Bearded Theory 2012

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May 2012
Kedleston Hall Park, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 5JH, England MAP
£74 - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 5000
last updated: Wed 9th May 2012

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The family friendly, laid back, fancy dress party with beards, bands and DJs, returns as a three day event to Kedleston Hall Park, in Derbyshire and is held from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May 2012.

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Adam Ant And The Good The Mad And The Lovely Posse (replacing Levellers), The Damned, and Dreadzone will be headlining Bearded Theory 2012. Wheatus, Cara Dillon, System 7, The Ashan Project, Astralasia, Banco De Gaia, Terrorvision, Mad Dog Mcrea, Tarantism, Martin Harley Band, Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs, Leatherat, The True Deceivers, Show of Hands, Chumbawamba, Radical Dance Faction (RDF), The Selecter, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Credit to The Nation, The Popes, Random Hand, Kissmet, Imperial Leisure, Ferocious Dog, WitchDoktors, Rasta4Eyes, The Travelling Band, RoughNeck Riot, Tracy Jane Sullivan, Cracked Actors, Boot Hill All Stars, Karl Phillips & The Midnight Ramblers, Pronghorn, Back to the Planet, Los Albertos, and King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys, and more. The remaining bands will be announced over the next couple of months. The festival will have bands, DJs, and comedians. For the line-up details as available please click here.

Every year Bearded Theory attempts to break the world record for the most amount of people wearing a fancy dress beards in one place and at one time.


Tickets have SOLD OUT, a weekend ticket was priced at £74, 13-16 weekend tickets were priced at £40, 6-12 weekend tickets were priced at £25, children aged 5 and under are free and Family Tickets were priced at £190 (2 x adult & 2 x children). All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. No day tickets will be released for sale for the 2012 festival.

There will a charge for car parking of £5. Please note you will be charged £10 at the gate if you do not have a ticket. A campervan ticket was priced at £5 and have sold out.

The festival will also offer a huge childrens area, site art, on-site art work, world foods, open mic, camping, and more.

Joint ticket offer

For the first time a joint ticket is available for both Bearded Theory, and the Spring Off The Tracks Festival held in Derbyshire on consecutive weekends in 2012 with discounted camping also available to stay during the week between them. A joint entrance ticket to both Derbyshire festivals is priced at £110, and also includes the offer of discounted camping facilities between festivals at the home of Off The Tracks, the Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel, at Castle Donington. The Spring Off The Tracks Festival takes place from Friday 25th until Sunday 27th May 2012 at Park Farmhouse, at Castle Donington - a week after Bearded Theory.

To buy the special combined 2 festival tickets click here.

New for 2012

This year the festival celebrates 'village fete gone wrong' by adding the Inkapa City created Tornado Town a replacement for The Beard Top stage, and a new fun area within the festival offering quality acts and has something that is a little bit different from the standard stage at a festival.

There will be a bar selling a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, a cocktail bar, with DJs playing a wide selection of music throughout the day and between the bands. The new area will offer a relaxed atmosphere, where festival goers can go and chat and see some quality acts during the day. Whilst at night the tempo will pick up and the musical menu will be wide ranging being anything from Hoedown to Swing and anything in between.

Bearded Theorists can also expect competitions throughout the weekend and the area will be proudly hosting the Sunday Morning surprise slot that Bearded Theory has become famous for.

The Tornado Town stage will join the Main Stage, Magical Sounds Stage, Waters Edge, Something Else, and Baaar Stage. There will also be a new little stage by the river showcasing comedy, poetry, acoustic, kids comedy club and the Saturday on this little stage will be quite special, watch this space.


Here is a short eFestivals film about 2011's Bearded Theory festival.

More information will be here when available.

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May 2012
Kedleston Hall Park, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 5JH, England MAP
£74 - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 5000
last updated: Wed 9th May 2012

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