Bearded Theory announces second wave of artists for 2023

New artists include: Pretenders, Billy Bragg, Anna Calvi, PSB,

By Neil Greenway | Published: Thu 23rd Feb 2023

The Pretenders

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May 2023
Catton Hall, Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8LN, England MAP
currently £175 for the weekend
Daily capacity: 9,999
Last updated: Fri 2nd Jun 2023


New artists added to the bill include: Pretenders, Billy Bragg, Anna Calvi, Public Service Broadcasting, Beth Orton, Alvvays, Sleeper, The Go! Team and more

Previously announced artists on this year’s eclectic lineup include: Interpol, Primal Scream, Gogol Bordello, Gary Numan, Echo & The Bunnymen, Flogging Molly, Viagra Boys, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, The Beths, The Mysterines, She Drew The Gun, Yard Act, Snapped Ankles and many more

“Bearded Theory puts a spring in the step of festival season with sets from the world’s most beloved indie musicians” – The Telegraph

Set in the heart of The National Forest, the multi award winning independent family festival Bearded Theory returns for its 14th year on 25-28 May 2023. Cherished for its intimate, idyllic location, grassroots ethos and miscellany of musical offerings, the festival has become a sanctity for alternative music lovers across the country and for the local community alike. This year, they invite you to join them for one of their most exciting line-ups to date.

Today the festival announces twenty nine new additions to the lineup, featuring the likes of English-American rockers Pretenders, progressive left-wing activist and singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, Mercury and BRIT nominee Anna Calvi, respected instrumentalists and kings of sampling Public Service Broadcasting, BRIT award winning beguiling folktronica artist Beth Orton, the exciting new project from indie mogul Johnny Borrell Jealous Nostril, and many more, such as Sleeper, The Go! Team, Lime Cordiale, Witch Fever, and Lanterns on The Lake.

They are joined by legendary New York rockers Interpol, Scottish heroes Primal Scream, self-proclaimed gypsy-swing punk rockers Gogol Bordello, one of synth pop’s founding fathers Gary Numan, seven-piece Celtic-punks Flogging Molly, and post-punk paragons Echo & The Bunnymen, served alongside some of the best up-and-coming names in the world, such as Viagra Boys, Yard Act, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, She Drew The Gun, The Beths and The Mysterines.

This year also sees the addition of a brand-new Big Top Stage in the main arena, accompanying the main Pallet Stage and beautiful Woodland Stage tucked between the trees. This latest addition gives festival-goers the opportunity to hear more music from more artists, in more places than ever before, alongside returning fan-favourite stages Magical Sounds, Maui Waui, Convoy Cabaret, The Something Else Tea Tent, and The Magic Teapot. Also returning once again, hidden away in the midst of the festival site is the Rogues Hideout, the area especially created for the teenage Bearded goers! In the day time it’s an amazing area for activities and workshops, but by night is a banging DJ and live music venue with up and coming DJs from all over. 

Also returning to Bearded Theory this year is The Festival School, a wholly innovative initiative that celebrates the amalgamation of the importance of education and family time that takes place at the festival’s Children’s Village, a very special area of the site that prioritises music, learning, creativity, fun and chill with festival kids in mind. The school, which requires official enrollment and permission from the children’s respective schools, runs from 9am-3pm for years Reception through till Year 10 on the Friday of the festival, and provides a huge itinerary of educational classes. Previous years have included maths (how to budget a music festival), P.E. classes by Derby County FC, Sublime Science, English, History and loads more. Bearded Theory believes that education shouldn’t be confined solely to four walls, so this resource serves as an effective way to put those beliefs into action. This year’s school is now fully booked. 

If crafts are more your thing, The Earth Area, Bearded Theory’s crafts and healing space, is a beautiful area to discover, learn and grow, whether you’re a small or large child. Acquire new skills to take home, excite your senses and treat your body, mind and spirit in this interactive, fun, creative and healing zone. Food and drink is taken seriously at Bearded Theory, boasting multiple amazing bars on site that offer award winning ales, exciting craft beers from local breweries, spirits, cocktails and plenty of alcohol free options at sensible prices. Plus all the food vendors have been painstakingly selected to provide delicious and good quality foods, with plenty of unique meaty, vegan and vegetarian options, without overcharging.

Bearded Theory recognises that the cost-of-living crisis is affecting everyone, so henceforth have made the decision to freeze tickets for Teens and Children at 2022 prices. Additionally, the festival offers monthly payment instalment plans, which enables buyers to spread the cost of purchase up until May 2023. Tickets are on sale now. For more info on payment plans, camping options and facilities please go HERE

All new artists announced are:


Billy Bragg

Anna Calvi

Public Service Broadcasting

Beth Orton



The Go! Team

Lime Cordiale

Lanterns on the Lake

Grace Petrie

Mad Dog Mcrea 

The Bug Club

Trojan Sound System

Jealous Nostril

William The Conqueror



Opus Kink

Black Water County


Dea Matrona

Cap Carter

Witch Fever

Tay Oskee

The Men They Couldn’t Hang Acoustic


Sisters In Dub

Alt Blk Era

Deja Vega

Previously announced artists include:


Primal Scream
Gogol Bordello
Gary Numan
Flogging Molly
Echo And The Bunnymen

Viagra Boys

Yard Act



The Dualers

The Beths

The Mysterines

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

The Lovely Eggs

Snapped Ankles

The Undertones

Beans on Toast


She Drew The Gun

Skinny Lister


Holy Moly and the Crackers

Millie Manders and the Shutup  

Panic Shack


Coach Party

Stick In The Wheel 

Cruel Hearts Club

Pet Needs

The Bar-Steward Sons Of Val Doonican

Muddy Summers & The DFWs 


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Tickets for 2023 are on sale, priced as follows:-
Adult weekend : £175
Children aged 12-16: £65
Children aged 8-11: £40
Children aged 0-7: FREE but need ticket
Car parking: £20
Campervans & Caravans: £70
All tickets include camping, and Thursday entry. There are no tickets available on the gate.

A payment plan is also available.

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