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Bearded Theory Festival 2014: Peter Hook + Oysterband + Fishbone + The Blockheads + Steve Ignorant + Paranoid Visions + King Prawn + The Membranes + 3 Daft Monkeys + The True Deceivers & more
Bearded Theory is the Midlands largest performing and creative arts festival which is hosted within the iconic grounds of Catton Hall in Derbyshire.
Following the massive success of Bearded Theory 2013, the sixth consecutive sell-out, they have immediately confirmed their return in 2014 on May 23rd, 24th and 25th with the gates opening on Thursday 22nd.
This award winning family friendly festival will include the huge Angel Gardens kids area, bigger and better than ever. As in 2013, there will also be an even better family camping zone, alongside a major investment in site art and the festival's green spaces.
Visit www.beardedtheory.co.uk/ for information.
Best known as the bassist from Joy Division and New Order. Peter decided to honour the outstanding work of his first band and the undoubted genius of the late Ian Curtis by giving people the opportunity to hear past Joy Division albums performed live and in their entirety. Backed by his band The Light, Hooky first played 'Unknown Pleasures' at the Factory club in Manchester in 2010, and has continued to tour the back catalogue ever since.
Peter Hook tour dates
Renowned hard touring band with songs that make you want to dance, laugh, cry or even just jump for joy. It could be classed as folk music, it could be indie rock or maybe it's just good music.
Oysterband tour dates
One of the most eclectic alternative bands there has ever been fusing ska, soul, reggae and rock in their own individual way. With one band member being rescued from a cult by his friends, you know this band is more than interesting.
Fishbone tour dates
Formed in 1977 to promote Ian Dury's album New Boots and Panties on the first Stiff Records tour of the UK. The Blockheads are fronted by Derek 'The Draw' Hussey, who was Ian's best friend and is now the band's vocalist and wordsmith. Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher still remain from the original band and the current line-up is augmented by John Roberts on drums and a rolling line up of saxophonists including Gilad Atzmon, Terry Edwards or Dave Lewis. These legendary Brit-Funkers will be playing all the old favourites and new material.
The Blockheads tour dates
Co-founder of the anarcho-punk band Crass with Penny Rimbaud in 1977.
Steve Ignorant tour dates
Irish anarcho DIY punks who formed in 1981. They've since supported the likes of the Damned, Manic Street Preachers, Snuff and the Sex Pistols on their Filthy Lucre tour.
Paranoid Visions tour dates
King Prawn blend elements of punk, hardcore, metal, ska, dub, reggae, and hip hop into their music, which they dub wildstyle. Since their formation in 1993, they were subject to critical acclaim and were nominated for the Best New British Band category at the Kerrang! Awards in 1998, and then again under the Spirit of Independence category in 2000. Before their split in 2003, King Prawn toured regularly with a diverse range of bands, varying from hardcore to traditional and 2 Tone ska bands. The band confirmed their reformation in 2012, playing festivals and a club tour in 2013 featuring a brass section but without bassist Babar Luck.
King Prawn tour dates
Festival favourites from Cornwall bring their quirky and original approach to music back to venues across the UK with a new 4-piece line-up.
With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys' dynamic style of world-influenced folk music and infectious dancing rhythms, will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated.
The desire to dance is irresistible.
"Highlight of Glastonbury Festival 2014" Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2.
3 Daft Monkeys tour dates
Guildford-based band The True Deceivers have been entertaining audiences with their unique brand of fiddle driven roots / folk since 2004. No stranger to outdoor venues The True Deceivers have been festival regulars ever since their inception appearing as far afield as Wales, Peterborough and Derbyshire. Their lively music is perfectly suited to the festival environment and guaranteed to get the audience involved.
The True Deceivers tour dates
Dub-heavy Celtic dance band reminiscent of the mighty Headmix Collective. An infectious mix in a celticskapunkfunkdubdance style!
Tarantism tour dates
Fiery folk music played by five musicians dedicated to playing original folk-rock music loud, fast and to the highest standard. They capture the excitement of a rock gig combined with the influences of traditional and original folk tunes played with a high level of energy, fusing mandolin, guitar and electric violin. They have played venues all over the UK, at many festivals including Weyfest, Cropedy, Bearded Theory, Shires and Music at the Cross Roads, and have released three studio albums as well as a live DVD.
Leatherat tour dates
An eight piece Bristol band who mash up a mixture of ska, reggae and hip-hop with great aplomb.
Babyhead tour dates
Dubbed "a harmony blend of country, jazz, blues, folk and gospel" by The Sunday Times, Polly And The Billets Doux are one of the UK's most exciting upcoming bands, with notable support from BBC Introducing's Tom Robinson, UNCUT and The Independent too. Add that to a string of appearances at the UK's best festivals over the past couple of years and tour dates as far apart as Ullapool and and Brighton and Polly And The Billets Doux are definitely ones to watch.
Polly And The Billets Doux tour dates