Upcoming Summer Festivals in Kent 2024

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There’s a pleasant smell in the air around Kent. When walking through Tunbridge Wells or Dover, it’s easy to get the scent of lavender and lilacs resting in the breeze, and coupled with blue skies and mild temperatures, those smells very quickly turn into the smell of summer. 

Because it’s not too long now! In just under two months, the summer will be here, and that means beaches, sunbathing, and a whole load of festivals will be back on the agenda, with both virtual shows – for those who’d rather not leave their air-conditioned house – and live events to look forward to.

To get you ready for the best summer festivals in Kent, we thought we’d list out a few of the ones we’re most excited about. So if you like the sound of any, make sure you list them down in your diary and book your tickets now – before that scent of the summer is noticed by other people, and availability starts to disappear completely! 

Canterbury Pride in Canterbury

The good thing about ‘summer festivals’ in the UK is that, some of the time, they take place before summer actually begins! It’s almost like the organisers are just a little too excited to bring in the sunshine, and we can’t say we blame them, because it just means we get to pack more into our calendar. Canterbury Pride, for instance, is one of the most summery festivals in Kent, and yet it takes place on June 8th, just a teensy bit before summer actually begins. What better way to prelude your summer with a two-day festival full of singers, parades, and drag artists?

Black Deer Festival in Tunbridge Wells

Just a week after Canterbury Pride is the famous Black Deer Festival in Tunbridge Wells. With rock, country, and blues music to look forward to, this is the perfect Americana festival that doesn’t involve a £500 flight to the USA. While previous headliners have included James Van Morrison, earlier this year, it was announced that Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow will be headlining the main stage on Saturday night, and that’s just one reason to book your ticket now. Other reasons include the dozens of other famous artists yet to be announced, the multiple music workshops, silent discos, motorcycle displays, and BBQ firepits, to name just a few.

Margate Summer Series in Margate

The Margate Summer Series might be a recent addition to Kent’s festival calendar, but it’s certainly one of the best. Last year, we were treated to a fabulous set from Queens of the Stone Age, while this year, attendees can expect to see musicians like Madness, Busted, JLS, Manic Street Preachers, Status Quo, and the legendary Nile Rodgers. Need we say more? The current concert schedule begins on June 14th and runs until September, so make sure you book your tickets as soon as possible!

Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics in Maidstone

Speaking of booking a ticket to the US, are you one of those party people who book tickets to Ibiza every year? Well, if you’re around the Kent area this July, then maybe you don’t have to. Alright, so you don’t have the blazing sunshine and the sandy beaches to enjoy, but what you do have is a superb DJ set provided by the legendary DJ Pete Tong himself. This is a huge Ibiza Classics show that features some of the most iconic summer tunes, performed along with the Essential Orchestra and conductor Jules Buckley.

Hop Festival in Faversham

Last but not least, Kent’s summer is going to be rounded off with the popular Faversham Hop Festival, which is a celebration of Kent’s best beers, ciders, food and music, all in a single weekend on August 31st and September 1st. The Hop Festival has been coming to Faversham for around 30 years now, and it never fails to put a smile on the face of locals. With hundreds of musicians, street performers, parades, Morris dancers, and plenty of beers and ciders provided by local, independent breweries, this is the perfect way to enjoy your weekend and say farewell to the summer. Cheers!

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