Dartford gets ready for annual festival

PUBLISHED: 09:06 13 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:06 13 July 2016

Singer and punk legend Toyah is to appear at this year's Dartford Festival

Singer and punk legend Toyah is to appear at this year's Dartford Festival


The event will feature big names and local talent

Toyah, Bad Manners and The Hoosiers are among the acts set to perform at this year’s Dartford Festival, which will take place at the weekend.

The two-day event in the town’s Central Park will feature a variety of live acts on the main stage as well as performances from local groups on the community stage.

Birmingham-born punk icon Toyah Willcox, who is currently touring and performing at festivals up and down the country, will appear on Saturday.

She has amassed 13 top 40 singles and recorded 20 albums in a career spanning nearly 40 years, and has also branched out into acting, writing and TV presenting.

Bad Manners, performing on Sunday, became a household name during the ska boom of the 1970s, notching up 12 hit singles, including Lip Up Fatty, My Girl Lollipop and Special Brew.

Buster Bloodvessel continues to lead the band, which was originally formed in 1976 at Woodberry Down comprehensive in Stoke Newington.

The Hoosiers, also due to play on Sunday, shot to fame in 2007 when their first single Worried about Ray reached number five in the UK Singles Chart.

They achieved further success with the songs Goodbye Mr. A and Cops and Robbers.

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