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Margate: Undercover Festival for fans of punk and ska, at Dreamland

By Angela Cole

Head for cover this weekend - but only if you're a fan of punk and ska music, as the Undercover Festival returns to Thanet for a second year.

The indoor two-day celebration of alternative music including punk and ska comes to Dreamland in Margate this weekend for the second year.

Last year the event, which prides itself on taking an independent and grassroots approach, moved from Brighton to the Kent coast and organisers are sticking with the venue.

Sonic Boom Six will be in Margate
Sonic Boom Six will be in Margate

Packed with big names and local bands performing over two stages, it will be at Dreamland on Friday, April 13 and Saturday April 14.

Festival organiser Mick Moriarty said: “When we said it was the home we were looking for since we started as a festival in 2013, we meant it.

"I thought we could not beat the line-up we had for 2017, but I think we may have, our message to everyone is come along and see what all the fuss is about."

Eddie and the Hot Rods
Eddie and the Hot Rods

It's been 40 years since Sham 69 have played Margate. Sham 69: the Original Hersham Boys with Jimmy Pursey will be headlining on the Saturday.

“I know it's taken a long walk and we have taken a long time to listen to Mick Moriarty asking us to come to Undercover Festival

at Margate. Well, alright, see you there! We are looking forward to it," said Jimmy.

The Blockheads: Ian Dury's outfit will headline the main stage on the Friday and are expected to play a full set of at least 75 minutes.

The line-up for Friday includes The Blockheads, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Roddy Radiation (The Specials), the Skabilly Rebels, Sonic Boom Six, Sex Pistols Experience, Witchdoktors, King Punch and The Half Wits.

The Blockheads - playing at Dreamland
The Blockheads - playing at Dreamland

The Saturday line-up includes Sham 69, Peter and the Test Tube Babies, Kirk Brandon Akoustic with Sam Sansbury (cello), Big Boy Tomato, East Town Pirates, The Warriors, The Fanzines and Stone Heroes.

The Wyrd Sisters will be back at Buskers' Corner, where visitors can just turn up and have a go themselves, and there will also be DJs over both days.

Festival goers will also be able to experience the retro rides and amusements of the park.

DETAILS

Undercover Festival will be at Dreamland, Margate on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14. A two-day ticket will cost £85 on the door; Friday night tickets are £49 on the door and Saturday £55. Book at undercoverfest.com.

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