October 31, 2013 7:58 pm


Indie-pop legends Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine are to headline
Friday night at Bearded Theory Festival 2014.

The performance will be a UK 2014 FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE and signals the
latest major coup for Bearded Theory, which will be held at its new
location, Catton Hall in South Derbyshire, over Bank Holiday weekend
May 22-25.

Carter USM had six top thirty albums (four of which went top ten) and
fourteen top forty hits from 1987-1997. After a ten year break they
reformed for two shows in 2007 at Brixton Academy and Glasgow
Barrowlands. Both shows sold out and the Brixton show sold all five
thousand tickets in a few days.

They returned in 2008 for further sell out shows at Birmingham and
Brixton Academy then 2009 saw ‘The Drum Machine Years’ where they
played their first four albums at the sold-out Kentish Town Forum and
Brixton 02 Academy.

In 2011 they sold out a further two shows at Brixton Academy and
Manchester Academy and triumphantly rejoined the festival circuit.

Also confirmed are former Crass frontman Steve Ignorant with Paranoid
Visions, the Dublin anarcho punk outfit who were a key force in the
second wave of punk rock in the early 80’s, and heavily influenced by
the Crass ethic of DIY music.

They join an impressive bill which already features Ian Dury’s
former band The Blockheads, Joy Division/New Order main man Peter Hook
and his band The Light, award-winning folk-rock outfit Oysterband and
US rock-fusion veterans Fishbone.

Also confirmed are reconvened UK favourites King Prawn and The
Membranes, with more big announcements including further headliners
still to come.

Catton Hall

With a move away from Kedleston Hall in order to loosen the shackles
allowing boundaries to be pushed in the terms of creativity we are
delighted to be relocating down the A38 to Walton on Trent in
Derbyshire. While the capacity will remain the same as 2013 the
overall site is much larger which excitingly incorporates a wood which
will be transformed into life as a late night area hosting music from
gypsy to dance complemented with a campervan bar and seating areas. In
previous years we have been restricted with the capacity of the Live
in Vehicle field, we are now delighted to host the Live in Vehicle
field in a bigger and flatter space called Trent Meadow; a huge 8 acre
flat field with drainage and hard standing road access.

We plan to increase the amount of showers next year and again they
will be free to use, we would like to introduce a free shuttle service
from the car park into the campsites to aid those who bring everything
bar the kitchen sink. We have included Thursday camping and
entertainment into the price of all tickets allowing us to charge £2
less on Adult Tickets for the same amount of days in 2013. Reacting to
the feedback in 2013 we have made the price of a family ticket better
value. The bars will again be operated by award winning local brewery
Thornbridge from Bakewell, the Children’s Village will again be ran
by Angel Gardens & Derbyshire based Heage Holiday Club, Tornado Town
is back, Madame Gail’s infamous Something Else Tea Tent returns for
their 7th year, Magical Sounds will be back with their most ambitious
line up to date and the Main Stage will also be back with its biggest
line up in its 7 year history. ory.

We might be moving sites but we know what you like and we will be
back the same as before, hopefully a bit better here and there but
with the same ethic. We want to retain the crowd we attract and love
but want to provide you with the best we can. If you want a trend
setting, chart topping, lager sponsored affair don’t even bother
trying us, you will hate it. For the rest we will welcome you with
open arms and appreciate your support. Get behind us and let’s make
Catton Hall our home and 2014 the best Bearded Theory to date.

The transport links are great and it’s a beautiful site, perfect
for a festival like Bearded Theory. The amount of space, for example,
the wooded areas, will mean that we can introduce all sorts of new
stages and attractions to make Bearded Theory better than ever, while
retaining the family-friendly, relaxed character that people know and
love us for.

Tickets & Coach Travel

Tickets are currently being sold by Ticketsellers (
), SeeTickets (
) and Gigantic ( ).
We will be selling tickets in house via our online shop later this
month and via Tourist Information Outlets in Derby, Nottingham, Burton
on Trent and Lichfield. We are organising shuttle buses from Derby and
Lichfield and details will be announced over the next few weeks.

Ticket Prices – (all tickets include camping and entry on Thursday)
*Adult Ticket: £87.00
*12-15: £45.00
6-11: £25.00
0 – 5: Free
*Family Ticket (2 x adult & 2 x 6-15): £220.00

Parking Pass: £10.00
Live in Vehicle & Caravan Pass: £30.00
*Payment plan is available