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Summer of Music

A great passion for music is entrenched in the cultural fabric of Maidstone and in 2018 we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the famous Leeds Castle Classical Concerts.  

Maidstone has a long history of attracting top artists either at the height of their fame or up and comings stars. Adele was given her first main stage slot at Radio One’s Big Weekend in 2008 in Mote Park. And who would have believed that Madonna would top the bill that same weekend.

Our Summer of Music has more music events than ever before, from international pop and rock artists to jazz, soul, blues, classical and world famous DJ sets.  

The summer (okay spring!) kicked off with the Maidstone Fringe Festival, a fantastic event that saw wide mixture of music from indie, rock, pop-punk to acoustic, blues, ska, funk, soul, dance and hip-hop filling the town’s venues. 

Proms in the park

Proms in the Park takes place in the beautiful Whatman Park at the end of May. Family entertainment during the afternoon is rounded off with a rousing performance from Maidstone Wind Symphony. A great time to take a picnic.   

Unleash your inner rocker at the end of June as Ramblin’ Man Fair, this annual music festival  celebrating classic and contemporary rock, progressive rock, blues and country, returns to Mote Park. The festival features a number of internationally renowned acts and UK performance exclusives  Build up a real appetite rocking out before visiting one of the many gourmet food and beer stalls, alongside a number of specialist music stages and luxury camping.

At the height of the summer of music, Leeds Castle once against hosts the fabulous classical concert with an epic firework finale. The first concert took place in 1978 so this year a special finale will include greatest hits from the 70s era along with classical favourites.

The Kent Event Centre has big name artists performing this summer. The hugely popular international girl group, Little Mix, will be taking to the stage in July attracting audiences from around the world. This will be followed in August by The Grandslam Tour 2018 with Simple Minds, one the UK’s most successful bands with performances from The Pretenders and KT Tunstall. At the end of August Craig David and special guest Rita Ora will be heading there.

Keep watching this page for more announcements.

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  1. Add Maidstone Wind Symphony - Revolution: A Concert of Russian Music to your Itinerary

    Maidstone Wind Symphony - Revolution: A Concert of Russian Music

    Maidstone

    An exciting programme of Russian Music including Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Stravinsky's Firebird Suite and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, plus Gavrilin's Soul Rejoicing - The Chimes and Extreme Makeover by De Meij.

    Conductor - Jonathan Crowhurst

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    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jun 2018 To 23 Jun 2018
  2. Add BoughtonFest 2018 to your Itinerary

    BoughtonFest 2018

    Boughton Monchelsea

    Festival fun for all the family is back - and it's bigger and better! BoughtonFest 2018 Boughton Monchelsea Primary School PTA are hosting for the second year a live music festival, with free activities and workshops for children and a wide variety of food stalls! Come and listen to Room3, Budgie...

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jun 2018 To 23 Jun 2018
  3. Add EAST FARLEIGH FETE DE LA MUSIQUE 2018 to your Itinerary

    EAST FARLEIGH FETE DE LA MUSIQUE 2018

    East Farleigh, Maidstone


    East Farleigh village will be hosting their annual FETE DE LA MUSIQUE on Saturday 23rd June 2018 from 1pm - 5pm.

    The energetic and vibrant Old School Samba Band will be opening this year's event, followed by a lively afternoon of music, embracing SAMBA, SOUL/FUNK, COUNTRY, ROCK & BLUES. Along...

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jun 2018 To 23 Jun 2018
  4. Add Complete Madness to your Itinerary

    Complete Madness

    Maidstone

    Re-live the madness of Madness!

    A sensational theatre extravaganza featuring the amazing talents of this 5-piece band who will take you on a musical journey through the story of one of Britain's most memorable,visual and fun bands.

    Complete with crazy costumes, comedy and chirpy banter,...

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jun 2018 To 23 Jun 2018
  5. Add Ramblin Man Fair 2018 to your Itinerary

    Ramblin Man Fair 2018

    Maidstone

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    30 Jun 2018 To 1 Jul 2018
  6. Add Festicool Festival to your Itinerary

    Festicool Festival

    Bearsted

    We are holding a Festival to celebrate some great music talent from the local area..

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jul 2018 To 1 Jul 2018
  7. Maidstone Choral Union Summer Concert

    Maidstone

    Come and enjoy Haydn's marvellous Nelson Mass and Vivaldi's thrilling Gloria in the wonderful setting of All Saints Church, performed by Maidstone Choral Union, the MCU Concert Orchestra and professional soloists.

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    7 Jul 2018 To 7 Jul 2018
  8. Add Leeds Castle Classical Concert to your Itinerary

    Leeds Castle Classical Concert

    Maidstone

    Heritage Events presents the 40th edition of one of the most magnificent and memorable summer evenings in the Kent events calendar. Bring a picnic and be entertained by field cannons, fireworks and much-loved classical music.

    The earlier you book tickets, the less you pay!  Picnic Style £37,...

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    14 Jul 2018 To 14 Jul 2018
  9. Gloria!

    Maidstone

    A concert including John Rutter's 'Gloria', Antonio Vivaldi's 'Gloria' and works by JS Bach and Giovanni Gabrielli, performed by The Maidstone Singers Extended Choir, with TMS Sinfonia and Nova Mvsica Cor de Camara from Cadiz, Spain.

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    15 Jul 2018 To 15 Jul 2018
  10. Add Opera in the Castle: Der Schauspieldirektor & Bastien und Bastienne to your Itinerary

    Opera in the Castle: Der Schauspieldirektor & Bastien und Bastienne

    Maidstone

    Join us in the Castle's Banqueting Hall for an evening of summer opera with a Mozart double bill! Der Schauspieldirektor & Bastien und Bastienne are two one act comedies in which a pair of lovers tease and test their feelings for each other, and a pair of actresses battle it out to be the prima...

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    18 Jul 2018 To 18 Jul 2018
  11. Add Opera in the Castle to your Itinerary

    Opera in the Castle

    Maidstone

    The scene is set for an enthralling and engaging evening of opera held within the wonderful surroundings of the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall. This year’s fully staged production will be a Mozart double bill: Bastien & Bastienne and The Impresario, two delicious one act comedies with gorgeous music,...

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    18 Jul 2018 To 18 Jul 2018
  12. Add Prosecco and Dance to your Itinerary

    Prosecco and Dance

    MAIDSTONE

    The Prosecco & Dance team have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that their debut in Mote Park is certainly one to remember!

    Not only will the event have an abundance of fine wines, prosecco, cocktails and Italian street food on offer to fulfil Maidstone’s taste buds but BBC...

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    20 Jul 2018 To 21 Jul 2018
  13. The Vicar's Picnic

    Maidstone

    Based in Yalding, on the banks of the River Medway, The Vicar's Picnic is a two day music festival featuring artists from across the country, including StarSailor, the Dualers, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Noble Jacks and many more.

     

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    20 Jul 2018 To 21 Jul 2018
  14. Miss Holiday Swing

    Aylesford

    Everyone is welcome to join the RBLI's FREE summer concerts!

    Free tea and coffee available on the day - please feel free to bring your own picnics. A limited amount of seating will be provided, but please bring your own seats and blankets.

    There is car parking nearby including spaces for...

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    21 Jul 2018 To 21 Jul 2018
  15. Little Mix - Summer Hits Tour

    Maidstone

    Come and see Little Mix this summer as part of their UK tour.

    This is a standing outdoor event.

    Children aged 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No cameras, video cameras or audio recording devices. 

    No food, bottles or cans, cardboard container drinks - there...

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    22 Jul 2018 To 22 Jul 2018
  16. Grandslam 2018: Simple Minds, The Pretenders and KT Tunstall

    Maidstone

    GRANDSLAM 2018 – Simple Minds, The Pretenders and KT Tunstall

    Global icons Simple Minds and The Pretenders continue to enjoy outstanding musical journeys and phenomenal worldwide success. They now come together on the same stage for the first time since Live Aid to present a unique opportunity...

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    4 Aug 2018 To 4 Aug 2018
  17. Add The Little Mix Experience to your Itinerary

    The Little Mix Experience

    Maidstone

    If you’re a fan of one of X Factor’s finest exports you’re sure to L.O.V.E. The Little Mix Experience!

    Four hugely talented girls pay tribute to one of the UK’s finest Girl-Bands. With breathtaking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals in the UK, this is a high-energy...

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    15 Aug 2018 To 15 Aug 2018
  18. Add The Supersonic 70s Show to your Itinerary

    The Supersonic 70s Show

    Maidstone

    The ‘SUPERSONIC 70s Show’ - “The most explosive show in theatre land” It’s the hottest ticket in town! An incredible live show so jam-packed with classic 70s hits it’s no wonder it’s been described as “the best 70s show of its kind- West End quality”.

    Led by the ‘Catsuit Wondergirl’ Janey...

    Type

    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    24 Aug 2018 To 24 Aug 2018
  19. Shemomedjamo: Maidstone's Multicultural Food Festival

    Maidstone

    Welcome to Shemomedjamo, a festival named after the Georgian phrase for doing just that. Shemomedjamo, or if its easier to pronounce, Maidstone Multicultural Food Festival (MMCFF) is a chance to dine around the world, be part of our global village and celebrate multicultural cohesion in Maidstone...

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    25 Aug 2018 To 27 Aug 2018
  20. Craig David with special guest Rita Ora

    Maidstone

    See Craig David in concert with the fabulous Rita Ora. This is an outdoor event with general admission standing

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    31 Aug 2018 To 31 Aug 2018

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