Big Fish Little Fish @ Dreamland. Photography By Jason Pay
Big Fish Little Fish @ Dreamland. Photography By Jason Pay

FestivIsle vibes

With brighter days and warmer weather, it’s time to get your music juices flowing and your foot tapping at the coast! From popular festivals to one-off concerts, the coast is alive with the sound of music and has something for every taste imaginable.

Dreamland is Partyland

Party the day and night away joining Dreamland as it celebrates 100 years with some of the biggest names in music - Madness and Fatboy Slim. If that’s tickled your ear drums, lookout for gigs and concerts throughout the year, including Norman Jay, Trojan Sound System, and Example

Dreamland at Night

Margate Mixer

From soul, jazz and ska to rhythm and rock mixed in, the town is awash with musical offerings. Get those heels a moving and the seasons a grooving with Margate Mod & Sixties Festival, Skagate followed by Margate Soul Festival, Margate Rock and Rhythm and Margate Jazz Festival. If that is not enough listen out for concerts popping up in hotels, pubs and places around the town. 

Big names, bigger hits

The Beatles, Status Quo and The Libertines have all graced the stage at Margate’s Winter Gardens. Discover which big act will be next to take to the stage? Not to be outdone your foot will be tapping along to performances at the Theatre Royal, and Sarah Thorne Theatre. For one week in July Ramsgate becomes the ‘Festival of Sound’ including a sonic trail around the town

Margate Winter Gardens

A folking good time

For one glorious week in August (7th - 14th), Broadstairs is taken over with the sound of folk music. Now in its 55th year, and a huge event on the Isle’s calendar, Broadstairs Folk Week has over 70 events a day – learn a new skill, try dancing, singalong or browse the craft fair. Acts appear at the bandstand, in pubs and on the streets, meaning you can soak up the sounds anywhere and everywhere. For the younger musicians (10-18 years) become part of the band

Track Dogs

All the rave (for adults)

Ramsgate Music Hall, an intimate venue with a 130 capacity and winner of the NME award for Best British Small Venue, has a thriving programme of artist performances from emerging to headliners.

Gryff Rhys at Ramsgate Music Hall. Credit Dik Ng

Play that funky music

Get the decks spinning and post-festival party pumping after browsing the racks of Vinyl Head, CliffsStarfish Records or Elsewhere.

There’s plenty to inspire a visit to the FestivIsle of Thanet, and being just a short journey from London by train, makes for the perfect day, night or weekend trip.