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Bearded Theory 2009

Well Iíve previously survived the apocalyptic thunderstorm of Glastonbury 2005 and the knee deep floods of Sunrise 2008 so now I have the tornado of Bearded Theory to add to my list of cataclysmic festival weather experiences.

The 2009 version of the event was unrecognisable from its humble beginnings last year when the first proper Bearded Theory was held in a nearby pub beer garden. Instead we had a proper 3 day festival for 2,000 odd punters to enjoy in the rolling Derbyshire countryside, with 2 outdoor stages and an amazing dance tent courtesy of my old mate Phil. Axis Sound System provided additional dub orientated DJ sets and there was further entertainment on the open mic stage in the Tea Tent.

There were food and merchandise stalls aplenty, a good sized kids area, walkabout performances from Emma the Fairy & friends and an extremely well stocked and reasonably priced bar. Camping, car parking and campervan accommodation were all in fields immediately adjacent to the main arena and toilets remained absolutely spotless throughout.

The line up was equally impressive with psychedelic warlords Hawkwind headlining the main stage and Dreadzone Soundsystem packing out the Dance Tent on the Friday evening. Despite some rather soggy conditions things were gearing up very nicely for an equally spectacular Saturday evening until Mother Nature intervened. In a few short seconds the main stage was completely trashed, portaloos were flung about, flagpoles shredded and the Tea Tent and several stalls were ripped apart. We were sheltering in Malinkeyís bar right next to the stage at the time and I have never experienced anything quite like it.

Understandably, many punters decided not to hang around on the Sunday but even more showed a fantastic Dunkirk spirit and were treated to performances on improvised stages by some of the bands who were due to appear on the main stage. Sincere congratulations have to go out to Rich, J, Spike, Scouse Rich, Sally, Phil & Viking Jeff and everybody else involved for putting on such an amazing event. I only hope that the financial implications of freak weather conditions that could never be legislated for donít prevent Bearded Theory from living on for many years to come. It certainly deserves to!
Zombie Met Girl
Zombie Met Girl
Old Friends
Old Friends
Tea Ladies
Tea Ladies
Dyframix
Dyframix
Wandering Minstrels
Wandering Minstrels
Stockholm Syndrome
Stockholm Syndrome
Raging Silence
Raging Silence
Lead Beard
Lead Beard
Medieval Maidens 1
Medieval Maidens 1
Honky Dub
Honky Dub
Atilla The Stockbroker
Atilla The Stockbroker
Festival Veteran
Festival Veteran
My Lady In Red
My Lady In Red
The Re-Entrants
The Re-Entrants
Daft Monkey Athene
Daft Monkey Athene
Daft Monkey Tim
Daft Monkey Tim
Daft Monkey Jamie
Daft Monkey Jamie
Appreciative Audience
Appreciative Audience
Medieval Maidens 2
Medieval Maidens 2
Zetan Spore
Zetan Spore
Hawkwind
Hawkwind
Dave Brock, Master Of The Universe
Dave Brock, Master Of The Universe
Angel Of Death
Angel Of Death
Dance Tent Goes Mad For Dreadzone Soundsystem
Dance Tent Goes Mad For Dreadzone Soundsystem
Greg Dread
Greg Dread
Spee
Spee
Rory McLeod
Rory McLeod
Wishing Tree
Wishing Tree
Boot Hill All Stars
Boot Hill All Stars
Silly Old Plucker!
Silly Old Plucker!
Dancing Girls
Dancing Girls
Wild West Beard
Wild West Beard
Hedgerow Crawlers
Hedgerow Crawlers
Horsedrawn Hippies
Horsedrawn Hippies
Hobo Jones
Hobo Jones
Miser Bill
Miser Bill
Wino Tyrone
Wino Tyrone
Atilla Joins The Crowd
Atilla Joins The Crowd
Wenches
Wenches
Fairy Friends
Fairy Friends
Medieval Maidens 3
Medieval Maidens 3
Justin Sullivan
Justin Sullivan
Dean White
Dean White
Calm Before The Storm
Calm Before The Storm
Mangled Main Stage
Mangled Main Stage
Nurse!
Nurse!
Medieval Maidens 4
Medieval Maidens 4
Axis Sound System Rocks On
Axis Sound System Rocks On
Cosy
Cosy
Winged Dancer
Winged Dancer
Unruly Beards
Unruly Beards
Feathered Beared
Feathered Beared
Rainbow Beard
Rainbow Beard
Fu Manchu Beards
Fu Manchu Beards
Monk(y) Business
Monk(y) Business
Cat's Bum Beard
Cat's Bum Beard
Mature Beard
Mature Beard
Open Mic
Open Mic
Digitalis
Digitalis
Finally Caught Them
Finally Caught Them
Dance Tent
Dance Tent
Camoflage Kid
Camoflage Kid
My Beard
My Beard
Goldblade
Goldblade
Performing In The Bar
Performing In The Bar
Up Close & Personal
Up Close & Personal
Chris' Lights
Chris' Lights
A Big Pat On The Back For Rich
A Big Pat On The Back For Rich