We are proud to announce, the iconic band Madness will be coming to Maidstone, Kent in 2017. The nutty boys will be performing some of their greatest hits including, Wings of a Dove, Baggy Trousers, House of Fun, along with new material from their current album, Can’t Touch Us Now.
The performance takes place at the Kent County Showground set at the top of Detling Hill, Maidstone, with it's picturesque views of the beautiful Kent countryside as a backdrop.
The event starts at 2pm showcasing the best in local Kent bands, building up to a renowned support act to be announced in early 2017.
Entertainment & other fun activities will be included in the site to provide that added madness appeal along with the band's very own craft beer available to buy from the bars.
Expect state of the art sound and lighting, expect the best atmosphere, expect MADNESS!
MADNESS is open to all ages, however under 18s must be accompanied by an adult, and everyone must have a ticket.
We will be operating a strict ‘Challenge 25’ policy, so if you’re lucky enough to look under the age of 25, we will be asking for your ID. Valid Passports, Provisional/Drivers Licenses and Citizen Cards are the only forms of identification that will be accepted. If you do not have valid ID, you will not be allowed entry into the event.
Saturday 12th August.
Doors open at 13:00 and venue closes at 00:00.
The show will run from 14:00 to 23:00.
Please queue in either the Standard or VIP queue, depending on your tickets.
The Kent Event Centre at the Kent Showground is ideally suited for arrival by car. It is located on the A249, which is a busy dual carriageway.
From the M20 Motorway, exit the motorway at junction 7 and follow signs to Sittingbourne and Sheerness A249. The Kent Showground is clearly marked and is approximately 2 miles from the junction.
From the M2 Motorway, exit the motorway at junction 5, signposted Maidstone A249. The Kent Showground is approximately 5 miles from the junction.
The postcode is ME14 3JF. Please note that it is best to follow the signs as you near the Showground rather than a sat nav.
Please be patient when exiting, stewards will assist you. Please look after yourself and others and ensure you are fit to drive before you leave the festival.
There will be official parking spaces available to customers that are driving to the event.
The car park will be open from 12:00pm.
The nearest train stations are Maidstone East, Maidstone Barracks and Maidstone West.
Getting a lift?
There will be a pick up and drop off point at The Kent County Showground.
Disability / Accessibility Information
If you have a disability and you require a carer’s pass. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org a copy of your DLA letter and also ticket purchase confirmation and we will send you a free carer pass.
If you have any questions about the access and facilities at the festival, please email our dedicated team at email@example.com
Seating will be available around various sections of the concert. Chairs/deck chairs can be taken in to the festival but can only be used in designated areas around the site.
All persons entering the site may be searched as a condition of entry. Strictly NO illegal substances or psychoactive substances will be permitted into the site. Possession of either may lead to your ejection from the festival or arrest.
Please ensure you keep your ticket safe before exchanging, and do not remove or tamper with your wristband, as there will be no admittance for those suspected of this.
There is no re-admittance to the arena after the event so please ensure you have all your belongings with you.
Food and Drink
There are bars serving alcohol to over 18’s only.
Unfortunately food/drink isn’t permitted to be brought into the event, however there will be a large selection of food stalls offering a variety of dishes, including food for specialised diets.
We operate a challenge 25 policy so please don’t be offended if you are asked for ID. (Passport or Photo Driving Licence only. We would also like to point out that photocopies of these documents will not be accepted as valid ID at this event)
There are toilets located throughout the site. We don’t want you to queue jump but don’t be afraid to ask people to check the toilet doors. Please keep the toilets clean, they are cleaned and emptied throughout the day but we need your help too.
If you feel unwell, alert a security/ steward or visit the first aid tent. If you see anybody acting suspiciously or somebody is making you feel uncomfortable alert a member of the security team.
Drink water in between alcohol and stay hydrated, we want you to remember your experience. Drinking alcohol on hot days will make you more dehydrated, so water is essential when the sun's out.
The law has changed, there is no such thing as a ‘legal high’, this includes Nitrous Oxide.
NO illegal/unidentifiable/psychoactive substances or nitrous oxide is permitted into the site. Possession of any may lead to your ejection from the event and arrest. Want to know more? Talktofrank.com or call 0300 123 6600. These substances like illegal drugs are banned from the event so please don’t bring them.
You may be searched by security or the Police as a condition of entry to the event site. Please use common sense when deciding what to bring. Anything illegal, prohibited from the event or considered offensive will be confiscated and you may be asked to leave the site.
If you refuse a random search you will be required to undergo a private search.
There are areas inside the festival site which are designated no smoking areas, the indoor arenas being key amongst these. Please adhere to the signage in these areas or you may risk a fine from the local authority.
Keep it safe
Look after yourself and those around you. If you feel unwell you can visit one of the first aid points which are signposted.
Full emergency services are present at the event. Please make a note of the displayed on-site emergency telephone numbers and use them in the event of an emergency.
Things to remember
• If you don’t need it don’t bring it
• Leave valuables at home
• Lock your vehicles and don’t leave anything of value visible
• Pickpockets may operate in densely crowded areas, be vigilant and look after your wallet and mobile phone
• If you are the designated driver, ensure you are safe to drive before you do so
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