One of the events that makes Bearded Theory’s family-friendly atmosphere so unique is the festival’s annual attempt to break the world record for the largest number of people wearing false beards.

Starting life as a spontaneous response to the festival’s rather unorthodox name (who’s true origins still remain shrouded in mystery and intrigue), over the years the event has grown into one of the most enjoyable focal points of the weekend. With 2017 being Bearded Theory’s very special 10th anniversary, organisers are expecting record numbers in attendance, meaning that as many as 10,000 people could be taking part this year!

Taking place on Sunday, the World Record attempt serves as an opportunity for festival-goers of all ages to come together for some fun and silliness in front of the main stage. Coinciding with the fancy dress day – this year’s theme being the frankly bonkers ‘Mobsters & Lobsters’ – a ‘guest host’ (including previously The Cheeky Girls, X-Factor’s Wagner and Wheatus) pick a selection of some of the best false beard wearers to come up onto the main stage for some fun and games. The crowd then select a winner, who gets to attend the festival the following year for free! Notable past victors include a 6-month old baby, and last year’s mob of 20 highly excitable bearded minions.

Festival organiser Rich Bryan says “Our annual World Record attempt is a completely silly but joyously fun part of the weekend. It is completely unofficial – we once tried getting a famous drinks company to do it officially, but they quickly discovered that trying to get thousands of rather merry festivalgoers counted and registered was harder than herding an equivalent number of cats through a fishmongers. But the annual gathering has become one of those things that just make Bearded Theory that extra bit special, and we can’t wait to see our biggest ever crowd out there this year for our 10th anniversary.”

BEARDED THEORY’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY TO BE BIGGEST AND BEST EVENT TO DATE

Seminal British rock act Skunk Anansie, and punk duo Slaves will headline the main ‘Pallet Stage’ on Friday. Led by the legendary Skin, Skunk Anansie will be the first female frnted band to headline Bearded Theory. Talking ahead of their appearance the band said “Stoked to be headlining Friday night. This festival is crazy good and we are looking forward to smashing it.”

Veteran bluesman and festival favourite Seasick Steve will headline Saturday night. Since rising to prominence as a solo artist a decade ago, Seasick Steve has frequently appeared in the album charts, with last October’s ‘Keepin’ the Horse Between Me and the Ground’ charting at #8. Steve’s albums have featured many guest appearances including Jack White (White Stripes) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).

Sunday night will reverberate with the sounds of classic hits including ‘Our House’, ‘Baggy Trousers’ and ‘One Step Beyond’, as North London’s finest nutty boys Madness will close the festival in style. Madness are one of the UK’s best-loved bands, achieving more than twenty chart hit singles, many of them instantly recognisable classics.

Also performing on the Pallet Stage are alt rock/punk band The Alarm, Bearded Theory legends New Model Army, Ska survivors The Selecter, seminal hip-hop act Sugar Hill Gang & Furious Five, Californian Rockers Vintage Trouble, Punk stalwarts Goldblade, Alabama 3, Ferocious Dog, Flight Brigade, Anti-Pasti, The Mocking Jays, Jaya the Cat, and many more.

Friday night on the beautiful custom-built oak Woodland Stage will be headlined by multi-million selling Britpop stalwarts, Cast. Northern Irish singer songwriter Foy Vance tops the bill on Saturday. Sunday will be closed by Sheffield’s finest, Reverend & The Makers.

We have also bagged a coup in securing post-punk legends THE FALL, led by their notorious front man Mark E. Smith, to perform on Saturday night.

Also on the Woodland are BBC Folk Award winners Kathryn & Sean Lakeman, heavy rockers Tess Of The Circle, dub punk band Smiley & The Underclass, Roving Crows, Kissmet, cow punk legends Pronghorn (celebrating their 25th year anniversary), and many more.

As a massive thank you to all the event’s loyal festivalgoers Thursday’s bonus line-up will feature virtually the entire 2008 Saturday Main Stage bill! As such BT welcomes back Bearded favourites Dreadzone (LIVE), 3 Daft Monkeys, Tarantism, True Deceivers, Hobo Jones & The Junkyards Dogs and more to help celebrate this 10th anniversary year.

TICKETS

Tickets are priced at £105 (Adults), £55 (Under 16s), £25 (Under 12s). Under 6`s are free (ticket is still required). £35 (Campervans) £12.50 (Parking). Booking fees apply.

Tickets are on sale via www.seetickets.com, or by calling the box office on: 0871 220 0260.

Bearded Theory’s Official and Exclusive Coach Travel Partner, National Express, will be running dedicated coaches to an on-site coach park from 16 locations around the UK. Great value fares are available from across the country, starting at just £20 return, with group discounts available.

Ticket and Travel packages are available, along with travel tickets only directly from http://www.nabearded-theorytionalexpress.com/events/

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for all of those who missed our announcement last Friday, we are really pleased to welcome Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters to Catton Hall this May!

There's plenty going off around the site all weekend, we also have performances from Jimmy Cliff, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Sleaford Mods, Jake Bugg, Milburn, Lucy Spraggan and so much more.

Grab a ticket for 2018 from the link below:
www.beardedtheory.co.uk/tickets
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for all of those who missed our announcement last Friday, we are really pleased to welcome Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters to Catton Hall this May!

Theres plenty going off around the site all weekend, we also have performances from Jimmy Cliff, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Sleaford Mods, Jake Bugg, Milburn, Lucy Spraggan and so much more.

Grab a ticket for 2018 from the link below:
www.beardedtheory.co.uk/tickets

 

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Can you tell me is sea sick Steve playing? He's on your home page ...I think

Who is headlining Friday?

Are you doing day tickets this year?

Anthrax are listed on the website. Is this THE Anthrax as in the thrash metal legends?!

Alex, have you seen this...

I live right round the corner from this venue.I am also a video director and led tech if you ever need one. Noel Wyatt gtc

JESUS JONES!!!!

It's brilliant !! Also The RPMs and IDLES don't clash !!

Are you still looking for performers? Mr Wilson's Second Liners would be an amazing addition to your already pretty awesome festival. 😁

Are the Dub Pistols deffo playing?

Bridget Ferris Sophie Wright Donna Mole kid free fest??

Donna Grieve, your Robbie would love to see plant I reckon

Sleeper?.... Woohoo!

Yes Pizzatramp!!!

Hannah Dunn

Helen M Lappin & Pierre Largeron

Anthony Preston❤️❤️

Rosie Bee Dave Hall Danielle Anderson

Jake Hoare

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HEADLINER ANNOUNCEMENT 🎉

lead singer, lyricist and one of the greatest voices in rock and roll…

Bearded Theory is proud to announce, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters head up the Pallet Stage at Catton Hall on Saturday 26th May 🙌🏼

Tickets are available from www.beardedtheory.co.uk
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HEADLINER ANNOUNCEMENT 🎉
 
lead singer, lyricist and one of the greatest voices in rock and roll…

Bearded Theory is proud to announce, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters head up the Pallet Stage at Catton Hall on Saturday 26th May 🙌🏼
 
Tickets are available from www.beardedtheory.co.uk

 

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Great addition. Now if you can just confirm that the place doing cheeseboards as a meal served on old LP's will be there again the festival will be complete 😀

We have just booked ...we will be coming quite along way... Is this a good event? Can anyone tell me about it please?

Hope he is better than when I saw him back in 2002. Crazy Arthur brown was supporting who was amazing however Robert plant didn't seem to want anything to do with the crowd 🙁 maybe better setting will make it better! 😀

Going to be 8 months pregnant, wish you did day tickets, love bearded theory 🌟

RP , Show of Hands , jake Bugg and Mik Artistic. I’m in heaven . Tickets booked , now where the hell is it . Oh and it’s my birthday , thank you bearded theory , Happy Birthday to me 🎵🎵🎵

Clashes with Therapy! Oh noes

Amazing addition. We can’t wait to play the same stage as one of our absolute heroes. We just released our brand new album on 1st January. Have a listen via the links below. Mastered by Jason Livermore (NOFX/Less Than Jake) Produced by Dave Chang (Capdown/Lightyear) badgranola.bandcamp.com/album/overstaying-our-welcome itunes.apple.com/album/id/1330241836 open.spotify.com/album/12PffuL5IZR7L1k1saaG2D

Saw Mr Plant at Sheffield City Hall in December. If you get the opportunity you have to see him and the band. Brilliant!!! 🎼🎵🎸

Richard Arkless Anne Arkless Seeing as there isnae a wickerman anymore, you guys would love this family friendly festival.

I'm playing Sunday with Crazyhead but we have a gig the night before. In the words of Father Jack, ARSE!

Fuck .what a booking Rich Bryan.

So excited. And my friends who weren’t able to get tickets for Robert’s recent amazing tour will be able to see him in the best of company, at Bearded Theory Festival ❤️

Are there only camping tickets available? Would go for a day ticket but due to health issues not really up to camping.

Well done bearded.......We’ve got a couple of festivals booked this year,and this one is looking top draw at the moment.....must admit it will be our first time,anyone know who the Friday slot is going to???

Just bought tickets, was 90% there with the other acts and now this has sealed the deal!! Brilliant😊😊

You wonderful wonderful people. Well done in securing him to headline. He is fantastic live.

Seen them last year just before Christmas at the Sheffield City Hall. Amazing stuff true performers.

I have a family ticket for sale, 2 adults, 2 under 12s and a car parking pass plus insurance, got them at super early bird price hence so cheap, wanting £280 Ono.

Well that was the carrot I needed to spur me on. Have now purchased my ticket. Thank you Robert Plant.

Fantsatic - a lot happened this summer and so I missed being able to get tickets for symphony hall. This is fantastic and will be great to be back at BT after a 2 year break. Can't wait!! Have you seen the line up Simon ?

Well done bearded a grand coup !

Very much in keeping with the eclectic flavour that is Bearded, well done.

Wow. Wow. Still grinning ear to ear. Expectations succeeded and SO excited even more and I didn't think that was possible either 😁😁😁

Excellent news, his new album is amazing and inspiring. Haven't seen him for a long time, gonna get to this one 🙂

What an amazing headliner saw him at glasto he was awesome, I love his reworking of classic zep songs and his awesome new songs

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