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Kent’s Biggest Music Festivals 2022

Alex Valentine
4th March 2022

Those crazy, hazy sunny days may seem like a long way away, but it's never too early to start planning for festival season...

Whether you like to converge on one big stage or hop from one pop up venue to another, Kent has an amazing range of music festivals lined up for 2022. With big name acts in rock, pop, ska, soul, folk and dubstep, you can enjoy a boutique boogie-fests by the sea or get literally lost in music at the park...

Slap on some suncream, dig out the wellies (just in case!) and check out our line-up of some of the best festivals to grace Kent’s stage this year...

Rochester Sweeps Festival

Saturday 30 April 2022 to Monday 2 May, Rochester

Dance through the streets of Rochester at this colourful revival. Once the only time of the year when the sweeps could escape the soot and celebrate, this vibrant festival is still just as central to Rochester’s annual calendar, offering a packed schedule of live music, more than 60 Morris sides and plenty of entertainment. 

Find out more

Nearest station - Rochester 

Proms in the Park

28th May 2022

Whatman Millennium River Park is providing the beautiful backdrop for this year’s Proms in the Park festival once again. Prepare for a day of magnificent music, community spirit and unforgettable entertainment in one of Maidstone’s glorious parklands. Soak in the sunshine, admire the sensational scenery and celebrate classical music at this unmissable event.
A true classic…

Nearest Station - Maidstone East

Black Deer Festival

17th - 20th June

The UK’s newest Americana and Country festival will be returning to Tunbridge Wells for 2022, bringing with it scores of top artists, including Van Morrison, Wilco, Foy Vance and The Waterboys.
Enjoy a taste of the southern states...

Nearest Station - Frant

THE SOUNDCRASH FUNK & SOUL WEEKENDER - Dreamland

4th -5th July, Margate

Dreamland is a festival-goers heaven this summer! Sister Sledge, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Roy Ayers and more take to the stage in May. Many acts are touring at Dreamland in 2022 - from Craig David, to All Saints and Noel Gallagher! 

Get lost in music!

Nearest station - Margate

Tonbridge Music Weekend 

8th-10th July, Tonbridge

Get ready for fun and music at Tonbridge Castle as some of the best tribute acts sing the songs you know and love! Sing and dance to your favourite Sister Sledge numbers to West End musical showtunes and rock anthems!

Tributes at Tonbridge

Nearest Station - Tonbridge

Pub in the Park 

8th-10th July, Tunbridge Wells 

Pub in the Park returns to Dunorlan Park this July! It’s a chilled out celebration of food, drink and music in Tunbridge Wells, and this year their headliners include Supergrass, Professor Green, Melanie C, The Feeling and Sophie Ellis-Bextor!

Get your dancing shoes on 

Nearest station - Tunbridge Wells

Leeds Castle Classical Concert

9th July

The Leeds Castle Classical Concert promises to be a highlight this festival season. Enjoy world-class music, captivating performers and fireworks, all set against the stunning backdrop of Leeds Castle - bring a picnic, bring the family, bring a candelabra! Be sure to book up as these tickets sell out fast! 

Concerto at the Castle...

Nearest Station - Bearsted

Music at the Mote

11th July, Sevenoaks

Get your picnic blankets, mini scotch eggs and deck chairs at the ready to sing along to Music at the Mote this July. Sit back, unwind and dance away the evening as you listen to live music from professional three-piece band, Masterclass, in the grounds of the stunning, 14th century Ightham Mote.

Music and Motes…

Nearest Station- The Plough Ivy Hatch

Riverside Festival

30th July, Gravesend

Some of Kent's best tribute acts take centre stage in July, such as Elite Elton, Moves like Jagger and The Stevie Wonder band!

Rhythm by the River…

Nearest Station- Gravesend

Margate Soul Festival

5th-7th August, Margate

A soul festival by the sea in one of Kent’s coolest coastal towns, sounds pretty good, right? Carnival street parties, outdoor live shows and an eclectic mix of nightlight all help make this festival one of the best summer events in Kent this year. Trust us, this one sells out quickly, so make sure you don’t miss out in their 20th anniversary year!

Seaside soul 

Nearest Station - Margate 

Rock the Mote

5th - 7th August

The ultimate rock and roll festival returns to Mote Park for another year this summer, with a jam-packed line-up full of the country’s top tribute bands, including Fleetwood Mac, Guns N’ Roses,David Bowie and more! This event has been very popular with fellow rock and rollers so be quick...

Drop, rock and roll…

Nearest Station- Maidstone East

Broadstairs Folk Week

5th - 12th August, Broadstairs

Fifty plus years of traditional folk music is right at the heart of Broadstairs Folk Week, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it stops there. With around 70 events every day, the week presents festival-goers the chance to discover new bands and dance along to a whole raft of music you would never expect to hear at a folk festival.

Fun folk

Nearest Station - Broadstairs 

A New Day, Faversham

19th -21st August, Faversham

Set against the backdrop of the 800-acre Mount Emphraim Gardens in Faversham, this rock, blues and roots festival is offering a sensational line-up this year. Jethro Tull will headline, alongside Ten Years After and The Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell will be all be performing at the three-day festival. So, what are you waiting for? Early bird tickets are now available!

Join the early birds

Nearest Station - Faversham

Ramsgate Festival of Sound

26th August - 4th September, Ramsgate

The incredible festival celebrating the history, landscapes and people of Ramsgate is back in 2022! We'll be heading to the Sonic Trail again, a unique culmination of sound installations and stunning Ramsgate locations that creates a feast for the senses. Stay up to date by signing up to their mailing list and get excited about this special event on Kent's heritage coast. 

Sounds perfect...

Nearest station - Ramsgate

Let’s Rock Kent

3rd September, Maidstone

With an undoubtably funky line up including the likes of 80s pop sensations Wet Wet Wet, Bananarama and ABC, you won’t want to miss out on Let’s Rock in Mote Park. This fabulous festival will include an array of bands from the decade, a variety of catering choices and a bar inside the venue, so you can enjoy a tipple or two as you get into the groove.

Retro rock and roll…

Nearest Station- Maidstone East

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