Bearded Theory 2022

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Bearded Theory 2022

Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th May 2022
Catton Hall, Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8LN, England MAP
Daily capacity: 9,999
Last updated: Fri 6th May 2022

The family friendly, fancy dress party with beards, bands, DJs, and more returns to Catton Hall, in Derbyshire from 26th to 29th May 2022. 

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. The theme for 2020 is 'Masquerade Ball', so hide the beard behind a mask.


Headliners Placebo, Patti Smith & her band, and The Flaming Lips, are joined by The Mission, Amy Macdonald, Peter Hook and the Light, The Selecter, Wilko Johnson, Ferocious Dog, Dreadzone, Shame, Dubioza Kolektiv, Dub Pistols, Misty in Roots, Lauran Hibberd, Neville Staple Band, Nova Twins, and Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Blackballed, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Dead Naked Hippies, Derange, Gaz Brookfield, The Horse Puppets, Jess Silk, Katy Hurt, The Kubricks, The Lagan, Liines, The Ninth Wave, October Drift, Spyres, Tarantism, Walt Disco, and 3 Daft Monkeys.and more to be announced.

For the details as available please see the line-up page


To buy tickets click here >

Tickets are on sale, currently priced as follows:-
Adult: £135
Children aged 12-16: £65
Children aged 8-11: £40
Children aged 0-7: FREE but need ticket
Car parking: £13.95
Campervans & Caravans: £42.50
All tickets include camping, and Thursday entry. There are no tickets available on the gate.

A payment plan is also available.

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 info

Gates will open at 9am on the Thursday, until 9pm. There's no live music on the main stages on Thursday.

Along with the music there's a 'quiet space' campfire area with story reading, discussions and poetry, a (non-animal) circus, and late-night comedy.

More information will be here when available.

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