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Sun shines down on Dartford as nearly 40,000 people flock to festival

PUBLISHED: 14:45 18 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:45 18 July 2016

Dartford Festival 2016 - Photography: Jack Thornton

Dartford Festival 2016 - Photography: Jack Thornton

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The free festival took place on Saturday and Sunday

Dartford Festival 2016 - Photography: Jack ThorntonDartford Festival 2016 - Photography: Jack Thornton

Dartford’s central park welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors across the weekend as it held its annual festival.

With big name acts including Toyah, The Hoosiers and 4th Impact playing, crowds took advantage of the sunshine to enjoy some live music and performances on the community stage.

Despite the late withdrawal of ska legends Bad Manners, Sunday still managed to provide a stellar headliner, with The Blockheads filling in at topspot.

Around 25,000 visitors enjoyed the summer weather on Sunday.

Dartford Festival 2016 - Photography: Jack ThorntonDartford Festival 2016 - Photography: Jack Thornton

Local bands also drew in the crowds during both days, with sets from ProtoStereo, tvfordogs, TailBlock, The Aim, Suburbia and more.

Jeremy Kite, leader of the council, said: “The festival has changed a bit over the years and we’ve worked hard to deliver a good mix of community groups, local charities, brilliant local performers and some of the country’s best loved live bands.

“The number of people attending just keeps on rising and we get lots of comments on how well organised it is and how it has a great ‘family feel’.

“We’re supporting more and more community events in and around our neighbourhoods but the Dartford Festival is a fantastic showpiece for the whole town.

“It’s quite amazing to look out over Central Park and barely see a patch of grass because every inch is covered with people.”

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