A short history of Local & Live
2016 UPDATE: The 2016 festival is a slimmed-down fundraising event, to raise money to bring back the main festival which we hope will be back at Calverley Grounds in 2017.
Founded and organised by local musician, Paul Dunton, Local & Live has grown to become a key event in the Kent musical calendar. The ethos of the Festival is simple: to create a free community event that provides a platform for local, original music talent across all genres. Regularly welcoming in excess of 20,000 visitors over the August Bank Holiday, Local & Live has become a firm favourite for not only people local to Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas but many visitors to the town as well.
Building on the exceptional growth of the event over the past few years, Local & Live 2014 moved to a prime town centre location in Calverley Grounds, with an additional Fringe Festival taking place across eight prime venues around the town and will see close to 200 acts performing.
The four-day Festival attracts a wide audience of residents from around the Borough and Festival-goers visiting the town. It draws a true cross section of the population from teens, to couples, families with children, regular music lovers, students and senior citizens – in fact it is for everyone in the community.
Quite simply it is the largest event organised in the town, it is for everyone, it is free and the musical talent is exceptional.
Support Local & Live for 2017
The Festival runs as a not for profit event and is dependent on a team of dedicated volunteers, event sponsors and donations. Without event sponsors the Festival cannot take place. Local & Live provides companies with the opportunity to get involved in the community by supporting an extremely popular and well-attended Festival that generates a considerable amount of good will throughout the area. What’s more it reaches in excess of 20,000 visitors of the August Bank Holiday weekend as well as extensive exposure prior to and after the event.
Please get in touch to find out more about how you can support Local & Live.