Maidstone gets ready to party

Revellers are getting ready for a brand new festival in Maidstone this weekend featuring bands like Sister Sledge and Brand New Heavies.

Happy faces down on the farm

More than seven thousand people turned out for the Lounge on the Farm Festival in Canterbury last weekend.

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Kent's Hop Farm Festival reveals line-up

The Hop Farm Music Festival returns for another year in Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

The line-up has been revealed for a popular annual music festival based in Kent.

Russell Kane, Nerina Pallott and the Noisettes complete the line-up at this year's Hop Farm Music Festival.

This follows the earlier announcement that Grace Jones will headline the event on the 4th-6th July.

Hop Farm Music Festival’s Neil Butkeraitis commented: This is our first year in charge of the Hop Farm Music Festival, and, having started with a clean slate, we couldn’t be happier with our inaugural line-up.

"We’ve got three bona-fide legends headlining and fantastic music both familiar and new all weekend, plus killer comedy and brilliant activities right across the farm. So, I think it’s safe to say, for all round entertainment, this year’s festival is breaking new ground for Hop Farm”.

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Launch of Henley Literary Festival

Former MP Ann Widdecombe will attend the Henley Literary Festival

The sixth annual Henley Literary Festival gets underway later today. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event to listen to award winning novelists, politicians and journalists in a line up that includes Ann Widdecombe and Dame Stella Rimington. The festival runs until October 6.

Festival closes with highwire delights

The Brighton Festival draws to a close tomorrow after hundreds of performances attended by tens of thousands of visitors.

One of the highlights of this year's event has been the return of the circus - with artists from across the globe performing in all manner of styles.

Andy Dickenson meets some of the producers and performers including David Bates, producer of La Clique, performers Stephen Williams and Ashley Carr, and Camlle Beaumier of No Fit State.

Icons for Brighton Pride

Street parade
Pride festival Credit: Press Association

Brighton Pride have announced the theme for this years spectacular celebrations in Preston Park for Saturday 3rd August.

Gay Icons is the theme for 2013 placing emphasis on the vast array of Iconic LGBT campaigners an celebrities that have shaped LGBT culture and equality.

Expect to see a deluge of Gagas, Monroes, Madonnas, and Freddie Mercurys. Other important Icons will be Oscar Wilde and Quentin Crisp. “There are so many important and influential people for us to celebrate as a community" says Paul Kemp of Brighton Pride.

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Thousands attend Hops and Harvest Festival in Kent

Thousands of people have been attending the Hops and Harvest Festival in Kent. It's all taking place at the Museum of Kent Life near Maidstone and is a chance for the younger generation to learn about what was once the county's most important industry.

In Victorian times 250,000 people worked on the hops during the four to six week season. Archive pictures in this report are from 'Hop Pickers Holiday' courtesy of Heathwood Studios.

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Air festival hailed a success

Bournemouth’s fifth Air Festival has been declared a triumph, with an estimated 964,000 festival goers across the four days.

More than 125,000 visitors and residents packed Bournemouth beach on launch day Thursday, greeting the arrival of the Red Arrows.

Another 180,000 arrived on Friday and with temperatures soaring on Saturday, crowds of more than 370,000 people thronged onto the beach, followed by 171,700 on Sunday.

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