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Band T-shirts and shades were the order of the day for the majority of festival-goers at Ramblin’ Man Fair in Mote Park, Maidstone

Pictures: Andy Archer Rockers Ramblin’ in park

MAIDSTONE’S second encounter with the Ramblin’ Man Fair in Mote Parkwas a larger and nois- ier affair than last year. Downs Mail reporter Neil Nixonwas there...

With huge crowds and great

weather, the festival offered a host of the best-known names in classic rock and progressive music. Whitesnake,whoheadlined on the

main stage on the Saturday night, drew one of the biggest crowds of theweekend. There were three other stages, all popular with the crowd, many of whomwere camping on site. The queues to get in on Saturday

were long – a consequence of a rush of late bookings which occurred when festival-goers saw the long term weather forecast and an unex- pectedly high number of ticket hold- ers arriving as the gates opened. Many of them had waited for

more than an hour as event staff out- side in the park dealt with the crowd. Organisers took to social media to apologise for the delay. Inside, the event offered an addi-

tional stage to last year – the Rising stage featuredupand coming bands. There was also a greater range of merchandise and attractions, includ- ing awall of death motorcycle ride. Another notable change saw more

young fans among the crowd, de- spite many of the acts having their first chart hits in the 60s and 70s. This year the main festival ground moved slightly south and higher,

Acts included David Coverdale with Whitesnake (above) and below left, Rosalie Cunningham, lead singer with Purson

with the Prog stage looking down the LenValley. Itwas awelcome in- novation, which largely dealt with the problem of the Outlaw stage for blues and country acts being drowned out. Most of the festival goers seemed

to appreciate the standard of the per- formances and the other attractions. Some revellers came from a great distance, with one group having come from Frankfurt while the event’s Facebook page mentioned a ticket holder who had travelled Philadelphia. Another Ramblin’ Man Fair is planned for July 29&30 2017.


Malling August 2016

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