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First acts for Ramblin’ Man Fair 2018 confirmed

PUBLISHED: 11:07 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:51 22 November 2017

Steve Earle and the Dukes

Steve Earle and the Dukes

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The Maidstone rock festival is now in its 4th year

The classic rock, country and blues festival Ramblin’ Man Fair – which has seen thousands of rock fans descend on Maidstone’s Mote Park for the last three years – has just announced its first confirmed acts for when it returns in 2018.

The hard rock band Halestorm, who come from Pennsylvania, USA and released the Grammy winning single Love Bites (So Do I) in 2013, will be special guests on the main stage. Known for their riveting live shows, lead vocalist and guitarist Lizzy Hale said Halestorm was excited to be performing at the festival for the first time: “We love playing for our fans in the UK and look forward to making some new friends too. We are ready to melt faces!!”

Country rockers Blackberry Smoke, who hail from Atlanta, Georgia and have previously toured with Lynard Skynard and ZZ Top, will also be performing on the main stage. So will the progressive metal supergroup Sons of Apollo, which formed in 2017 and is composed of legends Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, Jeff Scott Soto and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. The band’s debut album Psychotic Symphony was released in October 2017.

Over on the country stage, Steve Earle and the Dukes will be headlining. The American songwriter, with a career spanning over 40 years and whose songs have been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris, will be playing a UK exclusive set of his album Coppperhead Road plus Hits.

The festival, which is rapidly becoming a key fixture in the rock calendar, will take place for the fourth time this year, on June 30 and July 1. More acts are due to be announced soon – for updates, visit www.ramblinmanfair.com or follow RamblinManFair on Twitter and Facebook.

Tickets (£156 for general admission and £256 VIP) are available now from www.ramblinmanfair18.eventbrite.co.uk.

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