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Still time to book! 7 cool local music festivals

Hey music lover! Load up with pear cider (leave the wellies at home, you won't be needing them) and check out the best local music festivals.

Who fancies getting their rocks off at a music festival? ‘Course you do! Our neck of the woods has a fair few of these summer celebrations left. What’s more, unlike Glastonbury which sells out in seven seconds, these local music-gigs all still have some tickets available, at time of writing at least. So, in chronological order, here’s where you’ll find Muddy decked out in daisy chains and denim hotpants this summer…

Vicar’s Picnic, Yalding, Fri 14 – Sat 15 July

Glasgow indie-rock band the Fratellis will headline this year at Kent’s biggest little music festival, which launched for the first time last year. The triple platinum-selling band will headline the main stage on the Saturday night, following a Friday night appearance from Bruce Foxton and From the Jam. This is a great event, organised entirely by enthusiastic volunteers. The festival will be held on The Lees with two stages and a DJ tent, plus overnight camping for families.

Walled Garden Music Fest, Fri 14 – Sun 16 July

With music from ABC to Toploader and Howard Jones to Beverley Craven there’s some fairly well known names here at this picturesque venue set in within the 550 acre picturesque Brightling Park, East Sussex.

Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone, Fri 28 – Sun 30 July

Saxon, Extreme, ZZ Top… no this is not an insight to ‘My Fave 80s Classic Rock Bands’ playlist, its just some of the acts headlining at this proper rock festival. No idea how some of these guys are still going (where *do* they find the energy?) – if rock is your thang, go on and let your hair down (literally).The Ramblin’ Man Fair will be held over three days for its third year in Maidstone’s Mote Park.

Weald on the Field, Uckfield, Sat 5 Aug

Join in the fun for a day of amazing local produce, street food, drink, live music & entertainment at this boutique, family-friendly event – organised by Food Rocks – the same team behind the recent highly successful JOY festival at Groombridge Place.

Margate Soul Festival, Fri 4 – Sun 6 Aug

Like sunshine, soul music and the seaside? Arrested Development and gospel legend Candi Staton are among the line-up for the three-day music event which takes place in and around the picturesque Margate Harbour adjacent to the sands of Margate beach.. There will be more than 50 DJs, two stages and seven themed venues.

Leefest, Edenbridge, Thurs 10 – Sat 12 Aug

Imaginary kaleidoscopic realm, The Neverland, has been created for this festival, comprising three main stages, or ‘tribes’ each with a different theme and musical feel (pop, ambient or pumping beats). An eclectic boutique festival featuring music, theatre, comedy and walkabout performance that famously started in 16-year-old Lee Denny’s back garden but last year celebrated its 10th anniversary.

A New Day Festival, Faversham, Fri 25 – Sun 27 Aug

The line- up for this year’s popular festival includes Dr Feelgood, Slade, The Yardbirds, Uriah Heap and Big Country – those are just some of the big names playing the three-day event at Mount Ephraim, Faversham.

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