Kent’s Biggest Music Festivals 2018

Those crazy, hazy sunny days may seem like a long way away, but it's never too early to start planning for festival season...

Whether you like to converge on one big stage or hop from one pop up venue to another, Kent has an amazing range of music festivals lined up for 2018. With big name acts in rock, pop, ska, soul, folk and dubstep, you can enjoy a boutique boogie-fests by the sea or get lost in Neverland. So dig out your wellies and check out our line-up of some of the best festivals to grace Kent’s stage this year...

Black Deer Festival

22nd – 24th June

The UK’s newest Americana and Country festival will be coming to Tunbridge Wells for 2018, bringing with it scores of top artists, including Ashley Campbell, daughter of the legendary Glenn Campbell, star of TV’s Nashville, Sam Palladio, and Golden Globe winner, Kiefer Sutherland with his band following release of the 2016 album Down in a Hole. Enjoy a taste of the southern states...

Ramblin’ Man Fair

30th June – 1st July, Maidstone

Rock fans, this one’s for you. Now in its fourth year, Ramblin’ Man has already been described by Classic Rock magazine as “the best new festival in Britain”, and has attracted the likes of White Snake, Black Stone Cherry, Zombies and Thin Lizzy in the last three years. If that doesn’t have you reaching for your tent and wellies, this year’s line-up will as Mott the Hoople, Steel Panther and Fish will all be on stage in the heart Mote Park. Ramble on…

Rochester Castle Concerts

10th - 14th July 

This summer boogy along with Jools Holland, sing with Ronan Keating and relax in the shadow of the iconic Rochester Castle while listening to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. With five nights of senasational live music in the line-up this July, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to booking up your tickets! Party by the Castle

 

Leeds Castle Classical Concert

14th July

Celebrating its 40th year, the Leeds Castle Classical Concert promises to be a highlight this festival season. Enjoy world-class music, captivating performers and fireworks, all set against the stunning backdrop of Leeds Castle - bring a picnic, bring the family, bring a candelabra! Be sure to book up as these tickets sell out fast! Cheers to 40 years...

The Vicar's Picnic 

20th - 21st July, Yalding

Bag a seat on the banks of the River Medway for this sensational festival, created by locals and curated with love. Big names including Fun Lovin' Criminals, Cast and StarSailor mingle with local acts all weekend, with plenty of the usual festival entertainment sure to keep everyone entertained at the biggest little festival in Kent. Put on your best frock (and festival wellies) for The Vicar’s Picnic. Tea and tickets, vicar...?

Neverworld by Leefest

2nd – 5th August, Hever

Just like the ability to never, ever grow up, this magical Kent festival is a well-kept secret, but unlike Peter Pan, you don’t need fairy dust or the ability to fly to get there. Join the Lost Boys in the Neverwoods, venture down to Skull Ridge and dare to face the pirates, but don’t forget to check out the fantastic line up in all the enchanted excitement, including Clean Bandit, Declan McKenna and Tom Grennan. Tick, tock – buy your ticket to walk the plank...

A New Day, Faversham

3rd – 5th August, Faversham

Set against the backdrop of the 800-acre Mount Emphraim Gardens in Faversham, this rock, blues and roots festival is offering a sensational line-up this year. Feeder, Hawkwind and Ten Years After will be headlining the three-day festival, joined by Gong, Atomic Rooster and Caravan. So, what are you waiting for? Early bird tickets are now available! Join the early birds...

Margate Soul Festival

3rd – 5th August, Margate

A soul festival by the sea in one of Kent’s coolest coastal towns, sounds pretty good, right? Carnival street parties, outdoor live shows and an eclectic mix of nightlight all help make this festival one of the best summer events in Kent this year. Trust us, this one sells out quickly, so make sure you don’t miss out. Tickets to the seaside...

Broadstairs Folk Week

10th – 17th August, Broadstairs

Fifty three years of traditional folk music is right at the heart of Broadstairs Folk Week, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it stops there. With around 70 events every day, the week presents festival-goers the chance to discover new bands and dance along to a whole raft of music you would never expect to hear at a folk festival. Find out about folk by the sea...

Faversham Hop Festival

1st – 2nd September, Faversham

It just wouldn’t be Kent without the famous Faversham Hop Festival, would it? In amongst the hopping heritage and local brews from Shepherd Neame (just a stone’s throw from the action) this free local favourite boasts five stages and 60 bands spread across the market town, ranging from folk and jazz to Morris and dance. Don your hop crown...

Wheels and Fins Festival

7th - 9th September

Feeder, the Libertines, Faithless...they are all in this beach-side line-up! Soak up sea views and enjoy an action-packed few days, complete with an extreme bike battle, mini ramp champs, food and drink and more. Dive in