Bearded Theory festival

Bearded Theory festival is held each year within the stunning grounds of the iconic Kedleston Hall on the outskirts of Derby nestled between the beautiful villages of Kedleston and Quarndon.  Kedleston Hall and the parkland is owned and managed by the National Trust but the Curzon family remain in residence of the Hall.  The location makes it easy to travel to, and there are shuttle busses from Derby – see the festival’s website for details

It’s a family-friendly festival with a lineup that covers a diverse range of music, including Rock, Folk, Ska, Punk and Dance.  Add in some comedy, a childrens village, circus tent, real ale bars run by a local brewer and you get an idea of what to expect.

Friday’s Main Stage boasts a double headliner line-up, featuring headline performances from both cult rock heroes New Model Army AND Sheffield’s incendiary Reverend and the Makers. Also on the bill are Midlands heroes Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Mercury Music Prize nominees The Hummingbirds, Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart. Derby’s very own indie chart toppers The Beekeepers will also play a rare live set.

Saturday’s billing is topped by the legendary Asian Dub Foundation. Joining them on bill is celebrated folkster Seth Lakeman, reggae legend Macka B, classic rockers Quireboys. A double billing of Ska & Punk from Ruts DC and Citizen Fish, up & coming folk band AHAB. Bearded Theory favourites Zombie Met Girl complete the day’s line up.

Bearded Theory festival Hi res0Levellers will close the festival in style on the Sunday night and are joined on the bill by legendary Punk Rockers Stiff Little Fingers, Liverpuddlians The Farm (performing a greatest hits set), BT favourites Goldblade, acclaimed folk rock band Ezio, the heavily requested New Groove Formation, and The Lancashire Hotpots. Local success story, The Life & Times Of Brothers Hogg complete the bill.

Tornado Town is Bearded Theory’s 2nd stage, and much of their line up has now been confirmed. Highlights include cult punk band Far Cue, Maroon Town, Buster Shuffle, 18 Nightmares at the Lux, Left Step Band, Port Erin, The Membranes, Boot Hill All Stars, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing and adrenaline filled rock n roll band Pusycat & Dirty Johnsons. The now legendary ‘Sunday Lunchtime’ slot features a performance from the acclaimed (and aptly named) Australian comedy-rock band, The Beards.

The Magical Sounds Dance Stage will once again be pumping out the heavy beats and they have produced another stunning line up in their now famous big top, featuring live headline performances from The Egg, A Guy Called Gerald and Subgiant.

Bearded Theory has also confirmed details of a number of exciting changes for 2013. These include a new late night Cabaret Tent located in the expanded Camping area, a new location and PA for The Waters Edge acoustic stage, which has been re-christened The Lock Inn, First acts announced include Will Kaufman’s innovative ‘live documentary’ Woody Guthrie: Hard Times And Hard Travelin’ and seven-piece bluegrass band Police Dog Hogan.

Of course, as an award winning Family Friendly Festival, the huge Angel Gardens Children’s Area will once again return, bigger and better than ever before. They will also be an even better family camping zone (with picnic tables for family evening meals), alongside a major investment in site art and the festival’s green spaces.

After hugely successful debut in 2013, Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell, (located just 20 miles from the festival), will once again be run the on-site bars, bringing with them a wide selection of Ale’s and Ciders.


Tickets are priced at £79 (Adults), £40 (Under 16′s), £10 (Under 12′s). Under 5`s are free (ticket required).
A Family Ticket for 2 Adults & 2 Children is £220. Booking fees apply.
Tickets are available from, or by calling 08432 081 835.
All include 3 nights of camping and access to all music and on-site events.  Additional tickets options available include Thursday camping.
No day tickets will be sold for Bearded Theory 2013.

About Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.