There’s a touch of mag­ic about Beard­ed The­o­ry fes­ti­val that keeps me, and around 9,000 oth­er souls, keep com­ing back year after year. Great line­ups, fan­cy dress, imag­i­na­tive beards and a gen­uine­ly bril­liant crowd do it every time. And join­ing this year’s Beard­ed The­o­ry line­up is none oth­er than the mag­nif­i­cent Robert Plant, who will be appear­ing with The Sen­sa­tion­al Space Shifters, for a set of clas­sic hits and new mate­r­i­al. Whew, now I think I have to go and lie down.


At the time of post­ing this, 65% of tick­ets were gone (and Beard­ed The­o­ry is always a sell­out) but this head­lin­er (and, good peo­ple, there’s still anoth­er one to come!) will guar­an­tee the fes­ti­val sells out ear­ly. So get those skates on.

Also appear­ing are The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sleaford Mods, Idles, Jake Bugg and Fun Lovin Crim­i­nals. Mag­i­cal Sounds tent is back with its usu­al psy­che­del­ic-infused trancey dance supre­mos, this year Eat­sta­t­ic, Ed Tan­gent and Astrala­sia are just three appear­ing over the weekend.

And don’t for­get to pen­cil in a cold/headache for Thurs­day after­noon so you can head over to the site for Thurs­day nights intro line­up with Don Letts and more.

Beard­ed The­o­ry festival 

Beard competition

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