The 3 bands going through to the play-off final of Herne Bay Rocks 2015 at The Kings Hall this Friday are Polar Beach, Witchdoctor, and Famyne. It was a hard fought contest with some amazing acts, without doubt consistently the highest standard Herne Bay Rocks has seen since it started in 2006! Every band played their part and made this competition what it is so we would like to thank all that entered and gave Herne Bay 5 brilliant nights of free live music!

But remember the competition isn’t yet over; apart from Friday’s final we still have the acoustic heats starting tonight at The Heron Angling Society, and tomorrow at Modz where the winner will be announced!

POLAR BEACH —– www.polarbeach.co.uk
WITCHDOCTOR —-http://witchdoctorband.bandcamp.com/
FAMYNE —https://www.facebook.com/famyneuk

Hope to see you all there!!

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Geno Washington to Headline HBF2015

We are incredibly excited to announce that Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band will be headlining Herne Bay Live on Saturday 29th August 2015!

leathers-and-beretGeno originates fromEvansville in Indiana, USA and first came to England in the 1960’s as part of the US Air Force. His love of Blues and Soul music soon found him jamming with local bands in and around Ipswich and eventuallyled him to London where he caused a sensation singing with top R&B acts Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames and Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band at the legendary Flamingo Club in Soho.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Geno teamed up with some of London’s hottest musicians and Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band very quickly became established as the most exciting live band in Britain, regularly topping the bill over World famous artistes, as nobody in their right mind wanted to go on stage after a Geno show!

His live shows wGeno Washington B&Were immortalised in two of the biggest selling albums ofthe 60’s – “Hand Clappin’ Foot Stompin’ Funky Butt Live” and “Hipsters Flipsters and FingerPoppin’ Daddies”. His status as the undisputed”King of Soul” was cemented forever by Kevin Rowland and Dexy’s Midnight Runners in the 1980’s with the World-wide No.1 smash hitsingle”Geno”, which paid homage to the great man himself and is still played regularly today on national radio and at Geno’s live gigs both before and after shows.

Throughout the years Geno and his band have continued to tour extensively all over theWorld and have released several highly acclaimed albums and singles. His latest live double album simply entitled “It’s Geno Time”,recorded at the legendary Half Moon in Putney, is widely regarded as his best work to date:you only have to listen to the audience reaction to know that Geno has lost none of his magic as he and the band deliver a blistering set of Soul classics to a wild crowd who wouldn’t let them off stage!

Geno’s life long love of Blues and R&B has led toDSC-0038 yet another chapter in his illustrious career with the formation of “Geno and the Yo Yo’s” which features the long standing rhythm section of the Ram Jam Band (Geoff Hemsley on drums, Steve Bingham on bass and Stuart Dixon on guitar) which is a hard- hitting, fast-moving show of R&B / Blues / Soul classics that has audiences on their feet from start to finish and is receiving rave reviews wherever they play.

Whether it’s Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band or Geno Washington and the Yo Yo’s you can be sure of one thing and that is a barnstorming live show that never lets up in intensity or excitement and delivers the goods every time!

Click here to watch Geno and The Ram Jam Band in action!







Phoenix Rising: A Short Film.

Filmed over 3 weeks relive Robert Bradford’s magnificent fire sculptures in preparation for the Herne Bay festival fiery opening.

Thank you Hampergifts!

We would like to say thank you to Hampergifts for their generous donation of a hamper to the festival. The winner of Herne Bay’s Got Talent (Adult Category) could be walking away with a beautiful basket full of delicious treats and goodies!

Hampergifts make luxury food and Christmas hampers, as well as picnic hampers, perfect gifts all year round.


Hameper Gifts

Phoenix Rising. The Music.

Quite a few of you have been telling us how much you enjoyed the music at Phoenix Rising on Saturday 23rd August and would like to know the names of the pieces, so here they are!

The songs were edited and re-arranged by the sound designer especially for the event so they aren’t the same as the originals, but the tracks in the order which they were played are:

1. Amadeus Mozart – Flute Concerto No 1 Adagio

2. Cirque de Soleil – Incantation

3. Richard Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries

4. Carl Orf – Carmina Burana

5. Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings

6. Conchita Wurtz – Rise of the Phoenix

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Make an Origami Bird at home!

Want to be part of the Lantern Parade on Saturday 23rd August, but can’t attend the workshops?

Want to create a whole flock of birds for the Giant Picnic Origami Bird installation on Sunday 31st August? Get started now!

Download instructions to make your very own bird at home. It’s great to learn new things!

Click here: Origami Bird Instructions

Origami Workshops will be run by Beach Creative on Saturday 23rd August, Friday 29th August and at the Giant Picnic on Sunday 31st August. Visit the Events page to find out more.

New delivery partner

Canterbury City Council have appointed Continental Drifts to manage the festival between 2014 – 2016. Continental Drifts are an event management company based in North London. They work on a variety of community festivals and events including GLA Feast of St George, Festival 2012, Lewisham peoples Day, Bermondsey carnival, Enfield autumn show and Elephant and the Nun festival. As well as this they have in house music and street theatre agencies.

Mandy Janes Festival Director says “We are really excited to have been appointed as the event managers of this event and we’re looking forward to working on this wonderful Community festival”.

Festival Friends

If you want to become a friend of the festival and support your local community events please email info@continentaldrifts.co.uk for details. You will receive a festival friends sticker for your window as well as logos on key event publicity. Click: Festival Friends to meet this year’s brilliant supporters!


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