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Festival Fever

'Tis the season for drinking too much cider and getting sunburnt in a field under the guise of being a live music fan. Here's our pick of the best local music festivals. See you down the front!

These days our neck of the woods offers a pretty decent selection of summer music celebrations. What’s more, unlike Glastonbury which sells out in seven seconds, these local music-gigs all still have some tickets available. And better still YOU CAN WIN tickets to go right here (don’t say we don’t spoil you). So, whether it’s for all-round family fun or a groovy slice of foodie heaven, here’s where you’ll find Muddy decked out in daisy chains and denim hotpants this summer…

BEST FOR…COUNTRY COOL

Black Deer Festival of Americana & Country, Eridge Park, Fri 21 – Sun 23 June 2019

Acts – Band of Horses, John Butler Trio, The Staves

Immerse yourselves in the community, music, food and storytelling of a culture like no other – the world of Americana & Country. After the phenomenal success of last year – the UK’s first ever Americana and country music festival is back. Again it promises to be all kinds of rootin’-tootin, foot-stompin’ cool! blackdeerfestival.com

BEST FOR…FAMILY FUN

Woodlands Festival, Elm Wood, Fri 7 – Sun 9 June 2019

Acts – Elo Quitmann, The New Nervous Kind, Rock Choir Tunbridge Wells, Elephant Radio

Woodlands Festival is an intimate, independent family-friendly festival, raising money & awareness for Alzheimer’s Society & Macmillan Cancer Support. Set in secluded fields surrounded by woodland with plenty of activities for the kids to do! Including arts and crafts, treasure hunts, little yoga, face painting, an Outdoor Cinema and the Mum’s The Word #WILD_CHILD Party. Not forgetting the adults! Book in for a REN massage or facial at the Woodland Spa. It’s somewhere you feel you can truly relax and unwind, meet new people or reconnect with old friends and where kids can be kids again! woodlandsfestival.co.uk 

BEST FOR…FOODIE FANS

Pub in the Park, Dunorlan Park, Fri 12 – Sun 14 July 2019

Acts – Rick Astley, KT Tunstall, Basement Jaxx (DJ Set)

The biggest celebration of the best food and music the country has to offer. With a stellar line-up of chefs, pubs and music, Pub in the Park will play host to Tom’s two Michelin-starred pub, The Hand & Flowers, plus a selection of other top UK pubs and restaurants who will serve signature tasting dishes. Combined with great live music, chef demos, top quality shopping and other festival fun, Pub in the Park has become the UK’s fastest growing food and music festival. pubintheparkuk.com

Alfresco Festival, Hop Farm, Thurs 23 – Mon 27 May 2019

Acts – 2ManyDJs, Erol Alkan, Joey Negro

The perfect combination of music, people and setting all in one place, over one weekend. Nestled in the beautiful Kent countryside, Alfresco offers the faithful a moment of escapism. A four day weekend with many new attractions added, new glamping partners, incredible food and drink and arguably the finest festival crowd you will ever meet. Totally unique in its programming making sure the whole family is looked after equally whilst never compromising the music. alfrescofestival.co.uk

Ramblin’ Man Fair, Mote Park, Fri 19 – Sun 21 July 2019

Acts – The Darkness, The Wildhearts, Kris Barras Band

Ramblin’ Man Fair – brought to you by Spirit Of Rock – has a unique philosophy. It is a rock festival designed for rock fans by rock fans. The perfect location in Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent – close to London and surrounded by the beautiful English countryside. In addition, they offer the very best in food and drink, including their own beer festival. Accommodation includes Glamping at the Ranch in Mote Park and Camping at The Mote. VIP facilities include a special bar with a viewing platform.  ramblinmanfair.com

Neverworld by Leefest, Hever, Thurs 1 – Sun 4 Aug 2019

Acts – The Vaccines, Mystery Jets, Professor Green

‘A perfect, unpretentious party vibe’. Neverworld is a chance to just party with your fellow wonderful humans. Embrace it. Kids and parents – this is THE festival for you. We don’t separate you from the fun: from The Beach to The Wendy House, Neverworld is filled with fun for children and adults alike. Whether you’re four, 14 or 40, dress up in your tribal costume, explore our three realms, dance to new music, meet new people and take part in our wonderful new programme of daytime activities, all in the surrounds of the beautiful Kent countryside. neverworld.co.uk 

Margate Soul Festival, Margate Winter Gardens, Fri 2 – Sun 4 Aug 2019

Acts – Incognito, James D Train Williams, Cool Million

Margate Soul Festival began in 2002 on the streets of Margate’s Old Town with a sound system and an intimate crowd of soulful music lovers 17 years ago. It now sits comfortably among one of the UK’s best summer soulful music events. Held annually over the first weekend in August, the festival boasts an eclectic mix of soul-inspired music and also includes arenas dedicated to Soulful House, jazzFunk, Boogie & Reggae. MSF boasts an array of International live acts and over 100 DJs. A not-to-miss moment is gathering at the phenomenal Sunset Stage for one of the best sunsets overlooking the sea. The festival daytime activities reach it’s peak with the amazing DJ Led carnival on Sunday afternoon, followed by our big name live music finale. margatesoulfestival.co.uk 
WIN A FAMILY TICKET to Woodlands Festival! (Weekend Family 2 adults + 2 children 4-17yrs and includes general camping access – total value £240)

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We will be pulling the winners’ names out of our feather headdress on Mon 13 May. The winners will be randomly selected and winners must claim the prize within 48 hours of announcement. If a winner does not claim the prize after 48 hours, an alternative winner will be selected. Please note you have to be 18+ to enter this prize draw.

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