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Everything you need to know about the Dartford Festival this weekend

By Sean McPolin

The annual Dartford Festival is taking place this weekend.

The event is starting on Saturday, July 13, and will finish on Sunday, July 14, and it promises loads of live music, stalls and family fun.

The free event, which is run by the council, is open to all and being held in Central Park, Dartford.

Thousands attended the Dartford Festival last year
Thousands attended the Dartford Festival last year

Headlining the event will be The Lightning Seeds, famous for sporting anthem Three Lions, which topped the UK charts in 1996 and 1998, selling more than one million copies.

Recently announced acts included Maven and Oogie Boogie Band, who will joins the likes of Bjorn Again, performing the greatest hits of ABBA, The Farm, who penned anti-war anthem All Together Now, and jazz funk band the James Taylor Quartet.

Maven describe themselves as a “melodic rock band hailing from London”, and launched in 2012 with debut single, The Forgotten Ones.

Melodic rock band Maven will be performing at Dartford Festival (13590177)
Melodic rock band Maven will be performing at Dartford Festival (13590177)

Since then, the group has performed up and down the country, sharing the stage with Elliot Minor, Crazy Town, Scouting for Girls and The Feeling.

Oogie Boogie Band plays a “high energy fusion of roots, boogie, 90s hip hop and blues”.

It was set up by singer, songwriter and guitarist Ry Robson, “known for his husky tones and praised for his passionate performances”.

The James Taylor Quartet will be at Dartford Festival. (13590407)
The James Taylor Quartet will be at Dartford Festival. (13590407)

Performing on the same day and spicing up your life will be Wannabe - an act that celebrates the Spice Girls - performing hits such as Spice Up Your Life and Who Do You Think You Are?

They will also be joined by The Who tribute act Who Are You, and singer Nick Corbin, who released a solo album earlier this year.

The Dunwells, a band influenced by Bob Dylan, the Beatles and Motown, have toured with Bryan Adams in the UK and will also be on the bill.

Lightning Seeds, who collaborated on the famous Three Lions song, will be on the Main Stage. (13590725)
Lightning Seeds, who collaborated on the famous Three Lions song, will be on the Main Stage. (13590725)

Also appearing are former Glastonbury act Rhythm of the 90s who will get the crowds rocking at the free festival.

Dartford council leader Cllr Jeremy Kite said: “This festival is the unmissable festival weekend of the summer.

“We absolutely cannot wait to welcome some amazing big name acts to the main stage for the festival this year, as

well as supporting our fantastic local talent on the community stage. This is going to be the best year ever.”

For more information visit www.dartford.gov.uk or follow @welovedartford on Twitter.

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