STOP PRESS: DROP AND BOP AT MUSIC ON THE HILL
Bring along your unwanted books, bric a brac and clothing with a drop zone available an hour before gates open.
Music On The Hill takes place this weekend (July 19th to 21st) with a stunning weekend of outdoor music and entertainment at Kings Hill.
Four separate and very different events are to be staged over the course of the weekend offering a wide variety of entertainment provided by internationally renowned artists.
The weekend kicks off in party style with a Friday night appearance by the inimitable Jools Holland, on stage with his sensational 18-piece Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and with Roland Gift, voice of the Fine Young Cannibals, as special guest, plus renowned vocalist Ruby Turner. (Fri 19th July)
Saturday 20th July’s line-up this year will feature two separately ticketed events – media superstar Peter Andre takes the headline slot for Saturday evening with a dazzling new summer show. Due to popular demand the organisers are also delighted to welcome back McFly to perform a special afternoon show, following their sellout appearance back at the first Music on the Hill in 2011.
Sunday 21st July shifts up yet another gear with a fun-filled Family Festival day, packed with star-quality music and entertainment – with music from 2013 Brit Award nominees Stooshe, former X-Factor winner Joe McElderry plus Gareth Gates, Cheryl Jay and Mike of Bucks Fizz, Ben Mills, to the classic hits by Queen and the Rolling Stones, paid tribute to by Killer Queen and the Counterfeit Stones with the day hosted by Capital FM breakfast show and ITV presenter Dave Berry.
Music on the Hill takes place in custom-built temporary open-air arena in the heart of Kings Hill, near Maidstone, is easy to get to and offers excellent parking at the concert site and good public transport links It is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy favourite artists in an intimate and atmospheric setting. Audiences are welcome to bring their own picnics, but will also find plenty of fairly priced, locally sourced food and drink at the event.
The first Music on the Hill in 2011 attracted over 10,000 people and received unanimously positive feedback on its good organisation and facilities. Commenting on 2011’s success Event Director Colin Thacker said: “We had such encouraging feedback from those who came along before that it’s spurred us on to produce an even better event this time round. We think we’ve pulled together a really exciting line-up, with something to appeal to everyone. We’ve also thought how we can make people’s experience with us as enjoyable as possible, and will be installing two all-weather canopies in parts of the arena.”
Music on the Hill is organised by The Children’s Development Trust with the support of Liberty Property Trust UK. Every penny of profit from the event goes to local charities Demelza Hospice Care for Children, and designer Karen Millen’s charity, Teens Unite Fighting Cancer, which provides support and care for teenagers with cancer.
Funds raised by Music on the Hill in its first guise in 2011 were over £60,000, enough to provide two new community nurses for Demelza. Sarah Marsh, Events Co-Ordinator for Demelza said: “The money raised will make a real difference to the support we can continue to give to families across the area and help add life to days when days cannot be added to life."
Karen Millen OBE, founder of Teens Unite Fighting Cancer added: “The event will be a great opportunity for the local community to support local charities whilst having fun at what promises to be the music event of the summer. I am really looking forward to working with a group of teens that Teens Unite supports to design the VIP area at the festival. On our side, money raised will go towards a capital appeal for a care centre in Kent, after the first one opened in Herts earlier this year. It will make a big difference to Teens Unite and will ensure that we can support more teenagers with cancer and other life limiting illnesses from Kent and the surrounding areas”.
Saturday night headliner Peter Andre commented: “As a Dad, I know how fun, demanding and truly special kids can be. Sadly I also know that some children and young people suffer from terminal or life threatening illnesses. These incredible charities support children and their families through the hardest of times. Let’s help support them, by buying a ticket and enjoying some great shows.”
TICKET INFORMATION :
Jools Holland - Friday 19 July £36. Gates 6pm; concert starts 7.30pm
McFly, Saturday 20 July - Afternoon - £30. Gates 12 noon, concert starts 1pm.
Peter Andre – Saturday Evening 20 July - £33. Gates 6pm, concert starts 7.30pm.
Family Summer Sunday – Sunday 21 July – Gates 12 noon, concert starts 1pm.
Adults £28/ Children (6 – 16) £17.50 Family ticket (2 adults/2 children aged 6 - 16): £80
For all concerts: Children 5 and under go free.
Locally sourced food and drink will be available on site.
HOW TO GET TICKETS:
There are a limited number of tickets still available. The Box Office will be open at the festival site in Kings Hill from 5pm on Friday and from 11am on Saturday and Sunday.