'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. 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
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