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...
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
Nearest station - Tunbridge Wells
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!
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.
Nearest Station- The Plough Ivy Hatch
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!
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...
Nearest Station- Maidstone East
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.
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!
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.
Nearest station - Ramsgate
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.
Nearest Station- Maidstone East