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Faversham Beer Festival with music and real ales at Faversham Football Club

By Angela Cole

There will be more than 60 Kent-based ales and a host of live music acts at a three-day beer festival this week.

The Faversham Beer Festival, which will be held at Faversham Football Club, will be headlined by Ian Dury's band The Blockheads and the Kast Off Kinks, and have three stages, a food court and camping.

The event, which is backed by the football club, will be raising money for local charities and have a host of real ales and ciders from producers across the county.

Bamboozle will be at Faversham Beer Festival
Bamboozle will be at Faversham Beer Festival

Participating brewers include Greene King, Musket Brewery, Kent Brewery, Brew Buddies Brewery, Wantsum Brewery, Gadds: Ramsgate Brewery, Old Dairy Brewery, Goody Ales and Whitstable Brewery.

The Kast Off Kinks, which includes original members of The Kinks, will play the band's hits on Friday, July 26 while The Blockheads will play classic material on Saturday, July 28.

Organiser Richard Parry said: "We wanted to create a new event in the town that would showcase the fantastic range of local beers and ciders the county has to offer and a full programme of live music with something for everyone to enjoy.

"It promises to be a fun-packed weekend and we hope that people will give the event their full support, while helping to raise funds for some brilliant local initiatives too."

Bedlam Boys will be at the Faversham Beer Festival
Bedlam Boys will be at the Faversham Beer Festival

Also appearing at the festival are 2-Tone ska act Toot n' Skamen, rockabilly favourites Bamboozle and David Midgen and the Twisted Roots. Also playing will be Maidstone-based The Gallerys, Salvation Jayne and in the food court, where there will be a dedicated area for Kent based acoustic artists there will be sets from Jayne Snow, Mark Lees, Dead Kites, Chris Hunter and David James Rumsey.

Singer and guitarist Chris Hunter
Singer and guitarist Chris Hunter

In the beer tent there will be indie, alternative, psychedelic and folk/rock acts from across the South East including Black Lion, Upcdownc, the Devil's Prefects, Paisley Mess, Black Lion Courtiers and Fossils.

The event, which is sponsored and organised by design and joinery company Parry Page, will also have a little lion's area in the centre for children to play with a range of activities.

For tickets to the festival, which runs from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28, cost £15 for Friday, £20 for Saturday, £12 for Sunday, or £30 for the whole weekend (plus a booking fee). Book at favershambeerfestival.co.uk.

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