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2009 Bearded Theory Festival: Great Music, Good Cause

Spurred on by the success of the inaugural Bearded Theory Festival held in May 2008, organizers are hard at work putting together the 2009 Bearded Theory Festival, which is set to take place on the weekend of 15-17 May 2009 in Derbyshire, England. Music lovers can look forward to three days jam-packed with great company and endless entertainment at the event that has been dubbed as “a festival for the people, by the people” – and proceeds of the Bearded Theory Festival go to selected charities.

An incredible line-up has already been confirmed for the 2009 Bearded Theory Festival, with new acts still being added. In addition to showcasing a diverse selection of talented musicians covering a wide variety of genres, the 2009 festival program will be including a selection of stand-up comedy slots, adding to the fun element of the event. The festival venue will consist of five stages – an outdoor stage with heated perimeters, a big top dance stage, Dub/Reggae tented stage, late night campfire stage and the very popular open mic stage.

Up to ninety percent of the artists booked for the 2009 Bearded Theory Festival are at the request of previous festival-goers and include 3 Daft Monkeys, Andy Robinson, Atilla the Stockbroker, Angels with Alibis, Bayer, Bemis, Barclay, Bez23, Boot Hill All Stars, Cheryl Technomedic, Crane Brothers, Digitalis, Dreadzone Sound System, Dryframix, East of Ealing, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Ed Tangent, Ferocious Dog, Gallys Folly, Goldblade, Green Nuns Of The Revolution, Hobo Jones And The Junkyard Dogs, Kate Technodolly, Mad Dog Macrae, Mad Mick, Neville Staple, Patchwork Grace, Prognosis, Ragatti String Band, Smoke Like A Fish, Subgiant, Sunfish, Tarantism, Tall Sarah, Technohippie, Tetchi, The Beetroot Kings, The Beards, The Jam Jars, The Roseville Band, The Saw Doctors, Tiny Tin Lady, Tofu Love Frogs, True Deceivers, Zetan Spore and Zombie Met Girl.

Through careful budgeting and long hours put in by dedicated volunteers, the 2008 Bearded Theory Festival managed to raise £2,500 which was donated to Oxfam. This year tickets will cost a little more (£45) than the previous event (£12), but visitors will get a whole lot more for their money while at the same time contributing to a good cause, with homeless centers Shelter and Padley Day Center in Derby being the beneficiaries of profits made.

Organizers of the 2009 Bearded Festival will be encouraging people from the homeless community to get involved with the running of the event, thereby affording them temporary employment as well as the opportunity of enjoying an event that would generally be out of their reach. Additionally, on completion of their shifts, workers will receive a written reference which may very well open up job opportunities in the future.

A one-acre area will be set aside to provide a host of free activities to keep children busy all weekend, food and beverage vendors have been selected to provide value for money, camping sites are being set up and “green” policies such as recycling will be the order of the day. Organizers are calling on all fun-loving festival fans to bring the entire family along to the 2009 Bearded Theory Festival - support the artists and support some worthwhile charities at the same time.

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