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Bearded Theory 2016 Preview Posted on Thu 19th May 2016

Public Image Ltd, Levellers, Asian Dub Foundation, Squeeze, Billy Bragg, Killing Joke, and Terrorvision amongst one of the strongest line-ups yet

Bearded Theory festival returns to Catton Park in Derbyshire next weekend (Thursday 26th May 2016) for what promises to be another excellent instalment in the Bearded Theory story.

Our Festivals For All reviewers covering this event year on year are somewhat seasoned reviewers and reckon that the festival is so good, that well, it serves as something of a benchmark for the others to follow. As a for instance, read the FFA Review of Bearded Theory 2015, for just a flavour of how good this festival really is.

Bearded is now established as a four night event, with some stunning and diverse artists on offer. Your 10,000 fellow revellers are a top crowd, the facilities are excellent, and there are loads to do and see across multiple stages and zones, with some excellent stuff going down for the kids. Expect great bars [courtesy of Thornbridge Brewery] quality food, and (an important bit this), Bearded remains one of the few events that traditionally allows your own alcohol into the arena. It all makes the price of £97 a great bargain.

Artists on offer include Public Image Ltd, Levellers, Asian Dub Foundation, Squeeze, Billy Bragg, Killing Joke, Terrorvision, The King Blues, Reverend & The Makers, Jack Savoretti, Black Uhuru, Turin Brakes, Dub Pistols, Wilko Johnson, John Otway, 3 Daft Monkeys, Beans On Toast, Faerground Accidents, Cockney Rejects, From The Jam, Bad Manners, New Town Kings, The Tuts, Sheelanagig, Mad Dog Mecrea, Talisman, Moulettes, Bar Steward Sons Of Val Doonican, Electric Swing Circus, Senser, Flutatious, Mado Et Les Freres Pinard, The Tips, Filaments, And The Wasters, Wonk Unit, Gypsy Hill, Atilla The Stockbroker, Popes Of Chillitown, True Deceivers, Dirty Vertebrae, Pog, Stevie One Bloke One Mandolin, Rumour Cubes, Roughneck Riot, and Blyth Power.

No wonder organisers reckon this is arguably the strongest line-up in the event's nine year history. Thursday night has developed into a bit of scene in its own right in recent years, with the likes of Dub Pistols, Dr & The Medics, and Jemma Johnson regaling the early arrivals - adding even more value to the Bearded package.

Gates open at 2pm on Thursday 26th May and 9am Friday 27th May for all ticket holders. Gates close at 8pm on Thursday for entry/re-entry, 9pm Friday & Saturday and 7pm on Sunday.

Music will start at around 7.30pm on Thursday in the Maui Waui and 8pm in the Woodland. The Holy Goat and Woodland bar will be open from 4pm until 1am on Thursday night. Music starts at around 12 noon on the Friday across all stages.

Festivals For All will again be covering this great kick-starter to the 2016 festival year – why not join us for what promises to be an absolute cracker!

Bearded Theory 2016

Catton Park, Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8LN

Dates: 26th - 29th May 2016

Price: Tickets for adults (with camping) from £97.00

Article by Barrie Dimond

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Last modified on: Fri 20th May 2016

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