Reason to celebrate: Bearded Theory festival 2022 has just announced a second wave of artists which we’re revealing right now. And they’re a cracker. Or maybe that should be crackers, but that doesn’t sound right.

So here we go… tick, tick, boom! Yes, The Hives have joined the lineup and they’re well-known as a brilliant live act, so will no doubt go down a storm with the Bearded Theory crowd. Also signed up are Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls. Frank and crew have been very active during lockdown, raising funds for the Music Venue Trust to keep our grassroots venues from going under.

Woodland stage Bearded Theory
The Woodland Stage

Gourmet Gigs were early fans of Working Men’s Club and interviewed them after the release of their first single Bad Blood… the Hebden Bridge crew are now set to rock Bearded Theory’s main stage. Also on the lineup, Billy Nomates, Brighton’s Yonaka, and … Manchester band Afflecks Palace.

bearded theory crowd
Rock those beards

Also: indie rock trio Little Commets, synth pop band Echo Machine and experimental-punk duo Bob Vylan. Nottingham’s Do Nothing, indie rock band Jaws, Crystal Palace based two-piece JOHN and Popes of Chillitown.

Already on the lineup are Placebo, Patti Smith and The Flaming Lips. There are plenty of Beardy favourites, returnees such as: 3 Daft Monkeys, Ferocious Dog, Gaz, Brookfield, Dreadzone, and a recent big favourite, Dubioza Kolektiv.

Bearded Theory is a great way to start the festival season, taking place over the May Bank Holiday. There are a total of nine stages promised for next year, with the main stage and more intimate Woodland Stage hosting most of the artists. There is, as always, a fabulous lineup for kids. And many of us will be hoping for the return of the Magical Sounds tent for world music and psychedelic wonderment.

Bearded Theory remains one of the best value festivals with adult tickets at only £135 per person.

Bearded Theory Spring Gathering, 26 – 29 May, Catton Hall, Derbyshire
Tickets available now

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