One of the events that makes Bearded Theory’s family-friendly atmosphere so unique is the festival’s annual attempt to break the world record for the largest number of people wearing false beards.

Starting life as a spontaneous response to the festival’s rather unorthodox name (who’s true origins still remain shrouded in mystery and intrigue), over the years the event has grown into one of the most enjoyable focal points of the weekend. With 2017 being Bearded Theory’s very special 10th anniversary, organisers are expecting record numbers in attendance, meaning that as many as 10,000 people could be taking part this year!

Taking place on Sunday, the World Record attempt serves as an opportunity for festival-goers of all ages to come together for some fun and silliness in front of the main stage. Coinciding with the fancy dress day – this year’s theme being the frankly bonkers ‘Mobsters & Lobsters’ – a ‘guest host’ (including previously The Cheeky Girls, X-Factor’s Wagner and Wheatus) pick a selection of some of the best false beard wearers to come up onto the main stage for some fun and games. The crowd then select a winner, who gets to attend the festival the following year for free! Notable past victors include a 6-month old baby, and last year’s mob of 20 highly excitable bearded minions.

Festival organiser Rich Bryan says “Our annual World Record attempt is a completely silly but joyously fun part of the weekend. It is completely unofficial – we once tried getting a famous drinks company to do it officially, but they quickly discovered that trying to get thousands of rather merry festivalgoers counted and registered was harder than herding an equivalent number of cats through a fishmongers. But the annual gathering has become one of those things that just make Bearded Theory that extra bit special, and we can’t wait to see our biggest ever crowd out there this year for our 10th anniversary.”


Seminal British rock act Skunk Anansie, and punk duo Slaves will headline the main ‘Pallet Stage’ on Friday. Led by the legendary Skin, Skunk Anansie will be the first female frnted band to headline Bearded Theory. Talking ahead of their appearance the band said “Stoked to be headlining Friday night. This festival is crazy good and we are looking forward to smashing it.”

Veteran bluesman and festival favourite Seasick Steve will headline Saturday night. Since rising to prominence as a solo artist a decade ago, Seasick Steve has frequently appeared in the album charts, with last October’s ‘Keepin’ the Horse Between Me and the Ground’ charting at #8. Steve’s albums have featured many guest appearances including Jack White (White Stripes) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).

Sunday night will reverberate with the sounds of classic hits including ‘Our House’, ‘Baggy Trousers’ and ‘One Step Beyond’, as North London’s finest nutty boys Madness will close the festival in style. Madness are one of the UK’s best-loved bands, achieving more than twenty chart hit singles, many of them instantly recognisable classics.

Also performing on the Pallet Stage are alt rock/punk band The Alarm, Bearded Theory legends New Model Army, Ska survivors The Selecter, seminal hip-hop act Sugar Hill Gang & Furious Five, Californian Rockers Vintage Trouble, Punk stalwarts Goldblade, Alabama 3, Ferocious Dog, Flight Brigade, Anti-Pasti, The Mocking Jays, Jaya the Cat, and many more.

Friday night on the beautiful custom-built oak Woodland Stage will be headlined by multi-million selling Britpop stalwarts, Cast. Northern Irish singer songwriter Foy Vance tops the bill on Saturday. Sunday will be closed by Sheffield’s finest, Reverend & The Makers.

We have also bagged a coup in securing post-punk legends THE FALL, led by their notorious front man Mark E. Smith, to perform on Saturday night.

Also on the Woodland are BBC Folk Award winners Kathryn & Sean Lakeman, heavy rockers Tess Of The Circle, dub punk band Smiley & The Underclass, Roving Crows, Kissmet, cow punk legends Pronghorn (celebrating their 25th year anniversary), and many more.

As a massive thank you to all the event’s loyal festivalgoers Thursday’s bonus line-up will feature virtually the entire 2008 Saturday Main Stage bill! As such BT welcomes back Bearded favourites Dreadzone (LIVE), 3 Daft Monkeys, Tarantism, True Deceivers, Hobo Jones & The Junkyards Dogs and more to help celebrate this 10th anniversary year.


Tickets are priced at £105 (Adults), £55 (Under 16s), £25 (Under 12s). Under 6`s are free (ticket is still required). £35 (Campervans) £12.50 (Parking). Booking fees apply.

Tickets are on sale via, or by calling the box office on: 0871 220 0260.

Bearded Theory’s Official and Exclusive Coach Travel Partner, National Express, will be running dedicated coaches to an on-site coach park from 16 locations around the UK. Great value fares are available from across the country, starting at just £20 return, with group discounts available.

Ticket and Travel packages are available, along with travel tickets only directly from

the wait is nearly over - four weeks today 🎉🎉🎉

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Getting really excited. My 1st ever festival at the grand age of 48

I'm a beautiful Days addict but I've been told this festival is great so this is my first bearded and really looking forward to it 👍🍺🍻🎼🎸🎪

Can't wait. My youngest has never camped before and is very excited 😀

28 SLEEP !

My first festival also

Melissa woop woop!!!!

Can't wait getting very excited now

Fantastic line up, already got our tickets,anyone fancy joining us?

Can't wait!!


Need campervan ticket anyone got one going

Stephanie Bell Tristan White Rob Kingsland eeeeeekk!!

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Who are your top three unmissable artists this year? Let us know in the comments below!

Haven't picked up your ticket yet? what are you waiting for?! There aren't many left now.

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Madness (never seen them before), Alabama 3 (just because they are feckin' awesome) and Vintage Trouble (because they are super feckin' awesome).

The Fall, Vintage Trouble & Reverends. But every time I look at the lineup at least 1 is swapped!

Only three? Jaya The Cat, Slaves and i've heard many good things about Spanner but haven't seen them before so i'm keen to check them out.

Reverend and maker, ferocious dog , ushti baba and as I can't count funke and two tone baby

Seas Of Mirth, Madness and Goldblade (if they have a horn section. If not The Selecter)

New model army, 3 daft monkeys, dreadzone and a cheeky 4th ferocious dog happy days x

1) glasvegas (been waiting forever to see these). 2) rev and makers (last time I saw them they were ace). 3) blackballed

Skunk anansie Ferocious dog Alabama 3 I'd pay good money for that line up 😊

If I have to pick three.......that would be Friday, Saturday, Sunday!!!!

NMA, Jaya the Cat, Ferocious Dog, Rev & the Makers. I'm having 4 in my top 3, and you can't stop me. Mwahaha.

Omega Tribe Dub The Earth African Head Charge Plus a lot more 🙂

IMO it's hard to limit to just 3 cos the line-up is so f**king awesome this year!!

madness, Ferocious Dog, two tone and a forth Mr Brookfield

Transglobal Underground, Selector, Sugarhill Gang. Cast, Madness and Glasvegas as reserves!

Madness, Ferocious Dog and Glasvegas. ....and Pronghorn, Reverend and the Makers, 3 Daft Monkeys....

Rowan Gibson !! get your ticket quick! you will love it xx

African Head Charge, Madness, Sugarhill Gang..... the thing is though - every year the ones i look forward to are never the best ones that i end up seeing

Vintage Trouble, Alabama 3 and Foy Vance 🙂

Bloodshake chorus Fat n furious Slaves

Vintage Trouble Hands Down.

My 1st 3 are:-Reverend and the Makers. Sugar Hill Gang. Alabama 3. My 2nd 3 are:- The Fall, N.M.A and Banco De Gaia <3 😀

NMA, skunk anansie, back to the planet

The Alarm, The Selector, Madness

Ferocious Dog Blackballed The Alarm

The Alarm, Ferocious Dog, New Model Army

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Whilst the sun is shining (well, it is here anyway!) looking over the line-up this year we thought of this absolute gem from Hip Hop royalty, The Sugarhill Gang! Catch them playing this years Bearded Theory, Main Stage on the Sunday.

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And all your transport luggage needs from car park to camping, and back again, provided by Trikes for Transport, 0 carbon foot print, we will be waiting at the main entrance from the car park, we make it easy so you can enjoy 😁

One for us Hip Hop fans Teresa Smith Catton

Danni Iredale and Amber Mochrie hellllllllls yes!!!!

Sharon Ainley Amanda Johnson 🙌💃


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