PREVIEW: Bearded Theory 2013: 17th to 19th May 2013

PREVIEW: Bearded Theory 2013: 17th to 19th May 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…what? Christmas? Wash your mouth out son! No, winter is rolling around into spring and it’s time to start dusting off the tent and finding where you stuffed your sleeping bag after getting back from Leeds/Reading, End of the Road or Bestival. That’s right – it’s festival season coming up around the bend. And we at God is in the TV SIMPLY CANNOT WAIT!

Neatly positioned at the start of the calendar is Derbyshire’s very own Bearded Theory Festival, now into its sixth year, Bearded Theory prides itself on being an all-welcoming, family-friendly, diverse and unpretentious festival; setting itself out as a genuine alternative to the mainstream corporate events. Set in the picturesque grounds of Kedlestone Hall in Derbyshire, the festival boasts an impressive record of five consecutive sell-out events since its inception in 2008. And 2013 is looking like being its best event to date.

The impressive line-up for 2013 is topped by headliners Reverend and the Makers’ angry-yet- funky socially-conscious indie, The Levellers generation-spanning folk-rock magic and Asian Dub Foundation’s blistering sonic assault of rap, techno, bhangra and furious political rhetoric. All three bands have built their reputation around their stunning live sets and so these shows should not be missed. But like all great festivals, the undercard is equally strong; featuring New Model Army’s classic alternative anthems, Seth Lakeman’s ethereal acoustics, Stiff Little Fingers’ wired post-punk and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and The Farm proving that many of the 90’s better aspects still live on! There’s a neat split between the more guitar-based aspects of the festival and catering for dance heads, with a whole variety of DJs, soundsystems and live electronic acts to keep things pumping until late into the morning. Other highlights on the line-up include the Peatbog Faeries, Port Erin, Citizen Fish and Gallon Drunk, though a personal recommendation is Jolly Jock’s exceptional and hilarious music hall and comedy routine, headlining the Lock Up stage on the Saturday night.

The festival takes place at Kedlestone Hall in Derbyshire, not too far from the picturesque Peak District between Friday 17th and Sunday 19th May 2013. General Ticketholders can access the site from Friday 17th at 9am, though you can pay an extra £10 for access from 2.30pm on Thursday 16 th. A deposit scheme is still available for adult tickets and both child and family packages are available
for very reasonable prices. All ticket options are available from or but are selling out sharpish so I wouldn’t hang around for too long. With a reputation as one of the UK’s best upcoming festivals and a stellar line-up, it’s almost certain to sell out prior to the event. Don’t delay and join us down there. Mine’s a large cider…

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