The main stage at Bearded Theory. Pic: Sam Dawson

A music festival taking place near Lichfield is urging visitors to support local families in need.

The main stage at Bearded Theory. Pic: Sam Dawson

Bearded Theory Festival, which takes place at Catton Hall from May 24 to 27, is launching a Foodbank Holiday campaign to coincide with this year’s event.

Visitors are being asked to bring one item of non-perishable food or make a donation when they arrive, with the donations going to the Padley Group, which supports a foodbank, homeless services hub and development centre.

Organiser Sally Booth says she hopes enough items will be donated to supply an extra 400 food parcels to those in need.

““As a veteran of many music festivals I have been shocked at how much food is often left behind, with people choosing to throw it away, rather than carry it home,” Sally said. “That then led me to thinking that at Bearded Theory Festival, we could not just collect these leftover tins and donate them to a local foodbank, but do something on a much larger scale.

“By asking our fabulous festival-goers to also bring just one item each for donation to the Padley Group, we can make meaningful positive impact on the most vulnerable people within the community that hosts our festival each year.””

Among the acts already confirmed to appear on Bearded Theory’s nine stages are Robert Plant with his band The Sensational Space Shifters, Blossoms, Jimmy Cliff, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Jake Bugg, The Coral, Sleeper, Dub Pistols and Reverend & The Makers.

The family-friendly festival also features a kids zone offering a range of free activities.

Weekend tickets are £115 for adults, £55 for 12 to 15 year-olds, and £28 for six to 11 year-olds. For more details visit

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