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Faversham: A New Day festival returns to Hernehill with Slade, Uriah Heep and Dr Feelgood among others

By Angela Cole

They brought us one of the most familiar Christmas tunes of all time, but 70s rockers Slade will be rocking the summertime sounds in Kent this weekend.

The flamboyant band, who have had 23 Top 20 singles, six No.1 hits and six albums, with hits including Cum On Feel The Noize and Coz I Luv You, over the last 30 years, headline A New Day Festival near Faversham this weekend.

Thousands flocked to the vast grounds of Mount Ephraim last year for the stunning live music line-up courtesy of the first A New Day Festival.

Thousands enjoyed the music at last year's event Picture: Andy Jones
Thousands enjoyed the music at last year's event Picture: Andy Jones

The family-friendly festival returns this weekend featuring the best in classic and progressive rock, blues, roots and more, with the chance for festivalgoers to camp and glamp.

The line-up features some big names, from guitar-wielding acts such as Scottish rockers Big Country, punk pioneers Dr Feelgood and folk outfit Lindisfarne.

Ten acts take to the stage on the first night, including Paradise 9, the Martin Barre Band, and Del Bromham’s Blues Devils, with headliners including Big Country and Dr Feelgood.

Uriah Heep make their only UK festival appearance at A New Day this weekend
Uriah Heep make their only UK festival appearance at A New Day this weekend

Saturday sees 11 acts set to wow the crowds, including Uriah Heep – who are making their only UK festival appearance this year at New Day – Lindisfarne, Flying Tigers and Edward Broughton, Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash plus The Fierce and the Dead.

The final day, on Sunday, brings nine acts to the stage including 70s rockers Slade, New Model Army, True Deceivers and Chris Conway and Dan Britton.

Set in picturesque surroundings, there will also be a kidzone, craft stalls, music workshops and a range of sci-fi characters milling around.

DETAILS

A New Day Festival will be held in Mount Ephraim Gardens in Hernehill, Faversham, from Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27. Gates open at 4pm on Friday and the music stops at 11pm on the Sunday. To find out more, go to anewdayfestival.com

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