Today, Ramblin Man’ Fair have announced The Darkness as Friday’s main stage headliner and Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Already announced rock legends Foreigner (Saturday’s main stage headliner) and American blues singer/songwriter Beth Hart (Blues Stage headliner), Prog in the Park headliner Anathema and more prog acts including Swedish act Pain of Salvation and Polish prog giants Riverside.
The Darkness – one of the UK’s most beloved rock bands of the past 20 years – are a fantastic addition to next year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair. When the band burst onto the scene 18 years ago they single-handedly resurrected the sounds and attitudes of the late 70s hard rock genre for an unsuspecting generation. Multi-platinum records and countless Top 10 singles followed which gave birth to one of the most exciting British rock bands who still to this day put on a live performance that channels the theatrics and energy of Queen and sound and style of Led Zeppelin.
On their announcement of headlining Ramblin’ Man, vocalist/guitarist Justin Hawkins comments:
I do love to ramble. Years ago, my grandfather bought me a set of hiking boots for Christmas, in a direct refusal to spend money on the plastic Evel Knievel toy I had begged him for in the weeks leading up to it. Granddad was quite progressive in that respect, very much a recycler. It must run in the family; my Uncle Len gave me the same 3-pack of sports socks that I had given him the previous year. So off I went, box-fresh hikers and re-gifted sports socks up the nearest hill. It took a long time to get there on account of my having grown up in the flat lands of East Anglia. Two of my other great uncles, Fred and Cyril, lived in Maidstone so I walked there. That makes Ramblin’ Man somewhat of a homecoming, and we, The Darkness, cannot wait to headline this magnificent festival.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is in the midst of one of their most prolific periods to date, with a slew of studio and live records coming out amidst a rigorous tour schedule that only seems to fuel their fire even further. Their stellar new album, Barefoot In The Head, marks the CRB’s third studio release in just two years, and it finds them pushing boundaries and breaking new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. Another fantastic addition to next years Ramblin’ Man Fair.
2019 Line Up so far…
- The Darkness (Friday headliner)
- Foreigner (Saturday headliner)
- Chris Robinson Band
- Beth Hart (headliner)
Prog in the Park Stage:
- Anathema (headliner)
- Pain of Salvation
Ramblin’ Man Fair is the must see event for discerning festival goers. A quality musical line up with a number of UK exclusive performances. The event is a unique experience fast becoming a staple of the UK festival calendar.
The festival will take place in the beautiful Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent – the garden of England. The park is one of the largest in South East England with more than 450 acres of mature parkland and a 30-acre lake. With multiple travel links via train (Ashford International, Maidstone East and Maidstone West in close proximity) and road (with three park and rides available around Maidstone). The festival site is also perfect for European festival goers with easy links to the London airports, Eurostar via Ashford Int’l and Channel Ferries to and from mainland Europe.
Ramblin’ Man Fair will take place on 19th, 20th and 21st July. Tickets can be purchased here.