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About Music on the Hill
100% of profits go to Demelza Hospice Care for Children, The Children's Development Trust and Teens Unite Fighting Cancer.
Music on the Hill is back this July with a stunning weekend of outdoor music and entertainment at Kings Hill, close to the picturesque town of West Malling in Kent.
Four separate and very different events are to be staged over the course of the weekend of 19, 20 and 21 July 2013, 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 19 July).
Saturday 20 July’s line-up 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 sell-out appearance back at the first Music on the Hill in 2011.
Sunday 21 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, Crystal Palace’s cheerleaders, the Crystal Girls, plus 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. It is easy to get to and offers excellent parking at the concert site and good public transport links - 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 organized 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.”
Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, with special guest Roland Gift - Friday 19 July (gates open 18:00).
Jools Holland has been touring with his veritable musical army, the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra for more than 20 years. This year, his special guest at Music on the Hill will be Roland Gift from the Fine Young Cannibals. A prolific recording artist and one of the worlds leading authorities on Boogie-Woogie, Jools has recorded with an enviable line-up of performers including Sting, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Chrissie Hynde and Robert Plant. For the last 20 years, Jools has welcomed in the New Year on BBC2 with his annual Hootenanny and regularly presents his own show on BBC Radio 2.
McFly - Saturday Afternoon 20 July (gates open 12 noon)
McFly make a welcome return to Music on the Hill following their sell out show in 2011. Since their last appearance at Music on the Hill, drummer Harry Judd won 2011 Strictly Come Dancing, Dougie Poynter won I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Tom Fletcher took on The Cube and won £100,000 for charity. To date McFly have sold over 10 million records, won the 2005 Brit-Award for Best British Pop Act and have seen their debut album been certified double platinum.
Peter Andre - Saturday Evening 20 July (gates open 18:00)
Peter Andre is known to millions for his hugely popular reality TV shows, successful music career and washboard stomach. His musical career hit an all time high during the 1990s when he became the sixth highest selling artist in the UK with Mysterious Girl. He had numerous number one hit singles and two number one albums. Following his appearance on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, where he met Katie Price, the mother of his two children, he has appeared in numerous successful fly on the wall documentary shows.
Family Summer Sunday – Stoohse, Joe McElderry, Gareth Gates, Ben Mills, Cheryl Mike & Jay formerly of Bucks Fizz, Killer Queen, The Counterfeit Stones, Crystal Girls Cheerleaders - Sunday 21 July (gates open 12 noon)
A fantastic day of Sunday summer entertainment, running 12 noon to 20:00, hosted by Gareth Gates and Capital FM breakfast show presenter Dave Berry. A full day of great music for ages, plus children’s activities and entertainers, face-painting, crèche, bouncy castles, craft workshops, circus skills, and treats for all the family.
Jools Holland - Friday 19 July £36. Gates 18:00; concert starts 19:30
McFly, Saturday 20 July - Afternoon - £30. Gates 12 noon, concert starts 13:00.
Peter Andre – Saturday Evening 20 July - £33. Gates 18:00, concert starts 19:30.
Family Summer Sunday – Sunday 21 July – Gates 12 noon, concert starts 13:00.
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.
Please check the website for full programme details.
VIP Packages are available for Jools Holland, McFly and Peter Andre and are detailed in full on the website.