September concerts for Brenchley Gardens in Maidstone


Pip Bowers will perform at the Bandstand at Brenchley Gardens, Maidstone in September.

Maidstone’s Brenchley Gardens will host a series of events over the weekend in September for everyone to enjoy for free at the Victorian Bandstand in the heart of the city center.

The concerts were organized by Maidstone Area Arts Partnership and Make Some Noise Studio, with funding from the Maidstone Borough Council (MBC). Sunday afternoon events will feature Big Band, Jazz and Brass Band music, while Saturday concerts will feature alternative music from local bands.

Kiosk concerts taking place in September include:

  • Sunday September 5 – Jon Hamilton Big Band. Originally formed in 1988, this Tonbridge-based big band features 17 regular instrumentalists and three singers. Their music consists of a wide range of styles ranging from classics to relative unknowns.
  • Saturday September 11 – Upcdownc; Spinner; Gypskazz & Pip Bowers. Upcdownc are veterans of the British post-rock scene. Spinner is an iconic modern British rock band of up to five musicians, delivering retro-modern sound on many levels. Gypskazz is a Kent based Gypsy Jazz / Ska group, combining the sounds of the Balkans with 1930s Paris, the West Indies and Latin America. Pip Bowers is an original Kent-based acoustic singer-songwriter mixing pop, indie and alt-folk styles.
  • Sunday September 12 – Invicta Jazz Orchestra. A friendly ensemble made up of around forty amateur musicians whose repertoire has something for everyone, very varied, ranging from Jazz standards and the Big Band era of the 1920s to modern arrangements, and includes both vocal and instrumental numbers.
Best Intentions is a three-piece group based in Maidstone
  • Saturday September 18 – Stacey & The Freeloaders; Best intentions; The dredgers; and Mikey Price and Jon Fuller. Stacey & The Freeloaders is a four-piece rock band inspired by classic 70s and 80s rock, psychedelia and blues. Best Intentions is a Maidstone trio with a common passion for loud fuzzy riffs, lysergic ’60s beat bands,’ 90s American alternative rock, slacker pop and ’70s studio experimenters. Acoustic quartet from the towns of Medway featuring elements of traditional folk, sailors’ songs and music hall rhythms. Mikey Award is a distinctive singer-songwriter and guitarist with daring and memorable songs that incorporate elements of folk, post-punk and rock.
  • Sunday September 26 – BAE Systems Brass Band. The Rochester-based group has performed in concert halls throughout the south of England and has given concerts across the continent.
Singer, songwriter Mikey Price

MBC Economic, Regeneration and Recreation Committee Chairman Councilor Martin Round said: “These concerts are another great example of some of the fantastic events taking place in Maidstone this summer.

“Brenchley Gardens and the Victorian Bandstand provide the perfect venue and backdrop for these events. Hope as many people as possible will be going there in September to enjoy the music and the atmosphere – I’ll see you there.

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To help visitors enjoy the surroundings of Brenchley Gardens, MBC has also set up bespoke sunbeds which are free for people to use throughout the summer.

Deckchairs are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday to Sunday each week, until Sunday, September 19, weather permitting. Although they are free to use, they should not be removed from the gardens and are protected by a security company to monitor the service each day they are in place throughout the summer.

Entrance to all events is completely free. Full details can be found in the ‘What’s On’ lists on the Visit Maidstone website:

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