Published: 13:19, 06 August 2021
| Updated: 13:22, 06 August 2021
Two of Swale's most popular music festivals are back this weekend.
The Stockbury folk fest two weekends ago was the area's first music festivals to go ahead after Covid restrictions were eased. It has since been named festival of the year by Great Days Out.
Now it's the turn of Woodfest in Church Road, Murston, Sittingbourne, this Saturday.
The music kicks off at noon with top local bands Marylebone Jelly, Marvellous Mo and the Backline Ferrets, Toot 'n' Skamen, Shaken Albert, The Chilly Fingers and the Decades Showband.
Organisers are hoping the weather will hold after the last bash in 2019 was almost rained off when a downpour drenched both bands and the audience. Last year's event was cancelled because of Covid.
Tickets are £15 (£10 members, £8 children aged five to 11) from 01795 423744.
The event clashes with the return of Minster-on-Sea Rotary Club's beer festival at the Aviator pub, Queenborough.
The Sheppey line-up features So Pink, The Jaguars, Flashback, Abba Magic, Weekend Play, The Skastards and Billy Levin and the Twangdaddies.
Music starts at 12.30pm. Admission is free but the Rotarians will be selling £10 beer tokens on the day which can be exchanged for three pints of beer or cider. Money raised will go to local charities.
Last year's fundraising event had to be cancelled because of Covid so ingenious Rotarians staged an on-line pig race instead.
They also used Facebook to 'broadcast' their own entertainment under the name of the Rotary Variety Show featuring acts including Shaun Williamson.
At the other end of the borough, Macknade food village at Faversham is hosting live acoustic music on Fridays from 5.30pm to 7.30pm throughout August It begins this Friday with Thomas Abrahams, followed by Dave Rogers on August 13, the Dune acoustic duo on August 20 and Ian Ingles on August 27.
Macknade general manager Paul Gunner said: "We're all so excited to have live music at the Food Village. It’s the perfect place to relax, unwind and get ready for the weekend with family and friends. Even furry friends are welcome provided they keep their paws on the floor!"
Diners can chose from handmade pizza, authentic tacos and street food. Customers also get free corkage. They can buy a bottle from the Wine Store and drink it at their table in the Food Village at no extra cost.
Acoustic August is not a ticketed event so no reservations are needed. For details, visit www.macknade.com