10yrs of cultivating beards
With the weather reaching the high 20’s across the last bank holiday in May the festival got off to a flying start.
This year the organisers decided to extend the first day by opening the gates a couple of hours earlier than previous years. They also opted to open the main arena with bands playing from early afternoon. I found this very enjoyable and in effect made the weekend longer.
The small improvements such as making more space in the woodland, an editional ale bar and lots of other small things all went down well.
As always the line up of bands and artists across the weekend was as varied and unique as always. With bands such as Madness, Sea Sick Steve, Skunk Anansie and Slaves as headliners it was clear the bearded staff had once again excelled themselves.
However it was not just the headliners to be enjoyed. With performances from Dreazone, Green Man Rising, Ferocious Dog and Back to the Planet there was something for everyone. Given the current political situation there were plenty of politically loaded performances with a lot of left thinking support.
A personal highlight was an undercover performance from the Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, which rocked the Something Else Tea tent.
The tea tent as always provided lots of top quality open mic artists all through the weekend.
The kids village was once again a massive hit with parents and children alike. This is always a well thought out area with endless entertainment for all.
Bearded would not be Bearded without it’s Sunday fancy dress. Always a fun and creative occasion.
With it only being a week after the Manchester disasters there was undoubtedly going to be a higher security presence. This was done with typical Bearded skill and was a well balanced operation. The extra security were regularly seen and very friendly and approachable.
Once again the organisers provided an outstanding weekend of music, love and many sore heads. A truly fitting occasion to celebrate their 10th anniversary.