Taking place 26-29 May 2022, the award-winning Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering has today announced a second wave of artists to join its already impressive bill.
Critically acclaimed as one of the world’s best live acts, Swedish rock band The Hives will be a Bearded Theory highlight. Twenty years since they first set the music world on its head with the release of their debut album ‘Barely Legal’ and with countless awards to their name, expect a superhuman live show you won’t want to miss.
Punk-folksinger-songwriter Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls will take to the stage with an impressive eight album back catalogue filled with classic singalongs. One of the UK’s most successful solo artists of the past decade, Frank Turner will be one of the most unmissable acts of the weekend.
Feted Yorkshire synthpopers Working Men’s Club burst onto the scene in 2019, securing an army of loyal fans along the way, whilst their first album was described by NME as ‘a superb debut’ and scored a 4/5 starred review from The Guardian. Expect to be transported into a psychedelic universe by this Northern powerhouse.
With an empowering approach to song writing and an artist who isn’t afraid to speak out, Billy Nomates is refreshingly direct. As the buzz around her music and live shows continues to grow, singer Tor Maries is sure to impress with her punk sounds and stalking bass lines.
Brighton’s Yonaka is another welcome addition to the line-up with their raucous live sets and a seamless merging of pop, rock and hip-hop inspired beats whilst Manchester band Affleck's Palace will bring Manchester’s psychedelic guitar heritage into the 21st century. Giving the classic Jamaican roots reggae sounds a modern twist, Concrete Rose will also be ones to watch.
Also announced today are indie rock trio Little Commets, synth pop band Echo Machine and experimental-punk duo Bob Vylan following a sold-out UK tour. Other additions include Nottingham punks Do Nothing, indie rock band Jaws, Crystal Palace based two-piece JOHN and Popes of Chillitown who will bring the very best of punk, ska and reggae to Derbyshire.
The acts join an already stellar line up for 2022 which includes headline acts Placebo, The Flaming Lips and Patti Smith & Band among many others.
With more acts still to be announced as well as the always impressive family and kids activities, comedy line-up and much, much more, Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering 2022 is literally unmissable.
3 Daft Monkeys
Attila the Stockbroker
Beans on Toast
Chris Liberator & Sterling Moss
Doctor and the Medics
Ed Tangent (DJ)
From The Jam
John Otway Big Band
Mad Dog Mcrea
Mad Mick (DJ)
Mado et les Freres Pinard
Man Made Man
Merv (Eat Static) - DJ set
New Town Kings
OTT & The All Seeing Eye
Please Y Self
Popes of Chillitown
Public Image Ltd. (PiL)
Rev Phil Dread
Reverend And The Makers
Stevie - One Bloke One Mandolin
The Roughneck Riot
The True Deceivers
The Uke Ellington Orchestra
Will Tun and The Wasters
Bearded Theory festival information & FAQs
Travelling to/from the festival
From the North:
Follow the M1 Southbound and exit onto the A38 at Junction 28, heading West for Burton / Birmingham. Keep travelling until you pick up the AA road signs, which will exit you at the Alrewas / Rugely / Tamworth A513 turnoff. Follow the signs to the festival.
From the West or South (a):
From the M5 (from the West) or the M40 (from London ), take the M42 Northbound. Between Junctions 8 and 9 take the M6 toll road and exit at T4 onto the A38 Northbound. Follow AA roadsigns which will exit you at the Alrewas / Rugely / Tamworth A513 turnoff. Follow the signs to the festival.
From the South (b):
Take the M1 from London , and exit at Juntion 24, following the A50 to Stoke. After a few miles you will exit onto the A38 to Burton. Follow the BAA road signs which will exit you at the Alrewas / Rugely / Tamworth A513 turnoff. Follow the signs to the festival.
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The history of Bearded Theory festival
It all started in 2007 as a birthday celebration in a field behind a pub and a good time was had with a group of friends performing which included the 3 Daft Monkeys. It was decided to do the party again the following year but for charity. The friends in attendance still remain a key part of the team including Main Stage Manager, Magical Sounds curator, Main Stage Compere, Operations Manager, Build Team, Children’s Area managers and of course the Birthday boy remains the organiser and Main Stage programmer.
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