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Bearded Theory boosted by a prestigious award

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

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AHEAD of their move to a new venue, organisers of a popular music festival have been boosted by a major award.

Bearded Theory, which switches to the new location of Catton Hall in 2014, has been named Best Small Festival at the UK Festival Awards.

Now organisers are gearing up for the 2014 event with a host of bands already signed up.

Legendary Joy Division and New Order man Peter Hook and his band The Light will be joined by Carter USM, The Stranglers, The Blockheads, Hayseed Dixie and The Orb Soundsystem.

Hook played guitar for indie pioneers Joy Division from the late 1970s and rose to stardom playing at indie club The Factory.

However, after the death of eccentric front man Ian Curtis, Hook became the lead vocalist of the band that effectively became the reincarnation of Joy Division - New Order.

The Manchester outfit were responsible for World in Motion, the track widely recognised as England’s greatest-ever football World Cup song.

Featuring a legendary rap by former England winger John Barnes, the celebrated track spent six weeks at the top of the UK charts.

Award-winning folk-rock outfit Oysterband will be playing Bearded Theory as well US rock-fusion veterans Fishbone, who will be celebrating 35 years since their formation at school in LA in 1979.

Also confirmed are reconvened UK favourites King Prawn.

Their fusion of ska, punk, dub, reggae and rock into their self-proclaimed ‘Wildstyle’ sound made them one of the defining bands of the 1990s.

The Membranes, 3 Daft Monkeys, Leatherat and Anti-Vigilante are also on the bill.

The four-day event sees music starting on Thursday, May 22, and continuing through the Bank Holiday weekend until late on Sunday, May 25.

Tickets are now on general sale, with the price of a family ticket cheaper than it was in 2013.

Festival director Steve Blount said: “Our last festival at Kedleston Hall was our best-received so far.

“And, while we’re sad to have left that venue, the move to Catton Hall means we can come closer to realising our vision for Bearded Theory.

“It’s a hugely exciting time for Bearded Theory and all the signs are that 2014 will be the best event yet – our ticket sales so far suggest that our festival-goers are just as excited about it as we are.”

Bearded Theory weekend tickets are available from www.beardedtheory.com/shop, with adult tickets priced at £87 plus booking fee.

However, no day tickets will be made available.

Tickets can also be bought at tourist information centres in Derby, Burton and Tamworth.

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