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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 Stringfever to your Itinerary

    Stringfever

    Maidstone

    Now, this group are simply first class, audiences are mesmerised by the concept and musicianship. They have turned the way classical instruments are played on its head and perform a stunning show.

    They travel right across the world so a great proponent of British culture abroad.

    If you...

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    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    17 Oct 2018 To 17 Oct 2018
  2. Add A Time for Peace to your Itinerary

    A Time for Peace

    Mote Park, Maidstone

    Maidstone Wind Symphony, Maidstone Choral Union and friends present:

    A massed Concert of Remembrance including The Armed Man, marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

    Also featuring BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist Matilda Lloyd (trumpet) and a massed choir of school...

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    Concert

    Dates

    From:
    10 Nov 2018 To 10 Nov 2018
  3. Add Motown: How Sweet It Is to your Itinerary

    Motown: How Sweet It Is

    Maidstone

    Now in its 17th successive year, this stunning 100% live show combines first class music with the slickest choreography and an amazing band, to deliver truly outstanding performances for the best Motown experience you will ever have!

    This show will have you Dancing On The Ceiling, with songs...

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    Performance

    Dates

    From:
    15 Nov 2018 To 15 Nov 2018

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