Three days of treats for mu­sic-lovers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Brexit -

The stage is set for the big­gest and bright­est fam­ily mu­sic fes­ti­val – Ten­ter­tain­ment is back for the 10th year and or­gan­is­ers are promis­ing the best yet.

It opens to­mor­row night (Fri­day) in dra­matic style with the ar­rival of walk-around ro­bot Pre­da­tron, when the eight-foot alien will be tow­er­ing over au­di­ences at Ten­ter­den Recre­ation Ground as the fes­ti­val be­gins at 6pm.

The main stage will come alive when Youth Club step out.

The Es­sex band are fa­mil­iar faces on the fes­ti­val scene with their unique brand of dance-ori­en­tated pop.

Youth Club are one of 38 bands who will be play­ing over the three-day fes­ti­val, which fea­tures main, um­brella and acous­tic stages.

There will be mu­sic from pop punk band The Alchemy and folk mu­si­cians Gen­tle­men of Few on Fri­day, while El­liot Rivv, Phoebe War­den and Fred Clark are among those play­ing on Satur­day, with Sam Calver and Men With­out Hens tak­ing to the stage on Sun­day.

Fes­ti­val favourites The Sound­cast­ers will be on stage for the fourth time and will close Ten­ter­tain­ment 2016.

Ten­ter­den singing group The Tues­days will also fea­ture, along with The Ash­ford Rock Choir.

Or­gan­is­ers have weath­er­proofed the fes­ti­val by of­fer­ing two un­der­cover bars and a Tod­dler­tain­ment ac­tiv­ity tent for the lit­tle ones.

Ten­ter­tain­ment is run en­tirely by vol­un­teers who rely on fes­ti­val-go­ers to make do­na­tions in the buck­ets be­ing shaken around the Recre­ation Ground and to buy their food and drink from the stands.

The Recre­ation Ground holds up to 4,000 peo­ple per day.

The fes­ti­val runs from 6pm to 10pm on Fri­day, 10am to 9pm on Satur­day and 10am to 6pm on Sun­day.

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