Bearded Theory has a new home in 2014, at the wonderful Catton Hall in Derbyshire. One thing is certain: this flagship festival will still be providing the same excellent quality of line-up, entertainment, facilities, sheer value for money, and darn good times as its previous six incarnations.
Our Festivals For All reviewers have rated Bearded top notch over the years; read our Bearded Theory Review 2013.
FFA continues to be amazed how the event continues to pack so much value into an 87 quid weekend including camping. To top it all, they are even offering an extra night absolutely gratis on Thursday to really kick start the weekend.
If that was not enough, Bearded is one of the sadly dwindling number of festivals where you are able to take your own alcohol into the arena, adding even more value to your measly 87 quid ticket. All they ask is that you spend a few bob in the ample bars... most do as the choice and value are usually excellent.
Its an old cliche but Bearded Theory really does offer something for everyone, from really diverse music across the multiple stages, to loads of general malarkey, and dedicated kids entertainment amongst much else.
Line-up wise the event features the likes of Carter USM, The Stranglers, Ali Campbells UB40, Dub Pistols, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dreadzone, Peter Hook & The Light, Oysterband, Fishbone, 3 Daft Monkeys, Membranes, King Prawn, Anti-Vigilante, and Leatherat amongst a host of acts across six stages.
Apart from the excellent headliners, including one of the last opportunities ever to experience the wonderful Carter USM live, FFA are simply spoilt for choice; if you have never seen them before do check out our top tips of Merry Hell, Monster Ceilidh Band, and Tarantism … you will not be disappointed.
In 2013 Bearded Theory scooped the Best Small Festival at the UK Festival Awards… spend your bank holiday weekend with them and you will understand why.
Catton Park, Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8LN
Dates: 22nd May 2014 - 25th May 2014
Price: Tickets for adults (with camping) from £87.00
Article by Barrie Dimond