Kent’s Biggest Music Festivals 2020

Ria Carpenter

25th February 2020

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 2020. 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.

We don't know about you, but a festival just isn't a festival if you can't head back to a campsite and rest your legs after a long day of dancing in the sunshine - luckily, The Camping and Caravanning Club have got you covered for festival season, with three campsites in Kent so wherever you are, you'll be able to sleep the night away close by. Choose from Canterbury, Folkestone or Oldbury Hill and get in to the great outdoors whilst those balmy summer nights last!

Slap on some suncream, dig out the wellies (just in case!) and check out our line-up of some of the best festivals to grace Kent’s stage this year...

Rochester Sweeps Festival

2nd - 3rd May, Rochester

Dance through the streets of Rochester at this colourful revival. Once the only time of the year when the sweeps could escape the soot and celebrate, this vibrant festival is still just as central to Rochester’s annual calendar, offering a packed schedule of live music, more than 60 Morris sides and plenty of entertainment. 
Find out more

Nearest station - Rochester 

Pop the Mote

23rd May, Maidstone

Pop fans get ready! Pop the Mote has the UK’s best pop tribute acts, as well as children’s circus school and fairground and a celebration of foods of the world. Get ready to sing along in the sunshine to your favourite artists like Ed Sheeran, Take That and ABBA tributes! 

Drop, pop and roll…

Nearest Station - Maidstone East

City Sound Project

May, Canterbury

Pssst… while the line-up is still under wraps, we don’t mind telling you this is one to put in your diary. Right in the heart of Canterbury, this metropolitan music festival will once again be showcasing some of the best upcoming talent from the UK and further afield, so keep checking back for those tickets!

Keep an eye out for tickets. 

Nearest station - Canterbury West 

Proms in the Park

6th June 2020

Whatman Millennium River Park is providing the beautiful backdrop for this year’s Proms in the Park festival once again. Prepare for a day of magnificent music, community spirit and unforgettable entertainment in one of Maidstone’s glorious parklands. Soak in the sunshine, admire the sensational scenery and celebrate classical music at this unmissable event.
A true classic…

Nearest Station - Maidstone East

Black Deer Festival

19th - 21st June

The UK’s newest Americana and Country festival will be returning to Tunbridge Wells for 2020, bringing with it scores of top artists, including The Dead South, Wilco and The Waterboys.
Enjoy a taste of the southern states...

Nearest Station - Frant

Riverside Festival

4th July, Gravesend

There’s a rumble in the jungle in Gravesend this July and it’s not coming from the animals! One of I’m a Celebs most-famous camp mates will be headlining The Riverside Festival in Gravesham this summer. Best known for his hits ‘Mysterious Girl’ and ‘Flava’, Peter Andre will be taking the centre stage in July, followed by performances from local acts and tribute bands such as Elite Elton, Moves like Jagger and The Stevie Wonder band!

Rhythm by the River…

Nearest Station- Gravesend

Tonbridge Music Weekend 

3th - 5th July, Tonbridge

Get ready for fun and music at Tonbridge Castle as some of the best tribute acts sing the songs you know and love! Sing and dance to your favourite Tina Turner and Spice Girl numbers to West End musical showtunes and disco anthems!

Tributes at Tonbridge

Nearest Station - Tonbridge

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HiTide Dreamland

4th -5th July, Margate

Dreamland is a festival-goers heaven this summer! From the Soundcrash Funk and Soul Weekender to Foreverland Festival, they've got lots to explore down on Margate's bohemian coast this summer.  Make sure to get your tickets for Dreamland's biggest event, HiTide - this year's line up includes Madness, Rudimental DJ Set and Fatboy Slim!

Right here, right now!

Nearest station - Margate

Leeds Castle Classical Concert

11th July

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! 

Concerto at the Castle...

Nearest Station - Bearsted

Music at the Mote

11th July, Sevenoaks

Get your picnic blankets, mini scotch eggs and deck chairs at the ready to sing along to Music at the Mote this July. Sit back, unwind and dance away the evening as you listen to live music from professional three-piece band, Masterclass, in the grounds of the stunning, 14th century Ightham Mote.

Music and Motes…

Nearest Station- The Plough Ivy Hatch

Summer Band Concerts

14th July - 25th August, Tonbridge

These free summer concerts are taking place between 3pm and 5pm every Sunday, which makes it perfect for a family picnic whilst enjoying some fantastic music. Some of the bands already booked include The Soul Knights and Jon Hamilton Big Band, and the Invicta Jazz Orchestra! There's no need to book tickets - just turn up on the day and join the fun!

Music in the sunshine

Nearest Station - Tonbridge 

Ramblin' Man Fair

17th - 19th July, Maidstone

Rock fans, this one’s for you. Now in its sixth 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 few years. If that doesn’t have you reaching for your tent and wellies, this year’s line-up will with music from the likes of City of Thieves, Those Damn Crows, Monster Trucks and Lynyrd Skynyrd, all on stage in the heart Mote Park.
Ramble on...

Nearest Station - Maidstone East

Neverworld by Leefest

30th July - 1st 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 soon-to-be announced line up in all the enchanted excitement.

Tick tick...buy your ticket to walk the plank

Nearest Station - Hever

Margate Soul Festival

31st July - 3rd 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

Nearest Station - Margate 

Rock the Mote

1st-2nd August

The ultimate rock and roll festival returns to Mote Park for another year this summer, with a jam-packed line-up full of the country’s top tribute bands, including performances from Muse, Queen, Green Day and many more! This event has been very popular with fellow rock and rollers so be quick, as Saturday’s early bird tickets have already sold out!

Drop, rock and roll…

Nearest Station- Maidstone East

Broadstairs Folk Week

7th - 14th August, Broadstairs

Fifty five 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.

Fun folk

Nearest Station - Broadstairs 

Pub in the Park 

21st -23rd August, Tunbridge Wells 

Pub in the Park returns to Dunorlan Park this July! It’s a chilled out celebration of food, drink and music in Tunbridge Wells, and this year their headliners include James Blunt, Craig David and Beverley Knight!

Get your dancing shoes on 

Nearest station - Tunbridge Wells

Let’s Rock Kent

29th August, Maidstone

With an undoubtably funky line up including the likes of 80’s pop sensations Wet Wet Wet, Bananarama and ABC, you won’t want to miss out on Let’s Rock in Mote Park. This fabulous festival will include an array of bands from the decade, a variety of catering choices and a bar inside the venue, so you can enjoy a tipple or two as you get into the groove.

Retro rock and roll…

Nearest Station- Maidstone East

A New Day, Faversham

27th - 20th 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. Seth Lakeman, John Lee's Barclay James Harvest and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown will be all be performing at the three-day festival. So, what are you waiting for? Early bird tickets are now available!

Join the early birds

Nearest Station - Faversham

Margate Rhythm and Rock Festival 

4th - 6th September, Margate

Following the success of its first year, the festival returns with acts including Alabama 3, Hawkwind, Wreckless Eric and more to be announced! Hear some amazing music, and discover your new favourite artist.

Feel the Rhythm!

Nearest Station - Margate

Margate Jazz Festival 

18th - 20th September, Margate

Discover the incredible talented jazz artists in Margate this year at the Margate Jazz Festival! Expect to hear all kinds of fantastic jazz in a day of fun down at the seaside, from the best emerging talent to veterans of their trade.

Joyful Jazz

Nearest Station - Margate

Faversham Hop Festival 

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 a number of music stages and bands spread across the market town, ranging from folk and jazz to Morris and dance.

Don your hop crown 

Nearest Station - Faversham

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