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Maidstone: Fun Lovin'Criminals and Starsailor to headline Vicar's Picnic in Yalding this summer

By Angela Cole

New York trio Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Starsailor are among the headline acts announced for a family-friendly boutique music festival.

The Vicar’s Picnic, which will be held on the banks of the River Medway at Yalding in July, will also see Britpop legends Cast, who headlined three years ago, return, along with ska and reggae band The Dualers.

Fun Lovin’ Criminals, who headline the main stage on the Saturday, are headed by Radio 6 Music presenter Huey Morgan and are known for their global Tarantino sampling hit single Scooby Snacks – a term recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Fun Lovin' Criminals will be at the Vicar's Picnic this summer
Fun Lovin' Criminals will be at the Vicar's Picnic this summer

Starsailor headline on the Friday. Dubbed Britain’s best new band when they formed in 2001, they have returned with new album, All This Life.

All-female rockers The Sex Pissed Dolls will headline the big top stage with cult act Nine Below Zero bringing their eight-piece R&B band to the big top on Saturday. Also making a return are the Hiwatts and an international line-up of DJs in the dance tent.

Early bird tickets have all now been snapped up for the event on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21.

Starsailor will play the festival in Yalding near Maidstone
Starsailor will play the festival in Yalding near Maidstone

Festival founder and creative director Dave King said: “We are proud to be a true festival – like Glastonbury, built from the ground up – which is something you can feel reverberating around our beautiful site.

“This year’s line-up is a dream come true and has a certain flow about it, with talent drawn from New Zealand to New York City as well as the best emerging talent.”

The festival started six years ago with a group of friends getting some bands together in a back garden, and is now a sell-out 4,000-strong festival, with camping and glamping, a kids’ zone and creative quarter.

For tickets visit vicarspicnic.co.uk

This year’s festival will support the local charities Dandelion Time and the Kenward Trust.

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