Published: 11:49, 30 March 2021
| Updated: 14:28, 30 March 2021
Woodfest is the latest Swale music festival to announce it will be returning this summer.
The event at Woodcoombe Sports and Social Club in Church Road, Murston, Sittingbourne, will be open for business on Saturday, August 7.
Organisers are hoping it will be third time lucky.
Last year's event was cancelled because of the coronavirus lockdown and the year before music fans were left wet-through after being drenched by a downpour during most of the day.
Joanne Darragh, the club's social secretary, is confident 2021 will be a hit as long as the Government eases all restrictions in time. According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's road map all events will be be back on schedule from June 21.
She has booked six top local bands including Marylebone Jelly and Marvellous Mo and the Backline Ferrets. Also on the line-up will be Toot 'n' Skamen, The Chilly Fingers and The Decades Showband.
Music will kick off at noon and run through to 11pm. Pizza, ice cream, fish and chips and burger vans have been booked. Tickets are £15 (£10 members) with youngsters (five to 17) at £8 from 01795 423244.
Marylebone Jelly will also be playing with The Ferrets at a drive-in Covid-friendly music festival (cars £40) at The Woodstock on May 15 and will be among the bands playing at Party In The Park at the Appleyard's sports ground in Sittingbourne on July 3.
Other festivals confirmed include the four-day Chicken Stock for folk and acoustic fans at Stockbury from Thursday July 22 to Sunday, July 25. The arena will be split into pods to maintain social distancing. Weekend tickets are £79 (under-18s go free). There will be no drinking at the bar but food and drink can be ordered using an app.
There’s more Reasons to be Cheerful In the Summertime because Swale's retro-fest A New Day Festival is going ahead at Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faversham, from August 20-22 with The Blockheads, Mungo Jerry, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Focus.
Also playing will be Kent band Big River and the Acoustic Strawbs featuring Sheppey’s Dave Lambert on guitar.