This year we have cast the net wider to capture more diverse sounds and rhythms. The music will start at 12.00 and run throughout the afternoon, kick back and relax, or get up and dance, let the music take you. The running order and timings will be published soon.

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Petits Bijoux

Opening Tonbridge calling this year will be Petits Bijoux, a local French Chanson Acoustic Duet.
They travel through the vintage era of Edith Piaf but also the modern vibes of Vanessa Paradis and other popular artists.

Vocalist France has extensive experience performing as a lead singer in various bands and has played at many festivals and events including Tonbridge Castle Festival, Lounge on the Farm in Canterbury, The Barfly and the Hammersmith Palais in London.
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Hobo & The Hippies

A typical Hobos gig has a great mix of songs, banter and good British humour thrown in. Billy’s percussion work will have you tapping your feet and “Dead Man’s Eye” will have you stomping your feet to the rhythm and make you feel like you could easily be on a rickety pirate ship being swayed about on the rough sea while clinking and spilling beer and rum, while “Pale Lady” pulls you in and gets you to really appreciate the musicianship of the band. Then you have “Bolt Down the Hatches”, a crowd favourite, that gets everyone swaying and singing along. 
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Lazlo Baby

Hailing from Eastern Stockport, Lazlo Baby bring you Balkan folksy ska with high octane exuberance. Whilst dabbling in the delights that klezmer, gypsy and trad Irish music have to offer, Lazlo Baby stitch together pounding melodies that’ll clobber you with their enthusiastic brouhaha.
 
“Lazlo Baby’s frantic and infectious mix of different musical styles and genres makes them quite possibly one of the more raucously popular of the acts we’ve featured on our folk trains in recent years.”  Manchester Folk Train
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Salsadelic

From Tunbridge Wells this 7 piece band plays infectious Latin rhythms guaranteed to get the party started with a mix of classic “salsa dura” tunes & original material . Their mission is to bring wild Salsa music to the people!
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The Violet Jive

Musical ‘Mixologists’ The Violet Jive offer up a voluptuous tiki style cocktail of sounds, blending styles and eras into one colourful, intoxicating hit …’Spy-esque’ swing guitar, Alternative riffs, 50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, Hip Hop beats & Latin Exotica.
A sound both fresh and retro! 

Their live sets feature both hot originals and cool covers drawing heavily from movies such as The Jungle Book & Pulp Fiction, all played in ways to keep your toes tapping and hearts tingling!
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Bea Everett

Bea Everitt is a 23 year old singer songwriter from Tunbridge Wells. She’s honed her craft busking and on festival stages, and plays locally at the Grey Lady. Her influences are artists like Joni Mitchell, K T Tunstall and Katie Melua but she has a distinctive sound of her own, with songs about the people she meets and revelations from everyday life.

 

The Pengenista Drummers

The Pengenista Drummers are a community band from South London who play the samba reggae rhythms of Bahia, North Eastern Brazil. Since forming in 2016 they have played at many local events and festivals as well as joining fellow drummers at the Notting Hill and Kingston Carnivals. They love to share the joy of drumming and MAKING SOME NOISE.
 

Sponsors & Supporters

As we discovered in 2016, running a festival involves combining lots of different elements which are facilitated by funding in order to ensure a successful event. Without our supporters and sponsors Tonbridge Calling wouldn't be the great day it is. Last year's success set the bar high for the organisers and it was hugely gratifying for us at the end of the day to have such an enormously positive response from so many of those who came along. Our huge thanks are due to the local people and businesses below that have generously contributed by providing funding, resources, or heavily discounted services, both on the day and in the run up to the festival, as well as to our wonderful team of stewards, cake bakers and other volunteers- thank you!

DDA Statement

The Tonbridge Calling festival aims to increase diversity and tolerance and bring people within the community together. With this in mind we try to incorporate the needs of everyone attending, from a diverse range of music to food suitable for all diets and tastes. The event itself is set within an open park, with no restrictive boundaries so those that wish to can escape the music for a while or enjoy from a distance with no difficulty.
The event is free and unticketed so there are no long queues to get in to the festival, and people can come and go as they please.  We actively encourage people to bring picnic blankets so that there is plenty of space in the audience for easy movement with no crowding, and festivalgoers in wheelchairs can still have a good view of the stage. The atmosphere is relaxed and easy going.
The event itself is set on a large flat area of grass, there is a hard path to the edge of the site directly from nearby car parks and the high street which is about 500 metres away. Our stewards will be more than happy to help with wheelchair access should you need it. The shortest access route across the grass will be by the stage itself, which runs along the path by the river. We are also very happy to assist people with limited vision, and can meet you at the main gate to guide you to the event area.

There are three car parks nearby. The castle car park has five disabled spaces, is roughly 300m away from the site but has a slope with steps so is not suitable for wheelchair users or anyone with severe mobility issues. The swimming pool car park has six disabled spaces, they are 150 meters from the site via a flat hard path with no steps, a gentle small slope over the bridge across the river. The main car park has two disabled spaces accessed via the same route as the swimming pool but an extra 50 metres or so. The railway station has street level access from one platform and lifts for the others. The route to the site is along roads with pavements with normal height kerbs and is approximately 650m distant.

Please search for ‘Tonbridge Racecourse Park’ in google maps, the pipper is on the festival site.

There are public toilets on site, with a disabled toilet accessed up a ramp locked by a radar key. All our stewards will be happy to assist you accessing the toilets should you need it, and there will be cleaners in attendance at various times throughout the event.  There are further toilets in the swimming pool, the route to these is flat with a slight ramp over the river bridge about 150 metres away.

There will be a clearly identified information tent. Should anyone feel unwell, or need help there will be qualified first aiders on site to take care of you.

We aim to be inclusive and like to encourage everyone to enjoy our festival, and actively support people with special needs and disabilities. If you would like help on the day or feel there is something extra that we could do to make the festival more enjoyable for you, please let us know straight away via our web site contact form, by email at tonbridgecalling@gmail.com and we will respond as soon as possible.