The Dartford Festival has been running for over 80 years and has developed from a town carnival into a much-loved FREE music and family fun weekend.

The festival takes place on the weekend of 15th & 16th July in Central Park, Dartford.

This year’s line-up is nothing short of lovely for a FREE event!

Peter Hook & The Light formed in May 2010, fronted by the legendary former Joy Division and New Order bassist, Peter Hook. Moving through the albums from both those bands, Peter Hook & The Light perform festival “hybrid” sets of the well-known material from both bands which they are currently touring world wide. Having amassed some 450 shows in the seven years since their first concert this is a set that goes from strength to strength.

The Christians took the British pop charts by storm in the late 80s/early 90s.  Hits such as Ideal World and Born Again, were shortly followed by number one selling album, Colour. Their version of ‘Harvest for the World’ raised millions for Unicef. Now celebrating 30 years since the release of their debut album, The Christians are touring with full band in the UK, France and Spain.

The Christians’ lead singer Garry Christian said: “The band and I are really buzzing to be playing Dartford Festival especially on our 30th anniversary year …. we want to show everyone that despite not getting to Kent often enough that Dartford is certainly NOT a ‘Forgotten Town’ – can’t wait to get everyone in full festival happy mood on July 15th when we’ll be singing all the hits you (hopefully) remember! …. see you then xx”

Ian Prowse & Amsterdam: This year marks a quarter of a century since Ian’s first ever album with his original band, Pele. Fireworks was a classic debut album bursting with energy and melody which gained Ian’s songwriting its first ever set of fans when the band toured the land constantly in the early 90’s. Fireworks was released on Polydor/M&G and produced four singles, three of which were playlisted on BBC Radio 1 (which used to be something worth shouting about).

Ian and Amsterdam will be recreating the madness of those early shows by playing the album in full on a UK tour to coincide with the actual anniversary of its release.

These latest acts are joining previously announced names including Space, X Factor winner Matt Terry, Skatonics, QueenII, and L E I O

Shane Hampsheir: In the past five years Shane has performed with the likes of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, as well as with his own 17-piece big band in the UK and around Europe. In May of 2016 Shane reached number 1 in the iTunes Jazz Chart with his debut single, ‘Brazil‘. He also made his New York debut recently at the famous ‘Metropolitan Room’ in Manhattan.

Returning to Dartford Shane Hampsheir brings you the ultimate hits from the world of swing, including classic songs from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker and Tony Bennett.

Charlyn is a Pop/Rock/Electronic group based in London. They have previously toured Switzerland and played at major festivals such as Montreux Jazz. They have also played famous London venues such as The 02 Forum and 229.

With their 80s influences and positive energy, Charlyn promises a superb live show. The band is currently recording their second EP due for release summer 2017.

Council Leader Jeremy Kite said: “The line-up for this year’s Festival is really coming together and it has the makings of a classic year. Peter Hook and The Christians will be names familiar to serious music lovers and it’s wonderful that they are going to be on the Festival stage here at Dartford”

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