Thursday 2nd May – Monday 6th May 2019: Press Release
The Ninth Maidstone Fringe Festival follows on from its predecessors in celebrating the diversity of new and original music in Kent and the South East, and during five days over the Mayday Bank Holiday weekend, filling the county town’s numerous pubs, clubs and music venues with live acts from across many different genres. Incorporated within the festival are a number of all-day events as well as family friendly entertainment in cafes and coffee shops in the Town Centre, with much of the music being free to attend. Many local venues and businesses are supporting the festival, including One Maidstone BID and Victa Railfreight. Building on the success of previous festivals, the 2019 event will see a wide mixture of music in Maidstone, from alternative rock, indie and pop-punk, through to acoustic and blues acts, ska, contemporary folk, funk, soul, dance and hip-hop.
Main artists confirmed to date include Brix And The Extricated featuring Brix Smith, Steve Hanley and Paul Hanley from The Fall. The band are writing and releasing new material to critical acclaim, and have recently recorded live sessions for BBC6 Music. With the recent passing of Mark E Smith the gig will give Fall fans a chance to also hear their interpretations of classic Fall records which they co-wrote and performed on. Support comes from established Medway garage rock band The Len Price 3: Friday 3rd May, standing show at The Music Room, Pizza Express Live: £15.
Also at the venue on Thursday 2nd May, back by popular demand we have UK ‘Chap-Hop’ pioneer, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, with support from rising Kent star Funke And The Two Tone Baby and highly regarded Maidstone artist Clea Llewellyn. £12. Saturday 4th May see’s the return of soul / R & B legend Geno Washington, with support from King Size Slim and on Monday 6th May Nine Below Zero.
Tickets for all of these events can be purchased online at: www.pizzaexpresslive.com or by calling the booking line on: 0207 439 4962.
There are also plenty of free events at this years festival including appearances by: The Gallerys, Salvation Jayne, David Migden & The Twisted Roots, Flawless Carbon, Harry Evans, Best Intentions, White Heat, Tres Kings, No Limits Street Band, Grapefruit, Upcdownc, The Lowly Strung, Theatre Royal, The Grand Merci, Fossils, Paisley Mess, Ian Ingles, The Devils Prefects, Mya PB, Natalie Bouloudis, One Day Elliott, The Ovines, Oskar Vilcrow, Hengistbury, Thrift, Tin Foil Astronaut – more artists will be announced in due course!
Venues confirmed are: The Style & Winch, The Bierkeller, 4 Degrees, Market House, The Flower Pot, The Rifle Volunteers, The Stag, Junipers / The Herbalist, The White Horse, Pizza Express Live, The Royal Albion, Frederic, The Duke Of Marlborough, The Source Bar
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