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Tunbridge Wells’ Free, Original Music Festival

August 24th-27th 2018

We’re on for 2018!

August 24th-27th 2018. Friday-Sunday at Calverley Grounds, Friday-Monday at The Forum, and Monday at The Spa Hotel. 

Local & Live returns for 2018 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.

This year there are fringe events at The Royal OakThe Bedford, Tunbridge Wells Bar & Grill and Cassidy’s.

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

Introducing our diamond sponsors!

We are very happy to announce that Cripps, Royal Victoria Place / British Land, Bright Spark and Helios are Diamond Sponsors for Local & Live 2018. We thank them for their support in bringing you the festival this year.

If you would like your company to be a Diamond Sponsor, please get in touch.


Three days in Calverley Grounds

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

Local & Live Music Festival 2018….Here is a little preview!

Here is a little taste of what Local & Live has to offer this year!! 4 days of fabulous music from over 150 different acts, spanning Calverley Grounds, The Spa Hotel, The Forum, The Royal Oak, The Bedford Pub, Cassidy's Bar, The Tunbridge Wells Bar & Grill. At each venue, The festival offers wonderful food & drink from an array of local traders, family friendly atmosphere and its FREE to attend!! Please visit our crowdfund page at and our main website Big thanks to our Diamond Sponsors: Cripps Law, Helios Homeopathy, Brightspark Electrical Sevices and British Land / Royal Victoria Place. Thanks to Santiago at 42 Southfilms and Joe Turner of The Pro Group. #localandlive2018

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Events start from 6pm on Friday, and midday Saturday and Sunday:

  • Friday runs from 6pm-10pm, headlined by Suncharmer, with support from Top Cat Collective
  • Saturday starts at midday and finishes at 10pm, headlined by David Migden and The Twisted Roots, with support from Dull Knife
  • Sunday starts at midday and finishes at 9pm, with The Varlies headlining; support is from I Am Aquitaine

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.

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 8pm-midnight
  • Saturday 8pm-1am
  • Sunday 8pm-1am
  • Monday 3pm-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 1pm-9pm, headlined by The Breretons with support from Steffan James

2018 Fringe events

There will be Local & Live Fringe festival events at The Royal OakThe Bedford, Tunbridge Wells Bar & Grill and Cassidy’s.

Have your photo taken with your favourite act, get a signed print!

We are working with Jason Dilling of Jason Dilling Photograpy to offer a pre-order service for fans to have their photo taken backstage at Calverley Grounds with their favourite Local & Live act! The 12″ x 8″ photograph will then be printed on the spot in full colour or black & white, complete with a black mount and then signed by the artist on the spot!

The photo opportunity will be available directly after each act finishes their set, but limited to 10 per act, so pre-order now to avoid dissapointment!

Local & Live Single Release – ‘Give Me A Reason’ by The Paul Dunton Orchestra

Available for download at iTunesSpotifyAmazon, and all good online retailers.

All proceeds to the 2018 Local & Live Music Festival.

A very musical raffle

Running throughout August and over the festival weekend, we have a raffle with musical prizes kindly provided by DJM Music.

There are ten prizes to be won, from guitars and tuners to cahons and ukuleles. Tickets are just £1.

Bid on a signed guitar

Running from now until the end of the festival weekend we will be auctioning a guitar signed by Roger Daltrey.

This auction is supported by Connections Radio.

Be an Angel for L&L!

Back by popular demand, we have two different L&L Angels packages this year. Help the festival, see your name on the big screen!

Help us with our crowdfunding campaign!

This year we are running a GoFundMe campaign which we are pleased to announce has raised over 10% of our funding goal in only four days!

We really would welcome contributions, big or small, to help with putting on the event.

Be seen on our Local & Live Screen!

We are happy to announce that our live screen is returning in 2018.

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 2018, and best of luck!

Wristbands kindly donated by ID&C

We would like to take this opportunity to thank ID&C for their kind assistance with wristbands for Local & Live events over many years.


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 or call 0800 068 4828.