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Prepare to have a feast of fun with Cakehole.

The Sittingbourne four-piece led by Nick Spink have been hoovering up fans thanks to their on-stage antics.

Kent covers band Cakehole with Nick Spinks, Adrian Leppenwell, Gordon Denniss and Martin Loft (26895867)
Kent covers band Cakehole with Nick Spinks, Adrian Leppenwell, Gordon Denniss and Martin Loft (26895867)

During their last outing to the Queen's Head pub in Sheerness, Nick whipped off his clothes to reveal a cheerleader's costume for a cover of Toni Basil's Hey Mickey.

He said: "We love playing the more diverse songs which people may not have heard for a while.

"Hey Mickey came as a bit of a surprise to the crowd but they loved it and it gave me an excuse to hand out some pom-poms. But I hadn't thought it through and had to perform the rest of the set in the costume."

When the band opened for the Ka Hula festival at Sittingbourne's Appleyard (formerly UKP Leisure) last year Nick sported an outrageous jacket for an eclectic set ranging from Teenage Kicks to Monkey Man.

They also attempted to sing Oliver's Army on the back of a lorry in the Leysdown carnival. Social worker Nick, 52, admitted: "We never finished a single song. Whenever the lorry stopped, we'd all fall over."

Nick Spink of Cakehole at the Ka Hula Festival Sittingbourne
Nick Spink of Cakehole at the Ka Hula Festival Sittingbourne

Nick was born in Newington, where his mum still lives, and used many of his early experiences on the album Space Hopper Summer with his originals band Billy Wears Dresses.

He said: "The flame of Billy is still alight but on hold because many of us are on other projects. It is always more difficult promoting an originals band."

Cakehole came about four years ago when singer Nick and long-time friend Martin Loft, who plays bass, decided to form a group to play the songs they loved.

The band also comprises guitarist Adrian Leppenwell and drummer Gordon Denniss.

Nick, who also fronts ska band SkadeKat, said: "We even do Adam Ant and a disco medley. We are not restricted to any genre which goes down well in pubs. Anything is up for grabs. The Swale music scene is better than it's ever been."

Cakehole at Ka Hula Festival Sittingbourne (26823662)
Cakehole at Ka Hula Festival Sittingbourne (26823662)

* Catch Cakehole at the Ypres Tavern, Sittingbourne, tonight (Saturday) ; Heights of Alma, Sheerness, on Saturday, February 1, and the Stumble Inn, Sittingbourne, on Saturday, February 29.

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