MUSIC-NEWS.COM review of Bearded Theory Festival 2011

Bearded Theory Festival


added: 11 Jun 2011 // gig date: 13 Jun 2011 
reviewer: Sid Reddy


Bearded Theory started off as a small gathering and has now grown into a large festival in Derbyshire, dragging in over 2000 people each year. Although it is not a well known festival it certainly has a large loyal following. When I first arrived I was greeted with wind, rain and dark clouds looming overhead. However the atmosphere and the people made it feel like I was in the middle of a hot summers day. Everyone was dancing around with a beer and an umbrella in hand whilst reggae beats strummed through the air. 

The Friday presented many good acts but the best by far were ‘The Skints’, a reggae band from London. Usually when I put reggae on I want to relax and lie in the sun with a beer but this band just made me want to dance like a madman. Everyone was jumping up and down to the rhythm and I just wanted to join in. They have really merged the old with something new and exciting; this band are definitely one to look out for in the future.

Saturday had nicer weather which just increased the amazing atmosphere. The festival is very family orientated with a kid’s play area running activities all day. It’s refreshing to see somewhere catering for youngsters as well as the older generation. 

The 3 Daft Monkeys really started the day off for me. Even though it’s not generally the type of music I listen to it was thoroughly enjoyable and I really got into locking arms with the person next to me and swinging round in a jig. They were so full of energy and made the bright day even better. My favourite band of the day were the Dub Pistols, a big beat dub band from London. They were suave and seductive, drawing in the audience with every single song they played. They mixed the smooth, chilled sounds of reggae with the swift beats of ska. Truly an amazing band and I recommend seeing them if you ever get a chance!

David Gibb & The Pony Club started the sleepy Sunday morning with quirky tunes and a couple of sing a long tunes. This band are definitely going to get big in the future so keep an eye out for them! They’re doing a summer tour this year so if you can get to a gig then go! My favourite act of the weekend was The Petebox. He records live beatboxing, samples and loops it, creates another track and layers it all together creating a whole song using only his voicebox. The tent was absolutely packed out within minutes and the crowd loved him. Everyone was on their feet, jumping and singing and screamed for more at the end. This guy is truly talented.

Altogether the festival was amazing and so fun to be a part of. With majority of people in fancy dress, a wedding, a world record attempt for the most fake beards worn, Wagner kissing a bride and brilliant performances it was definitely one of the best festivals I’ve been to. The atmosphere is great, the people are great and the festival was so enjoyable. If you need a weekend away Bearded Theory is definitely the place to go.

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Dub Pistols recently recorded a Podcast exclusive to Glade Festival so many people have requested we put it up for download we felt we couldn’t refuse, so here it is.

2nd part of Dub Pistols interview with Virtual Festival

A Loose Cannon: Dub Pistols’ Barry Ashworth Talks



Ahead of their busy festival season Dane Cobain caught up with DUB PISTOLS main man BARRY ASHWORTH to talk festivals, Simon Cowell and being a loose cannon.


Full interview here

Dub Pistols return to Leeds

After our storming live show @ Jungle Jam last month the Dub Pistols return to Leeds on The 7th October to headline “Raise the Roof” @ The Indian centre alongside the Mighty Utah Saints, its all for Charity and im sure we will not just raise the roof but take it off. “Theres Gonna be a riot”

Tickets £12

Dub Pistols in the mix on Juice 107.2 The Remix tonight

the Dub Pistols will appear on tonight’s show on 107.2 The Remix with a specially crafted mini mix as a warm up for the Glade Festival next weekend….a pair of tickets to be won too, with Jo Youle from 8pm…

Barry Ashworth will also be Djing tonight @ Concorde 2 in Brighton from 1am – 3am lets rock!



Free Download

Glade Electronic Music Festival – 10,11,12 June 2011 
Tickets: £135 + BF / Capacity Strictly Limited To 5000 

The UK’s most forward-thinking electronic music event Glade Festival returns for 2011, revolutionised and stripped back to it’s shiny roots. Taking place at a brand new venue this year’s festival will feature a selection of the biggest names alongside some of the most exciting names in cutting-edge electronic music. This years event sees the festival scaled down in terms numbers (strictly limited to 5000 capacity) BUT will feature the same attention to detail which saw the event voted Best Dance Festival 2008 at the UK Festival Awards. 

For more information visit

DUB PISTOLS (Barry Ashworth) DJ show @ The Boiler Club, Romania

Dub Pistols Dj Barry Ashworth @ The boiler club in Romania this Friday 3rd June,

Boiler Club
Henri Barbusse 59-61
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
from 11pm till 6am



Boomtown Fair 2010 Rated by Virtual Festivals

Phil Bradley is delighted with the unusual world of Boomtown Fair 

Overall – 9/10

Boomtown Fair is just the right size to have the best of times in the three or so days you choose to spend here. Boasting a magnitude of entertainment it’s full of profound and original ideas to stimulate the dullest of senses and divert one’s attention away from the mainstreams of normality.

There is an expansive collaboration of music and art from a boxing ring that holds drum and bass dance-off battles to Downtown Boomtown, a street with a leisure centre, a barber’s shop, a casino and a Launderette that the town’s rebels have taken over and turned into a string of underground clubs and venues playing cabaret, gypsy, folk, reggae, and dub.

Getting There And Back – 9/10

Held in a location that’s central to the south and the Midland, Boomtown Fair has to be one of the easiest festivals to get to and from. With simple access to major roads and motorways, a Boomtown Bus running from local train stations and a return coach service departing from both Brighton and Bristol, it is simple to get to even for the most awkward of travellers. It is advised to car share if you are driving as the traffic may cause disruption to the locals.

The Site – 10/10

Set at Stowe Landscape Gardens, a 16th century country garden estate in Buckinghamshire, the site is a spectacle adorned by lakes and temples and maintained by The National Trust. There are plenty of urinals and portable loos that are cleaned everyday and lots of drinking water throughout the site. There are also lots of places to buy food, drink and costume and there is a bar in most of the venues.

The venues themselves take us from The Town Centre, which is the main stage surrounded by walls of graffiti, past the Invisible Circus stage area and on through Downtown Boomtown. At the end of the winding, derelict street we find Devil’s Kicks, a rockabilly stage. At the back of the festival just in front of the campervan field is The Lion’s Den, a Roots, Dub and Reggae tent. All venues are just the right distance away from each other so you will always bump into your friends if you get lost.

Atmosphere – 10/10

The atmosphere has the perfect combination of debauchery and decadence. It rains on the first day as people are arriving but it doesn’t stop this life-loving rabble from donning their chemical overcoats forbidding the downpour to ruin the jubilations. The rain stops and everyone changes into their Boomtown costumes to take on the character of the festival. No egos, no agro, just good times with good friends.

Music – 7/10

The undeniable theme sound of the festival is reggae. If you don’t like reggae then there are many dub, dubstep and drum n bass DJs along with rockabilly, psychobilly, gypsy music and even country and western around too. Lots of brass on all the stages and every band and DJ has enough upbeat dance material to keep the crowd on their toes all weekend. This is essentially a reggae dance festival with the diversity to please all tastes, unless you prefer the mainstream.


Dub Pistols - 10/10
This band is a perfect festival outfit. With their blend of dub, dancehall, big beat and ska sounds and the jump up and down presence of the suited and booted band on stage, they send the crowd into a frenzied dance off throughout the performance.

Tragic Roundabout - 8/10

With about eight members on stage, playing ragged-up gypsy dance versions of songs like ‘What Shall We Do with The Drunken Sailor?’, this band turns The Devils Kicks Dancehall into a pirate shipped up shindig for a Sunday evening parade of lunacy, outrageous outfits and devilish dance steps.

Babyhead - 8/10
Opening their set in The Town Centre shouting: “You have now entered Baby Boomtown,” this is another band that fits perfectly in a festival such as this. They tell us they are “born out of love for Jamaican soundclash, forged through a do-it-your-self punk rock ethic and delivered with a raw hip hop swagger.” The unstoppable Babyhead sound is drawn from all quarters of the musical universe.

Rasta4eyes - 8/10

These young northerners play a blinding set in The Invisible Circus. With a mix of ska and reggae they keep the crowd jumping through every song. Lots of live brass and offbeats keeps this raw sound both laid back and jumped up. The musicianship on stage is effortless and virile; Rasta 4 Eyes seem too young to be as good as this.

Trojan Soundsystem - 8/10

Playing through a chilled sunny Sunday afternoon at The Lion’s Den this set finds its ideal time. If you have never seen this soundsystem before, they are a DJ with MCs and vocalists ripping up the dance floor and chilling out the outskirts with a Trojan Records back catalogue mixed nicely into dub, hip hop and reggae from around the world.

Random Events

The whole of Downtown Boomtown is the most random event of the weekend with the derelict shops, stores and even a leisure centre that have been taken over by a faction of rebels and turned into clubs and venues such as the ASBO Disco. There is a back end of a car stuck out of a body shop. There are trees made from exhausts with smoke and fire bellowing out of the twisted tubes. There are dance offs in a boxing ring and a barbershop like a scene from Sweeney Todd with banging dubstep as the theme tune. The list goes on you’ll just have to experience it for yourself next year.


Glade Moves to Houghton Hall

The festival, which was cancelled last year due to “unexpected forced increases in security and police costs”, had recently lost their previous venue at Mansion House in Biggleswade, despite signing contracts and paying a deposit.

Glade organiser Ans revealed, “Last week I got back to work having taken some time off to get married the weekend before, to find that the proverbial had hit the fan. We lost our site last week.

“The new Glade team decided not to tell me so that it wouldn’t ruin my big day and what they have done, amazingly, is manage to miraculously find another venue.”

Check back for our full interview with organiser Ans.

Adam Beyer
Global Communication and Trentemoller are set to perform at the festival, where they’ll be joined by Dub PistolsSkrillex and more.

Lord Cholmondeley, owner of Houghton Hall and the surrounding estate, said: “We are delighted to be hosting The Glade Festival at Houghton Hall this summer. We are excited to see what they do with The Glade, and look forward to working with them.”

DUB PISTOLS @ Snowbombing 2011

We chatted to Barry Ashworth, Snowbombing favourite and frontman for the mighty Dub Pistols. Having spanned two decades with their eclectic mix of sounds they have fully cemented themselves in musical history. Ladies and gentlemen Mr Barry Ashworth….