Award-winning UK festival Bearded Theory have secured a rare festival performance by one of the world’s greatest rock and roll voices, Robert Plant, to headline on the Saturday night of the four day event at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, which runs from from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th May 2018.
The former Led Zeppelin frontman will be bringing his band The Sensational Space Shifters, who have been selling out venues around the world and will be performing a set full of classic hits and new material.
Joining Robert Plant on the bill is a diverse collection of live acts, more than 130 across the site, including Sunday headliner and fellow rock and roll hall of fame reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, Scottish indie heroes The Jesus & Mary Chain, Jake Bugg, Electronic Punk Duo Sleaford Mods and English punk sensations, Idles.
Alongside classic festival acts such as Fun Lovin’ Criminals,The Coral,Sleeper, Dub Pistols, Ruts DC, Reverend and the Makers, Milburn, Therapy?, Will Varley, Don Letts, Show of Hands, Lucy Spraggan, and hundreds more over nine live stages. Friday’s headliner is still to be announced.
With more than 65% of tickets for this year’s festival already sold, 2018 is looking set to be the festival’s ninth straight sell-out year in a row. Alongside the diverse array of musical genres and acts on offer, Bearded Theory will also be providing a huge variety of non-musical entertainment over the weekend.
The biggest new addition is the One Big Showcase stage, a large stage for unsigned bands, which received over 2000 applications for this stage alone. The festival has also added a Theatre Stage and the Kettle End of Universe; a quiet area based around a campfire.
The Woodland will welcome Funhouse Comedy for the first time – taking over the stage daily from midnight, providing stand-up comedy into the early hours, and have confirmed a line up featuring the likes of Tom Wrigglesworth, Scott Bennett, Rob Mullholland, Sean Percival, Susan Murray ,Wes Zaharuk and many more.
Them main, ‘Pallet Stage’ will have a little makeover, and as usual there will be Maui Waui, Magical Sounds and the Convoy Cabaret. Rogues Hideout (for teenagers) is being made bigger for the evening show, The Ship returns with a different music selection and Something Else Tea Tent will be providing everyone with cake and rebels.
The Earth Area, the innovative and unique on-site School, and the free Children’s Village will remain as before. Family camping has been extended with an additional two fields secured, for the many thousands of families who attend the festival every year.