Bearded Theory news: Bearded Theory Festival 2018 – Tickets on Sale 09.09.17

Latest update from Bearded Theory:

tickets for our 2018 event will go on sale next Saturday, 9th September at 9AM from our mates at SEE Tickets!

click ‘going’ in the event to be notified and kept in the loop, we have a really high demand already this year 😘 BEARDED THEORY – THE SPRING GATHERING 2018

Thursday 24th May – Sunday 27th May 2018
Catton Hall, DE123LN.

🎟 2018 Prices 🎟
2018 Tickets –
‘Early-Bird’ Standard Adult (16+): SOLD OUT
Standard Adult (16+): Β£115
Ages (12-15): Β£55
Ages (6-11): Β£28
Ages (0-5): FREE
Car: Β£12.50
Campervans: Β£37.50


Tickets are on sale via the SeeTickets website or by calling the Box Office on: 0871 220 0260. All ticket funds are secured in SeeTickets escrow account until after the festival.

All children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (21+). Please ensure you purchase the correct ticket for the age of your child as of May 25th 2017. Our gate entry will require photographic identification for any children that look older than their age. Ages 16+ might require identification to validate their age.

Bearded Theory is a multi-award winning creative and performing arts festival set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall in the heart of the National Forest. The festival borders 3 counties of West Midlands, South Derbyshire and Staffordshire and only 2 hours away for 50% of the UKs population.

We have been recognised in the National press as being one of the best festivals of the summer in various articles in the Guardian, Express, Sun, Independent, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 1, Channel 4, BBC Entertainment and the Mirror. We have an award winning free Children’s Village along with an award winning bar selling real ales, lagers and ciders at pub tariffs. In addition we are one of the very few festivals that allow you to bring your own drink into our arenas.


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❀️ THANK YOU!! ❀️

to the team behind the scenes, the bands, the staff, the caterers, the volunteers, the cleaners and most importantly you punters who turn out year on year to support our festival by purchasing tickets, a very heartwarming thank you.

Enjoy the memories and the new friends made, we can't thank each and every one of you enough. We have noted all feedback from all of you lovely lot and we will aim to address any issues in the near future, but for now, we're off to have a bath! πŸŽͺ✌️😘

πŸ“Έ Graham Whitmore
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❀️ THANK YOU!! ❀️

to the team behind the scenes, the bands, the staff, the caterers, the volunteers, the cleaners and most importantly you punters who turn out year on year to support our festival by purchasing tickets, a very heartwarming thank you.

Enjoy the memories and the new friends made, we cant thank each and every one of you enough. We have noted all feedback from all of you lovely lot and we will aim to address any issues in the near future, but for now, were off to have a bath! πŸŽͺ✌️😘

πŸ“Έ Graham Whitmore


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Fantastic festival. Thoroughly enjoyed myself. Only downside for me was the bass from magical sound drowning out the mainstage acts, especially Robert plant. A second set of speakers halfway back would sort it. Still had a brilliant time and already looking forward to next year 🀘

Absolutely loved it. And thanks to all the lovely people in the kids village, that place was amazing. Improvement for next year - make the kids village worse so that my wife and I can get out and see some bands! Maybe make everything contactless payment so we don't need so much cash (thefts). Can't wait for next year.

Our first time there. Highlights, Reverend and the Makers, Sleeper, Jesus Jones, Fun Lovin Criminals, The Barstewards son of valdoonican, the red barows, and the amazing Dubioza Kollective, they were phenomenal. The magic sounds stage was way too loud, how any of the nearby traders didn't have a mental breakdown I don't knowπŸ€“

On our way back to Holland...always well worth the travelling for the atmosphere at the festie..positive vibes and a lot of πŸ’–.

Superb weekend... Stand out moments for me... Jesus Jones Fun Loving Criminals Lucy Spragan Jake Bugg Jimmy Cliff...... Oh yes... And being dressed as a Mushroom all day Sunday.... Back for more next year.. Cheers πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„

Thank you team Bearded for another amazing weekend! If anyone loves the bubbles and happy to share I welcome all pictures for my future endeavours xxx much love xx the bubble fairy x

other fantastic year at Bearded Theory. Spent most of my time coordinating the production at the Magical Sounds Tent and riding my unicorn. A big heartfelt thanks to the organisers for putting your all into it. you created such a beautiful event. Making difficult decisions and taking flack for things out of your control. Now on to some shameless thanks and promotion for our Magical Sounds Crew. They adulted all weekend and kept things running smoothly. if you are thinking of putting on your own event please contact these guys, everyone is professional and has PL insurance where required. Sound System - Opus Jody and crew. created an amazing three way stereo stack.and live mixed all weekend Lighting - Doug Alan Coppell installed and programmed the light show Lasers - Adam Norton rgb lazer show to die for. Extra lighting, have you got? and can you? - Flo Yazmin (Floroworld) liquid lights, festoons blacklights, lit up the crew toilets plus all the back stage lights and cables Video projections - Wyn Rimmer, thanks for visuals, projectors and screens all weekend Stage managers - these guys are fantastic, they are on it all day till early hours ensuring the stage keeps running on time. Keith Fox, Ed Tyler, Rachael Baines-Holmes Stewards - Richard Keny Kenyon, got together a really nice happy Friendly crew, they kept everything safe and clean. love you guys. Green Room - thanks to chelle for looking after the artists and being a great moma bear Site Manager- Jai Richard Connor. fantastic getting together what we needed to build the site and meeting health and safety. was on call all weekend Decor - Tammi Argent (canopy) Lisa PsyHigh Stigg (inflateables) Mark Cummins (backdrops) Chris Gjertsen (very big mushrooms) Performers- funky fairies (malinka, Natalie Eastwood Emma Doobie), Led hooping stilt walking etc Emma Petkovic and friends . The world walkers - Harley Fox. Amazing little Anya ( Katherine Wright Ne Pool) Photography - Dwight Hubbard, always captures the spirit and energy, also thanks to Michael Stuart Neale for additional pictures and for stepping up to help out with back support. last but not least Magical Sound Promoter Phil Mellersh, he gets all these fabulous people together. He inspires everyone to give their best. Missing the vibe? He recreates this energy thoughout the year, promoting events at The Trades in Hebden Bridge. Heads up ..Zion Train in October. love peace unity respect in its true sense x x x x x

We had a brilliant, awesome time. It was our first BT but we'll definitely be back. If you could possibly get Feist, Joan as Policewoman or Kate Bush to play next year that would be amazing!!! Thanks for all your hard work, it really is a fabulous festival.

Thank You Team Bearded. You are amazing, I cannot thank you enough, not just for the best festival ever but for putting this on as volunteers. Knowing that you guys are out there, volunteering your free time, holidays and doing this so a bunch of random strangers can have a good time keeps me going when the works looks bleak. Your hard work, dedication and sense of humour make me love the world. You rock.

Our third time and we had a great time as usual. Thanks to all the volunteers/organisers for all your hard work. Saw some great bands, and personally I loved the thunderstorm β›ˆ - superb πŸ˜€. No issues for us at all. We'll be back

I've been going to festivals 4 or 5 times a year for years and years. This was my first time at B. T. Let me tell you, the staff and stewards at the gate coming in were polite and switched on. We got in and to the campsite easily and quickly. I honestly thought your festival staff and your policies at the gate were really good. Made me a happy chappy. See you next year hopefully.

Despite the hiccups Thursday, and the odd drop of wet stuff, The love and positivity for the festival is wonderful. Happy (not)birthday rich

Another amazing BT Spring Gathering. Thank you so much to everyone involved in getting it ready for us all and for the hard work in keeping it up and running despite some crazy weather. The bands were a fabulous eclectic mixture as were us lot in the crowds. Wish I was still in the woodland with a rhubarb cider 😎

Gutted I missed Reverend and the Makers due to the horrendous traffic jam ( took well over 5 hours for a 90 minute journey) that did seem to be mainly festival traffic not been able to get into the site quick enough n no other reason but still a brilliant festival with great staff - woodlands sound not that good and the dance tent was just obnoxiously loud often drowning out main stage- more toilets needed spread out around the festival as the queues were at times and!!

Massive love and thanks for having Cara Means Friend open the woodlands stage on Saturday... That was really special!! One of the best festivals I've been lucky enough to play. Much love x

Brilliant brilliant festival thank you so much for all your hard work πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ my sisters came with me (their first camping festival) to celebrate my 60th birthday and they loved it . Jimmy Cliff, fireworks streamers fantastic people we were all welling up πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Amazing weekend!! Loved every second. Great vibes and a fabulous atmosphere. Thank you to all involved behind the scenes....and a special thank you to everyone who popped into our little stall to say hello over the weekend! See you next year!πŸ˜€ The I love you gift stallπŸ’•

Fantastic festival. First timers with our 2 young daughters. We all had a brilliant time, grest atmosphere...loved the children's village and the woodlands, but sound there needs a bit of tweaking. Thanks to all for your hard work....see you next year. πŸ€—πŸŽΆ

Had a great time - feedback for improvement - traffic issues arriving (obviously), smaller horizontal posts on woodland stage (they blocked half the stage from most angles, sound didn't always seem great in there either) ps- love convoy cabaret 😁

Great time had by my partner and me.Well worth the 5 1/2 hour traffic jam. Would have preferred not too though. Thanks to all who were involved

This year was ruined for me. The amount of incident was ridiculous! The campsites were no way near lit up as much as last year. Robbed and tent destroyed on the first night and when reporting it was told we were number 13 at 2.30am and that there had been a tent robbed near us not long beforehand... If that was the case why was security not covering the area more? Then to be told they would have to take our details but would have to be quick as they had to deal with a noise complaint in a camper van field. Was there only them 3 security on that night? Last year was amazing and I felt safe. This year I had to leave early and didn't sleep well through fear that if someone didn't cut into the tent again they could burn us down while sleeping. Thank god the burns our tent did have didn't get any worse!

Brilliant festival, a few minor glitches on the way, but we all know that you know what they are and will be addressing them. Bottom line is, my friends & I had an amazing time, great music, great vibe, excellent. A special mention for the Maui Waui tent, what a blast it was in there!

Thank you! !!!! How lucky we are to have this on our doorstep. Actually looking forward to September's release to part with cash for next year. Have yourselves a good rest xxxx

Had a great time thanks. sound a bit iffy at times but still fab. My oil cap has welded itself on after Thursday queue, which wasn’t ideal for a 40yr old van πŸ™ Better procedures for entrance if traffic backing up wouldn’t go amiss for next year.

A wonderful weekend, thanks to the organisers a great festival & a big thank you to all the lovely folk who poped by our stall. See you in a field soon.

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