Madness to headline Sunday night, Bearded Theory Festival 2017

Organisers of the Bearded Theory Festival have just confirmed Madness will join the 2017 line-up!

This booking is a major coup for the festival, and one they have been trying to confirm for a number of years now. Madness join previously announced Friday co-headliners Slaves & Skunk Anansie at the top of the bill. Saturday’s headliner is still TBA.

Madness are one of the UK’s best loved bands, achieving more than twenty chart hit singles, many of them instantly recognisable classics. Performing at both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert and London Olympic Games closing ceremony in 2012, Madness have ascended into true ’national treasure’ status, and Bearded Theory are delighted to be welcoming them to Catton Hall in Derbyshire, hot off the back of a major arena tour this winter.

Steve Blount, Bearded Theory organiser says, “We are chuffed to bits to have finally secured the booking of Madness, a band we have been trying to confirm for the past couple of years. Having seen the band twice this year, including their epic performance on Glastonbury’’s Pyramid Stage, I knew we had to bag them to close out our tenth anniversary celebrations”.

Bearded Theory are also proud to announce a number of additional main stage bookings. Alabama 3 will be returning with more of their chaotic, techno-fuelled southern (London) blues. 6Music DJ extraordinaire Don Letts will bring his legendary bulging record bag of classic tunes and Skippinish will showcase their bagpipe-infused traditional Scottish folk music. Former Dum Dum’s frontman Josh Doyle, Manchester Regge legends Nucleus Roots, and Sheffield-based ‘explosive dub’ act Smiling Ivy have also all been added to the bill.

As previously announced, seminal British rock act Skunk Anansie, and punk duo Slaves will headline the Pallet (Main) stage, on Friday.


Tickets for Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering 2017 are on sale now via, or by calling the box office on: 0871 220 0260.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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