The Bandstand Area, picnic area and food court seating will be expanded for the 2016 Show.  The hugely popular Bandstand and outside eating area has been made larger this year.  The horseshoe shaped Catering Village around the Bandstand proved so popular last year that we will be expanding the space available for our visitors. In order to entertain the diners there will be an enhanced Bandstand Music programme running from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and until 4.30pm on Sunday. With non-stop entertainment from a wide variety of acts, the Bandstand will be the perfect place to eat, drink and enjoy the music.
For a full timetable of the music, groups, bands and choirs who will be appearing on the Bandstand on Show days please go to our ‘Plan your Day’ tool and click the music tab.
Headlining on all three days will be local music sensation, Fred Clark.  Fred Clark is an exciting acoustic singer/songwriter from Maidstone, Kent who performs with incredible energy and writes with an upbeat, vibrant style. The last 7 years have seen Fred play over 400 gigs including at Maidstone Hazlitt Theatre (Headline Self-Run Show), Chatham Brook Theatre, Manchester Hard Rock Café, Lounge on the Farm, Guilfest and many more pubs, churches, theatres, festivals and other events.​ Since the release of his self-produced debut album ‘Open Road’ in 2009 Fred has gone on to release a further 4 albums and various EP’s . The latest release ‘Long Walk Home’ came out June 2014 and showcases a great maturity in both songwriting and production.
The Casablanca Steps will be performing four times on Friday.  The group made up of four very individual and talented musicians, guaranteed to be the entertaining  and now considered to be one of the main attractions at many of the UK’s major shows. Their 1920’s style will have you toe-tapping and singing along to nostalgic hits; ‘Putting on the Ritz’, ‘The sun has got his hat on’ and ‘It’s a hap, hap, happy day’.

The Biggin Hillbillies formed in 1998 and will be playing for our visitors on Sunday 10th July. The current lineup is John McDonagh on Mandolin & vocals, Bob White on Banjo, Ray Butcher on guitar & vocals, Nye Davies on Bass and James Lin on fiddle. Whilst their mainstream is bluegrass music, their varied repertoire of acoustic music includes country and folk numbers, 50’s and 60’s pop, Irish favourites and jazz standards.

The Damsels are a female vocal group based in London and the South East. They were created by Samantha Giffard, Claire Marlowe and Emma Odell. They will bring a fresh look and style to the Show when they perform on Saturday. The Damsels are made up of professional performers with West-End and International credits, but most of all, infectious voices and personalities.  The Damsels will be performing their Vintage set with songs from Farnk Sinatra, Dusty Springfield and Ella Fitzgerald.

InChoir is a fun, no audition singing group with branches in Kent, Sussex and Surrey. They sing a wide range of uplifting modern songs – anything from Bruno Mars to Frank Sinatra – all guaranteed to brighten up your Saturday afternoon at the Show, they will be singing on the bandstand at mid-day and again at 1pm. A performance from inChoir does comes with a health warning though; we’ll make you laugh and may bring a tear to your eye; they will make you clap your hands, and whistle and holler as you enjoy your picnic on the grass.

Energise Community Choir will be taking the stage on the Bandstand on Saturday. This group meet and practice in Maidstone and are based at Parkwood.  They take part in a large number of events in the local area and have a broad and diverse range of songs during their performance.

Tom Heath is an up-and-coming folk pop talent hailing from Kent. What makes Tom stand out is that the lyrics are a main but, by far, not the only attraction. His compositions have been crafted with an eye for detail, with structures rich in variation, sophisticated guitar riffs and catchy, smooth, expressive vocal tunes – keeping all rules, but not formulas, of great pop songwriting.  Tom will be playing for visitors on Saturday.

Ksenphonyis Kent Special Educational Needs Trust’s creative group.  It is a composing and performing ensemble group which has created a collaborative song to be performed at the Ksent launch, which takes place at the Show on Friday 8th July. Music teachers from the nine Kent Schools involved met in November and agreed that a song format, with a shared chorus and a ‘verse’ section for each school, would be the most creative way to work collaboratively, whilst also having the freedom for each school to represent their identity musically. The song called ‘Together’ will be performed on the bandstand on Friday.