Ramblin' Man Fair Festival has announced The Cult and Mott The Hoople as headliners for its 2018 happening. The heavyweight acts join already announced special guests Steel Panther and Halestorm, as well as a host of others for the event which takes place at Mote Park, Maidstone from 30th June - 1st July.
The forth instalment of the successful festival follows on from the 2016 event, which featured headliners Whitesnake and and Black Stone Cherry, and 2017, which saw Saxon, Extreme, and ZZ Top top the bill. This year, the festival will move from its traditional end of July slot to the 30th June and 1st July.
In a U.K. festival exclusive, Mott The Hoople join the bill as second headliners, for an exclusive performance with the classic 1973/1974 lineup. The band will feature Ian Hunter (Vocals, Guitars), Ariel Bender (Lead Guitars) and Morgan Fisher (Keyboards), and will be augmented by James Mastro (Guitars, Mandolin), Mark Bosch (Guitars), Dennis Dibrizzi (Keyboards), Paul Page (Bass) and Steve Holley (Drums). Sadly, due to ongoing ill health, Mick Ralphs will not be able to appear as a guest but has given his blessing.
Originally formed in 1969, Mott The Hoople went on to become one of the best loved and widely influential UK bands of the 1970s. The band produced albums such as 'All the Young Dudes', 'Mott' and 'The Hoople' and singles such as, the David Bowie penned, 'All the Young Dudes', 'Honaloochie Boogie', and 'The Golden Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll'.
Ian Hunter says, "Looking forward to realigning with my old Mott the Hoople mates - the Great Ariel Bender and the Sartorial Morgan Fisher at Ramblin' Man Fair in June. Both toured extensively with Mott and both were featured heavily of 'The Hoople' album after Mick Ralphs and Verden Allen left the band. I know many people were disappointed when neither appeared on the '09 and '13 get-togethers - hope this makes up for it!"
Mott The Hoople join Sunday night headliners The Cult. Featuring the distinctive vocals of Ian Astbury and guitar playing of Billy Duffy, the 10 million sellin act have inspired a generation of young rock fans, and the bands influence and legacy can’t be underestimated.
Also filling up the bill are Steel Panther, one of the best loved rock acts of recent years. The band famous for lampooning the hedonistic eighties' rock scene have shared stages with legends such as Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Motley Crue, worked with artists such as Corey Taylor, Justin Hawkins and Robin Zander and headlined Wembley Arena in 2015. The band are sure to deliver a riotous set with huge singles such as 'Death To All But Metal', 'Asian Hooker', and the show stealing 'Community Property'.
The full line-up as announced so far can be viewed below, with more acts expected to be announced in due course.
Ramblin’ Man Fair will take place in the beautiful Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent; the garden of England. The park is one of the largest in South East England with more than 450 acres of mature parkland and a 30-acre lake. With multiple travel links via train (Ashford International, Maidstone East and Maidstone West in close proximity) and road (with three park and rides available around Maidstone). The festival site is also perfect for European festival goers with easy links to the London airports, Eurostar via Ashford Int’l and Channel Ferries to and from mainland Europe.
Like this story? Like us on FaceBook and follow us on Twitter for regular updates & more of the same.
Ramblin’ Man Fair Announced acts to date:
Mott The Hoople (Headliner)
The Cult (Headliner)
Halestorm (Special Guest)
Steel Panther (Special Guest)
The Cadillac Three
Sons Of Apollo
Steve Earle & The Dukes (Headliner - UK Exclusive Set ‘Copperhead Road plus Hits!’)
Me & That Man
Gov’t Mule (Headliner)
Chas & Dave
Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind
Prog In the Park Stage
(Playing Material From The “Clutching At Straws” Album)
Von Hertzen Brothers
Tickets for Ramblin' Man Fair 2018 are available now.
VIP Admission Saturday & Sunday - £256 plus booking fee
General Admission Saturday & Sunday - £156 plus booking fee
Camping Starts at £49
To keep up to date with all Ramblin’ Man Fair announcements visit the official site, twitter, and facebook.