My Theory About Festivals by Ann Elk (Miss)
Hard to believe that it's festival time again. With the mercury set to rise this week in the UK, it could not be better timing though.
For BB the season kicks off at Bearded Theory over the coming Bank Holiday weekend.
It will be hard to match the scorching temperature at last year's Bearded Theory, when BB brought the curtain down on the entire proceedings on the "Locked Inn" stage, just maybe that was too hot!
There is a venue change for the 2014 event, moving a few miles down the A38 to Catton Hall, also home to Bloodstock, later in the year. It remains Derbyshire, although if someone pointed you in the right direction, you could probably flight a false beard into Staffs from the site.
BB are set to play "The Locked In The Woods" stage this year, at a time as yet to be confirmed on the Saturday. They share the stage with a mixed genre line up from the psychedelic Electric Brains to the new wave punk of Louise Distras.
Away from the stage which is curiously positioned a short distance from the main festival arena are three more stages, one catering for the more electronic and dance acts.
With stages music available from midday through to 3am across the site, there is plenty to suite everyone.
Main stage headliners for the weekend are Carter USM, Peter Hook & The Light, The Wonder Stuff, Pop Will Eat Itself, UB40 and Dreadzone.
Also old friends Poisoned Electric Head have an appearance on the same stage as BB on the Friday.
At £94.80 including booking fee it may sound a little weighty, however you do get, based on last year, a seriously good festival for that.
One excellent element being, no restrictions on consuming your own food and drink anywhere on site.
Full details for Bearded Theory at http://www.beardedtheory.co.uk/
Jumping forwards a week and time for a little "Steampunk Splendour", with a couple of nice looking events.
Firstly on Friday the 30th at The Second Frome Steampunk Extravaganza, to be held at the marvelously appointed Cheese and Grain venue in the centre of the Somerset town.
Joining BB on the opening night will be Lord Montague Jaques and other old friends Birthrite and Metropolis and trust me, for anyone who hasn't seen this as a line up, it is time you did.
If you cannot catch them this time, then look to "The Steampunk Experience" at Alt Fest in August, http://www.alt-fest.com/2014/steampunk-experience
The Frome event this year is being extended over three days, with daytime markets, screenings, workshop, games et al and evening entertainement from Boxcar Aldous Huxley, Rogora Khart, Perhaps Contaption, The Mysterious Freakshow and Ghostfire.
Tickets are £19.42 for Friday and £40.12 for the weekend from http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/471349
Second appearance of the weekend is a new event "The Splendid Day Out" at The Platform in Morecambe, the exotically claimed "Naples Of The North".
A full day event organised by the local "League Of Splendid" group, featuring all one could expect during the day with a an evening show featuring featuring BB and LMJIII along with Ghostfire. More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/606306412784037/?fref=ts