Iconic music makers against breath-taking backdrops, holistic healers alongside theatre & thinkers. 16 – 18 June 2023 in St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales
- Unearthed Festival rises up in St Davids, Pembrokeshire, from 16 – 18 June 2023
- Family friendly & full of fun Unearthed Festival prides itself on being many things to many people – whether dancing or wellbeing there is something for all
- Dawn Penn, celebrated female Jamaican Reggae artist takes top spot on Saturday 17 June and intergalactic ravers & entertainers’ extraordinaire HENGE headline on opening night, Friday 16 June
- Mad Professor ft Sista Aisha, Da Fuchaman and his Fire Blaze Band, Get The Blessing, Worm Soundsystem add an iconic Bristol flavour to the weekend
- For self-care - think from wood fired hot tubs, yoga, Mayan massage, and even the latest craze in collective fitness classes - The Temple arena returns
- Booming local business buy-in sees first ever festival sponsors Barti Dhu Rum brought on board, joining a whole host of Pembrokeshire brewed beer and local vegetarian food offerings
Unearthed Festival takes place from the 16-18 June 2023 and this years’ line-up will welcome more performers, creators, teachers, musicians, shamans, comedians, artists and entertainers to the lush Pembrokeshire peninsula than ever before.
Taking place in St Davids, Wales, the festival is set against some of the country’s most breath-taking scenery and in 2023 features everything from reggae to sea shanties, comedy to cacao ceremonies andpsychedelic session orchestras to family folk duos. Not only that, there’s a whole host of wellness, good vibes and high quality and locally sourced food and drink thrown in for good measure, making Unearthed the antidote to stress and the essence of a good time.
A firm local favourite (with the reintroduction of discounted (by up to 30%) local tickets in 2023) this year’s biggest ever line-up is set to see festival goers from across the country, and further afield, making the pilgrimage to Pembrokeshire. The main stage will host some of the UKs leading artists, DJs and disruptors including award winning Queen of Reggae Dawn Penn whose hits have been sampled by the likes of Mary J Blige & DJ Khalid and Buster Rhymes and whose career has been honoured with the Martin Luther King Award for contribution to Music, among others.
Psychedelic ravers Henge will take to the mainstage for a genre-defying mashup of rock, punk, techno and electro on the night of Friday 16. Not the only performers with an epic cult following to be stepping into the spotlight this year, Mad Professor will also make his Unearthed debut featuring a guest performance from Sista Aisha, and audiences can expect body moving bass from one of the leading dub music producers responsible for bringing the genre into the digital age. Also hailing from Bristol both Get The Blessing and Da Fuchaman and his Fire Blaze Band will sandwich the BBC’s very own Aleighcia Scott on the main stage on Friday, with fans from Bristol and Cardiff alike expected to turn up in their hundreds for an electrifying run of rock jazz followed by award winning reggae, soul and funk. Into the night audiences can enjoy the cosmically weaving vibrations of DreamFaerie, a resident DJ with the psybass label & collective Shanti Planti, followed by the down-tempo, psychedelic chilled-out dub of Quanta.
Alongside mainstage performances bands of all sizes playing a whole range of genres will appear on the 8 festival stages which can be found scattered across the 12 festival areas. Everything from music to theatre, cacao ceremonies to cinema will unfold in more intimate and unique venues and new to this year’s line-up is the Speak Easy tent, home of comedy, theatre and inspirational talks. With theatre from MSG cabaret, National Theatre Wales TEAM, The Show of Freaks and Fire Donkey Production, and stand-up comedy from the Semi-Finalist of Britain's Got Talent, Noel James as well as the award-winning Claire Ferguson Walker, and comedic favourites Josh Elton and Phil Cooper it’s a one-stop shop for culture buffs, comedy fans and intellectual aficionados, or simply anyone who wants to learn a little and laugh a lot.
Unearthed prides itself on creating a safe and stirring space for families and children as well as friends and compatriots, and the Speak Easy tent is also where children’s theatre and workshops will unfold. It will host a range of inspirational individuals who will talk about timely topics such as sustainability, aimed at making young and old alike want to pick up their shovels and start a revolution for 21st century lushness of life. Artist Ben Lloyd, creative producer & writer Angharad Tudor, multidisciplinary artist Cara Gaskell and artist & creative practitioner Rosanna Mckenna will be on hand throughout the weekend to help guide guests throughout their stay.
Saturday will serve up everything from jazz to jungle beats, topped off with 10-piece collective TC & the Groove Family ft. Franz Von whose music celebrates the coming together of cultures, followed by Worm Soundsystem from Bristol-based party-starters and label owners Worm Disco Club. Getting audiences in the mood throughout the day will be the virtuosic Roma-influenced music of Faith I Branko and the heady mix of electronics with traditional Latin American instrumentation courtesy of Xaman X, alongside performances by Richard Down, Annie Gardiner, Rona Mac, Sky barkers, TLK, Dawn Penn, DJ Gabrielleand topped off with an impressive performance from the Old Time Sailors.
Unearthed prides itself on being many things to many people. For those wanting to spend their time focusing on body, mind and soul, The Templearena offers daily yoga, contact improvisation, devotional singing, Qi-gong and ecstatic dance workshops, alongside daily ceremonies including cacao. Within The Temple arena Gwynvyd holds workshops that require a more intimate closed environment and these include breath-work, shamanic journeying, sound healing and individual treatments such as Mayan massage, reflexology and physiotherapy. Also located at The Temple arena is Tan Tipi, a sacred fire venue which hosts ceremony, celebration and workshops on foraging and low impact living. This is also where the woodfired sauna and hot-tub can be found, access to both of which is included in the price of the festival ticket.
On Sunday festival goers can wind down their weekend with the soulful sounds of acoustic folk couple and singer songwriters River Roots, followed by an intoxicating mix of techno, jungle and punk courtesy of live electronic quartet (and Leeds Conservatoire alumni) Long Legged Creatures. Phil King, Potts and Jammin, 6161 and Scribes will also take to the main stage throughout the day. Bringing the festival to a glorious and Glastonbury-worthy close will be Los Pulpos del Diablo, an extravagant 13 piece session orchestra compiled from musicians plucked from across the programme who come together to bring the weekend to a transcendent close. Epitomising the collective ethos of festival this psychedelic ensemble comprises a full spectrum of musicians, coming together to give thanks and love to the community that is Unearthed, making it an end-of-festival-weekend ritual not to be missed.
For the first time ever, festival favourite the Freedom Stage is extending its opening until the early hours of the morning on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June, and until midnight on the Sunday 18, meaning an increased number of music acts and opportunities for new and upcoming musicians to perform to a festival crowd, many for the first time.
The ongoing success of, and support for Unearthed, is in no small part down to its investment in both local people and businesses. From this years’ head of recycling who first attended the festival as a mischievous 11 year old, to Haidar, an asylum seeker who now runs his own restaurant business and cooks for the staff and volunteers, Unearthed means it when it says it invests in people. In 2023 the festival will welcome its first official sponsor, locally distilled Barti Dhu Rum, and all bar one beer (which is sticked due to its affordability) come from Pembrokeshire. The vast majority of food and drink providers are also based in and around Pembrokeshire and for those who have indulged too much in the grainy good stuff, the festival bars will themselves be serving up, coffee, orange juice and a range of exclusive elixirs to lend a helping hand to those harbouring hangovers, for the first time.
Tim Rees, founder of Unearthed Festival, said: “We can’t wait to welcome our brothers and sisters from all over the world back to Unearthed Festival in 2023. This festival, which started out as a small event in the field behind my house, has grown into something that people really seem to believe in and this year we have more in store than ever before. We’re really proud to keep delivering a diverse line-up that represents people, communities and cultures from across the country and all over the world. Whether you want a weekend of musical indulgence and dancing with friends, or a chance to escape the stresses of life with a weekend retreat featuring Mayan massages and hot tubs, there’s something for everyone.”