Hot on the heels of the sell-out success of Demon Dayz festival, Dreamland Margate today announces two more events kickstarting their live music line-up in the Hall By The Sea for 2017.
Launching the new state of the art sound system in this iconic event space, and joining a blockbuster line-up for the park's opening weekend, are Newcastle rockers Maxïmo Park.
Saturday 27th May 7.30pm - Maxïmo Park
Thursday 20th July 7.30pm - Toots and the Maytals
Reggae legends and Grammy award winners, Toots and the Maytals turn up the heat this summer and play Hall By The Sea in the same week that Dreamland welcome punk duo Slaves.
Rebecca Ellis, Director of Progamming and Events at Dreamland, said: “We’re so excited to have Maxïmo Park and Toots and the Maytals coming to play at Dreamland. It’s going to be a brilliant year for music in Margate and we are confident that our diverse range of live gigs and festivals will deliver for the music crowd. With plenty more to announce yet, there’s a lot to look forward to!”
The Dreamland opening weekend is really starting to take shape with Maximo Park playing the Saturday and Margate Wonderland festival taking place on the Sunday. The coastal edition of Hackney Wonderland is headlined by The Kills and will also see Carl Barat & The Jackals perform.
Once again establishing itself as the home for music in Kent and the South East, Dreamland has a history of attracting the likes of The Who and The Rolling Stones in previous years and is now making a return to its roots as the go-to venue for music by the sea.
Dreamland’s outdoor event space launches on 10th June with Demon Dayz - the all-new festival extravaganza curated by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, headlined by Gorillaz.
Other festivals include Hipsville Seaside a Go! Go! – a 60s and beyond themed party and the punk, ska, dub and reggae celebration that is Undercover Festival.
Tickets for Maxïmo Park and Toots and the Maytals go on general sale Wednesday 12th April at 10am, via dreamland.co.uk. Dreamland members benefit from an advanced pre-sale for both of these new announcements.
April 28th - 30th Hipsville Seaside a Go! Go!
May 27th - Maxïmo Park
May 28th - Margate Wonderland
June 10th - Demon Dayz
July 20th - Toots and the Maytals
July 22nd - Slaves
September 8th-9th - Undercover Festival
Notes to editors:
Dreamland reopens on 26 May 2017. It is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Great Britain: the site of Dreamland (as it was re-named in 1920) dates back to the British railway boom and the early 1870s when, in its original form, the ‘Hall by the Sea’ was operated by the circus tycoon, ‘Lord’ George Sanger. In 2003, a plan to close the park and build housing on the site triggered a 'Save Dreamland' campaign by locals and amusement park enthusiasts. Thanet District Council’s Compulsory Purchase Order unlocked the regeneration of the historic site and, along with other public organisations, secured £18m of public funding. It is likely that the site’s jewels: the Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway, Grade II* - listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages – would have further degenerated without this intervention.
Sands Heritage Ltd. was appointed in 2014 as the commercial operator of Dreamland and has secured a £15 million investment from Arrowgrass Capital Partners. Architecture and design by d_raw and Aecom in collaboration with Neverland will see the next phase in the restoration project being realised as a fully relandscaped park with world-class entertainment spaces, modern art installations and contemporary food and drink offerings. This will all sit alongside vintage rides all restored to their original glory. The Dreamland project plays a significant role in community engagement, education, training, sustainable employment and boosting the local economy. It is also a major component in the continued regeneration of Margate, spearheaded by Turner Contemporary in 2011.
Thanet District Council is now undertaking the next phase of redevelopment which will see the iconic Sunshine Café brought back to life and the front of the cinema building restored. Dreamland Margate is less than 90 minutes from London by train with Margate Station only a 5-minute walk away.