HOT TICK­ETS

Spring’s just around the cor­ner, so mu­sic fans can turn their minds to the fes­ti­val sea­son. Here’s some hot tick­ets you need to snap up

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FE­BRU­ARY

The first of the big mu­sic events for 2018 will be The Selecter and The Beat at Dream­land in Mar­gate on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 24. The amuse­ment park also plays host to the Un­der­cover Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Satur­day, April 13 and Sun­day, April 14. For more, go to dream­land.co.uk.

MAY

May brings Maid­stone alive with the sounds of mu­sic as the an­nual Fringe Fes­ti­val, when pubs, clubs and restu­ar­ants will host a range of acts, from the No Lim­its street Band to Funke and the 2 Tone Baby, We Are Bandi­coot, and the Mo­fos, be­tween Satur­day, May 5 to Bank Hol­i­day May 7. De­tails at maid­stone­fringe.com.

JUNE

Some big names

head to open air stages across the county in June, set­ting us up for a sum­mer of sound. On Thurs­day, June 7, Nor­we­gian pop group a-ha play the Spit­fire Ground in Can­ter­bury on Thurs­day, June 7, with Steps and Blue fol­low­ing at the ground on Satur­day, June 9. For tick­ets go to tick­et­mas­ter.co.uk. There’s for­est fun at Bedge­bury Pine­tum in Goud­hurst when Paloma Faith plays the first of two For­est live gigs on Fri­day, June 15, with Paul Heaton and Jac­qui Ab­bott, for­merly of the Beau­ti­ful South, play on Satur­day, June 16. Tick­ets at forestry. gov.uk/mu­sic. The new Black Deer Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, mix­ing Amer­i­cana and coun­try mu­sic, comes to pic­turesque Eridge Park, near Tun­bridge Wells, from Fri­day, June 22 to Sun­day, June 24. Tick­ets at black­deer­fes­ti­val.com/ tick­ets. The month rounds off with the Deal Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic & The Arts from Fri­day, June 29 to Satur­day, July 14 and Mote Park in Maid­stone rock­ing out to the sounds of the Ram­blin’ Man Fair, on Satur­day, June 30 and Sun­day, July 1. More at ram­blin­man­fair.com.

JULY

The height of sum­mer means long evenings spent out­doors, en­joy­ing the sights and sounds. Fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val Big Day Out in Mote Park on Satur­day, July 14 will be head­lined by Strictly and The X Fac­tor star Alexan­dra Burke, while the Leeds Cas­tle Clas­si­cal Con­cert on the same day fea­tures world fa­mous acts. For tick­ets head to leed­scastlecon­cert.co.uk. There is also the bou­tique but buzzing Vicar’s Pic­nic fes­ti­val at Yald­ing on Fri­day, July 20 and Satur­day, July 21. Girls of the mo­ment Lit­tle Mix play the Kent Show­ground at Detling on Sun­day, July 22.

AU­GUST

Hol­i­day sea­son sees more fes­ti­vals crop­ping up, with a di­verse range of gen­res on

of­fer. Never world comes to Hever from Thurs­day, Au­gust 2 to Sun­day, Au­gust 5, with chart topping Clean Ban­dit the first head­lin­ers to be an­nounced. For tick­ets, go to nev­er­world.co.uk. Other big mu­sic events in­clude Sim­ple Minds, the Pre­tenders and KT Tun­stall at the Kent Show­ground at Detling on Satur­day, Au­gust 4. Tick­ets at eventbrite.co.uk. Other mu­si­cal treats in­clude A New Day Fes­ti­val at Mount Ephraim Gar­dens, Faver­sham and Mar­gate Soul Fes­ti­val, both from Fri­day, Au­gust 3 to Sun­day, Au­gust 5 and one of Broad­stairs Folk Week from Fri­day, Au­gust 10 to Fri­day, Au­gust 17.

OC­TO­BER

The sun-kissed days of sum­mer may be over but don’t take the flow­ers out of your hair just yet, as Ten­ter­den Folk Week comes to the town from Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4 to Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 7. De­tails at ten­ter­den­folk­fes­ti­val.org. uk.

Steel Pan­ther will be head­ing to the Ram­blin’ Man Fair in June Clean Ban­dit are head­lin­ing at Hever Cas­tle in Au­gust Chart top­per Paloma Faith is hav­ing some for­est fun Paul Heaton and Jac­qui Ab­bott will be singing in the for­est Steps will be head­ing to the Spit­fire Ground In June Catch Sim­ple Minds in Au­gust at the Kent Show­ground It’s a fam­ily af­fair at Big Day Out in Mote Park Danc­ing in the street is a must at Ten­ter­den Folk Fes­ti­val a-ha will play the Spit­fire Ground in June

Kick­ing off the year with some great sounds, the Selecter will be head­ing to Dream­land

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