In pictures: Dartford Festival 2014

PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 July 2014

Council Leader Jeremy Kite with Luke Friend, who performed on the day.

Council Leader Jeremy Kite with Luke Friend, who performed on the day.


Despite unpredictable weather, the Dartford Festival was a huge success with thousands of excited fesitvalgoers hitting Central Park for the event.

Scouting for girls played to delighted fans.Scouting for girls played to delighted fans.

In spite of soaring temperatures and thunder, lightning and rain over the course of the two days, the festival continued and has received great feedback.

Now in its 77th year. it has evolved from a town carnival into one of the biggest free festivals in the South East with the help of Dartford Borough Council.

There was a score of musical talent present at this year’s festival, which took place over the weekend of July 19 and 20.

Scouting for Girls performed for delighted fans, playing some of their greatest and best loved hits as well as a cover of Live and Let Die.

17-year-old singer song writer Luke Friend, fresh from this year’s X Factor, was Saturday’s headline act and fans braved temperatures of more than 30 degrees to watch him play.

Britain’s Got Talent’s James Smith performed a set and there were also up and coming acts welcomed to the stage.

These included Tank Trap, Prequels and Dead Baby Birds, who poured their energy into successful performances and received praise.

A Kate Bush tribute act and The Beat also received great reviews from the excited fans who gathered to watch them.

As well as a host of musical performances, there were displays, demonstrations and activities on offer for the crowds of people who attended thanks to the hard work of local charities, organisations and businesses.

Mayor of Dartford Cllr Avtar Sandhu and Dartford Council Leader Jeremy Kite attended the festival.

Cllr Kite said: “We’ve already had so much positive feedback about this year’s Festival. I know some councils are cutting back on festivals but not here in Dartford. We love doing it and I’m delighted that people had such a great time. From the huge crowds in early afternoon through to the dancers in the deluge it showed the very best of Dartford and we look forward to next year’s event.”

People took to Twitter to share their positive responses to the weekend.

Peter Cannon said: “Enjoyed the Kate Bush tribute and The Beat at the Dartford Festival. Can’t beat Wuthering Heights in the pouring rain.”

Joanne Stone said: “Great day out at Dartford Festival @Scouting4Girls were amazing.”

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