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Maidstone: Full line up for Maidstone Fringe Festival 2018 announced

By Angela Cole

Organisers of the eighth Maidstone Fringe Festival have named their full line-up for the event which will run over the May bank holiday.

The five-day festival, held at pubs, bars and clubs across the town from Thursday, May 3 to Bank Holiday Monday, May 7, features a mix of rock, indie and punk to acoustic, blues and ska, funk, soul and hip hop.

Incorporated within the event are some all-day events as well as family-friendly entertainment in cafes and coffee shops, with much of the music being free to attend.

Coco and the Butterfields will be at Maidstone Fringe Festival
Coco and the Butterfields will be at Maidstone Fringe Festival

Building on the success of previous festivals, the 2018 event will see a wide mixture of music in Maidstone, from rock, indie and pop-punk, through to acoustic and blues acts, ska, contemporary folk, funk, soul, dance and hip-hop.

Headline acts confirmed to play at the Pizza Express Live are Glen Matlock, founding member of the Sex Pistols and Rich Kids, on the Thursday, chap-hop stars Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer and Professor Elemental on the Friday, and original "Canterbury Scene" psychedelic and progressive rockers Soft Machine on the Saturday and Kent based pop and indie act Coco & The Butterfields on the Sunday.

Chap hop star Mr B
Chap hop star Mr B

Special guest visitors from Norway Moviestar join the festival for two shows at The Flowerpot on the Saturday supporting TV Smith and on the Sunday at the Make Some Noise all-dayer at the Royal Albion.

Ska enthusiasts are catered for by the Scorchers appearing at the Style & Winch on the Friday and Toot N Skamen at the Duke Of Marlborough on the Sunday.

Professor Elemental will be in Maidstone
Professor Elemental will be in Maidstone

Kent-based acts confirmed include David Migden & The Twisted Roots, The Gallerys, Hullabaloo, Funke & The 2 Tone Baby, Best Intentions, We Are Bandicoot, Witchdoctor, No Limits Street Band, Native Oyster Band, Upcdownc, Radidas, Clea Llewellyn, The Devils Prefects, Esk Forte, David James Rumsey, The Mofos, Fred Clark, Rudy Warman & The Heavy Weather and Lew Lewis & The Twilight Trio.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells-based The Gallerys
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells-based The Gallerys

Venues involved also include Bierkeller, 4 Degrees, Druids Arms, the Flowerpot, Café Bruges, the Stag, Drakes, the White Horse, the Cellars, the Royal Albion, Frederic and the Fisherman’s Arms.

For more details on the event, which is sponsored by Clive Emson auctioneers, visit maidstonefringe.com

For tickets to all the shows at Pizza Express, call 0207 439 4962 or visit pizzaexpresslive.com.

Moviestar have joined the Maidstone Fringe Festival line-up for this year
Moviestar have joined the Maidstone Fringe Festival line-up for this year

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