UNDERCOVER FESTIVAL 2018

READY FOR IT’S 6TH FANTASTIC YEAR! THE ALTERNATIVE FESTIVAL NOT TO MISS IS BOUNCING BACK FOR ANOTHER ROUND AT DREAMLAND, MARGATE ON THE 13TH & 14TH OF APRIL 2018. DAVE BOOKER FROM KENT BAND ‘SURGERY WITHOUT RESEARCH’ SHARES WHAT MAKES THIS FESTIVAL SPECIAL & WHY YOU SHOULD GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

I have attended every Undercover festival since it started life as a 3 dayer at Bisley Pavilion 5 years ago. Undercover five though was my first in attendance as part of the acts!

Very chuffed that Surgery Without Research were asked to play and the fact that the festival was in its new home of Dreamland in Margate was an added bonus as this is our home turf.

Bisley was an excellent venue but circumstances change and after a year in Brighton we are now reaping the benefits of having the best independent Alternative Music Festival here in Thanet.

One of the things that sticks out about Undercover is the atmosphere. I have never ever seen one bit of trouble with the crowd and everyone is always smiling and having a good time. There is always an eclectic mix of bands and therefore a similarly diverse audience and a varied age range too. Despite this everyone gets along and this is what really makes for a great event.

There are local bands on the bill, young up and coming bands, established acts and big name headliners. Every year I have seen new bands that the organiser and Mr Undercover himself, Mick Moriarty, has championed and given a chance to. Many of these acts have shot up the popularity charts as a consequence. This is the place to get in and see them first!

A great example of this is the excellent Riskee & The Ridicule. A local band from Ashford in Kent that I first saw at Undercover festival some years ago. At the time Mick had been telling me about them and how good they were. I was amongst a select few who saw them that day and immediately thought they were great, so much so I bought the album there and then. Time moves on and they are regularly pulling in a crowd wherever they play. So it was great to see them back at Undercover V where they smashed it with an excellent set. Not even letting a small thing like broken guitar strings stop them in their tracks.

There are two stages in close proximity to each other so it’s easy to flit from one to the other. As a band is finishing on the Main Stage you can then take the short walk to the smaller Scootering Magazine Stage. One minute you might be watching Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band and then fancy some classic Punk with the Angelic Upstarts! It really is a great mix, young bands like Skaciety, old Mods with Chords UK, classic Canvey Islanders Eddie & the Hot Rods, Tom Robinson, Dr & The Medics and Jilted John to name just a few.

I don’t know anybody that has attended one of these festivals that didn’t enjoy it and didn’t want to come back. It may sound like a cliché but you really do make new friends here as I can contest to when pitching my tent next to a couple of top blokes one year at Bisley and been mates ever since.

I was so pleased when I heard that Undercover is coming back to Dreamland for 2018. This time in April with another superb line-up including Sham 69 (Pursey/Parsons/Treganna/Guy), The Blockheads, Roddy Radiation, Kirk Brandon. Once again some local favourites too like, Russ Crimewave, The Warriors, The Commited and I’m pleased to say us lot, Surgery Without Research, are back also.

We want Margate to become the permanent home of Undercover Festival and in order to do that it needs all of you music lovers out there to come along and support it. There’s no point in moaning

one day that there’s no live music locally anymore if you don’t get off the sofa and down to these events. When it’s no longer there you will regret it, so use it or lose it! Get your weekend tickets or day tickets if you can’t do both. People pay more than the price of an Undercover weekend ticket to go and see just one act at certain gigs so you’re getting a bargain when you see what’s on here. Check out the website at
http://www.undercoverfest.com and I’ll see you down the front! Cheers.

Dave Booker.