The eighth Maidstone Fringe Festival follows on from it’s predecessors in celebrating the diversity of new and original music in Kent and the South East, and during five days over the MayDay Bank Holiday weekend, filling the county town’s numerous pubs, clubs and music venues with live acts from across many different genres. Incorporated within the festival are a number of all-day events as well as family friendly entertainment in cafes and coffee shops in the Town Centre, with much of the music being free to attend. Many local venues and businesses are supporting the festival, and Clive Emson Auctioneers are involved as the major event sponsor for 2018. One Maidstone are continuing to support the event, as we have in previous years.
Building on the success of previous festivals, the 2018 event will see a wide mixture of music in Maidstone, from rock, indie and pop-punk, through to acoustic and blues acts, ska, contemporary folk, funk, soul, dance and hip-hop.
Headline acts confirmed to play at the Pizza Express Live venue are: Glen Matlock, founding member of The Sex Pistols and Rich Kids, on Thursday 3rd May, the stars of “Chap-Hop” Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer and Professor Elemental on Friday 4th May.
Original “Canterbury Scene” psychedelic/progressive rockers Soft Machine appear on Saturday 5th May featuring members of the celebrated 70’s line-up of the group, John Etheridge, Roy Babblington, John Marshall and are joined by Theo Travis on the sax, flute and keys.
Popular Kent-based pop/indie act Coco and The Butterfields return to Maidstone on Sunday 6th May at the venue.
Tickets for all shows can be purchased via the box office on: 02074394962 or online at www.pizzaexpresslive.com
Very special guests from Norway Moviestar join the festival for two shows at The Flowerpot on Saturday 5th May supporting TV Smith and on Sunday 6th May at The Royal Albion, with their quirky blend of leftfield rock, pop and electronics and ever expanding fanbase!
Ska enthusiasts are catered for by The Scorchers appearing at The Style and Winch on Friday 4th May and Toot N Skamen at the Duke of Marlborough on Sunday 6th.
Popular Kent based acts confirmed to play include: David Migden and the Twisted Roots, The Gallery’s, Hullabaloo, Funke and the 2 Tone Baby, Best Intentions, We Are Bandicoot, Witchdoctor, No Limits Street Band, Native Oyster Band, Updownc, Radidas, Clea Llewellyn, The Devils Prefects, Esk Forte, David James Rumsey, The Mofos, Fred Clark, Rudy Warman and the Heavy Weather and Lew Lewis and the Twilight Trio.
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Venues involved are: The Style and Winch, The Bierkeller, 4 Degrees, The Druids Arms, The Flowerpot, Cafe Bruges, The Stag, Drakes, The White Horse, The Cellars, Pizza Express Live, The Royal Albion, Frederic, The Duke of Marlborough and The Fisherman’s Arms.