adult or
£230 for a whole family for the entire weekend)

Follow us on Twitter ( http://twitter.com/beardedtheory ), Like us on
Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/beardedtheoryfestival ), Watch us
on Youtube ( http://www.youtube.com/user/beardedtheory/videos ), Join
our Forum ( http://www.beardedtheory.co.uk/forum )


Interview With Mark Chadwick

Q: You’ve performed (solo) at Bearded Theory previously…what were
your impressions of the festival

A: Everybody was really cool and friendly ,staff ,organisers , and
festival goers, all very kind even though the band couldn’t make it
that time, I got a great reception, really enjoyed my time there. It’s
a real festival if you know what I mean.

Q: After last year’s ‘near miss’, where you had to cancel last minute
due to Jon’s injury, are you planning something extra special this
year at Bearded Theory?

A: We haven’t had any chance to discuss anything that we might do…

Q: Does your first festival performance of the season take time to get
used to, or do you get straight back into it as soon as you step on

A: Yes sometimes it can be a shock but we get there, it really depends
on the crowd so in this instance I’m not worried

Q: How would you describe your live show to someone who’s never seen
you before?

A: Fun! A chance to belong to something for a while that works for
everybody and can at its best be very special

Q: What are your Top 3 festival Tips?

A: 1- Money helps. 2 – Don’t go mental on day one if you can help it.
3 – Know when to leave.

Q: What 3 things make a festival most enjoyable for you?

A: Atmosphere, friendly faces. And X X X

Q: What would be your ultimate 3 festival headline bands?

A: Neil Young The Rolling Stones . Pink Floyd I’m a hippy after all

Q: Apart from Bearded Theory, what else are you up to at the moment?

A: Festivals and gigs and new tunes. We’ve re-recorded a version of
The Recruiting Sergeant with The Copper Family in aid of War Child –
its out in May.

Shuttle Busses

Our shuttle bus timetable has now been announced and the service will
be operated by local Derby firm Trent Barton. The number 77 BT bus
will be running on both Thursday (3pm & 5pm) and Friday (on the hour)
to Kedleston Park calling at Derby Train Station, Derby Bus Station,
Markeaton Hotel and the final destination Kedleston Hall. Please note
on Thursday and Friday the bus will be picking up at Markeaton Hotel
should you be staying off site. On Monday the bus will be picking up
from Kedleston Park every hour from 9am and heading back to the train
and bus station. Prices have been reduced from 2012 to £6 return. For
more details including for booking your seat please call 01332 204568


We still have a small number of vacancies for stewarding at this
year’s festival via our steward contractors Green Stewards. If you
fancy helping out instead of buying a ticket please apply now via


Hearthworks are delighted to be at Bearded Theory 2013 providing the
best in Festival accommodation.

– Beautiful, comfortable and spacious
– Range of sizes to suit couples, families or large groups of friends
– Tipis come complete with rain-catchers, waterproof groundsheets and
carpet flooring
– Yurts are all full height Yurts and have a central skylight window,
waterproof groundsheet and carpet flooring
– Optional furnishings package includes rugs, cushions, bolsters,
sheepskins, backrest chairs, tables and lanterns.

Fancy a good night’s sleep? You can even book futon mattresses
complete with sheets, duvet, pillows and woollen blanket.

We want your time at Bearded Theory to be as relaxing as possible, so
that you can simply enjoy yourself and really make the most of this
brilliant event.

– Tipis and Yurts are pre-erected and ready for your arrival at the
– Reception Tipi with staff to settle you in and make sure your stay
goes smoothly
– Maintenance crew to look after the structures during the event