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Bearded Theory 2011

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Bearded Theory is back for the fourth time in May 2011 at our stunning new home the iconic Kedleston Hall in Derby.

We have secured a stunningly diverse line up which will be spread over 7 stages and we have improved our Children’s area, site art and campsite/live in vehicle area facilities for 2011. We are also delighted to have Arcadia who will be providing a fire spectacular every n...ight of the festival.

All 500 early bird tickets sold out in less than an hour and ticket sales in general are up on last year.

The old favourites will be back again including Angel Gardens, craft village, tea tent, organic food vendors and the bar will provide a better selection of Real Ales & Ciders at pub prices.

The planning meetings will remain open door and if you would like to attend to offer your ideas or help out please feel free to email the office info(at)beardedtheory.co.uk .

We will be supporting 3 charities in 2011 being Shelter, Oxfam and a small local charity being the Drop Inn who work with teenagers on the streets.

Bearded Theory is now Derbyshire’s biggest family festival and the fastest growing festival in the UK.

We hope you support the festival once again in May and enjoy everything we have to offer. The festival remains a non-profit enterprise and that is the reason we continue to provide the line up we do for a festival of our size.



Adult £70

Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £180

Age 12-16: £34

Age 5-11: £24

Under 5: FREE

Car Park: £7

Live in Vehicles & Caravans: £23


Adult: £12

Age 5-16: £6

Under 5: FREE

Live in Vehicle/Caravan and Car Park Tickets are valid for the Thursday night with a standard Thursday Camping Ticket.

Booking fees are chargeable on all tickets and all attendees are required to order a ticket including children under 5.

All children must be accompanied by a responsible paying adult.

For terms and conditions please visit www.beardedtheory.co.uk/tickets and this will detail the booking fees for each outlet selling the festival tickets.



The Box Office: 08432 081835.


Quay Tickets(Official Ticket Agent)

We Got Tickets (including payment plan)

See Tickets

Bearded Theory Shop


Tourist Information Centres nationally for cash transactions.


Cheque payments are accepted but please email info(at)beardedtheory.co.uk for further details.


SHUTTLE BUS - £5 or £8 Return

Derby Rail

13/05/11, 11:00,

Derby Rail

13/05/11, 12:00,

Derby Rail

13/05/11, 13:00,

Festival Site

16/05/11, 11:00,

Coach picks up From the North

Manchester Fairfield Street Departs: Fri 13 May 10:30

£35.00 adults £10.00 kids (2 years - 16 years) - meet coach outside station

Returns: Mon 16 May 11:30

Sheffield Rail Stn Turner and Cross Turner St Departs: Fri 13 May 12:00

£30.00 adults £10.00 kids (2 years - 16 years) - meet coach on Turner and Cross Turner Street Returns: Mon 16 May 11:30

Nottingham Main Railway Stn Departs: Fri 13 May 13:30

£25.00 adults £10.00 kids (2 years - 16 years) - meet coach outside station Returns: Mon 16 May 11:30

Coach picks up from the South

Paddington Station Departs: Fri 13 May 09:30

£45.00 adults £10.00 kids (2 years - 16 years) - meet coach on Eastbourne Terrace Returns: Mon 16 May 11:30

Northampton Train Station Departs: Fri 13 May 12:00

£35.00 adults £10.00 kids (2 years - 16) - meet coach outside station Returns: Mon 16 May 11:30

Leicester Rail Station Departs: Fri 13 May 13:30

£25.00 adults £10.00 kids (2 years - 16) - meet coach outside station Returns: Mon 16 May 11:30

All services have a Festival Coaches rep travelling with the coach so do not worry that we will miss you! The rep has your name and if you provide a mobile telephone number we always call to advise of late arrival or in the event we cannot locate you, etc., we have never left a man behind yet!

Please visit www.festivalcoaches.co.uk



ATHLETE, The Whip, Sonic Boom 6, The Skints, Last Republic, James Warner Prophesies


THE WATERBOYS, Undertones, Dub Pistols, 3 Daft Monkeys, Eddie & the Hot Rods, Neck, Jerzey Street Band


ALABAMA 3, Transglobal Underground, the Beat, Zion Train, UK Subs, Tofu Love Frogs, P.A.I.N, David Gibb



DJ X (LAB 4), Chris Liberator, Glowbones, D.A.V.E The Drummer, Discoteka, Key Lo & Dr $icknote, DJ Criminal Justice, DJ Mo


Eat Static, Ed Tangent, Tristan, Lorraine, AtomGrinder, Full Lotus, Mad Mick, Lunarseed


The Orb Sound System, Disoriental, Wobbly Squadron, Eat Static, Magiclantern, Tarantism sound system, Astrodruid



Cosmo Jarvis, Mama Rosin, Dirty Revolution, Ferocious Dog, Attila the Stockbroker, Amber Heard, Seven Little Sisters, Verbal Warning


SPECIAL GUEST, Justin Sullivan, Abdoujaparov, New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack (Acoustic), Dan Donnelly, Flutatious, Tom Williams, Fyre Fly, Dan Days, Joolz Denby


Miles Hunt & Erica Knockells (The Wonder Stuff),Little Johnny England, Zombie Met Girl, Misty’s Big Adventure, Martha Tilston, Mundo Jazz, Band from County Hell, Northern Monkey, True Deceivers and special guest - WAGNER


Joining the Magical Sounds Area this year is the wonderful Magical Chill Dome Cafe, a space to relax, enjoy a slice of the infamous Whitedog’s homemade cake [Lemon Drizzle anyone?] and either a steaming mug of something warm or a chilled juice (as its going to be hot n sunny this year J)

Let the crew immerse you in the ambient sounds of chilled electronia, lie back and relax into the wee hours and beyond in comfort with good tunes and good company....


The Code, Paradise 9, Panic Dance, Sun Machine, Chloe-Jade, Ragatti String Band, Please Y Self, The Barn Dance Band, Resident DJ Bayer, MORE TBC


Cosmo, Black Canaries, Deferred Success, the keeps music, Simon Mason, Manana, Akiel Chinelo, Jordan Delap, Muddy Summers & The Dirty Field Whores, Jack Pascoe & Leeum Johnson, The Stanley’s


A new addition to Bearded Theory 2011 will be the Drop Inn and it will show case a U.V Party, Karaoke, Skate Ramp, Old School Console Arcade, Chill Out Space and pumping local DJs taking you into the early hours.

The Drop Inn will also host workshops on DJ Mixing, Music Production, Dance, Poi, African Drum Making, Graffiti and art.

This area is designed to cater for mini adults from 12-18 and will be a bit more trendy than some of the bands, DJs on the other stages.

So why not come and drop inn?

Full DJ & Band line up will be released in 2011.


We have new activities and workshops as well as the old favorites so get your wings dusted off and let's party this year!!


Knit for Peace: Learn to knit with the knitting angels

Willow Hobby Horses: Yes you read it right make your own willow hobby horse!

Flower Garlands: Our lovely new Angel Romany will be bringing her skills to offer you this lovely workshop making beautiful paper flowers that you can make for your hair or wrist.

Bath Bombs: Make your own bath bombs by mixing herbs and flowers to create not only a bath bomb but a magic spell too.

Puppets: Make puppets with Sara to use at the bedtime story.

The Gruffalo Hunt: the people who make the Gruffalo books will be here to help you get creative with writing and illustration... not to mention story telling and the chance to meet the Gruffalo in person... that is if you can find him on the Gruffalo hunt!!

We have loads more too... make sure you get down to see us.


We start early this year offering yoga and meditation for adults and later for kids (we will have some baby yoga later on in the day).

To start your day with getting your body moving join us for Wake up Shakeup... our morning dance sessions for kids and parents.


We have so much this year: Circus Skills and walkabouts are standard everywhere else but here we have the best! Remember last year's trolls and moaning Lisa??!!! What will we bring this year???

Lantern Parade: We will be helping you make Willow and tissue paper lanterns on Friday and Saturday for us to use in our Saturday night lantern parade. The parade sets off from the gardens at 8.45 landing in the peace garden for music and dancing...musicians required to help us along.

You're a star story time: book a time to join one of the sessions in our new Angel tent. We will be telling you a story and painting your faces... before you know it you will be part of the story and the star of the show. Come to the Angel Gardens office to reserve your place at the Angel Gardens office.

Pixie Photo Studio: New for this year we will have our glam(ish) photo studio come and have a fairy make over and have your pic taken by our professional photographers... or maybe you want to join our..

Kissing board... or maybe pose in front of one of our backdrops. Come and see the board for times of folk you can have your photo taken with.

Dancing: we have a number of dancing workshops this year from belly dancing to theatre and street dancing. Check the board for details... classes for adults too!

Tribal Vibes: these lovely drumming folk are back with free tasters in the drumming circle. They will also be offering private session where you can learn as a group or as individuals... great beats are awaiting.

Bedtime Story: 8.30pm as always is bedtime story time... this year we have loads of new readers including the Gruffalo (in person). Check the board for details and bring the puppets you made during the day as you will need them! We will follow the story with a sing song and hot choccy and marshmallows

9pm is fire show time!! With drumming and dancing you'll have a great time watching the fire jugglers and breathers... Bring a blankie and stay for the night for some jamming around the fire.

So what do you think? Good eh? We'll all be waiting for you our cosy cafe Creative intentions will be open morning till late for teas, coffees (in proper cups) and lovely cake, the space will be open late into the night for chilling and chatting bring your instruments to play with us and don't forget to book your team in for the IT'S A KNOCKOUT' on Sunday...

Until then, get your Angel wings dusted off and your glitter out and ready. I'll be waiting with Angel Dust on hand to sprinkle it on whoever needs it.

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Bearded Theory 2011 will take place at beautiful Estate, in Derbyshire.

Our new home is only a couple of miles away from Bradley Nook Farm and will hopefully become our new permanent home for many years to come. This is obviously subject to our PERMANENT premises license application.

We will have SIX stages offering a wide variety of simultaneous music programming. Away from the music we will have the Lady Bird Cabaret Tent, Gail’s open mic tea tent, HUGE children’s village, craft workshops, creative arts and much more.


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Looks very posh


Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular Neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland. Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam. The Curzon family have lived here since the 12th century and continue to live at the Hall. Lord Curzon's Eastern Museum is a treasure trove of fascinating objects acquired on his travels in Asia and while Viceroy of India (1899 to 1905). Used as a key location for The Duchess', the recent Hollywood blockbuster.

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