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Maidstone Fringe Festival line-up to include The Fall members Steve and Paul Hanley, Brix Smith and Funke and the Two Tone Baby

Former members of post-punk band The Fall are among almost 30 acts announced for a town's ninth music festival.

The line-up for the Maidstone Fringe Festival, which will be held at venues across the town centre from Thursday, May 2 to Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, features Brix And The Extricated, which includes brothers Steve and Paul Hanley, and Brix Smith, famous for their part in the band in the 80s and 90s.

Their performance at the festival comes a year after the death of The Fall singer Mark E Smith.

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

The band have been writing and releasing new material to critical acclaim.

They will play the Music Room at Pizza Express, with support from Medway garage rock band The Len Price 3 on Friday, May 3. Tickets cost £15.

They join a line-up which includes alternative rock, indie and pop-punk, through to acoustic and blues acts, ska, contemporary folk, funk, soul, dance and hip-hop.

Already confirmed are regulars and local acts including The Gallerys, Salvation Jayne, David Migden & The Twisted Roots, Flawless Carbon, No Limits Street Band, Upcdownc, The Lowly Strung, One Day Elliott, The Ovines, Oskar Vilcrow, Thrift and Tin Foil Astronaut, while more are still to be announced.

Funke and the Two Tone Baby will be at the fringe festival
Funke and the Two Tone Baby will be at the fringe festival

Also at the Music Room on Thursday, May 2 will be UK chap-hop’ pioneer, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, with support from Kent's Funke And The Two Tone Baby and Maidstone artist Clea Llewellyn. Tickets cost £12.

On Saturday, May 4 will also see the return of R&B legend Geno Washington, with support from King Size Slim, and on Bank Holiday Monday, Nine Below Zero will perform.

Mr B the Gentleman Rapper
Mr B the Gentleman Rapper

The festival, which is supported by local venues and businesses, including One Maidstone BID and Victa Railfreight, includes a number of all day family friendly events in cafes and coffee shops and many of the gigs are also free.

Venues taking part include Style & Winch, Bierkeller, the Market House, the Flower Pot, the Royal Albion, Frederics and Source Bar.

To book for the ticketed events go to pizzaexpresslive.com or by calling 0207 4394962. For more details go to maidstonefringe.com

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