For various reasons SonicABuse has not been able to get to Bearded theory of late. That, however, has been very much our loss as, back in 2013 when we last attended, we concluded that no festival “has ever been as friendly, as courteous and as community-minded as Bearded theory. The claim that this is a family festival is not idly made, as the organizers have put an immense amount of effort into making sure that everyone and anyone is welcome into the Bearded theory community.” Able to draw together a wide array of artists and catering to a crowd that is both diverse and yet community spirited, Bearded Theory has become an essential yearly event. With previous years boasting stellar line ups, it wold be all too easy for the event to grow stale, but somehow, in 2016, the organizers have managed to top their previous efforts to pull together one of the best festival line ups of the year. Whether it is the return of the legendary Levellers (who could fairly call Bearded Theory their second home), or the addition of the awesome Killing Joke, this truly is one of the best independent line ups you could hope to find. Below you’ll find the press release, but if you’re looking for more information before clicking on the ticket link, our full review of 2013’s event can be found here.
BEARDED THEORY FESTIVAL 2016
The UK’s Best Independent Music Festival
THURSDAY 26TH – SUNDAY 29TH MAY 2016
LEVELLERS | BILLY BRAGG
KILLING JOKE | REVEREND & THE MAKERS
JACK SAVORETTI | DUB PISTOLS | BLACK UHURU | WILKO JOHNSON
BEANS ON TOAST | FAERGROUND ACCIDENTS | COCKNEY REJECTS
FROM THE JAM | BAD MANNERS | TURIN BREAKS | JOHN OTWAY
NEW TOWN KINGS | THE TUTS |SHEELANAGIG | SENSER | MAD DOG MECREA | TALISMAN
MANY MORE ACTS INCLUDING 2 HEADLINERS STILL TBA
Bearded Theory Festival, Catton Hall, South Derbyshire
Taking place between Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th May 2016 in the fabulous surroundings of South Derbyshire’s Catton Hall, and with undoubtedly the strongest line-up in their 9-year history, 2016 is already set to be a vintage year.
Friday night’s headliners are the massively popular Folk-Rock festival specialists, Levellers. Returning to Bearded Theory after their triumphant performance closing the festival in 2013, they will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the weekend.
From Billy Bragg, Killing Joke and Jack Savoretti, to Reverend & The Makers, Dub Pistols and legendary Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, the rest of the line up already includes an embarrassment of riches for music lovers across the musical spectrum. Just some of the many other highlights from across all three live stages include Cockney Rejects, folk-poet Beans On Toast, Bruce Foxton’s From The Jam, and million-selling acoustic duo Turin Breaks.
With all-new décor and another stunning line-up planned for 2016, The Magical Sounds Dance Stage will once again be providing all things dance-related in their famous big top. Magical Sounds will be releasing their acts shortly.
As you would expect from a festival described by The Daily Mirror as ‘One Of The Best Family Festivals’, The Children’s Village is extensive. In addition to a large and well-equipped family camping zone, a ‘rogues hideout’ for teens, a full baby care tent and a huge variety of coordinated ‘Village Green’ style activities (all staff CRB-approved), Bearded Theory is the only festival in the UK to offer a completely free, fully OFSTED-approved on-site school, allowing children ages 5-16 to be eligible for authorised absence.
Bakewell’s independent Thornbridge Brewery will continue their successful relationship with Bearded Theory, once again running the on-site bars and bringing with them a wide selection of Ale’s and Ciders at exceptionally reasonable prices.
The Big Green Coach Company will once again provide their ‘Bearded Bus’ to the festival from a wide range of locations across the UK, as well as from local transport hubs. In addition, for every customer who books the ‘Bearded Bus’, BGCC sponsor and protect 5 square foot of Amazonian Rainforest for 10 years.
Michael Eccleshall, spokesperson for Bearded Theory Festival says, “We are proud to announce a mouthwatering initial line up for Bearded Theory – we believe it is our strongest ever, and we still have a number of major bookings to release! From Levellers to Jack Savoretti via Turin Breaks and Dub Pistols, there really is something for everyone this year.
As always, the wholly independent ethos of Bearded Theory means we strive to deliver both excellent value and a high quality event, and by keeping the cost of a full adult weekend ticket down to just £97 you can spend 4 brilliant days watching over 100 high quality artists and enjoying some magical experiences for an exceptionally reasonable price.”
Bearded Theory 2016 Ticket Information
4 Day Weekend Camping Tickets are priced at £97 (Adults), £52.50 (Under 16’s),
£21 (Under 12’s) and Under 5`s are free (ticket is still required). Booking fees apply.
Tickets are available from http://www.beardedtheory.co.uk/tickets
All photos – Pete Connor