Stockport indie outfit Blossoms are the final headline act to be revealed for Bearded Theory, adding to an amazing lineup which includes Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Jimmy Cliff, Jake Bugg and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Oh, and The Coral, and Sleeper. They’ll all be appearing on the main ‘Pallet’ stage. So what else is going on at Bearded Theory this year?

Head down to the picturesque Woodland Stage and Eliza Garthy and The Wayward Band will be performing, along with Ruts DC, Lucy Spraggan and more. The hidden Woodland area just gets better every year, a shady spot where you can laze about and enjoy a drink or two. And new for this year is Funhouse Comedy on both Friday and Saturday, set to start just after the music’s finished. Already on the lineup are Tom Wrigglesworth, Scott Bennett, Rob Mullholland, Sean Percival, Susan Murray ,Wes Zaharuk and many more.
 Woodland stage Bearded Theory
 
Expect to see the return of Magical Sounds tent, in all its usual psychedelic wonderness, pumping a mix of global and trancey tunes from dawn…well, mid-afternoon, to the early hours. Eat Static, Ed Tangent, Zion Train and Astralasia are just a tiny taste of this year’s lineup.
 
Once again, Something Else Tea Tent will be a reassuring presence, offering tea and cake in quantity and mind-boggling flavours, served up with a delectable choice of music.
 
Something Else tea tent at Bearded Theory
Something Else tea tent at Bearded Theory
 
Dreadzone finish with fireworks 2017
Dreadzone finish with fireworks 2017
 
 There’s a gentle start to Bearded Theory with a Thursday evening lineup on the main stage which includes Reverend and the Makers (big Bearded faves!) plus Don Letts, Skaciety and more. 

As Bearded Theory is a 100 percent family friendly festival there is lots for the little ones to do, with their own Children’s Village and Earth Area, plus… for those who snapped up early tickets, a special school on Friday. 

Look out for the fancy dress theme announcement and start planning your (fake) beard. You can show it all off on Sunday and who knows, you may even win the competition.

John Robb judges the fancy dress competition 2017 at Bearded Theory
Decisions, decisions… John Robb judges the fancy dress competition, 2017

Unlike so many festivals these days, Bearded Theory isn’t run by a huge faceless corporation. The festival was originally dreamed up by three friends, and it may have grown (just a little) in size but it still has the same ethos and spirit. The owners have refused to compromise or sell out and now oversee a spectacular, fun, family event which is, in my book, the most friendly festival on the summer circuit. If you haven’t tried it, now’s your chance.

Campers are in luck this year, there are an extra two fields for tents, making it a whole lot more comfortable. Tipis and yurts are also available.

Cute baby at Bearded Theory
There isn’t a cute baby award but if there was…
 
Tickets for Bearded Theory are only £120; there aren’t an awful lot left (about 5%) so dig out the debit card pronto and press the link below!
Tickets for Bearded Theory here
 
Bearded Theory Festival, 24th to 27th May 2018
 

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