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Top reggae band headline festival

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

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UB40, the phenomenally successful UK reggae band featuring founder members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, are confirmed as the closing headliner for Bearded Theory – the UK’s Best Small Festival.

UB40 sold more than 100 million records and registered more than 50 singles in the UK charts on their route to global domination.

Next month will see the 35th anniversary of their first ever gig, now marked with a Performing Rights Society For Music commemorative plaque at the Hare and Hounds pub in their hometown, Birmingham.

A spokesman for the trio said: “The three founding members have reformed and reunited to bring you the true sound of UB40.

“Ali, Astro and Mickey are currently in the studio working on a new album.”

Bearded Theory Festival director Steve Blount said: “As soon as we knew that they were available to bring the hits of UB40 to our audience, we were absolutely determined to secure this amazing booking.”

Bearded Theory, named Best Small Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2013, takes place from Thursday, May 22 until Sunday, May 25 at a new location, Catton Hall in South Derbyshire.

UB40 join a fantastic line-up which includes Friday night headliner Carter USM, Peter Hook & The Light, Pop Will Eat Itself, Oysterband, Dreadzone, Hayseed Dixie, Fishbone, Dub Pistols, The Orb Sound System and many more.

A further headline act is yet to be announced.

The event originally was held in a field at Bradley Nook Farm near Hulland Ward, and has grown in success over the last seven years to become one of the UK’s best loved small festival.

After outgrowing its original location the event moved to Kedleston Hall, but it quickly became evident somewhere bigger was needed.

The move to Catton Hall means Bearded Theory can take full advantage of a four-day event.

Music starts on Thursday, May 22 including an appearance from Dr and The Medics, and continuing through the bank holiday weekend until late on Sunday, May 25.

Tickets are now on general sale, with prices starting from £25, available online at www.beardedtheory.com and tourist information centres in Derby, Burton on Trent, Nottingham and Tamworth.

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