Bearded Theory Festival Announce Loads of Bands!



Bearded Theory, Derbyshire’s award-winning, family-friendly festival will return to Catton Hall with incredible headliners Robert Plant, Blossoms, Jimmy Cliff and Sleaford Mods topping a bill of more than live 100 acts across the 4-day festival.

Featured as one of The Daily Telegraph’s “Best Family Friendly Festivals In The Country”, Bearded Theory’s 100% audience-focused approach ensures goes from strength to strength, having sold out in advance for the past five years in a row.

Having started life more than a decade ago as a birthday party in pub garden, Bearded Theory has evolved to become one of the UK’s best-loved festivals, winning major awards including: ‘Best Small Festival’, ‘Best Promoter’ and ‘Best Family Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards; ‘Best UK Independent Festival’ at the AIM Independent Music Awards, and the Festival Kidz ‘Gold Award’.

Bearded Theory is proud to be 100% independent, with as many local suppliers, partners and traders used as possible. Bars are run by Derbyshire’s magnificent Thornbridge Brewery, who bring a wide variety of cask ales, lagers and ciders for sale at very reasonable prices.


This year’s line up is without doubt the strongest in Bearded Theory’s 11-year history!

Saturday night will see a rare festival performance by Robert Plant, one of the world’s greatest rock and roll voices. The former Led Zeppelin frontman will bring his incredible band, The Sensational Space Shifters, who have been selling out venues around the world, and will be performing a set full of classic hits and new material.

Friday is headlined by Blossoms, the hottest young band in the UK right now! Their debut single Charlemagne was Radio 1’s ‘Track of the Day’ and went on to earn them a place on BBC’s ‘Sound of Music 2016’ list. Their debut album ‘Blossoms’ went straight into the UK charts at #1, winning them a nomination for ‘Best British Band’ at the Brit Awards, and inclusion on the coveted Mercury Music Prize shortlist. With their current single ‘I Can’t Stand It’ being added to radio playlists across the country, and hotly anticipated second album, ‘Cool Like You’ set for release on April 27th, Bearded Theory is undoubtedly one of the best opportunities to see their new material live.

As you would expect from Bearded Theory, joining Robert Plant on the bill is an exceptional and diverse collection of live acts, including Sunday headliner Jimmy Cliff, Scottish indie legends The Jesus & Mary Chain, local boy Jake Bugg, Electronic Punk Duo Sleaford Mods and English punk sensations Idles alongside classic festival acts such as Fun Lovin Criminals, The Coral, Sleeper, Dub Pistols, and many more.


Bearded Theory’s award-winning children’s area will be back bigger and better than ever! Alongside their unique on-site school, there is a massive range of free activities for all ages. These include The Children’s Village and Village Green daytime activities, an evening parade, and a beautiful campfire. The huge teen area – The Rogues Hideout includes DJ workshops, build a band workshop, art workshop, graffiti and a chill space. The Bearded Kids tent offers a large craft area with paint, glitter and craft sessions, and The Baby Boo care tent will have all the essentials if you forget anything.

The festival’s excellent Family Camping facilities have again been extended to ensure maximum comfort and enjoyment for the many thousands of families who attend every year.

In addition to live music, The Woodland will welcome Funhouse Comedy, who are taking over the stage daily from midnight. They have confirmed a stunning line up featuring the likes of Tom Wrigglesworth, Rob Mullholland, Sean Percival and many more.

With 9 stages featuring world-class live acts; high-quality reasonably-priced food and drink; hundreds of free activities for young people and Sunday’s legendary fancy dress day (this year’s theme is Fairy Folk & Forest Creatures) all for just £115 per adult (with discounts for youths, and those under 6 attending free), Bearded Theory Festival really is the only place to be this late May Bank Holiday weekend.


ADULT (16+): £115, AGE 12-15: £55, AGE 6-11: £28

Under 6`s are free (ticket is still required).

Booking fees apply.


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