Tunbridge Wells’ Free, Original Music Festival

August 23rd-26th 2019

We’re back for 2019!

August 23rd-26th 2019. Friday-Sunday at Calverley Grounds, Friday-Monday at The Forum, and Monday at The Spa Hotel. 

We return for 2019 with a full programme of events at Calverley Grounds and the Tunbridge Wells Forum, with an outdoor stage at The Spa Hotel on the Bank Holiday Monday.

There will be fringe events at The Royal Oak, The Bedford and an outdoor stage at Cassidy’s during the weekend.

And it’s all FREE to attend! More details below.

Three days in Calverley Grounds

Music at Calverley Grounds will be over three days, on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Events start from 5.20pm on Friday, and midday Saturday and Sunday:

  • Friday runs from 5.20pm-10pm
  • Saturday starts at midday and finishes at 10pm
  • Sunday starts at midday and finishes at 9pm

Amazing food and drink all weekend! There will be a full food and drink offering at Calverley Grounds, so you won’t need to miss a single act! Just settle in and enjoy the day.

Food and drink will be available from 5pm on Friday, and from midday Saturday and Sunday.

Family fun at Calverley Grounds! For 2019 we have the return of face painting and crafts tents from Freckles and Great Faces.

And yes! Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the park.

All four days at The Tunbridge Wells Forum

Evening events will also run at the Forum on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a daytime/early evening lineup on Bank Holiday Monday.

  • Friday 7.30pm-midnight
  • Saturday 8pm-1am
  • Sunday 8pm-1am
  • Monday 2pm-10pm

Bank Holiday Monday at The Spa Hotel

We will have an outdoor stage in the grounds of the Spa Hotel on the Bank Holiday Monday, running from early afternoon into the evening.

  • Monday 12.30pm-9pm

2019 Fringe events

We have the following fringe stages for you for 2019!

  • Events on Saturday and Sunday at The Bedford in association with The Jay Harmer Foundation
  • Saturday and Sunday will see an outdoor stage in Castle Street at Cassidy’s
  • There will be Saturday, Sunday and Monday lineups at The Royal Oak (lineups TBC)

Local & Live is now an official charity!

In a recent new and very exciting development to the structure of the Local & Live Music Festival, founder and organiser Paul Dunton has joined forces with fellow local musicians Jason Dormon (The Tunbridge Wells Forum), Nigel Bent and Peter Taylor (The Royal Oak Pub) to create an official charity: Local & Live Music.

You can help fund the festival by donating here.

The charity’s aims and objectives are:

“To promote public appreciation of and education in the arts and music by delivering a free to attend community festival, to include the performance of live original music and spoken word and other music-related educational events and opportunities”

Be seen on our Local & Live Screen!

The screen is back for 2019!

Measuring 14ft by 6ft and positioned next to the main stage, this is a fantastic addition to the event that will be seen by the thousands of festivalgoers in Calverley Grounds, so it is a great way to advertise your business!

TW Lotto

The Local & Live Festival has been selected as a good cause for the Tunbridge Wells Lotto. Local & Live will receive 50 pence for every ticket purchased (Just £1 per ticket), and you could win lots of amazing prizes including the £25,000 jackpot!

Thanks for supporting Local & Live 2019, and best of luck!


PRS for Music licences the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the legal permission they need to play the music they want. These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music – and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this.

For more information about PRS for Music or music licensing, visit www.prsformusic.com or call 0800 068 4828.