Start counting off the days… yikes! It’s one month to go till Bearded Theory kicks off festival season in majestic style. This year promises a range of artists and even a new stage. But I digress… craft beers, ales and ciders will all have a focus on local breweries. And new for this year is a traditional ale house to serve it all from, called The Catton Fiddle.
It’s Bearded Theory’s 14th year and having revealed an amazing lineup, today they are unveiling their fantastic beer, ales and cider lineup. In line with its dedication to the surrounding community, many of the drinks come from local sources as nearby town Burton is, of course, a famous brewing centre.
The Catton Fiddle will serve a classic ale by Bass, at 4.4% as well as Bearded Theory staple Thornbridge Brewery (try their Jaipur). Herefordshire’s Westons and Warwickshire’s Purity, spirits and mixers – plus award-winning Big Drop low and alcohol ‑free beers will also be available. There are always plenty of food options too with lots of choice for kids.
Just in case you haven’t yet bought a ticket, here’s a reminder of some of the fab acts to be appearing: Pretenders, Interpol, Primal Scream, Gogol Bordello (they rocked the main stage last appearance), the inimitable Gary Numan, Flogging Molly and Echo & The Bunnymen. Newer names include Scalping, Kid Kapichi, Anna Calvi, Beth Orton, Viagra Boys, Yard Act and The Orielles, fresh from their recent tour.
If that looks like a lot of lineup, there will be a new stage called the Big Top Stage in order to pack all the acts in. And you can still visit the lovely little Woodland Stage, a verdant spot for a more restful musical experience. Other stages are Maui Waui, Convoy Cabaret, The Something Else Tea Tent, and The Magic Teapot. The wonderful, unique and exciting Magical Sounds dance tent will of course be on site, pumping out glorious dance tunes. Wonder what decorations will fill the space this year?