It might be fair to say that Bearded Theory Festival is spoiling us. And not with chocolates.
Well, it is their 10th anniversary year, so we were expecting a lineup par excellence. And indeed it is. Having revealed the headliner for Saturday night as Seasick Steve, they’ve now gone and added another three acts to the lineup. 
Seasick Steve 2016 new album cover big
So… here they are. The Fall with Mark E Smith will be gracing the Woodland stage. And BBC Folk award winners Sean Lakeman and Kathryn Roberts are also due to play in the same sylvan setting (replacing the Nova twins who have a touring commitment). Third new act on the bill are Scottish indie boys Glasvegas.
Steve Blount, Bearded Theory organiser, “has this to say:
We are hugely excited to be welcoming Seasick Steve to Bearded Theory’’s Spring Gathering 2017. Along with our other headliners Madness, Skunk Anansie and Slaves –– not to mention more than 100 other acts over 6 stages, –we believe this is without a doubt the strongest line up we have ever put together” 

And (personal favourites here) the wonderful Alabama 3 will be making a very welcome return. 

Alabama 3 - © Marcus MaschwitzAlabama 3

Skunk Anansie, and punk duo Slaves (below) will headline on Friday. The unique Magical Sounds tent with its mix of global psychedelia and dance will feature Banco de Gaia, Transglobal Underground, Ed Tangent and Hebden Bridge’s very own Tetchi.

Tickets are predictably going fast, and congratulations to Bearded Theory for keeping the tickets affordable – a weekend pass with camping is only £110.25. That’s for FOUR days of music plus as much revelry as you can cope with – and Thornbridge Brewery will as usual be on site with pub priced beers. 


As a massive thank you to all loyal festival goers, Thursday’s “bonus” Pallet stage line-up will feature virtually the entire 2008 Saturday Main Stage bill. Appearing will be these Bearded favourites: Dreadzone, 3 Daft Monkeys, Tarantism, True Deceivers, Hobo Jones & The Junkyards Dogs and more with Don Letts presiding, to help celebrate the 10th anniversary year. 

Don Letts



























There’s more to come of course – such as the dress up theme for the weekend (not to mention creating your very own beard). It’s fake beards by the way, so ladies, don’t be shy.

Tickets are on sale here 

Mr Motivator
Beard competition winner 2015













What do you think?