FESTIVAL REVIEW – Bearded Theory 2019 @ Catton Park, Derbyshire

By |May 26th, 2019|0 Comments

[Blinders pic by Live Music Pix]

This is our fifth annual family pilgrimage to Derbyshire… Family being kith and kin (all 8000 of us). It was emotional for all the right reasons. I don’t even look at the line-up before taking the plunge as it’s the vibe with like-minded people you go for.

My only gripe and dampener with the whole weekend was that my band were not invited to play – a heinous oversight by the organisers…

On the Festival Scale, Bearded Theory is right up there… Catering for families and crusty punks and more importantly no (or very few) dickheads. There’s a relaxed community feel and everyone is friendly.

FESTIVAL REVIEW – Bearded Theory 2018 (Saturday)

By |May 26th, 2018|0 Comments


Friday becomes Saturday with an overnight thunderstorm (that a lot of people slept through) and my notebook for today is empty… Half hungover – half drunk you just go with the flow, chancing upon bands, perusing the stalls, missing bands you wanted to see, basking in the sun, sheltering from the rain, eating, drinking, dancing and skanking with friends and family, and talking nonsense to complete strangers – that is what Bearded Theory is all about.

FESTIVAL REVIEW – Bearded Theory 2018 (Friday)

By |May 25th, 2018|0 Comments


Friday morning at Bearded Theory (or any festival) is always a little tentative… If you are one of those who queued to get in on Thursday, then, once in, you would have undoubtedly gone OTT on the alcohol intake because… Thursday night is party night…
For that very reason, Thursday is a bit sketchy… Skanked to a Don Letts DJ set in the Woodland, which was pretty funky, lots of classic songs dubbed up. Then endured Reverend And The Makers fronted by Keith Lemon on the Pallet Stage, but that’s about it…

FESTIVAL REVIEW – Bearded Theory (Friday)

By |May 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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You open your eyes and realise you’re in a tent. The shakes you’ve got tell you that you perhaps partied a little too hard on the first night of Bearded Theory festival – but hey! It’s tradition. As a result, Beer o’clock won’t be for a long while yet and you’ll heed the ‘drink responsibly’ tags they put in the small print on TV adverts.

FESTIVAL REVIEW – Dreadzone @ Bearded Theory

By |May 25th, 2017|0 Comments

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When your Q’s and NME’s print essential guides to this year’s festivals, Bearded Theory barely gets a look in and, to be honest, long may that continue. This is a sell out festival that attracts the right kind of people. It doesn’t need thrill seeking gatecrashers to spoil the vibe here at Caton Hall in Derbyshire… It’s our festival… There’s no sponsorship or branding… Just great music, entertainment and reasonable prices.