Now in its fifth year, Ramblin Man Fair continues to grow in size and stature with each year that passes.

Now bolstering an impressive three-day line-up Ramblin Man Fair proves that it is more than a match to go head to head with some of the UK’s premier rock festivals. The festival recently returned to the beautiful mote park in Kent for another weekend of all things southern, rock, blues and country music.

This year’s action-packed line-up brought together the very best of all of the aforementioned genres, including established acts as well as rising stars of the thriving NWOCR scene.

Lazy Friday Afternoon

Australia may have lost out in the Cricket World Cup but their countrymen certainly won over the crowd at Ramblin Man Fair. Hailing from Sydney, The Lazys made their UK festival debut in Kent.

It’s never easy to be the first act on the bill but the band’s distinctive brand of good time rock and roll got the festival off to a great start. Much like their esteemed peers such as Airbourne, Massive and Tequila Mockingbyrd, each of these bands are leading the way as part of a rock and roll fuelled Antipodean invasion.

Third Times A Charm

Kris Barras has become a name that is synonymous with Ramblin Man Fair. Having started out playing alongside country act Caitlin Koch three years ago, Barras has his worked his way up the ranks from the Rising Stage to the Blues Stage, before finally getting a duly deserved spot on the Planet Rock main stage this year. By his own admission, Kris declared that it was good to be home.

And it’s not just the festival that has grown in size and stature but also the Kris Barras band welcomes two additional members by way of a pair of backing vocalists who add a new dynamic to their already tried and tested sound – particularly during tracks such as Rock And Roll Running Through My Veins.

Barras quite literally Lights It Up whilst giving the crowd a taste of his new album. And anthems such as Lovers or Losers and Hail Mary were the cherry on the top of an outstanding mid-afternoon set.

All we can say is that we are so glad that the former MMA star switched martial arts for Marshall Amps. A future headliner in the making.

Renaissance Men

In recent times The Wildhearts have been going through somewhat of a musical renaissance. Now back to their classic lineup and equipped with one of their best studio albums in recent time the group are once again receiving the recognition that they so duly deserve.

A long-time may have passed since the band’s heyday, but for those who have been with the band since the beginning it feels just like a line from one of their early releases – nothing ever changes but your shoes.

Delivering a set that represented both the best of both worlds the quartet delivered their own Caffeine Bomb fuelled Sucker Punch to the Maidstone crowd. With little time to spare, Ginger wasted no time talking as the group hurtled through the likes of Everlone, Sick Of Drugs, Vanilla Radio and the frantic Jackson Whites.

Hailing from up North, the band are more than used to a spot of rain, but that wasn’t the only element featured in their set as they brought proceedings to a close with a thunderous airing of I Wanna Go Where The People Go. The Wildhearts are back to their very best and you better believe it.

Dancing On A Friday Night

What better way to round out the first day of Ramblin Man Fair than to go ‘Dancing on a Friday Night’ with The Darkness.

Having endured a damp and drizzly Friday, Justin Hawkins and company certainly warmed up those in front of the stage with their explosive stage production. Fuelled by pyro, flames and fireworks the group even managed to give Rammstein a run for their money. With a song like Open Fire in their setlist, you would expect nothing less.

Whilst the band’s forthcoming album Easter Is Cancelled is still currently under wraps, the extravagant four-piece chose to deliver a greatest hits set.

Justin Hawkins led the band through old school classics such as Black Shuck, Barbarian, Givin’ Up and One Way Ticket whilst his incredible vocal range and flamboyant showmanship captivated the crowd throughout. Of course, the show would not be complete without the anthemic I Believe In A Thing Called Love.

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Event Date: 19-July-2019

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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