The sun has set on this years' Ramblin' Man Fair festival, with one unlikely act emerging as 2016's clear winner - the English weather. Taking place in in Maidstone, Kent between 23rd - 24th July, the two day event saw Whitesnake, Black Stone Cherry, Thin Lizzy, Europe and a host of others, take to the stage on one of the warmest weekends of the year.
Kicking off on Saturday 23rd July, crowds arriving in the city's Mote Park were greeted with clear blue skies and glorious sunshine that gave the second year of the annual classic rock bash an air of celebration from the off. With an exceptionally upbeat atmosphere and a stellar line-up ensuring that nobody was going to be disappointed, even Thin Lizzy front man Ricky Warwick agreed that; "the weather is a huge factor. If it's sunny, it makes a huge difference, it really does".
Among Saturday's show stopping acts were classic rock revivalists The Dead Daisies, who stirred the crowd with their old-school Americana rock 'n' roll set, and U.K. Britrock heroes Terrorvision, whose hits-filled performance revealed one of the most upbeat turns of the weekend.
Joined by former unofficial member Midge Ure, Thin Lizzy's early Saturday evening slot meanwhile proved that forty years after their landmark 'Jailbreak' release, their anthems were as roof-raising as ever. Similarly, on the 30th Anniversary of the release of their monumental 'The Final Countdown' album, Europe mixed current material with old favourites, proving that cuts from last years' 'War Of Kings' release more than live up to former glories.
Despite stellar Sunday performances from the likes of festival-favourites Thunder and legendary 'Whiter Shade Of Pale' writers Procol Harum, Ramblin' Man Fair 2016 belonged to headliners Whitesnake (Saturday), and Black Stone Cherry (Sunday). With David Coverdale's veteran act belting out the hits, and the Kentuckians playing to their biggest ever British audience as a headline act, both bands proved that they were more than worthy to follow the stiff competition that the festival had provided.
With Ramblin' Man Fair today (26th July) confirmed to return to the same location on 29th & 30th July 2017, the happening looks set to become a must-attend staple of the hard rock calendar.
Stay tuned for exclusive eonmusic interviews from Ramblin' Man Fair from Thin Lizzy, Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton, Europe, Terrorvision, Devin Townsend, Inglorious, and more coming soon.