Published: 15:29, 21 February 2019
| Updated: 16:04, 21 February 2019
Indie rockers The Vaccines have been announced as the first headliners for a festival dubbed Kent's answer to Glastonbury.
Neverworld, the immersive musical kingdom which first started in a Beckenham back garden, will host the popular band from west London when it returns to the county in August.
The four-day festival, previously known as LeeFest after founder Lee Denny, will be held in the countryside near Hever, and encourages visitors to don tribal costumes while discovering new music and locally produced food and drink.
Having drawn comparisons to The Ramones and The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Vaccines are credited with revitalising British indie rock music since their formation in 2009.
The band's first single gained major praise from the influential DJ Zane Lowe, who named it as the 'Hottest record in the World' in August 2010 and were rightly predicted to help usher in a new era of British guitar music by Clash Magazine.
After this then came the successful releases of three major albums, leading to the band's classic sound becoming commonplace across British households.
Since releasing their fourth album, 'Combat Sports' in 2018, The Vaccines have sold nearly two million records worldwide.
Having played with, and opened up for, huge acts such as The Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys, they have remained in high demand since their debut album in 2011, which was the best-selling debut album of the year in the UK.
Neverworld has gained a reputation in recent years for championing upcoming artists before they entered the mainstream, such as Bastille, London Grammar and future Grammy award winners Clean Bandit.
Sleeper, Lucy Spraggan, The Futureheads, Georgia, Black Honey, Squid, Indoor Pets, The She Street Band, Ferris & Sylvester, Ed the Dog, Himalayas, Walt Disco, LUCIA and Rina Mushonga are among the other acts announced to perform this year.
More details of Neverworld's lineup for 2019 will be revealed over the coming months, before the festival itself takes place from August 1 to 4.
Tickets are available now from neverworld.co.uk.
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