Live music

Live music
The Orange Circus Band

Friday night sees Andy Woon’s Vintage Hot Five return to The Masonic Hall, Fliptrix headlining The Forum, The Seaford Allstars rockin’ The Bedford, Soul Avenue at The Grey Lady Music Lounge and The Royal Oak’s acoustic sessions with The Breaks & Isabella Coulstock. 

On Saturday evening, Head Up, held in memory of Jonny Smallwood, raises awareness of mental health issues while fundraising for charity. There will be live music events at The Forum and Sussex Arms.

Also on Saturday, you can see The Violet Jive at The Trading Post, Kharma & The Devil at The Beau Nash, Shine at The Royal Oak and Echo 90 at The Bedford. Fans of classical music can enjoy  Handel’s Messiah at King Charles The Martyr Church.

On Saturday and Sunday, a new winter music festival entitled ‘Folkal & Live’ takes place on The Pantiles, featuring close to 50 acts from the Local & Live Festival roster. It’s free to attend and there are three stages running from 1pm to 7pm with a Folk, Americana and Country theme.

On Sunday, there are two magnificent church Christmas concerts to enjoy, with Kent Chorus in Frant and The Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society in Goudhurst.

The Tunbridge Wells Forum

Event information at

Wednesday U-18s Open Mic

Thursday King 810, Puppy, Deadly Rhythm

Friday Fliptrix

Saturday Head Up: Small Wood Stock: members of The Hurt Process, Rachel’s Got A Flamethrower, Laruso, Collapse, Here There Be Monsters, Ugly Love, Anti-
Nowhere League (Official), Mechanical Monkey, Unfounded, Operation Kino

Monday Ben Ottewell, Holiday Oscar

The Grey Lady Music Lounge

The Pantiles. Doors 7.15pm, entry £6/£7

Websites &

Thursday DJ Stepper

Friday Soul Avenue

Saturday Groove Agents

Sunday The Varlies



Calverley Grounds. Music from 7pm

Thursday Mike Wilton, Paul Crisp, Katie Kittermaster

The Masonic Hall

St John’s Road. Tickets:

Friday Andy Woon’s Vintage Hot Five

The Bedford

High Street. Free entry, music from 8.30pm

Friday The Seaford Allstars

Saturday 90s British Britpop Special featuring Echo 90

The Royal Oak

Prospect Road. Free entry, music
from 8.30pm

Friday The Breaks, Isabella Coulstock

Saturday Shine

The Sussex Arms basement

Sussex Mews. See

Saturday Head Up: Vinyl Tap:
Code: Marla, Tenbag Banditz, Pezzhead


The Trading Post

Culverden Down. Free entry, music
from 8pm

Saturday The Violet Jive


King Charles The Martyr Church

Nevill Street. Tickets:

Saturday Handel’s Messiah


The George

Mount Ephraim. Free entry, music
from 8pm

Saturday Head Up: The Breretons, Jack Mackey

The Beau Nash TAVERN

Mount Ephraim. Free entry, music
from 8.30pm

Saturday Kharma & The Devil

Folkal & Live Winter
Music Festival

The Pantiles (three stages). Music from 1pm-7pm, free entry, family friendly

Saturday The Pantiles Bandstand:

1pm Mike Wilton, 1.40pm Peter Taylor, 2.20pm Max Kotz, 3pm The Ackerleys 3.40pm The Varlies, 4.20pm Charlie Rivers, 5.10pm Broken Bones Matilda 6pm The Orange Circus Band

Saturday Sankey’s Stage at The Fish Market Square: 1pm Ryan Weeks, 1.40pm Andy Evans 2.20pm Jack Mackey, 3pm Ian Knapp 3.40pm Matt Falloon, 4.20pm Anna Howie, 5pm Leanie Kaleido, 5.40pm Jon Grayson

Saturday The Sussex Arms Stage:

1pm Joe Ackerley 1.40pm Nick Stephens 2.20pm Jenny Lee Ridley 3pm The Breaks 3.40pm The Good Ship Band 4.20pm Shep! 5.10pm Cracks In The Land

Sunday The Pantiles Bandstand:

1pm Shep!, 1.40pm Sean de Burca 2.20pm Isabella Coulstock, 3pm Steve Hewitt, 3.40pm Son of Kirk, 4.30pm Steffan James, 5.15pm The Paul Dunton Orchestra 6.15pm The Breretons

Sunday Sankey’s Stage at The Fish Market Square: 1pm Paul Crisp, 1.40pm Joanne Louise Parker, 2.20pm Niamh McSmith, 3pm Red, Green & Blue, 3.40pm Sofia Ford, 4.20pm The Frampton Sisters, 5pm Chasing Shadows, 5.45pm Nate Austin

Sunday The Sussex Arms Stage:

1pm Peter Taylor, 1.40pm James McMaster, 2.20pm Chris Pope, 3pm Jennie Worthley, 3.40pm Rob Picazo, 4.20pm Alana Hazzard, 5pm Hannigan 5.40pm Ukelear Fallout


St Alban’s Church

Church Lane, Frant

Candle-lit concert from 6.30pm. Tickets from Frant Stores, Britten’s Music Shop or by email to:

Sunday Kent Chorus Christmas Concert directed by Richard Jenkinson, with organ virtuoso Ray Maulkin and solos by mezzo-soprano Bryony Purdue


St Mary’s Church


Concert from 6.30pm. Tickets available on the door or online at

Sunday Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society Carol Concert with the Wadhurst Brass Band. Robyn Sevastos conducts


The Duke of York

The Pantiles. Free entry, music from 7pm 

Monday Open Mic Night

The Toad Rock Retreat

Rusthall. Free entry, music from 8pm

Tuesday The Kate Daniels Band

The Punch & Judy

11 St Stephen’s Street, Tonbridge

Free entry, music from 8pm

Tuesday The Tuesday Night Specials

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