Bearded Theory 2017

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May 2017
Catton Hall, Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8LN, England MAP
£105 for weekend
daily capacity: 9999
last updated: Wed 8th Feb 2017

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The 10th edition of 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 25th to Sunday 28th May 2017, 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.


Skunk Anansie, Madness, Slaves, Cast, Foy Vance, Alabama 3, Don Letts, Skippinish, Josh Doyle, Nucleus Roots, Smiling Ivy, Faerground Accidents, The Carnabys, Nova Twins, Tarantism Acoustic, Muddy Summers & The Dirty Field Whores, Blackballed, Wille and The Bandits, Skaciety, Funke and the Two Tone Baby, Reverend And The Makers, The Alarm, African Head Charge, New Model Army, Goldblade, Sugarhill Gang & Furious Five, Kassassin Street, Ferocious Dog, Flight Brigade, The Selecter, The Mocking Jays, Jaya the Cat, Tess Of The Circle, Smiley & The Underclass, The Roving Crows, Kissmet, The Defekters, Maia, Pronghorn, Wheatus, Gary J Armstrong, Billy in the Lowground, The Hot Sprockets, Son Primo, Rev Hammer, and The True Deceivers join the first acts announced for the Thursday line-up of Dreadzone, 3 Daft Monkeys, Tarantism, Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs, Gail, and Freedom.

Plus System 7, Megadog Soundsystem ft MC Teabag, Transglobal Underground, CJ Bolland, Michael Dog, Banco de Gaia, DJ Evolution, Exquisite Corpse, DJ Templehead, Tetchi, Jah Scoop / Geezer, Big Unit, Rev Dread, Back To The Planet, Ed Tangent (DJ), Gaudi, Youth, Zetan Spore, Multiseed, Madhatters Soundsystem, Serial Killaz, Clumsy, Run Tingz Cru, La La & the Boo Ya, Mr Organized / Lunatix, Globular, Dub Trees FT Jah Wobble, Kukan Dub Lagan , 3 Daft Monkeys, Indigo Herder, Ushti Baba, Indian Man Bhangra Special, and Drum Machine.

For the line-up details, day and stage splits as available see the Bearded Theory line-up page.


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Early bird tickets have sold out, standard tickets are priced at £105.

Tickets for those aged 12 to 15 years are priced at £55, tickets for those aged 6 to 11 years are priced at £25, and those children aged under 6 years old can attend for free (ticket is still required). Campervan & Car Passes are priced at £35 and £12.50 respectively. Prices do not include booking fees.

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

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.

Bearded Theory’s unique Festival School will be returning. Enrolments to the Festival School will go live on September 10th at 9am. Please note that you will need your ticket reference number before enrolling your child. The Festival School can assist in taking your child out of education without being fined. For full details see the official website.

More info

New additions planned for Bearded Theory 2017 include a Cinema Tent, an expanded line-up of music on the Thursday and a new late night ‘disco’ in the Maui Waui tent.

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.

More information will be here when available.

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May 2017
Catton Hall, Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8LN, England MAP
£105 for weekend
daily capacity: 9999
last updated: Wed 8th Feb 2017

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