AIM Music Awards Winner – Best UK Independent Festival
UK Festival Awards Winner – Best Small Festival, Best Promoter, Best Family Festival
THURSDAY 24TH – SUNDAY 27TH MAY 2018
& THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS
BLOSSOMS | JIMMY CLIFF | SLEAFORD MODS JAKE BUGG | JESUS & MARY CHAIN | THE CORAL | IDLES
ELIZA CARTHY | FUN LOVIN CRIMINALS | MILBURN | DON LETTS THERAPY? | GENTLEMANS DUB CLUB | SLEEPER | REVEREND & THE MAKERS
AND MORE THAN 150 MORE ACTS ACROSS 9 LIVE STAGES
BEARDED THEORY FESTIVAL LAUNCHES MAJOR
“FOODBANK HOLIDAY” DONATION CAMPAIGN
DERBY’S PADLEY GROUP TO RECEIVE UPWARDS OF 5,000 FOOD ITEMS COLLECTED FROM FESTIVAL-GOERS ACROSS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Bearded Theory, a multi award-winning, family friendly festival, taking place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire over the late May Bank Holiday, has today announced plans for an ambitious food donation campaign to take place at this year’s event.
Bearded Theory’s “FoodBank Holiday” campaign encourages everyone to bring one item of healthy, non-perishable (tinned, dried or longlife, unopened and in-date) food for donation on arrival at any of the festival’s car parks and entrances.
All donations will go to Derby’s Padley Group, a registered charity and Queens Award for Voluntary Services-winning foodbank, homeless services hub and development centre. Established more than 30 years ago, Padley Group feed around 70 people a day, 7 days a week at their homeless centre, and a further 30 per day at their development centre Monday – Friday.
The Padley Group will also run a “donation location” stall, where festival-goers can bring donations at any time over the weekend, and also learn more about their valuable work in the community.
Lastly, volunteers will be traversing the campsites as people pack up, encouraging final donations of any suitable leftover items. More than 5,000 donations are expected across the weekend – enough to provide more additional 415 food parcels to the most vulnerable members of society.
Sally Booth, Bearded Theory’s “FoodBank Holiday” co-ordinator says,
“As a veteran of many music festivals I have been shocked at how much food is often left behind, with people choosing to throw it away, rather than carry it home. That then led me to thinking that at Bearded Theory Festival, we could not just collect these leftover tins and donate them to a local foodbank, but do something on a much larger scale!
By asking our fabulous festivalgoers to also bring just one item each for donation to the Padley Group, we can make meaningful positive impact on the most vulnerable people within the community that hosts our festival each year.”
Bearded Theory, Derbyshire’s award-winning, family-friendly festival will return to Catton Hall with incredible headliners Robert Plant, Blossoms, Jimmy Cliff and Sleaford Mods topping a bill of more than live 150 acts across the 4-day festival.
Having won no less tham three UK Festival Awards (Best Family Festival, Best Promoter & Best Small Festival) and featured as one of The Daily Telegraph’s “Best Family Friendly Festivals In The Country”, Bearded Theory’s 100% audience-focused approach goes from strength to strength,
Having started life more than a decade ago as a birthday party in the garden of a Derbyshire Pub, Bearded Theory has evolved to become one of the UK’s best-loved festivals.
Bearded Theory is proud to be 100% independent, using as many local suppliers, partners and traders used as possible. Bars are run by Derbyshire’s magnificent Thornbridge Brewery, who bring a wide variety of cask ales, lagers and ciders for sale at very reasonable prices.
This year’s line up is without doubt the strongest in Bearded Theory’s 11-year history!
Saturday night will see a rare festival performance by Robert Plant, one of the world’s greatest rock and roll voices. The former Led Zeppelin frontman will bring his incredible band, The Sensational Space Shifters, who have been selling out venues around the world, and will be performing a set full of classic hits and new material.
Friday is headlined by Blossoms, the hottest young band in the UK right now! Their debut single Charlemagne was Radio 1’s ‘Track of the Day’, earning them a place on BBC’s ‘Sound of Music 2016’ list. Their debut album ‘Blossoms’ went straight in at #1, won them a nomination for ‘Best British Band’ at the Brit Awards and inclusion on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist. With their highly anticipated second album, ‘Cool Like You’ released this week, Bearded Theory is undoubtedly the best opportunity to see their new material live.
As you would expect from Bearded Theory, joining Robert Plant on the bill is an exceptional and diverse collection of live acts, including Sunday headliner Jimmy Cliff, Scottish indie legends The Jesus & Mary Chain, local boy Jake Bugg, Electronic Punk Duo Sleaford Mods and English punk sensations Idles alongside classic festival acts such as Fun Lovin Criminals, The Coral, Sleeper, Dub Pistols, Reverend & The Makers and more than 150 others over four days.
Bearded Theory’s award-winning kids zone will be back bigger and better than ever! Alongside their unique on-site school, there is a massive range of activities – all free! These include The Children’s Village and Village Green daytime activitie. The teen’s-only Rogues Hideout includes DJ, band, and graffiti workshops and a chill space. The Bearded Kids tent offers a large craft area, and The Baby Boo are has all the essentials if you forget anything.
The festival’s excellent Family Camping facilities have again been extended to ensure maximum comfort and enjoyment for the many thousands of families who attend every year.
In addition to live music, The Woodland will welcome Funhouse Comedy, who are taking over the stage daily from midnight. They have confirmed a stunning line up featuring the likes of Tom Wrigglesworth, Rob Mullholland, Sean Percival and many more.
With 9 stages featuring world-class live acts; high-quality reasonably-priced food and drink; hundreds of free activities for young people and Sunday’s legendary fancy dress day (this year’s theme is Fairy Folk & Forest Creatures) all for just £115 per adult (with discounts for youths, and those under 6 attending free), it really is the only place to be.
BEARDED THEORY WEEKEND (4-DAY) TICKETS
LAST FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE
ADULT (16+): £115, AGE 12-15: £55, AGE 6-11: £28
Under 6`s are free (ticket is still required).
Booking fees apply.
ALL TICKETS INCLUDE CAMPING | NO DAY TICKETS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE
All tickets and coach transport options available via www.beardedtheory.co.uk
The Padley Group is committed to working with people who are disadvantaged and in different kinds of need. By accepting and valuing each individual and making available the inter-related facilities of Hostel, Day Care, Therapeutic Learning and training opportunities, the Group provides support in practical ways to help people grow in confidence, self esteem and skills.
The unique partnership ensures that volunteers, churches and a wide range of organisations are enabled to make their particular contribution to the community through the work of the Padley Group.
In 2017 alone the Padley Group served 20,552 meals across both sites, handed out 1775 emergency food parcels to people without enough money to feed themselves, and provided emergency accommodation for 169 different people in their hostel.
For interview, or festival media accreditation requests:
Contact Bearded Theory Festival PR, Michael Eccleshall on 07980 54 53 66
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