ORGANISERS of next year’s Bearded Theory Festival have announced they will be offering a chance for unsigned bands to appare at the next event.
Fans of the festival, which has moved this year to a new venue, will be invited to choose which acts are selected to appear on the stages.
The event, which takes in May next year, has moved to Catton Hall in South Derbyshire and the ‘Bearded Breakthrough Competition’ will be run through the festival’s Facebook page.
Two winners wiil be chosen - one to play its Main Stage and one for the Tornado Town second stage.
The contest is open to acts in all genres who have not appeared at Bearded Theory previously.
Bearded Theory spokesman John Atkin said: “Throughout the history of Bearded Theory we’ve taken pride in mixing great name acts with the best in new and up-and-coming acts, and in letting our festival goers have their say in who appears.
For 2014, we’re offering unsigned acts the prospect of exposure before a great audience, with slots on our two biggest stages.
“Already for 2014, we are working closely with local venues to support live music year-round, and the Bearded Breakthrough competition is an extension of that commitment.”
Joy Division and New Order main man Peter Hook and his band The Light, Oysterband, The Blockheads and Fishbone are among acts already confirmed for Bearded Theory 2014, with headliners still to be announced.
The move to Catton Hall, home of Bloodstock Open Air and the Big Session festivals, means organisers can take full advantage of a four-day event, with music starting on Thursday, May 22 and continuing through the Bank Holiday weekend until late on Sunday 25.
Tickets are now on general sale, with the price of a family ticket cheaper than it was in 2013 and a the audience can take their own drink into the concert areas.
Bearded Theory weekend tickets are now on sale from www.beardedtheory.com/shop, with adult tickets priced at £87 plus a booking fee. No day tickets will be made available.