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Ramblin' Man Fair 2021 first wave of acts announced for Mote Park, Maidstone

Organisers of one of the most popular music festivals in Kent have announced the first wave of acts for next summer's event, after having to cancel this year.

Ramblin' Man Fair will return to Mote Park, Maidstone, for a sixth time from Friday, July 16 to Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Clutch (carrying a watermelon but not Dirty Dancing style), will have a residency at Ramblin Man Fair
Clutch (carrying a watermelon but not Dirty Dancing style), will have a residency at Ramblin Man Fair

American band Clutch, who had been due to debut a three-day residency at this year's event, will be trying the new concept next year, with three very different sets over the weekend.

Starting with a Mainstage headline set - Who Wants To Rock? - on Friday, followed by a semi acoustic set on the Saturday - An Afternoon at the Doom Saloon - they will then close with a Blues Stage headline jam - Sound Attack - featuring a host of special guests and special songs on the Sunday.

Formed in 1991, the band have released 12 studio albums with modern-day classics including Electric Worry, The Mob Goes Wild, and 50,000 Unstoppable Watts, their last two studio albums were voted Classic Rock magazine’s Album Of The Year.

The Quireboys are among the first wave of Ramblin' Man acts to be announced for 2021
The Quireboys are among the first wave of Ramblin' Man acts to be announced for 2021

Lead singer Neil Fallon said: "We are very flattered to have been asked to do three sets at Ramblin’ Man 2021. We plan to make each set as distinct as possible...Then, we will sleep."

Chris Ingham, from fair organisers Spirit Of Rock, said: “Ramblin Man Fair is committed to developing the festival headliners of tomorrow and, wherever we can to, innovate the established format of the rock festival. It’s wonderful then that we can kill two birds with one stone and announce Clutch - the band of the moment in rock terms - and our residency concept together."

More acts in the first wave include 70s rockers and die-hard touring band, Foghat, making their Ramblin' debut; prog rock giants Big Big Train, who headline the Prog in the Park Stage and British act formed in 1970, Curved Air, who will be special guests.

Airbourne frontman Joel heads into the crowd at Ramblin Man Fair in 2019 Picture: Chris White
Airbourne frontman Joel heads into the crowd at Ramblin Man Fair in 2019 Picture: Chris White

Also playing the Mainstage over the weekend will be The Quireboys, Massiv Wagons, The Steel Woods, The New Roses, Bad Touch, Hands off Gretel and These Wicked Rivers.

Kris Barras performs at the last Ramblin Man Fair in Maidstone Picture: Chris White
Kris Barras performs at the last Ramblin Man Fair in Maidstone Picture: Chris White

Organisers have also promised a special night on Thursday, July 15 for ticketholders who wanted to roll their tickets over from this year to the 2021 event.

To book tickets ramblinmanfair.com/buy-tickets

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