Bearded Theory 2016

Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th May 2016
Catton Hall, Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8LN, England MAP
£97 for weekend - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 9999
last updated: Tue 24th May 2016

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The family friendly, laid back, fancy dress party with beards, bands and DJs, returns for an ninth year to Catton Hall, in Derbyshire and is held on Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th May 2016, with music starting on Thursday.

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.


Levellers headline Friday, Public Image Ltd. (PiL) headline Saturday, and Sunday headliners Asian Dub Foundation replacing Arrested Development, plus Killing Joke, Reverend And The Makers, Red Monroes, Billy Bragg, Jack Savoretti, Fairground Accidents, Turin Brakes, Skipinnish, Wilko Johnson, From The Jam, Cockney Rejects, Bad Manners, Mad Dog Mcrea, Skerryvore, Beans on Toast, John Otway Big Band, Moulettes, Mr Motivator, Squeeze, The Tips, Rumour Cubes, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican , Zubzub, Electric Swing Circus, Echo Town, Jam Tidy, Lounge Cats, Rumjig, Smerins Anti-Social Club, Tallulah Goodtimes, The King Blues, and Stiff Little Fingers, Ed Cox, The Sporadics, Tribazik, P.A.I.N, Inbredz, Damidge, Cuba Libre, Mama Jerk & The Lady Fingers, The Cravats, RatBag, LuvDump, Bad Fractals, The Filthy Spectacula, Hagar the Womb, Midweek Rattle, One Eyed God, 51st State, The Jenova Collective, Headspace, Johnny Kowalski & The Sexy Weirdos, Aerielism Circus, Mista Beat, Das Boot, Gypsy Hill, King Porter Stomp, Solana, Murphys Lore, Regime, Talisman, Black Uhuru, 3 Daft Monkeys, Flutatious, Attila the Stockbroker, Strontium Dogs, Juno Reactor, OTT & The All Seeing Eye, Sheelanagig, New Town Kings, The Filaments, Senser, Blyth Power, The Tuts, The Roughneck Riot, Mado et les Freres Pinard, Wonk Unit, Stevie - One Bloke One Mandolin, Subhumans, Popes of Chillitown, Please Y Self, Pog, The Uke Ellington Orchestra, Will Tun and The Wasters, The Sporadics, The True Deceivers, Dirty Vertebrae, Chris Liberator & Sterling Moss, Subgiant, Glowbones, Doghouse, Darkcity Sistas, Benji 303, Crystal GEF, Drum Machine, DJ Lucas, Man Made Man, Merv (Eat Static) - DJ set, OOOD, Ed Tangent (DJ), Audio Addictz, Mutated Pony, Mad Mick (DJ), Engine Ears, The Orb, Astralasia, Loop Guru, Niteworks, Indigo Herder, Ushti Baba, and Rev Phil Dread Sunday service.

The Dub Pistols headline the Thursday line-up which includes Doctor and the Medics. The Something Else Tea Tent will be there, as ever, as the Open Mic 24 hour chill out space.

For the line-up details of who is playing where and when, as available see the Bearded Theory line-up page.


Tickets have sold out, an adult ticket was priced at £97 along with the teen ticket price (12-16) at £50, child tickets (6-11) will be priced at £20 and 0-5 are free. Campervan & Car Passes are priced at £35 and £12.50 respectively.

All tickets will include Thursday entry. There are no tickets available on the gate.

Payment plan

There were 2 payment plans available for 2016 tickets. Payment plans were subject to booking fees and are only available on Adult, Teen and Campervan & Caravan tickets.

Bearded School

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.

Bearded Theory pioneered the idea of offering school education for children attending in term time. The Free Bearded School takes child enrolments with lessons have been planned to reflect the national curriculum. The idea is that parents can prove the day off is educational. The school will be open 9.30 until 3pm. Parents need to complete a form to guarantee your children’s spaces, resource pack and certificate.

More information will be here when available.

Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th May 2016
Catton Hall, Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8LN, England MAP
£97 for weekend - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 9999
last updated: Tue 24th May 2016

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