Athlete limber up for headline slot

Alabama 3
Alabama 3

DERBYSHIRE’S very own Bearded Theory Festival has revealed that Athlete will headline the festival on Friday night.

The platinum selling, Mercury Prize-nominated, Ivor Novello Award-winning band join The Waterboys and Alabama 3 as this year’s headline acts.

The festival fancy dress theme of Lords and Ladies has also been revealed. The headliners complete an eclectic line-up of world class artists, which includes acts as diverse as The Membranes, The Whip, The Skints, The Last Republic, Sonic Boom 6, Cosmo Jarvis, Mama Rosin, The Undertones, Dirty Revolution, Dub Pistols, Justin Sullivan (New Model Army), Ed Tangent, Transglobal Underground, Neck, The Beat, Bottom star Adrian Edmondson’s folk act, The Bad Shepherds and over 100 more.

As recently featured heavily in the national press, Wagner Carrhilo will also be bringing the X-Factor to the festival. Wagner will perform in the family-friendly Sunday lunchtime slot, and also host the annual World Record Attempt for People Wearing False Beards.

Bearded Theory has firmly established itself over five years as the first ‘proper’ festival of the season. It takes place at in the stunning surroundings of Kedleston Hall, near Derby, between May 13 and 15.

The festival will see over 100 bands and DJs perform over seven stages. The 850-acre site will feature a new stage called The Drop Inn, a new Magical Sounds Chill Out Dome, site artwork, showers, craft village, huge children village, real ale/cider bars, world foods and much more. Live in vehicle facilities have also been dramatically improved, with all ticket holders being given free shower tokens.

Tickets are priced at £70 (adults), £34 (under 16s), £24 (under 12s) and Under fives get in free (a ticket is still required). A family ticket for two adults and two children is £180. Booking fees apply. Tickets are available from or by calling 08432 081 835.