Music maestro

Kicking off his column for 2024 SO’s resident music guru Paul Dunton chats to talented guitarist Sean de Burca about his new record Revenant and discovers his plans for 2024… Sean de Burca is a local guitarist based between southeast England and the west of Ireland. Using altered tunings, effects pedals, and guitar body percussion […]

A noteworthy November…

SO magazine’s resident music maestro Paul Dunton shares his November gig guide, packed full of established musicians and emerging artists. The town has something for every ear this month, including six-piece violin ensemble Blazin’ Fiddles, indie-pop legends Wheatus, and local singer-songwriter Anna Howie, who will all be performing at different venues across Tunbridge Wells… After […]

Local & Live is 18

As Local & Live returns this weekend for its 18th anniversary, the music festival’s founder Paul Dunton previews the event and explains why you should come along…   Local & Live returns to Tunbridge Wells this August bank holiday weekend. We are delighted to have the support from local business Maxipay Accounting Services who agreed […]

Happy 18th birthday Local & Live!

The Local & Live Music Festival, on from August 25-27 at Calverley Grounds and other venues across Tunbridge Wells, is back! Here its founder and organiser Paul Dunton reveals who’s on the bill and ten reasons why you should be there, too in this, its 18th year…   The town’s biggest free music festival returns […]

Why this fantastic new festival is music to our ears

Our resident music guru Paul Dunton reveals the line-up for the much-anticipated Walled Garden Music Festival, which takes place at Tonbridge Castle over the weekends of September 9-10 and 16-17, and features some very famous names…   This September, a fantastic new music festival is coming to Tonbridge. The Walled Garden Music Festival is the […]

Good grooves, gourmet food

SO’s resident music guru Paul Dunton reveals the hot line-up for this year’s Pub in the Park which takes place from July 7-9 in Dunorlan Park   One of the main highlights of the Tunbridge Wells summer events calendar is the annual Pub In The Park festival which this year takes place over the weekend […]

A noteworthy festival

Next month the Black Deer Music Festival rocks up at Eridge Park over the weekend of June 16-18 with a bill that features some fantastic Americana acts, including Steve Earle and Bonnie Raitt as well as legendary groups like the Pretenders too. Paul Dunton previews what’s in store and also reveals some surprise guests… The […]

UK’s biggest country music duo to perform at Pub in the Park event

THE TIMES can exclusively reveal that The Shires, the UK’s biggest country music duo, will be heading to Tunbridge Wells this summer. They will be appearing as part of this year’s Pub in the Park music line-up. Organisers of the hugely successful food and music event, which takes place over the weekend of July 7-9, […]

Have yourself a musical little Christmas

With the festive season now upon us, SO’s music editor Paul Dunton highlights a few of the wonderful live music events on offer over the Christmas period…   As you’d expect of this musical town, there’s plenty of live music to keep you entertained over the Christmas holidays. Lots of events have already taken place […]


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