17:52 Thursday 05 December 2013

Bands line up for best small festival

Written byNIGEL POWSLON

AHEAD of their move into South Derbyshire, organisers of a popular music festival have been boosted by a major award.

Bearded Theory, which switches to the new location of Catton Hall in 2014, has been named Best Small Festival at the UK Festival Awards.

Now organisers are gearing up for the 2014 event with a host of bands already signed up.

Legendary Joy Division/New Order main man Peter Hook and his band The Light will be joined by Carter USM (a UK festival exclusive), The Stranglers, The Blockheads, Hayseed Dixie and The Orb Soundsystem.

Award-winning folk-rock outfit Oysterband will be playing Bearded Theory as well US rock-fusion veterans Fishbone, who will be celebrating 35 years since their formation at school in LA in 1979.

Also confirmed are reconvened UK favourites King Prawn.

Their fusion of ska, punk, dub, reggae and rock into their self-proclaimed ‘Wildstyle’ sound made them one of the defining bands of the 1990.

The Membranes, 3 Daft Monkeys, Leatherat and Anti-Vigilante are also on the bill.

The four-day event sees music starting on Thursday, May 22, and continuing through the Bank Holiday weekend until late on Sunday, May 25.

Tickets are now on general sale, with the price of a family ticket cheaper than it was in 2013.

Festival director Steve Blount says: “Our last festival at Kedleston Hall was our best-received so far. And while we’re sad to have left that venue, the move to Catton Hall means we can come closer to realising our vision for Bearded Theory.

“It’s a hugely exciting time for Bearded Theory and all the signs are that 2014 will be the best event yet – our ticket sales so far suggest that our festival-goers are just as excited about it as we are.”

Bearded Theory weekend tickets are available from www.beardedtheory.com/shop, with adult tickets priced at £87 plus booking fee. No day tickets will be made available. Ticket can also be bought at Tourist Information Centres in Derby, Burton and Tamworth.

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