Newsletter & Line Up info

February 7, 2017 6:58 pm

Ey-Up from Derbyshire but we won’t call you a duck

We are firming up our line up and delighted that the Woodland, and Convoy Cabaret join Magical Sounds in finalizing their 2017 billing. We have one more band to come for the Pallet Stage which will be announced soon and Maui Waui need to field a few more phone calls.

We have done a full run down of who is playing this year in the lineup tables below. We have over 100 acts for you to discover and we have a Spotify play list thingy-me-jig for you to listen to who is playing across all our stages.

Following on from the feedback in 2016, we have secured a brand new field solely for the use of families which is huge and very close to the car park when you first arrive. The image here shows where that is: –
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This year’s campsites will be nice and spacious and have the same quality facilities people expect from us, including: free to use Children’s Village, free hot showers, clean toilets and a more washing up stations.

We will do the sales ploy nonsense now and tell you our tickets are selling really, really, really, really well. This might be down to it being our 10 year anniversary, the spankingly good line-up on offer or we have calculated our sums incorrectly. If it isn’t the latter, we will sell out way in advance of this year’s festival. Campervan and Caravan passes are running very low and will sell out this month.

We have a flurry of updates and announcements relating to this year’s bands, disc jockeys and recitalists.

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We are delighted that Platinum and Gold selling Scottish indie outfit GLASVEGAS join the Pallet on the Sunday bringing their animated and renowned live show to the fields of Catton Hall. Glasvegas chart successes stem back to 2008 with their debut album going into the UK charts at number 2 and charting in 9 other countries including America. Follow up albums “Euphoric Heartbreak” and “Later TV Turns to Static” also charting in the UK at number 10 and elsewhere in Europe at number 1.

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The Woodland have bagged a coup in securing post-punk legends THE FALL to perform on Saturday night before the previously announced FOY VANCE. Despite line-up changes over the years, the notorious king-pin front man Mark E. Smith will be leading the band out onto the solid oak stage in the Woodland. The Falls back catalogue is legendary with 9 top 40 albums and a chart topping single in Totales`s Turns with their latest chart success being in 2013. Kissmet have jumped over to Sunday to enable this acquisition and for that we are forever grateful. Sadly Wheatus have cancelled their show on the Sunday due to routing but we are in talks to allocate the slot on another day.

The amazing and beautiful folk duo KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN replace the previously announced Nova Twins who had to cancel due to touring commitments elsewhere. Bearded skiffle legends PLEASE Y SELF join Sundays billing with RAGS RUDI swapping over to the Friday night and finally folk festival favorites GREEN MAN RISING conclude the join Fridays line up.


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This year Convoy Cabaret will be returning to add yet another dimension to the already amazing festival. Roll up, roll up and step right into a world of old time vaudeville meets post-apocalyptic mayhem with music and cabaret, sideshows and freaks.

There’s an exciting mix of bands/DJ’s set in a theatrical backdrop with the Convoy Chorus Line and the raunchy pyrotechnics of the Spanglegrinders. Visit the Freak Boutique for a twattoo or maybe a punk cut at God Shave the Queen’s Salon, or even make a badge of your own design. Convoy resident DJ`s Mark Kelly and Rudeboy will kick things off daily along with some cabaret with CIRCUS INSANE and more cabaret strangeness between and during live performances.

Friday kicks off with dub punk act PUBLIC ORDER ACT, punk poet ANDY T, dub hip-hop band CUBA LIBRE, hard-core punkers CLUSTERFUCK, some wacked-out country & western weirdness from THE REV SCHNEIDER AND THE BAND OF ANGELS and ska rave rock rappers CHINA SHOP BULL. Late night sessions from X-rated hip hop act INBREDZ, punk ravers GUTTERPUNKZ KREW, punk act SWEETHEARTS and electronic beats from TRAV CHAV.

Saturday will see traveller punk REALITY ATTACK, festival favourites TARANTISM, militant ska act
SPANNER, heavy rock band LACERTILIA, ska act RATBAG, ska punk act SPORADICS,

Sunday finishes things off with gospel psycho country punk PASTOR DISASTER, ukulele punk band aptly named Ukulele Subs, festival favourites SKRAELINGS, hip-hop reggae act DUB THE EARTH, legendary punk act OMEGA TRIBE, punk band DOGSHITE, dub band ONE EYED GOD and finally the infamous free festival favourites BACK TO THE PLANET.


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Maui Waui is a ‘feel good factor’ stage and one of our newest additions after the 2016 inauguration to the fields of Catton. Whether you are into fast folk, gypsy doodles, Electro Swing or relaxing reggae, no matter if you’re young or old, quiet or bold, you’ll find something you love at Maui Waui.

Friday in the Waui we welcome 20’s style Gatsby swing band AFTER HOURS QUINTET, Balkan party band MR T AND THE MINIONS, rockabelly act FAT ‘N’ FURIOUS, indie brit-pop band FICK AS FIEVES, swing-jazz outfit GATSBY SWING BAND, Americana and skiffle band DH LAWRENCE & THE VAUDEVILLE SKIFFLE SHOW

Saturday in the Maui we see Hip-hop/Ska 8-piece CUT CAPERS, The 50’s & 60’s Horror Rock Show BLOODSHAKE CHORUS, rap punk act KARL PHILIPS & THE REJECTS, rocknroll band MOJOKINGS, acoustic alter-ego of punk band Vice Squad DIRTY FOLKERS, duel guitar playing dude RODNEY BRANIGAN and folk band BOWEAVIL.

Things finish off nicely on the Sunday with Nautical rockers SEAS OF MIRTH, SWING GYPSY, riot swing band IMMIGRANT SWING and world roots dub band CULTURE DUB ORCHESTRA

As usual the Maui Waui will host wandering weirdness, acrobats and DJ`s and we only have a few slots left to fill.


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
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.


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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 , and standalone tickets are also available from