Access Pack now available

Festability - Access Pack

Our phones and emails are busy with lots of questions about the day.

We were going to post a FAQ type post.  However, then the lovely Ossyfest (now Fest For All) shared their amazing Access Pack with us and this seemed like the perfect solution.  We are so grateful that they were happy to share this,  it is a fantastic resource.    I love it when people are happy to share their learning or their resources.  It always feels like we really are a community.

If you are in the North West and want to go to a festival with a similar theme to Festability but can’t get to Kent this weekend, head over to Fest For All’s Facebook page and give them a like so you can stay up to date.

We are thrilled to announce that we now have our own Access Pack (and for those at Fest For All, it may seem like they’ve seen something similar before)!  It can be downloaded either by clicking on the link here or by clicking on the image below.

Festability - Access Pack


Online ticket sales close on Friday 11th at 6pm.

Tickets will be availble on the day but they will be slightly more expensive.  £20 per person with no family tickets or discounts available.

Head over to our online ticket sales and get your tickets before we close it down.


Who is performing and when?


It’s all happening here at Festability headquarters.  Our Information Stands have been announced, our trade stalls are being announced throughout the week on Facebook and now, the one you have all been waiting for….. the line up and timings.


We have two stages at the event – they will be playing acts alternately throughout the day.

  • 11.45 – 12.00    Foreland Fields
  • 12.00 – 12.15    SEN_Sational
  • 12.15 – 12.45    No Idea 
  • 12.45 – 13.30    Magga Tiempo
  • 13.30 – 14.30    Shaken Albert
  • 14.30 – 15.15    Smokin’ Mavericks
  • 15.15 – 15.45    The AutistiX
  • 15.45 – 16.45    Hullabaloo
  • 16.45 – 17.45    Gypskazz
  • 17.45 – 18.45    Stoned
  • 18.45 – 20.00    Kind of Mercury

We think you will agree, this is a pretty amazing line up.  Some of the biggest bands in Kent will be here to entertain you.

In addition to this, we have a karaoke tent (for all the people who want to be on stage but need a bit more practice).

Don’t forget we also have an Activities Tent offering a variety of workshops (inc yoga, sing and sign, drumming and more) throughout the day – all of which are included in the price of your ticket.

There’s a fairground, inflatables, trade stalls, information stalls, a Chill Out area and more.  You will really don’t want to miss this event.  It is everything a festival should be – with just the added bonus of being inclusive in as many ways as possible.

Online tickets can be purchased until Friday 11th at 6pm and then after that, tickets will have to be bought on the day (but they will be more expensive).

We can’t wait to see you there on Saturday.

Thanks to University of Kent

We have been totally overwhelmed at all the help and support we have been given by so many people and organisations.   From helping with event management to volunteering on the day, from providing services for little or no cost to sponsoring acts or events.

The response has been pretty amazing.

University of Kent has come through with a really useful offer for Festability.

Ear Defenders

We are thrilled to announce that they have provided us with a number of disposable ear defenders for the day.

For many of the people attending, it may be their first ever Festival or live event, so they won’t know what to expect.  We would hate you to have to leave shortly after arriving just because the noise was too much.

We have about 100 disposable ear defenders and we also have about 15 non-disposable ones.

The disposable ear defenders are free (although a small donation towards Festability 2019 would be great – if you can but we totally understand if you can’t).  However, the non-disposable ones will have a £10 deposit as these will need to be returned to us.

If you think there is a chance you may need ear defenders on the day, email to be added to the list.



Competition Time – A prize worth winning

In the current age of YouTube and a variety of live streaming events on social media, so many of our children and young people want to be famous.

If they are anything like my children, you will have found American words being introduced into your daily chats and if you’re really lucky (and I use that term with my tongue firmly in my cheek), your child or young person may also narrate your life in a faux American accent.

A chance to be centre stage

Here’s your chance to win their dream moment – a chance to be centre stage.

We are looking for MCs for Festability – people to introduce the acts before they play.

Do you know anyone who would like to do it?  Your child, young person or perhaps someone you care for?

Have you bought your tickets yet?  

We are running a competition to find a few MCs for the day – open to everyone who has bought their ticket before 30 April.

If you are interested, then complete the form below, providing us with booking reference, before the 1 May, 2018.  

We have a few spaces available so there’s more than one chance of winning.

We will draw the winners on 4 May and let you know that weekend.  That gives you a week to prepare your MC moments.

Good luck!!!


Festability meets Gypskazz

We are delighted to confirm that Gypskazz will be joining us at Festability on 12 May.

‘The recipe for Gypskazz begins with the combination of two of the world’s most infectious rhythms, gypsy jazz and ska, then goes on to heap a whole bunch of international flavours on top!

Balkan, Arabic, African, Reggae, Rock and Latin jostle with film and classical strands in a decidedly rich mix.”

A quick chat with Gypskazz:

Tell us how the band came about

The band was put together by MelZebra after she moved to Whitstable from London.

Where is the strangest place you have ever played a gig?

Hmm, there’s been a few.  However, the giant cow shed for Canterbury Beer Festival and St Thomas’ Hospital stand out!

Which band member makes the band laugh the most

CJ probably (not always intentionally!)

Biggest audience you have played to?

Probably the packed Market Square at last year’s Faversham Hop Festival

Hot dog or Burger?

I think we are more of a Burger band

why are you keen to play at festability?

As Gypskazz is a band that has members that live with disabilities that they have never let limit them, it has always been at our core that we should inspire others to feel similarly.



Find out more:

You can follow Gypskazz on Facebook or find out more about them on their website




Don’t miss out on a chance to see them live at Festability on 12 May.

Get your tickets at our online shop.



Festability meets Stoned

Stoned - logo - Festability

We are delighted to confirm that Stoned will be joining us at Festability on 12 May.

‘Stoned were formed in January 2012 by vocalist Steven Wood.

Rehearsals started within a couple of weeks and the band soon began to realise that there was a chemistry developing in the music.

By 2016 Stoned were really perfecting their sound, some line up changes ultimately leading to an even more authentic sound and establishing the band as one of the leading Rolling Stones cover bands around.

A quick chat with Stoned:

Stoned - line up imageTell us how the band came about

I formed the band back in 2012- as I Rolling Stones fan I wanted to form a covers band playing only their music. Not a tribute act as such with wigs etc but rather a band more focused on creating the authentic Stones sound. I advertised online for musicians and auditioned interested applicants. None of us knew each other beforehand. We use authentic equipment, and accurate tunings the Stones used like Open G that Keith Richards is well known for. The band has gone through some lineup changes down the years and Bios can be found on the websites. We play all over Kent, Surrey, East Sussex, East Anglia and beyond.

Where is the strangest place you have ever played a gig?

Probably a rather odd Arts Festival we did in Chatham right back at the beginning.

We did play a Christmas gig for the kids at Simons sons special needs school – which was unusual playing to small children but was great fun.

Which band member makes the band laugh the most

Simon is the funniest member of the band by the way (but his humour is marmite to some….lol) and he is the only other original member along with myself, from the bands first lineup.

Biggest audience you have played to?

The largest crowd we have played to was around 3000 people. We have played a fair number of similar outdoor shows to larger audiences and wanted to play Festability in particular as it is a cause close to home for our drummer Simon McIntyte.

First band you saw live As a band or individually?

Live bands we’ve seen – far far too many to mention and cant remember the first. The best I’ve seen was Aerosmith.

Hot dog or Burger?

No contest- Burger!



Stoned Logo - FestabilityFind out more:

You can follow Stoned on Facebook or find out more about them on their website






Don’t miss out on a chance to see them live at Festability on 12 May.

Get your tickets at our online shop.



Festability meets Smokin Mavericks

We are delighted to confirm that Smokin Mavericks will be joining us at Festability on 12 May.

‘Smokin Mavericks are a UK Modern Country band based all around Kent, England.

Their music is an amazing blend of popular well known songs from the likes of Brad Paisley, as well as original songs by Ashley.

When you see Smokin Mavericks, you will leave the venue awe-inspired and wanting more. That is why they have been known to put on a spectacle of shows throughout the south east.

So the next time you’re stuck for what to listen to, lend your ears to the glorious country sound that is, Smokin Mavericks.

A quick chat with Smokin Mavericks:

Tell us how the band came about

The band came about when brothers Carl and Ashley were looking for a sound to fit Ashleys song writing talents.

After attending the country 2 country event in London in 2011 we realised that country was the way to play.

Since then we have performed over 100 events, wrote our own songs and are building a fan base and reputation as one of the areas leading new country music acts.

Where is the strangest place you have ever played a gig?

The strangest place we have played……..there isn’t really anywhere that was strange. Just some very small venues.

Which band member makes the band laugh the most

We are all mates so we all make each other laugh and hope that fun factor comes out in our music.

Biggest audience you have played to?

The biggest audience we have played to would have to be the Herne Bay car show last summer. Over 15,000 people attended the event and the crowd in front of the stage would have to have been over 1,000.

First band you saw live As a band or individually?

The first band I (Carl) saw live was Queen at the o2 with Paul Rodgers as the lead singer. Queen are my favourite band and Brian May is a massive influence on my guitar playing.

Hot dog or Burger?


Why are you keen to play at Festability?

We are looking forward to being a part of Festability because this is a unique festival for a wonderful cause and is a great day out for all the families.


Find out more:

You can follow Smokin Mavericks on Facebook or on Twitter.






Don’t miss out on a chance to see them live at Festability on 12 May.

Get your tickets at our online shop.