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Maidstone Fringe Festival to be held over six days up to the Bank Holiday weekend

By Angela Cole

Organisers of the ninth Maidstone Fringe Festival have added an extra day to this year's event to fit in extra acts.

The annual music event will now run from Wednesday, May 1 to Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, filling the town’s pubs, clubs and music venues with a range of diverse live acts.

Opening on Wednesday, May 1 will be Dub Pistols, playing Gallery in Bank Street.

Dub Pistols will perform at Maidstone Fringe Festival
Dub Pistols will perform at Maidstone Fringe Festival

With a new album, Addict, due out later this year, a documentary and their own festival, Barry Ashworth’s merry gang are like a 21st century equivalent of The Specials and the 2-Tone movement, which reflected the multi-racial nature of the UK’s inner cities back in the day. The band play a riotous collision of drum & bass, hip-hop, ska, dub and punk.

Brix And The Extricated featuring Brix Smith, Steve Hanley and Paul Hanley from The Fall will play the Music Room at Pizza Express on Friday, May 3, supported by Medway garage rock band The Len Price 3.

Brix and the Extricated will be at Maidstone Fringe Festival
Brix and the Extricated will be at Maidstone Fringe Festival

Back by popular demand will be "chap-hop" pioneer, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, with support from Kent star Funke and the Two Tone Baby and Maidstone artist Clea Llewellyn on Thursday, May 2 at the Music Room.

Saturday, May 4 will see the return of soul legend Geno Washington, with support from King Size Slim and on Bank Holiday Monday Nine Below Zero play.

Incorporated within the festival, supported by local business including One Maidstone BID and Victa Railfreight, are a number of all-day events as well as family friendly entertainment in cafes and coffee shops in the town centre.

Geno Washington will return to the fringe festival
Geno Washington will return to the fringe festival

Acts also on the line-up so far include The Gallerys, Salvation Jayne, David Migden & The Twisted Roots, Upcdownc, The Lowly Strung, The Devils Prefects, One Day Elliott and Tin Foil Astronaut.

For more information go to maidstonefringe.com

Tickets for the Music Room gigs at Pizza Express can be bought at pizzaexpresslive.com or by calling 0207 439 4962.

Read more: All the latest music news across Kent

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