We need acts!

Bearded Theory Spring Gathering is back at Catton Hall in Derbyshire across the weekend of 21st/22nd/23rd/24th  May 2020. The Academy of Music & Sound run an annual stage there called the One Big Showcase. The idea is to promote unsigned and up and coming acts to give them a leg up onto the festival ladder and increase their exposure.


Are you an unsigned band or act that fancies the idea of playing to sell out festival crowds?

2020 will be the third year we have been at the festival and once again we’re opening up a competition for unsigned bands and artists to perform on our stage!

We offer a showcase slot on our fantastic stage, free entry for you, your band and crew, and substantially discounted guest tickets for your guests, full light and sound crew, backline amps and drum kit, a manned merch area to sell your wares, stage technicians, a backstage space and facilities to get show-ready and also pro photos of your performance to use as you wish.

The One Big Showcase tent is in the main area of the festival, a short walk from the main stage.

If you really go down well we will also be pushing 4 acts to other larger stages for a slot at the 2021 festival! Previous years acts have included Devonshire up-and-comers Pattern Pusher, plus The Kubricks, Tres Kings, Katy Hurt and HAWXX.

While you’re here, why not check out our review and photos from this year’s One Big Showcase event.


The Boring Bit….
It’s over 18’s only.
However we will consider an under-18 entry if you have written consent from a parent or guardian to confirm you are able to find your own way to and from and around the festival.

If you have played the One Big Showcase stage before in 2018 or 2019 then you are not eligible, it’s someone else’s go this year!

Entry is via our sign up form below, entries will be taken until December 31st 2019, judges will be in touch via email to invite those that are successful to perform.