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Uncle Funk and the Boogie Wonderband @ Theatre in the park
Jul 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Licenced bar on site
  • Food available

Join us to celebrate 40 years of disco with the UK’s number 1 live disco band!

The musical perfection of Uncle Funk & The Boogie Wonderband is matched with their outrageous costumes, slick dance moves and energetic show that will put smiles on faces and keep feet firmly on the dance floor.

Uncle Funk & The Boogie Wonderband play a winning set of disco classics – think “The Greatest Hits Of Disco Volume 1” and you have an idea! Every song in the set has been chosen with the dance floor in mind – nothing indulgent, nothing obscure, just the disco hits to keep you dancing all night long.

Curb Pilots @ Theatre in the park
Aug 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Licenced bar on site
  • food available
The Curb Pilots are an exciting mix of two tone, ska and reggae with melodic vocals, driving guitar, retro keyboards and ska horn section featuring original material and songs by The Specials, Madness, The Beat and UB40.
Herne Bay Rocks – Heat 1 @ The Divers Arms
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Heat 1 with 4 Bands on tonight . Free entry , all ages welcome.

Charity Variety Show @ Herne Bay Pier
Aug 11 @ 7:30 pm
Classical Piano Recital @ Mortimer Street
Aug 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

MIMS – Music in Mortimer Street

David Ruddock, East Kent’s leading concert pianist,makes a welcome return to Herne Bay to entertain residents and visitors during BayFest 2018 with a Classical Piano Recital.
His programme this year includes music by:
Bach Prelude and Fugue in D minor
Mozart Adagio for Glass Harmonica
Haydn Variations in F minor/major
Chopin Four Waltzes
Godard Mazurka in B flat major
Schubert To Music
Liszt Liebestraum
Beethoven Sonata in F minor (Appassionata)

The concert will be held in the presence of The Lord Mayor of Canterbury


Herne Bay Rocks – Heat 2 @ The Prince of Wales
Aug 11 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Heat 2 with 4 more great bands. Free event and all ages welcome

Oh So Vintage Tea Party! With Kai Hofman @ Theatre in the Park
Aug 12 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Licenced bar on site
  • Vintage stalls

Come join us for our Oh So Vintage! tea party, featuring the fantastic Kai Hoffman.
Originally from Boston, MA, USA, Kai Hoffman is a blues, jazz & cabaret singer, songwriter, bandleader and recording artist based in the United Kingdom.
Ticket price includes free tea and a piece of Victoria Sponge’s showstopping cake!

Herne Bay Rocks – Heat 3 @ Herne Bay Angling Association
Aug 12 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Heat 3 with 4 more fabulous bands . Free entry and all ages welcome



Herne Bay Rocks – Heat 4 @ The Hampton Inn
Aug 13 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Heat 4 with again 4 brilliant bands on. Free entry and all ages welcome

Herne Bay Rocks – Heat 5 @ The Rodney
Aug 14 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Heat 5 and final Bands heat with 4 more brilliant acts.
The 3 top scoring bands that will play in the Final will be announced tonight. Free entry and all ages welcome.

‘MIMS’ BayFest Lunchtime Recital @ United Church
Aug 15 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Wonderful music brought to you by Adrian Cole (Cello), accompanied by David Ruddock (Piano) will include items by Bach, Breval, Dvorak, Rachmaninov, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Elgar, Frank Bridge, Pablo Casals and Claude-Michel Schoenberg, enhanced by the atmospheric acoustics of this town-centre church.


Herne Bay Rocks – Acoustic 1 @ The Ship
Aug 15 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
First night of Acoustic music with 6 more amazing acts. Tonight we announce the winner of the Acoustic competition.
Free entry and all ages welcome
‘MIMS’ Bay-Fest Lunchtime Concert – Classical Guitar Recital @ United Church
Aug 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

ADRIAN-CRISTIAN MIREA, an accomplished Romanian Guitarist makes a welcome return to Herne Bay to entertain us with a selection of Spanish, Latin American and German classics enhanced by the excellent acoustics in United Church.

This is a FREE concert


Herne Bay Rocks – Acoustic 2 @ Heron Angling Club
Aug 16 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Second night of Acoustic music with 6 more amazing acts. Tonight we announce the winner of the Acoustic competition.
Free entry and all ages welcome

Herne Bay Rocks – Finals Night! @ The Kings Hall
Aug 17 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Its Finals night and the top three scoring acts from the 5 heats will each perform a 40 minute set judged by our 4 independent judges.
Free entry and all ages welcome

Organ Recital @ United Church
Aug 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Having recently completed a tour of United States and Russia, celebrated international organist, ALESSANDRO BIANCHI returns to Herne Bay to perform on the wonderful organ in United Church. Born in Como, Italy, Alessandro has performed more than 2000 recitals worldwide and his programme this year will, once again, demonstrate the versatility of his playing. Works by Hielscher, Mendelssohn, Bonnet, Bach, McLagan, Hesford, Cooman, Michel, Nevin and Mushel cover music from the 17th through to the 20th century and should include something for everyone.


Legend – The Bob Marley Experience @ Theatre in the Park
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Licenced bar on site
  • Carribean food available

Legend are seven great musicians and singers dedicated to the life and music of the late, great Bob Marley.
This dynamic band’s show covers the very best of Bob Marley and the Wailers timeless classics brought to you in this fantastic tribute to the acknowledged ‘King of reggae’.
The musicianship are flawless, with that irresistible reggae groove compelling you to move and the presence of Bob Marley him self invoked in the skilled and respectful portrayal by Michael and the Band.

Hampton Inn Music Festival @ The Hampton Inn
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 11:30 pm

The FIRST Hampton Inn Music Festival. Bands commencing at midday covering a variety of music styles and tastes. Check out our website @ or our facebook page for full lineup and timings. Food served from midday til 8pm. Dogs and children welcome. Free Entry.

Herne Bay Jazz & Swing Fest ’18 @ Herne Bay Pier
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Herne Bay Jazz & Swing Fest at the Pier @ Herne Bay Pier
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Bringing the very best of jazz & swing music to Herne Bay Pier for the 2nd year running, this one-day free festival is sure to get your toes tapping with over six hours of high quality live music. With top-line performers selected from their appearances at Ronnie Scott’s, the London Jazz Festival and more, as well as a performance from Kai Hoffman’s Herne Bay Jazz Choir, a local community group, the Herne Bay Jazz & Swing Fest at the Pier is a unique event in a beautiful seaside setting.

UK Jazz & Swing Superstars

Free to All

Pier Attractions Open


Main Stage Finale & Fireworks @ Clock Tower Plaza
Aug 25 @ 12:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Herne Bays biggest music event of the year.

Just over a week to go and here is the running order for the festival main stage on Saturday 25th August. No excuse to not be there, there’s something for everyone!

Show starts at 12:00pm at the Clocktower Plaza and the programme is as follows –

Live Music:
12:15pm – The Silent Companions
13:25pm – The Peaks
14:35pm – Kavanagh
15:50pm – The Pinnochios
17:00pm – Crybaby Special
18:00pm – Winners of Herne Bay Rocks Acoustic Catagory
18:35pm – Winners of Herne Bay Rocks Band Catagory
19:45pm – Headline Band ‘Loaded’ (as featured on Eastenders a couple of times) belting out all of your favourite music festival anthems!

Other entertainment
Emmanuele Okine (Ghanain juggler/acrobat) will be performing between the bands
Paul Incredible (multi talented circus performer) will be performing from 12:30pm until 15:30pm
Free Photo Booth will be available from 13:00pm until 18:00pm

Workshops (first come first serve, no pre registration)
12.30pm – Art/Create
14:30pm – Junk model making
16:30pm – Sun printing photos

Chargeable activities during the daytime (Herne Bay Rocks does not receive any commission as we are totally non-profit)

Henna Tattoos
Glitterati and festival headdresses

Fireworks will be at 21:20pm.

Hope to see as many of you there as possible to make this event the success it deserves to be after the hard work put in by all the volunteers!

Big thanks to our sponsors: The Divers Arms, Ala Turka, Hirebase, Miles & Barr, and Jellyfish Photography. Supported by Canterbury City Council. Thanks to Radio Cabin for promoting the event, and very special thanks to Dave Jordan for his incredibly generous donation of £5,000 to make this whole day of madness possible!

Kent Tribute Festival 2018 @ Strode park
Aug 26 @ 11:15 am – 9:30 pm

 The UK’s TOP tributes to George Michael, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Queen, Bon Jovi, Michael Buble & Oasis come to Herne Bay for one day only – The Kent Tribute Festival 2018.

Receiving 5-Star Reviews in 2017, and set in the stunning grounds of Strode Park, Herne Bay this family-friendly all-day tribute festival on Bank Holiday Sunday 26th August should not be missed!

Treat yourselves to our VIP area which is a seated, covered area with private bar and toilets, and get a FREE bottle of champagne for every booking of four people or more! Child tickets are just £10 and this entitles the kids to FREE all-day inflatables too!

Enjoy our licensed bar, food court, and meet some beautiful birds of prey. For those brave enough, hold some of the unusual reptiles and even spiders that will be there!

Lots of fun to be had at this Bank Holiday weekend special -and with no work for many the next day – round up your friends and family for a great day out!

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  • VIP Area tickets available!
  • Free All-day inflatables for the kids!

Demelza at the bandstand @ Herne Bay Bandstand
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A free concert with fund raising stalls, auction and bucket collection for and on behalf of Demelza house children’s hospice. We ran the event last year and raised over £2000. MAKCARIS are our sponsors.