Kent Event Centre is to host the first Kent Festival, an event to raise money for veterans and those in the emergency services.
Organisers hope to raise money and build awareness of Line of Duty, a charity that supports emergency services personnel and veterans.
Matt Colley, a reservist in the Armed Forces who he was injured and havd to go through the NHS as he was unable to get medical help through the army, set up the Line of Duty charity to support everyone within the emergency services and armed forces. The charity provides both medical and mental health support.
The Kent Festival is set to receive up to 10,000 attendees, and has been designed with families in mind. It will feature music from a range of tribute bands across the UK and Europe including tributes to P!nk, Bon Jovi, Little Mix, Madness, Phil Collins, Take That, and The Killers. The festival will also feature a Greatest Showman themed circus tent, complete with aerial artists, stilt walkers, fire shows, animatronics and a funfair.
Event manager for Kent Festival, Kerrie Hirst, said: “The Line of Duty charity does such amazing work and it’s an honour to be working on this event. Kent Event Centre is such a unique venue and offered us the versatility we needed with different spaces and lots of capacity to make the Kent Festival a success.”
Deputy event centre manager for Kent Event Centre, Ellie Pannell, added: “As a charity ourselves we understand the challenges charities are facing today, particularly when it comes to funding and diversifying income. We strive to assist other charities in achieving their objectives wherever we can and are excited to be working with Line of Duty and the Kent Festival to put on what we are sure will be a fantastic, family event.”
The event will take place from 15-17 November 2019.