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Bearded’s big act has been revealed

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: November 10, 2013

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ORGANISERS of next year’s Bearded Theory Festival have announced tehir Friday night headline act.

Indie-pop legends Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine will top the billing at the family music festival, which is set to take place in May 2014 at its new home, Catton Hall.

The performance will be a UK festival exclusive and signals the latest major coup for Bearded Theory - which began life in the Ashbourne area.

Carter USM had six top thirty albums and 14 top 40 hits from 1987-1997.

After a ten year break they reformed for two shows in 2007 at Brixton Academy and Glasgow Barrowlands.

Both shows sold out and the Brixton show sold all 5,000 tickets in a few days.

They returned in 2008 for further sell out shows at Birmingham and Brixton Academy then 2009 saw ‘The Drum Machine Years’ where they played their first four albums at the sold-out Kentish Town Forum and Brixton 02 Academy.

In 2011 they sold out a further two shows at Brixton Academy and Manchester Academy and triumphantly rejoined the festival circuit.

Also confirmed are former Crass frontman Steve Ignorant with Paranoid Visions, the Dublin anarcho punk outfit who were a key force in the second wave of punk rock in the early 1980s.

They join a bill which already features Ian Dury’s former band The Blockheads, Joy Division and New Order main man Peter Hook and his band The Light, award-winning folk-rock outfit Oysterband and US rock-fusion veterans Fishbone.

Also confirmed are reconvened UK favourites King Prawn and The Membranes, with more big announcements including further headliners still to come.

The move to Catton Hall, home of Bloodstock Open Air and the Big Session festivals, means Bearded’s organisers can take full advantage of a four-day event, with music starting on Thursday, May 22nd and continuing through the Bank Holiday weekend until late on Sunday 25th.

Tickets are now on general sale with the price of a family ticket cheaper than it was in 2013 and to find out more about the festival, its confirmed acts, or to order tickets visit www.beardedtheory.com/shop

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