Tonbridge Festival Music Tour

In association with the Tonbridge Festival 2016, we are thrilled to present to you our Tonbridge Festival Music Tour!

Join us at breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea time for some fabulous & free live acoustic music on Friday 8 July, Saturday 9 July and Sunday 10 July 2016 as part of the Tonbridge Festival celebrations.

Here’s where you will find us on the Friday, Saturday or Sunday!

Friday 8 July 2016 – Lunchtime at the Bakehouse

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Friday’s free live performances will be held at  The Bakehouse at 124 at 124 High Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1AS over lunch!

It’s time to put up your ‘Out of Office’ sign and come on down to the Bakehouse @ 124!

Upstairs at the Bakehouse!
Take a break on Friday 8 July and come to our free 45 minute lunchtime performance of poetic comedy with Malcolm Head at our Tonbridge Festival show ‘Upstairs at the Bakehouse!’
Come on in, sort out your food order and drinks at the bakery counter and bring it on upstairs!
Grab a seat, eat your Bakehouse luncheon and enjoy a live poetic & comedic performance from one of the Edinburgh Festival’s acclaimed poet & comedians – Malcolm Head ….. in your lunch break!
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Malcolm Head starts at 12noon and again for a second show at 1.00pm. Shows will last for 45 minutes.
Plenty of time to set you in the mood and the perfect tonic to get you back to work straight after!

No ticket required.

The lunchtime show Upstairs at the Bakehouse is free. Lunch is extra and can be ordered from the Bakehouse at 124’s counter.

Suitable for all.


Saturday 9 July 2016 – Good morning Tonbridge Castle!

Three morning Tonbridge Festival Musical Tours will depart from the Tonbridge Castle Gatehouse at 10.00am, 11.00am and 12.00noon.

Each tour includes three different live music performances played out against the backdrop of the gorgeous medieval Gatehouse and Great Hall inside Tonbridge Castle Castle St, Tonbridge TN9 1BG

Advanced booking is essential. Please see below for how to book.

Tonbridge Castle Great Hall

The musical tour – Enter the Tonbridge Castle and climb the medieval stone spiral staircase to the Great Hall. Enjoy two beautiful 15 minute live music performances from Lt Leek and Abi Wade.  Continue with your castle musical tour by following the Tonbridge Festival Musical Tour guide down a second medieval stone, spiral staircase to the Tonbridge Castle Gatehouse and enjoy a third, 15 minute live music performance in the company of Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou. Exit via the Gatehouse door.


Total duration of your Tonbridge Festival Castle Musical Tour on Saturday 9 July 2016 is 50 minutes. Spiral staircases connect the Gatehouse with the Great Hall.

Disabled Access – Whilst the Gatehouse part of the tour is accessible for disabled access, we regret that due to steep and uneven stone medieval spiral staircases, access to the Great Hall is not suitable for disabled access. Please let us know if you require special assistance with access to the Gatehouse and we can help you.

Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou

How to book  – Booking for the Castle Music Tour on Saturday 9 July is essential. This event is free to attend. How to book

Wristband exchange – Once your booking is confirmed you will be sent your tickets. Please arrive at the Tonbridge Castle Gatehouse door at least 15 minutes before your tour is due to commence to collect your entry wristband. Those wristbands not collected will be re-issued to those waiting in the standby queue.

Tours depart at 10.00am, 11.00am and 12noon


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Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou
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Lt. Leek
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Abi Wade

Saturday 9 July – A performance from the main stage by Ellie Ford & the Band at 1.00pm

Our next tour stop is on the main stage overlooking the Tonbridge Castle Lawns. A free to attend performance from the enchanting Ellie Ford & the Band. From 1.00pm.

Please join us it would be lovely to see you!

No ticket required. FREE. Perhaps bring a cushion!

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Where are we off to next?

Straight after Ellie Ford and the bands’ performance, we’re continuing with our Tonbridge Festival Musical Tour and leaving Tonbridge Castle for Cafe 1809 in Hildenborough!

Musicians Trevor Moss & Paul Cheese will be cycling to Cafe 1809, we’ll race you there! The address for Cafe 1809 is Old Florence Place, 152-154 Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough, Kent, TN11 9HW

Live music starts at 3.00pm. Finishing up by 5.00pm. Don’t be late!

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Paul Cheese

Saturday 9 July 2016 – Good afternoon Cafe 1809 Hildenborough!

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Cafe 1809 Hildenborough

Cafe 1809, Old Florence Place, 152-154 Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough, Kent, TN11 9HW

From 3.00pm until 5.00pm

Saturday afternoon’s free live music performance will take place at Cafe 1809.

Live music side order is free. Afternoon tea is extra and can be ordered from the Cafe 1809’s Weekend Menu at the cafe counter. Cafe 1809 closes at 5.00pm.

Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou will open the live music performance and will be joined by Paul Cheese and Pipe & Tabor from 3.00pm through until 5.00pm.

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Pipe & Tabor


Sunday 10 July 2016 – The Lazy Sunday Brunch at Basil, Tonbridge!

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Basil, Tonbridge High Street TN9 1EJ

From 11.00am until 2.00pm – Performances at 11.00am, 12noon and 1.00pm


Sunday’s free live music performance will take place at Basil 30 High Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1EJ 

Lazy Sunday brunch with a free side order of live music from three of our artists!

No ticket required. Just rock up, take a seat and enjoy a live acoustic music performance at 11.00am, 12noon and 1.00pm

Live music side order is free. Brunch is extra and can be ordered from the Basil’s counter.

Suitable for all.


Who’s coming to Sunday Brunch at Basil?

11.00am – Pete Metcalfe and Paul Stepto


Pete & Paul are both song-writers and they play songs from the folk, blues and jazz traditions, along with the odd re-working of a pop song.

12noon – Flash Hearth (from The Orange Circus Band)

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THE ORANGE CIRCUS BAND are a raucous, ‘footstompin’, Americana/Celtic act from the U.K and Virginia in America. A unique co-operative, they’re a band made of family and friends from Virginia, Wales, Cornwall and England.

Concentrating on original songs and updating traditional music taken from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia blended with Celtic roots, they continue a historical musical lineage in a contemporary, fresh and exciting way. Bring your dancing shoes, they put on a brilliantly entertaining show – great playing, beautiful harmonies and boundless energy are guaranteed to raise the roof, warm the heart and encourage the biggest of grins.

At Sunday Brunch on the 10 July, you’ll be treated to a live music performance from Flash Hearth & some of his circus friends!

1.00pm – Daria Kulesh


“Haunting and enigmatic” (The Times)

“One of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard in years” (The Mike Harding Folk Show)

“So vibrant and makes one feel glad to be alive” (Art of Jazz)

“One of the most refined and enjoyable voices around’ (Folk All)

With her “truly extraordinary” voice and strong Russian heritage, Daria Kulesh is making a name for herself as a unique and exciting singer/songwriter. Her “phenomenal” (Fatea Magazine) debut solo album Eternal Child was released in 2015 to much acclaim.

Runner Up, FolkWords’ Best Album from a Female Artist (2015)

Runner Up, Favourite New Artist of 2015, Laurel Canyon Music

Nominee, FolkWords’ Album of the Year (2015)

FolkWords’ Album of the Month, January 2015


This Tonbridge Festival Musical Tour has been lovingly put together by the: BUTTERSIDE UP ARTS GROUP