What's On

What’s On: July 2017

This month, there are a loads of gigs ranging from emo to folk rock to hardcore punk gigs; a beer festival, a festival of archaeology, a book launch from an award-winning poet and writer, drumming workshops, and plenty more.



27th July

The Ballroom

Burger Boys Promotion presents an evening of emo and alternative music featuring;


Also includes:

TheCrashOfMoonsClub presents: Inspiral TRIO

19th July

Bramley's Cocktail Bar

Inspiral Trio are three musicians from the infamous band ‘Gong’, exploring “triadic synergy”. I think that we need to go, if only in order to find out what that is.

TRADarrr at Folk in the Barn

29th July

Canterbury Christ Church University (North Holmes Road)

‘It’s 45 years since Liege & Lief almost single-handedly created the genre folk-rock. Since then, that simple marriage of traditional music and electric instruments had been suborned and sidetracked, dissected and documented, Oystered, Albioned and Steeleyed. Time for a fresh approach. Enter TRADarrr. ‘

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Maridadi Meltdown Singing & Drumming Workshop

22nd July

Westgate Hall

What better than a drumming and singing workshop on a Saturday, to let out all of the steam you’ve built up all week? It’s kid friendly too, so you can bring the whole family.

Birdeatsbaby LIVE at The Penny + special guests

22nd July

The Penny Theatre

Featuring Birdseatbaby, the sound of “Tori Amos and Muse bewildering a church coffee morning”; Tokyo Tea Room with their visions of fuzzy guitar tones, ocean deep vocals and an essence of psychedelia; The Spanish Infanta, a Surf Rock Psychedelic Garage Band, and the HarsHMallows, an acoustic grunge band built on the vocal harmonies of the Holden brothers.

Canterbury Uncovered

Midsummer Picnic at Chaucer Fields

16th July

Chaucer Fields

Come and rejoice in this wonderful open space right on our doorsteps. Bring the family, bring friends, bring a picnic, bring an instrument, bring some games and share in the summer fun.

This year the hosts will also take the opportunity to discuss the University of Kent’s campus plans, which threaten to ‘develop’ this land along with other parts of the local landscape that surround the core university campus. All are welcome from the local and university communities.

This is a collaborative event, co-hosted by Chaucer Fields Picnic Society, Abbot’s Mill Project and Canterbury Greenpeace.

National Festival of Archaeology Week - Archaeology of the Book

25th July

Canterbury Cathedral

For this year’s Festival of Archaeology, the cathedral’s very own time-team will host an exciting programme of activities, exhibition, talks, tours and tales of the unexpected.

Tuesday 25 July: Archaeology of the book – A book investigation with Cathedral Librarian, Karen Brayshaw, followed by a tour of the Howley Library. This event runs at 11:00 & 14:00.

Kent Beer Festival

20th - 22nd July

Merton Farm

Fancy a festival that’s all about beer?

The UK’s second oldest CAMRA beer festival is celebrating its 43rd year this year.A usual mix of great ales and cider along with entertainment.

Grimalkin - Medieval/Folk inspired Music

Sat 29 July

Conquest House Gallery

An atmospheric evening of lively medieval/norse Folk-inspired music created and performed by Grimalkin. To be enjoyed with a glass of mead.


15th July

The Gulbenkian

A one-day festival event, created by ART31’s Youth Board, considering the biggest challenges young people are currently facing, including mental health and wellbeing, employment and education. Come together with young people, creative professionals and artists to challenge ideas and ignite change in the arts, through panel discussions, Q&As and workshops. Free for under 25s.


Talk by Mark Wilson

Thu 27 - Sat 29 July 2017

Marlowe Studio

Bethlem Royal Hospital. 1854. The Criminal Wing for the Insane. Two doctors introduce radical reforms. Talking rather than punishment. Care rather than restraint. But the Commission for Lunacy has other ideas.

Two patients, a talented artist and a poet, become caught in the cross-fire. Will talking ease their unquiet minds or would their stories be safer unspoken?

In a time blighted by NHS cuts to mental health care, Talk is at once a scathing rebuke of treatment of the mentally ill in the past, and a moving and thought-provoking story about how we inter-relate and connect with one another in the present.

The Friday night show will be folllowed by a Q&A session with the playwright, Mark Wilson.


Out-Spoken Press: Joelle Taylor Book Launch

18th July

The Pound at One Pound Lane

‘Songs My Enemy Taught Me is a collection of poems themed around the experiences of women globally, but it had simple beginnings. It began with me. It began with a small child in a hotel room not wanting to speak. It began with opera, but the kind that cannot be heard. It began at the point at which I ended.

This is a book about colonisation and terrorism, about invasion and ownership. It is a survival manual, a map, a photograph, a song. It is internet at 2am. It is the way your mother just looked at you. It is the way the girl in front of you on the soft journey home just reached for her keys. It is your hand reaching for keys.’

Award winning spoken word artist, poet, playwright and author, Joelle Taylor will be releasing ‘Songs My Enemy Taught Me’ with Out-Spoken Press.

The night will also feature a guest performance by Sabrina Mahfouz.


Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Sat 8 Jul - Sun 29 Oct 2017

The Beaney

Showcasing talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and established professionals, the competition features a diverse range of images and tells the often fascinating stories behind the creation of the works, from formal commissioned portraits to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family.

The images explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to the photographic portrait whilst capturing a range of characters, moods and locations. The exhibition features all of the prestigious prize winners including the winner of the £15,000 first prize.

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