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TOP KENT MUSIC VENUES

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We believe that the following venues should be recognised for their magnificent efforts to support the music scene. They continuously provide opportunity for musicians to perform and allow music fans to experience some of the best bands around.  We will be adding venues as we go, so if you think a venue deserves to feature then let us know in the comments section below.

 

The Lighthouse, Deal

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 The Lighthouse is an independent live music venue run by a family team of musicians, artists, designers, sound engineers and expert bar people. The Lighthouse has a fully-equipped stage and sound-system, with a passionate in-house sound team.

The Lighthouse strive to bring you an eclectic mix of music and creative events, hosting amazing artists from around the country and beyond. The majority of our events are free entry, with the occasional special ticketed mid-week show. As well as regular live music, other events include our popular monthly Quiz Night and a growing number of comedy and theatrical shows.

 

Sus4sessions

Ok so Sus4sessions aren’t exactly a venue but they deliver some of the best intimate gigs around at secret wood locations and the Westerham Brewery. Last year they had some incredibly talented artists on their line-up and 2019 looks like it is going to be even better. They are all about discovering new talents, and bringing people who love music together in the most beautiful and spectacular settings. This is what it is all about.

 

The Rock Lodge, Whitstable

  "Old-school, alpine glamour with a contemporary twist, stylish cocktails and a delicious fine dining experience. The Rock Lodge has an authentic alpine feel with a bespoke dining and cocktail menu, set alongside an eclectic mix of the best live music around"

 The Rock Lodge provide so much opportunity for musicians. Their open mind to various music styles ensures that everyone has the chance to perform and experience a different music style. The beautiful setting and friendly staff members make this a phenomenal place to eat drink and get your music fix.

 

The Huntsman, Rochester

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 The Huntsman is a great place to witness a variety of bands. With music every Friday and every other Sunday, there are lots of opportunities to get out and enjoy live music here. We have recently run our first live originals band showcase and it was great to see so many people come out and support young and up and coming musicians. Various styles of music ensures there will be something for everyone and the dance floor is always packed!    

TOP KENT unsigned BANDS

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We have a fast growing and vibrant music community within Kent and we will be introducing you to original up and coming bands for you to grow to love! Make sure you go and follow the bands, add them to your playlists and get yourself to a live show, you will not be disappointed! Bands are not listed in any particular order, they are all superbly unique and offer something different.

SPINNER

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SPINNER is an iconic 3-piece British rock band in the making, offering a multi-influenced retro-modern sound, that is all their own!

Step aboard the SPINNER train for an incredible experience of musical and lyrical artistry that is a feast for the senses.

Our top track: Setting Sun

Grapefruit

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Grapefruit are an incredibly exciting indie band hailing from Maidstone, Kent. They offer an enchanting and atmospheric live experience and are influenced by the likes of The Smiths, Joy Division, Warpaint, Peggy Sue, Florence + The Machine, Amy Winehouse and Fleetwood Mac.

Our top track: Colder

Unit 48

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Unit 48 is a Kent based experimental funk/pop band. Their recent live recorded track Dopamine Girls, was an absolute hit with us. Check them out for something entirely original and fresh.

Our top track: Dopamine Girls

Thrift

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Thrift formed in 2015 and they continue to develop their own breed of indie pop-punk infused with psychedelic influences. What makes thrift stand out is their fearless approach to trying something new. The psychedelic sounds full of variations keep tracks exciting and extremely unique.

 Our top track: Widows Bed  

The Ovines

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 Made in Medway The Ovines are a high energy ska/punk/indie band that just have that something you want more of. There’s no messing about with these guys it is all or nothing in the live environment, so embrace yourselves for a wild one.

 Our top track: Fish Tank

 

Fortune Favours

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 Fortune Favours are a hard rock band hailing from Maidstone Kent and bring you a fresh, modern sound to the rock scene fusing together a plethora of influences spanning genres from classic rock, blues, punk and metal. Their latest EP titled High Stakes takes you on a wild and rocky ride with heavy guitar riffs acting as the main driving force.

Our top track: Devil In Disguise

 

The Word

 The Word is a tea-rock band from Kent. They first got together in 2017 much due to their mutual love for The Beatles (The name was taken from a Beatles song) which sums up the band well - these are 4 young lads who aspire to write and perform music to the same standard as the biggest bands around, past and present. Their music is filled to the bursting point with guitar licks, harmonies and catchy melodies. The 60’s, 70’s and 90’s blend of influences really give The Word a creative edge and we highly recommend adding them to your playlists and getting yourself down to a show!

Our top track: Fish In The Sea

Samuel Ashton

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Samuel Ashton is a Canterbury based musician whose music draws influence from modern soul artists such as Michael Kiwanuka, Paolo Nutini, Leon Bridges and Nathaniel Rateliff.

Samuel's voice blends smooth blues, soul and country tones, which add weight to his songwriting. Equipped with a fresh full sound accompanied by the band he promises each occasion will be one to remember.

Our top track: Send Me Angels

Aid Lewis

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Aid Lewis is singer, songwriter, performer and lover of life. Through his music he tells stories of life, love, experience and society.His latest offering and debut album touches on the joys of love and passion, heartache, & Worlds current state.

Our top track: Love

Bodhi

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BODHI Music is determined to explore new levels of spirituality and oneness through the joy of music. They are a five piece band consisting of Nusty Rayles (Guitar) Ben Rutherford (Bass) Oskars Petersons (Drums) Daniel Williams (guitar and saxophone) and Mike (vocals, guitar.) Much of our music focuses on the escape from the perils of modern society such as technology, social media and self validation and encourages a journey inward to escaping modern illusions.

Our Top Track: Vanilla Sky

Have You Heard These Top Function Bands?

This week’s edition of the Raw Step Network blog features some of the most talented function bands available to hire through RSN. Each band offers a truly unique experience and you can expect audiences to be completely wowed by their performances. These guys are all seriously good!

The Neotones

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Stephanie Ticknell Smith - Lead Vocals, Darren Taggart - Guitar & Backing Vocals, Richard Nicholson - Bass & Backing Vocals, Alex Nelson - Drums

The Neotones are a four piece female fronted Pop/Funk/Rock band. Never seen them before? You are missing out majorly. The last time I witnessed their phenomenal performance the night ended with bar staff and Stephanie singing and dancing along the bar. All the while the sound and tightness of the band did not become compromised. They seriously know how to get the night going and you will not stop dancing, singing along and just having the time of your life. The Neotones set consists of both old and new hits (listen below) and each track is performed with energy, enthusiasm and pure professional talent. If you would like to experience The Neotones live then cancel your plans tomorrow night and head to The Huntsman, Rochester 8:45pm. My words cannot do the band justice you have to watch, listen and feel the vibe they create…absolutely mind blowing.

Upcoming Shows

The Huntsman Rochester, FRI 17th NOV 8:45PM

Meltin' Joel

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Gifted, dynamic and passionate about the music they perform, you can expect nothing short of a magnificent live music show from Meltin’ Joel. They are a piano based Rock/Blues/Funk/Soul band and have the talent to tailor their set to your event’s needs. Intense vocals from Peter Smith will ripple through the room captivating you with a sensation of that good vibe feeling we all crave. His vocals are supported by the rest of the band holding together the finest of performances. They have the ability to mix it up and keep you anticipating what is to come. Truly on the edge of your seat stuff, that is until you inevitably are up dancing the night away. Meltin’ Joel perform a very dynamic set full of everyone’s favourite songs. If you catch these guys live, throw in a request! Listen below to a medley performed at Brands Hatch Race Circuit working alongside RSN.

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Dulcie May Moreno

Pure class and dazzling with sass, Dulcie May Moreno’s performance will always deliver the most spectacular Jazz and Soul Nights. She performs as a duo, trio or full band line-up going out as the Interstellar Soul Band. Regardless each performance oozes with sophistication and is performed with an elegance that can effortlessly fill a venue with atmospheric bliss. Dulcie Performs variation of classics from the likes of Marvin Gaye through to Beyoncé and each track is influenced by a smooth soul style that is executed perfectly by a professional band line-up. Dulcie will be performing at The George, Rochester on Saturday 18th November from 8:30PM. Do not miss out on the top quality talent on show.

Upcoming Show

The George Pub, City Way, Rochester  SAT-18th NOV 8:30

Looking To Discover The Hottest New Original Bands?

THE GALLERYS

Guitar- James Wood, Bass- Craig Barden, Drums- Dan Maggs

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For those of you that don’t already know these boys, it is really time for you to start listening. Expect beautifully constructed guitar melodies, intense bass lines, hard-hitting beats and the icing on the cake, rich vocal harmonies. The band is influenced by the likes of The Who, The Jam and Oasis, but, offers a truly refreshing and modern sound. The Gallerys originality has been accomplished by fusing and underpinning other influences of indie and alternative rock, creating a new and unique Britpop sound. The band really comes alive during their energetic and tight live performances oozing with passion and dedication to the stage. Want to experience The Gallerys live? View their upcoming shows below.

NOV 24 – 02 Academy Islington LDN

DEC 15 – Concorde 2 Brighton

DEC 23- Lock 17 & Dingwalls

DEC 29 – Tunbridge Wells Forum

 

WHITE HEAT

Louis Jones, Jack Elliott, Aiden Wallis, Jakob Moore, Sam Jones

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When I witnessed White Heat live I was instantly drawn in and captivated by their performance. Hit with raw and crunchy guitar sections, supported by melodic and meaningful vocals with bold drumming that holds the performances together, I couldn’t take my eyes of the stage. The band’s sound has a real indie alternative rock vibe enhanced by a 90’s influence. What I believe really separates White Heat from the rest is the unique transitions within song sections. I felt the music and with each song I eagerly anticipated where that feeling was going to take me. I highly recommend catching one of their shows to fully grasp the talents of the band. They have that something special.

 

HARRY EVANS

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If you are looking to discover a new Indie Pop artist then look no further. You will be instantly hooked by Harrys cleverly assembled guitar parts that create the mood and scene for something BIG…and it delivers. The guitar parts are supported and built upon by punchy bass lines and solid beats that compliment a catchy sound that really sticks with you. There is an element of funk to the tracks most noticeable in “streetlights” and this pumps the progression forward and takes the sound to another level. All the while this big sound is going on the vocals are striking and add another layer of pure brilliance. You can listen to both EP’s below and you will have to be patient enough to wait until July 2018 for his much anticipated Album.

Upcoming Shows

24 Jan-  Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton

 

If you have an event and would like any of the above bands to perform then contact Raw Step Network now! Thank you!

Blog by Sam Simmons ( The Simmons Brothers Project)