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OK, it’s a long way off yet but really interested in Bearded Theory next year as the first proper festival with the family. 🙂

Got a couple of questions - hoping some regular visitors might know more as I can’t find info on their website!

Firstly tickets - I see last year they went on sale early September. Do they normally do any sort of deposit or instalment scheme, or early bird prices? Or is it full face value up front? 

Then second thing was about the festival school. Does registration for this open up same time as tickets or later on? Keen to get my eldest booked in if possible. 

Thanks for any info!

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In previous years, they have done early bird tickets at like 10/15 quid cheaper - but they're limited numbers and have sold out instantly. They have offered an instalment scheme in past years.

I think registration for the School opens a bit later - early in the new year - but again fills up very quickly.

Worth mentioning that all of the above is subject to change - with a lot of the 2022 tickets having been sold in 2019, most of the school places allocated in 2020, and new owners on board it's quite possible that they do something different for next year.

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With the school, I know (from friends) that the places go 'very' quickly. (As in as soon as they get announced).

If I remember rightly, they put out the places (for the school) after the tickets went on sale, so that folks had a better chance of getting in.

It'd worth signing up to the Bearded Theory Emails via the main website I would say (especially as 'incident' says, the change in management/ownership may well change things).

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Thanks @incident @spudthemariner - need to be on it with tickets then clearly! Already signed up to the mailing list & following them on Insta so will be ready come September.

It can’t possibly be as bad as Glastonbury tickets anyway 😂

Didn't realise it had changed ownership/management - is that good, bad, too soon to tell…?

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1 hour ago, jimmillen said:

Didn't realise it had changed ownership/management - is that good, bad, too soon to tell…?

Obviously there will be change, fair play.

For me however, three elements are crucial to the vibe that BT provides.

1. The Tea Tent and Convoy Cabaret - These both provide that link to the grass-root DIY festivals of old (and how BT started)

2. The alcohol policy - I.e, provide good quality bars, with a good selection of drinks at pub prices, whilst still allowing folks to bring in there own supplies (stand fast glass for obvious reasons.).

3. The family friendly element (The School being a great example) - We don't have kids, but chose to go to festivals that specifically welcome families. Why? Because the dick head count is significantly reduced at these kind of events.

The loss of any of these things will give me cause for concern, that its moving away from the festival I've loved (been going since the second year - the one with the 'mighty wind' )

As to the overall question however... At this stage, as above, too soon to tell...

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22 hours ago, spudthemariner said:

Obviously there will be change, fair play.

For me however, three elements are crucial to the vibe that BT provides.

1. The Tea Tent and Convoy Cabaret - These both provide that link to the grass-root DIY festivals of old (and how BT started)

2. The alcohol policy - I.e, provide good quality bars, with a good selection of drinks at pub prices, whilst still allowing folks to bring in there own supplies (stand fast glass for obvious reasons.).

3. The family friendly element (The School being a great example) - We don't have kids, but chose to go to festivals that specifically welcome families. Why? Because the dick head count is significantly reduced at these kind of events.

The loss of any of these things will give me cause for concern, that its moving away from the festival I've loved (been going since the second year - the one with the 'mighty wind' )

As to the overall question however... At this stage, as above, too soon to tell...

All of those are major factors in why I’m keen to go! Let’s hope it keeps the good parts. 🙂

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On 7/16/2022 at 11:39 AM, jimmillen said:

Thanks @incident @spudthemariner - need to be on it with tickets then clearly! Already signed up to the mailing list & following them on Insta so will be ready come September.

It can’t possibly be as bad as Glastonbury tickets anyway 😂

In previous years, the early Bird (discounted) tickets have been even more difficult to get than Glastonbury. The regular priced tickets (which go on sale at the same time) are extremely unlikely to sell out in the first month-ish - so assuming nothing changes there's only a need to be "on it" if you're intent on saving 10 quid a head.

School places I'm less certain about but I do think you need to apply as soon as it opens.

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After visiting for the first time this year I'm very keen to go again, however it clashes with the last weekend of the football season and I'll currently be in at a match in London. This may all change dependent on how the season pans out though!

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Went this year for the first time and loved it so much will definitely return next year. The festival has a lovely relaxed vibe (the only warning I would give to first time attendees is that it will get quite cold overnight if you are under canvas). Other than that the weather was perfect this year, only rain I encountered was stepping out of a dance tent early on Sunday morning

You have to hope that the new owners know what they have bought and the goodwill and clientele that make the festival what it is and don't attempt to turn it into a cash cow.

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I couldn't go this year due to a family wedding. Planning on going next year though. Sounds like Rich and Stephen will be staying on, which is great news - the obvious worry is that with the new "partnership" they become more commercialised but hopefully not as that's what almost everybody loves about Bearded Theory.

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The new people involved shared this message, sounds promising but we shall see.Screenshot_20220728-153850_Facebook.thumb.jpg.449ca58d66fdbac16f547b496eee97e4.jpg

 

Bearded Theory Chat is a very strange place by the way. Seems to be 8 stages of posting starting late June.

Stage 1: Start making requests for acts, many of whom are either way too big, inappropriate or played this year 

Stage 2: Complain you missed out on early bird tickets

Stage 3: Complain you missed out on campervan tickets

Stage 4: Complain you missed out on school tickets

Stage 5: Post stuff that's not funny with lots of 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 after it

Stage 6: Finally start to get excited for the festival.

Stage 7: Attend the festival 

Stage 8: Complain about the festival 

And repeat.

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57 minutes ago, Gnomicide said:

The new people involved shared this message, sounds promising but we shall see.Screenshot_20220728-153850_Facebook.thumb.jpg.449ca58d66fdbac16f547b496eee97e4.jpg

 

Bearded Theory Chat is a very strange place by the way. Seems to be 8 stages of posting starting late June.

Stage 1: Start making requests for acts, many of whom are either way too big, inappropriate or played this year 

Stage 2: Complain you missed out on early bird tickets

Stage 3: Complain you missed out on campervan tickets

Stage 4: Complain you missed out on school tickets

Stage 5: Post stuff that's not funny with lots of 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 after it

Stage 6: Finally start to get excited for the festival.

Stage 7: Attend the festival 

Stage 8: Complain about the festival 

And repeat.

It's a group on Faceache - of course it is strange

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First timer this year with a ragtag group so looking forward to seeing the initial lineup drop as if it's similar to this year then we might get a fair chunk of our Glastonbury group on board. 

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