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Bearded Theory Festival

Starts: 21st May 2015

Bearded Theory Festival is set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall in South Derbyshire. In 2013 Bearded Theory was named Best Small festival at the UK Festival Awards.


Start Date

21st May 2015

End Date

24th May 2015


Catton Hall, South Derbyshire


The Mission, Afro Celt Sound System, James, Skinny Lister, Buzzcocks and more


Bearded Theory Festival is an award winning event set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall in South Derbyshire.

In 2013 Bearded Theory was named Best Small Festival at the UK Festival Awards, as well as being shortlisted for Best Grassroots Event, Promoter Of The Year and Best Toilets. It was also awarded ‘Festival Kidz’ Gold Star Family Festival status

Previously, 2011 saw Bearded Theory winning the ‘Best Independent Festival’ award at the prestigious AIM Music Awards Ceremony.

We believe in keeping the festival small, non-corporate and friendly, whilst delivering a diverse range of quality entertainment at an affordable price. Please be warned - tickets sell out each year an dno day tickets will be available.

With an audience from all walks of life, we like to keep the music line up as varied as possible.

Around 90% of our artist programming is off the back of suggestions from our festival-goers.

Tornado Town is our second stage and here you can expect the party to be on all day. Almost a festival in its own right, Tornado Town has an underground groove with established and upcoming acts gracing the stage. Acts vary hugely from ska, punk, rockabilly, swing, gypsy, folk, leftfield etc.

For those who like their beats and pumping bass, look no further than The Magical Sounds Arena, here the area has been converted into a club-like atmosphere with an intimate underground vibe. Magical Sounds is widely regarded as one of the best festival dance tents of it's size in the UK. Expect quality live acts and DJ's from across the land of dance music.

The Something Else Tea Tent is our acoustic venue, complete with tea, coffee and cake!! This venue is hosted by Madame Gail & her team. Come here to chill out and relax to some of the circuits top acts. Watch for cameo appearances and band mash-up sessions, as musicians from various bands get together for spontaneous performances.

Also look out for the various "Busk Stops" where anyone can pitch up and have a go should the urge to play become unbearable!!

And for the family……

Angel Gardens has offered everything from a children's open mic stage, climbing wall, zip lines, playground, toddler area, breast feeding facilities, tree houses, circus skills, arts & crafts, storytellers, children's carnival, disco tent and loads more. We stage around 50 workshops every year and the majority of activities are free.

The festival continues to offer a variety of entertainment away from the music to ensure everyone's creativity is catered for and over the past few years we have seen a vast array of workshops, circus acts, site art, solar cinema, fire trees, medieval living camp, market village, chill out tents, cabaret, comedy, graffiti, arts & crafts, busk stops and much more.

There will be art installations and areas created by various art collectives. So keep a look out and chill out in some of the funky gardens.


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