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It's all systems go for the first Ramsgate Front Festival on May Bank Holiday weekend

The countdown is on to the first four-day Ramsgate Front Festival of music and family-orientated fun.

Organised by the Friends of Ramsgate Seafront (FORS), it takes place from Saturday, May 24 to Monday, May 26, on the beach and harbour.

As well as the live stage and solar-powered dance tent there will be a designated children’s area with bouncy castles, face-painting, dance classes, creative activities and music. Other attractions will be food stalls, an eclectic market and live sculpture.

Kandy Jones - the main organiser of the Ramsgate Front Festival

The festival aims to unite the community says Kandy Jones, one of the organisers: “Inspired by love and a wonderful vision, this event will bring alive this beloved and historic part of Ramsgate, infusing it with the positivity, fun and magic of a family-friendly festival atmosphere.

“Come party with us, enjoy, and join the energy helping regenerate this absolutely awesome coastline. What is great about this festival is that it is all free. We want to put a smile back on people’s faces.”

Music will be the heartbeat of the festival. With the focus on local talent, the lineup will also include some globally recognised artists, including acid house favourite Adamski and leading light on the jungle scene Congo Natty, otherwise known as Rebel MC.

Dance producer Adamski

DJ Kaz Peet, who recently moved to Ramsgate from London, said: “The showcase of local bands and artists spans a spectrum of styles, ranging from Tundra with their funky grooves, through the psychedelic rock of Aurora, blues from Blue On Black, authentic skinhead ska and blue-beat courtesy of DJ Toast, and pure pop from X Factor’s Ben Mills.

“The festival will also feature other pioneers from the UK dance music scene as well as Adamski and Congo Natty, including the band Alabama 3 [who provided the theme tune for The Sopranos, a song called Woke Up This Morning].

DY Kaz Peet

“We welcome Reverend D Wayne Love and Reverend Be Atwell of Alabama 3 notoriety, dancefloor rammers Serial Killaz, old school festival favourites LS Diezel and protest poet Brian Beadyman Wilson.”

Ramsgate Front Festival runs on Ramsgate seafront and harbour from Friday, May 23 to Monday, May 26. Acts will perform from 2pm to 11.30pm each day. Entry is free. See the Ramsgate Front page on Facebook for more information.

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