2017 Theme and news

February 24, 2017 7:49 pm

Well hello……………

Spring is well and truly in our sights and we are delighted with the current ticket sales which are vastly up on this point last year. Thank you for purchasing your tickets for our 10th anniversary and supporting the festival in what is guaranteed to be another sell out success.

Bearded Theory
This year’s theme on the Sunday is MOBSTERS & LOBSTERS. This means sea creatures and bearded mafia. We can’t wait to see your creations on the Sunday and we will be picking winners for best dressed and best imagination during this year’s World Record Attempt.

We have over 200 acts and DJ`s, spread over 7 amazing and unique stages this year. We have secured and already announced what is our strongest and most expensive line up to date. MADNESS, SLAVES, SKUNK ANANSIE, SEASICK STEVE, THE FALL, CAST, REVEREND AND THE MAKERS, VINTAGE TROUBLE, NEW MODEL ARMY, ALABAMA 3, FOY VANCE and countless others bolt down this year’s Pallet and Woodland stages. SYSTEM 7, CJ BOLLAND, TRANSGLOBAL UNDERGROUND and a MEGADOG SOUND-SYSTEM takeover are some of the amazing DJ`s and performers being showcased in the Magical Sounds arena. The up and coming and festival legends takeover Convoy Cabaret with acts like SPORADICS, CHINA SHOP BULL, BACK TO THE PLANET and RATBAG. Maui Waui bring some funk, jazz and fiddling with AFTER HOURS QUINTET, DUB ORCHESTRA and SEAS OF MIRTH. Then we have the Something Else Tea Tent programming performers such as FOLK THE SYSTEM and plenty more to be announced. The Party Rogues Hideout bring the average age down quite a bit and we are delighted to have with us a variety of MCs, DJ`s and new bands about to break being showcased in their bigger and better marquee.

The Thursday on the Pallet repeats the original 2008 line up as part of the 10-year anniversary celebrations but this time with DREADZONE headlining instead of the 2008 sound-system and the legendary DON LETTS will be leading a DJ line up on the Woodland on the same night.

What have we been up to?
The festival will be hosted within the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall and the stunning woodland clearing. The Woodland walk has an urban street food theme and the entry to the Woodland will be set back allowing for toilets to be accessed by attendees watching bands on the stage without the risk of being locked out due to the queues. Another set of toilets will be located near to the Convoy Cabaret stage. We have added in a new venue, The Ship which is located next to Convoy Cabaret and will cater for your late-night disco moves. This will also create a naughty corner if you consider the 3am closing Magical Sounds too early (we don’t do headphone disco parties, just music played as it should be). We have secured a new 8-acre family camping field following last year’s feedback and there will be plenty of room for you to spread out in the campsites this year. We will have stewards on hand showing you to available camping spaces if you can’t find any (always go into the middle, everyone forgets about the middle!). We have added a new real ale bar by Convoy Cabaret and The Ship and the Woodland will be holding a Real Ale and Cider festival for the entirety of the festival. In addition to the fantastic award-winning ales from Thornbridge, we have 50 ales and ciders on rotation in the Woodland addressing last year’s gripes about the selection not being good enough in the Woodland area. The legendary and free to use Children’s Village makes an explosive return following their festival Oscars win in 2016. We have detailed below more details on what’s happening in the Children’s area further down for you to relay to your little ones.

THE LINE UP – (Children’s variety tent, Something Else Tea tent and the Ship will detail line-ups on the day)
Bearded Theory
Adult, 4-day Weekend Camping Ticket – £105
Age 12-16, 4-day Weekend Camping Ticket – £55
Age 7-11, 4-day Weekend Camping Ticket – £25
Age 0-6, 4-day Weekend Camping Ticket – £Free

Campervan & Caravan Pass: £35 – LAST FEW TICKETS
Car Parking Pass: £12.50

All children up to the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 21+. Children must be at the age specified on the ticket at the time of the festival and photographic identification must be brought with you should your child look older than their age. Payment Plan Pay 50% now on any adult or teen ticket price and pay the remaining balance at the end of April.


The Village will once again be centered around a very colorful Village Green. The Village on the Friday is taken over by Bearded Theory`s Festival School providing a huge itinerary of fun educational classes meeting key stage criteria. There will be a mini Children’s Village running from Creative Intentions for children who are not attending the school. All children who visit Children’s Village must come with their parents as this is not a crèche. The school has featured everything from; Math’s (how to budget a music festival), P.E classes by Derby County FC, Sublime Science, English, History and loads more. Go to the Bearded Theory School page of the website for more details. Please make sure you enroll to the School.

The Children’s Village on Saturday bursts into life with the Village Green taking center stage; with Folk Frenzy, It’s a Knock Out, Hula Hooping, Village Stocks, evening parade and a beautiful evening camp fire. The area also hosts a Village Hall tent which will showcase puppet shows, sing-a-longs, family yoga, Child Uke Jam, Party games and Kids Disco.

We have a huge teen area – the Rogues Hideout which will do all sorts including; DJ workshops, build a band workshop, art workshop, graffiti and a teen chill space. All the Node team are DBS checked and to see what else they have on offer go to this page.
We also have a Bearded Kids tent. This offers a large craft area with paint, glitter and craft sessions. The Baby Boo baby care tent will have an area for babies to come and play and you can stock up on baby essentials should you forget anything. The tent also includes a microwave for feeding the little ones and there is also a chance to knit and natter in this area. We have a pamper salon doing face paints, fake tattoos, nail art and all this will be free.

In addition we welcome back pop up Library in our poetry tent, Creative Intentions Café offering both vegetarian/vegan food at child friendly prices/portions and a chill out area with games and a small acoustic stage that opens after 6pm.
The Children’s Village will be a non-smoking area and supervised by qualified /experienced DBS checked play workers.

Bearded Theory
The easiest, greenest way to get to Bearded Theory is using our dedicated coach service.
Bearded Theory’s Official Coach Travel Partner National Express will be running dedicated coaches to an on-site coach park from 16 locations around the UK. Fares start at just £20 return, and with a discount of 25% for those travelling in a group of 4 or more is also available it is even cheaper for larger groups to get to the festival. Child discounts are also available.

You will be able to arrive in style and comfort straight onto site, saving the hassle of further travel arrangements from the local train station (shuttle buses are no longer operating) Coach travel is one of the greenest modes of transport, generating around five times less CO2 emissions per person, compared to those travelling to the festival in a car alone. All coaches are scheduled to arrive on site at Bearded on or before 11.30am on Thursday, so you won’t miss a thing! Coaches will depart from Liverpool, Manchester, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, Bristol, Gloucester, Worcester, Birmingham, London, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Leicester.

Ticket and Travel packages are available from beardedtheory.co.uk/tickets , and standalone tickets are also available from here