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Summer of Music

Maidstone's 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!) kicks off  with the Maidstone Fringe Festival, a fantastic event that sees a wide mixture of music from indie, rock, pop-punk to acoustic, blues, ska, funk, soul, dance and hip-hop filling the town’s venues. During the five day festival all day events and family entertainment will fill, the coffee shops, cafes as well as music treats in the pubs, clubs and music venues.

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 Big Day Out returns to Mote Park, a family favourite festival with activities and workshops, topped off  with a musical line-up that includes  Alexandra Burke, Grace Davies, Lemar, Kevin Davy White and Ben Haenow.

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. T.Rextasy

    Maidstone

    Marc Bolan, with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era. With Bolan's special ingredient of Rock-a-Boogie songs throughout the 1970s including 'Telegram Sam' and 'Jeepster' he was able to obtain what would be yet another Top 20 record in...

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    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    27 Apr 2018 To 27 Apr 2018
  2. An Evening of Chamber Music

    Maidstone

    Join the talented musicians from Maidstone Wind Symphony for an intimate evening of chamber music. Following the success of last season's chamber concert, small ensembles and soloists from within the band will perform a varied and spectacular programme to delight the audience.

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    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    28 Apr 2018 To 28 Apr 2018
  3. Add Maidstone Fringe Festival to your Itinerary

    Maidstone Fringe Festival

    Maidstone

    A wonderful festival of music and entertainment. Enjoy live music in various venues throughout the town.

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    3 May 2018 To 7 May 2018
  4. Add Sinatra, Sequins & Swing to your Itinerary

    Sinatra, Sequins & Swing

    Maidstone

    Attention Sinatra/Swing fans, prepare to be wowed by the most exciting Big Band Swing show to hit the UK in years.

    Critically-acclaimed, sell out Big Band Swing show  - the only Sinatra/Rat Pack-genre show in the UK recommended a ‘must-see’ by the President of the Sinatra Music Society –...

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    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    3 May 2018 To 3 May 2018
  5. Raise the Roof Concert

    Maidstone

    Come and enjoy the Mayor of Maidstone's 'Raise the Roof' concert at All Saints Church.

    Performers will include:

    BAE Systems Brass Band

    Energize Community Choir

    Friends in Harmony

    Hilton Hall Dance Academy

    Kevin Ashman - trumpet

    Maidstone Choral Union

    The...

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    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    13 May 2018 To 13 May 2018
  6. Add Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook to your Itinerary

    Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook

    Maidstone

    Back on the road by popular demand, Someone Like You (The Adele Songbook) is an immaculate celebration of one of our generation’s finest singer-songwriters, and is returning to theatres in 2018. 

    Hand-picked by Adele herself on Graham Norton’s BBC ADELE Special, the outstanding Katie Markham...

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    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    13 May 2018 To 13 May 2018
  7. Maidstone Symphony Orchestra - Martin James Bartlett

    Maidstone

    The finale to our season brings a richly entertaining Russian programme. First we're stirring up exciting emotions with Tchaikovsky's well-loved musical retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. We're then joined by the superb young pianist Martin James Bartlett for the brilliance of Prokofiev's...

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    19 May 2018 To 19 May 2018
  8. Add Proms in the Park to your Itinerary

    Proms in the Park

    Maidstone

    Proms in the Park is a celebration of classical music, community spirit and a long, relaxing spring day in the park.

    The magnificent Millennium Park Riverstage provides the backdrop for this year's unforgettable day of music and entertainment for all the family. Roaming performers will keep...

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    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    26 May 2018 To 26 May 2018
  9. Jackson Live in Concert

    Maidstone

    Michael Jackson is not only remembered as one of the most influential artists of all time, but many of today’s artists have been inspired by his iconic style. His career spanned nearly five decades of music, and he was continually at the forefront of popular music. 

    Jackson Live in Concert...

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    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    26 May 2018 To 26 May 2018
  10. Add Les Musicals to your Itinerary

    Les Musicals

    Maidstone

    'Les Musicals' presents the biggest hit songs from the West End & Broadway in this exhilarating live concert tour.  

    ​Musical Theatre’s leading men and X Factor stars, Jonathan Ansell (G4 frontman) and Rhydian Roberts, join forces for the first time ever to create a dramatic & spine tingling...

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    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    14 Jun 2018 To 14 Jun 2018
  11. 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
  12. 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,...

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    Performance

    Dates

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

    Ramblin Man Fair 2018

    Maidstone

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    30 Jun 2018 To 1 Jul 2018
  14. Maidstone Choral Union Summer Concert

    Maidstone

    Enjoy a performance of Vivaldi's Gloria and Haydn's Nelson Mass performed by the Maidstone Choral Union

    Type

    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    7 Jul 2018 To 7 Jul 2018
  15. 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
  16. Add Big Day Out to your Itinerary

    Big Day Out

    Maidstone

     

    Type

    Festival

    Dates

    From:
    14 Jul 2018 To 14 Jul 2018
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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

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