Belper bands head to Bearded Theory

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BELPER bands will be taking to the stage at the UK’s fastest-growing music festival this weekend.

Bearded Theory, which last year raised funds for the town’s Drop Inn Centre, will again see young people from the charity closely involved in the running of the festival.

Three bands with links to the town’s Soundhub record label will also be appearing on the festival’s Waters Edge stage, which is being managed by Drop Inn volunteer Shane ‘Jasper’ Husbands, during the course of this weekend’s three-day event.

The 23-year-olds folk funk band, Jasper in the Company of Others, will also be performing a set on the Friday night.

He said: “It’s great that we are maintaining links with the festival in Belper. Just James - who are signed to the Soundhub will be putting on a drum and bass and dubstep set.

“And indie band Fires & Fireplaces who won this year’s Soundhub battle of the Band will be appearing.”

Four young people from the Drop Inn centre will be filming for a new project, Decoy TV, placing footage and interviews on the centre’s website.

Centre inclusion officer Adrian Stone said: “They have been practising interview techniques with a £500 camera donated by the Community Safety Partnership in preparation for this – it’s a youth-led project and we plan to film at many other events.

“Meanwhile, four ft high art pieces called Nano structures which have been made by the young people and will be placed across the site.”

Adam Ant and his band the Good, the Mad & the Lovely, are set to headline the sold-out festival, which takes place at Kedleston Hall on May 18, 19 and 20. He replaces the previously announced Friday headliners, the Levellers, who were forced to withdraw due to an injury to fiddle player Jon Sevink.

Bearded Theory PR officer, Michael Eccleshall, said: “Belper always has a strong place in the affections of everyone involved with Bearded Theory Festival - so much so that one of the festival’s organisers recently moved there.

“For the festival we always look to use local suppliers and resources wherever possible and also to support local good causes. Last year we helped to raise funds for Belper’s The Drop Inn youth charity, and every year we hire a large number of our contractors from Belper. A number of local musicians will also be performing.”