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Bearded Theory Review – An Eclectic Feast

If you caught my earlier piece about Bearded Theory festival you will be aware that I missed Thursdays music because of issues getting onto the site.  When we had torrential rain overnight and woke to rain and clouds that seemed to have settled about 6-feet above the van roof, I suspected that we were in for a pretty grim day.

I need not have worried, as things improved as lunchtime approached.  We set off for the arena looking forward to a day of music and catching up with friends.  As always, my first port of call is the Something Else Tea Tent.  No one is closer to new talent emerging on the grassroots scene than Gail, so it is always worth checking out what she has on offer.  Expect new talent, old favourites, and the odd main stage band dropping in to play an acoustic set.

I guess, in many ways, Les Carter epitomises all three of the above.  It was Les who provided my best moment of the entire weekend.  Get this, Les Carter, a man who headlined Glastonbury in 1992, playing an acoustic cover of Bobby Blue’s hit song, Dancing on a Saturday Night, in front of a couple of hundred people in the Something Else Tea Tent.  There it is, Bearded Theory, in a nutshell, you never know what you are going to get, it’s not unlike Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates.  I’m almost certain that Les enjoys performing on the Grass Roots scene more than he ever did getting banned from Glastonbury 🙂


Mind you, it’s not like we were stuck for bands elsewhere.  I thought Friday’s lineup was as excellent as it was eclectic.  I kicked off with a bit of high energy punk rock from a longtime friend of Bearded Theory.  John Robb and the Membranes played an insanely good set on the Woodland stage.  It was certainly Manchester’s day on that stage because I thought Manchester outfit Pins were absolutely sublime.  These girls rock and they have that outward confident swagger that suggests they are destined for big things.  Let’s face it, anyone who sends Iggy Pop a demo and asks him to do a voice over can hardly be accused of allowing themselves to be constrained by a lack of ambition.


Over on the main stage folk favourites, Show of Hands played their usual hugely entertaining show.  They may have been around for a while, but they are none the worse for their longevity.  My biggest surprise of the day came from Sleeper.  Of course, I know the name, but for a band who have eight top-40 singles and 3 top 10 albums to their name, I know little about them.  That’s about to change, I thought they were absolutely superb on the day.

I had a huge decision to make later on Friday evening.  Jesus Jones on the Woodland Stage or Jesus & Mary Chain and Blossoms on the main stage.  In the end, I decided on the latter, chiefly because I was a huge Jesus & Mary Chain fan back in the day, and because I wanted to photograph the rapidly progressing Blossoms.


In truth, Jesus & Mary Chain’s set largely passed me by.  I can’t put my finger on why, but I just couldn’t get into it.  Blossoms were a different story.  Being honest, I thought to book a band like Blossoms was a great decision by the festival.  Like many, I would be content to see the Levellers and New Model Army every year, but bands like Blossoms are the future.  Granted they don’t have the political edge of bands like those aforementioned, but they played a great set and I thought they were worthy headliners for a festival of this size.

That rounds up Friday for you folks, tune in later for Saturday & Sunday.


Fans Should Forget The Glastonbury Ticket Resale And Go To Bearded Theory Instead

Every autumn we see the annual scramble for tickets to Glastonbury festival. On October 9, 2016 tickets for the 250,000 capacity Glastonbury festival sold out in just 35 minutes. Of course, that is not the end of the road for Glastonbury fans. The official Glastonbury festival lineup will be released in the next couple of weeks. Shortly after that, fans who now find that they no longer wish to attend, can cancel their attendance and their Glastonbury tickets will be offered for resale on the official Glastonbury website. There will, of course, be a scramble for the Glastonbury ticket re-sale, but would fans be better advised to go elsewhere, for example to Bearded Theory Festival?

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Bearded Theory Photos – final batch

Happy weekend everyone, here are the final batch of photographs from Bearded Theory 2016.   Uploaded just before I head off to this weekends festival :).

I hope you enjoyed the photos.  See you all again next year.

Bearded Theory Photo’s – batch 4

Good morning everyone.  This will be my penultimate set of photos from Bearded Theory last week.

I hope these help you to relive an incredible weekend.

Bearded Theory – Wow!

Wow, what a weekend at Bearded Theory.  Incredible weather, brilliant bands and spending time with my festival family – just fantastic.

Lots to come over the next few days but here are a few photos of fellow festival goers, the wacky people who make festivals the joy that they are.

Bearded Theory Sells Out!

Multi award-winning family-friendly festival, BEARDED THEORY have announced that, with just under a week to go until the gates open, the festival has completely sold out of tickets in every category.

Tickets are no longer available through any physical or online outlet, and organisers are urging anyone without a ticket not to travel to the festival, as none will be available at the gates.

Festival-goers from across the UK and further afield have bought tickets in their thousands for this year’s event.

Taking place this upcoming May Bank Holiday, between Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th May 2016 in the fabulous surroundings of South Derbyshire’s Catton Hall, is set to be the biggest and most diverse in Bearded Theory’s 9-year history.

Michael Eccleshall, spokesperson for Bearded Theory says, “All of us at Bearded Theory festival are delighted to announce that the festival has sold out for a fifth year in a row! This incredible achievement is a testament to the hard work of all our staff and volunteers, and once again shows the incredible loyalty that our ‘Birthday Party Gone Wrong’ has built up over the past nine years. We want to say a massive thank you to all those ticket holders who have supported us yet again – whether this is your first time or your ninth, we look forward to throwing open the gates and welcoming you all to Bearded Theory 2016 in just a few days time.”

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.

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Saturday night’s headliners are Public Image Ltd. Their legendary frontman John Lydon will be bringing his customary swagger to the Stage, along with PiL’s incendiary back catalogue that includes classics such as ‘Death Disco’, ‘Public Image’ and ‘This Is Not A Love Song’.

Squeeze, one of the UK’s greatest New Wave / Post Punk bands, top the bill on Sunday night. Fronted by Glen Tilbrook and Chris Difford, hits including ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, and ‘Another Nail In My Heart’ are surely set to feature in this very special performance.

Terrorvision are one of Yorkshire’s best-loved musical exports. They will serve up not just a liberal helping of ‘Tequila’, but a healthy dose from their back catalogue of more than 20 UK Top 40 hits, including ‘Oblivion’, ‘Middleman’, and ‘Alice, What’s The Matter’.

Bearded Theory are also delighted to welcome back the incendiary political Ska-Punk band, The King Blues, at what will be their first festival performance since re-forming in late 2015.

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From Billy BraggKilling Joke and Jack Savoretti, to Reverend & The MakersAsian Dub FoundationDub Pistols and Wilko Johnson, the rest of the line up includes an embarrassment of riches for music lovers across the musical spectrum. Just some of the many other highlights from across all five live stages include reggae legends Black UhuruCockney Rejects, folk-poet Beans On Toast, Bruce Foxton’s From The Jam, and million-selling acoustic duo Turin Brakes.

Bearded Theory’s much loved Magical Sounds Dance Tent returns once again with an awe-inspiring line-up. A full bill of over 30 live acts and DJs over the weekend, headlined by Strontium DogsJuno Reactor and OTT & The All Seeing I will inspire you to dance till you drop – even if it is only mid-afternoon!

The brand new Maui Waui tent is also set to be a riot of madcap, circus-inspired musical and theatrical mayhem. Boasting a full line up of incredible acts, from the notorious Electric Swing Circus via the Smerins Anti-Social Club to the fabulous Gypsy Hill, Maui Waui will be filled to the rafters with full-on fun, all weekend.

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),

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 festival also hosts a plethora of smaller stages and zones, including an extensive Crafts & Healing ‘Earth Area’, The Something’ Else Tea Tent and punk zone, ‘The Convoy Cabaret’

The wildly popular Sunday fancy dress theme for 2016 is … ‘Stars In Their Eyes’.

Bearded Theory’s official website is here:  The Festival also has a Facebook page is on Twitter as @beardedtheory


A Final piece of Bearded Theory

Evening all.  I am beginning to feel a bit better at last so this will be the last little album of Bearded Theory photographs from this years festival

I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed digging through the archives 🙂

A Little Bearded Theory

Stuck at home feeling lousy with a cold.  Browsing and organising my photographs cheers me up.  I have taken over 20K photos at various festivals this year so I still have a lot of sorting out to do.

Check out some of my favourite Bearded theory shots over the next few days.  I hope they bring a smile to your face as they did to mine 🙂


Bearded Theory 2015 Memories

Tomorrow morning sees me head off to my favourite festival of the year.

Beautiful Days festival at Escot Park in Devon is just a wonderful medium sized festival.  It doesn’t have the biggest names in music but what is does have is an atmosphere that is totally unique.  The festival is more about the people who attend than just about another festival I know.

Somewhat depressingly the weather here in Dorset today is foul.  It is pouring with rain and I am sat indoors wearing three layers.  Sadly it looks like the weekend may prove to be a wet one.  Continue reading

Bearded Theory 2015 Memories in Photographs

Man it is only Wednesday but boy oh boy this has been one busy week.  I have been working so hard to catch up on things and doing so much writing elsewhere that I have let my own blog suffer a little.

I have lots of festivals coming up over the next two months.  In fact I am away every weekend from now until the end of September.  I shall try to keep up with things going forward.  this week I have really enjoyed sharing some of my favourite moments from festivals that I have attended already this year and here is another batch.  Incredibly Bearded Theory is already a full 10 weeks in the past.  Here are some of my favourite moments from a fantastic, friendly festival