UPDATE: Ramblin’ Man Festival announce more acts to accompany ZZ Top on stage in Maidstone

PUBLISHED: 10:03 23 January 2017




Monster Truck, Kansas, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and The Quireboys are amongst the other acts announced so far

Following on from the critically acclaimed and commercially successful second year in 2016, Ramblin’ Man Fair returns in 2017.

Rambling Man Fair first announced bands such as ZZ Top (main stage headliner / UK festival exclusive), Monster Truck, Jared James Nichols, Kansas (Prog in the Park stage headliner), Magnum, Joanne Shaw Taylor (Blues stage headliner), The Quireboys (performing an exclusive Blues set), Big Boy Bloater and Dan Baird and Homemade Sin (Outlaw Country stage) for this year’s festival but have now announced more.

Extreme are one of the best loved rock bands of the last 30 years, selling more than 15 million albums worldwide. The band have released five studio albums including the multi-million selling Pornograffitti, which spawned the hits singles Get The Funk Out, Decadence Dance and the acoustic ballad More Than Words which hit number one in the USA Billboard 100 charts and going onto to become a global hit single.

“There will always be a special place for the UK in our hearts. Way before More Than Words hit around the world, The UK was “Getting The Funk Out”. Recognizing Extreme as a rock band first and foremost has and will always connect us. Cannot wait to rock with you at Ramblin’ Man,” said Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt

Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone, added: “We are honoured to be headlining the Ramblin’ Man Fair. EXTREME has always had a special relationship with the UK fans and we look forward to a great night.”

Formed in 1979, Dokken have sold over 10 million albums worldwide. Their classic 1988 live album Beast From The East was nominated for the inaugural Grammy Award For Best Metal Performance in 1989. That year also saw the band split only to reform four years later. Consummate live performers and one of the pre-eminent metal acts of the 80’s Dokken will play the mainstage of Ramblin’ Man Fair as a 2017 UK exclusive.

There are few artists whose names are synonymous with one instrument and how it’s played in service to an entire genre. Utter the phrase ‘young country blues rock guitarist’ within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard and tKenny Wayne Shepherd will come up. The Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has sold millions of albums while throwing singles into the top 10.

Based in sunny Los Angeles, California, Rival Sons evoke the bluesy rock of bands like Led Zeppelin and the Black Crowes. Formed in 2008, the quartet of Scott Holiday (guitar), Robin Everhart (bass), Mike Miley (drums), and Jay Buchanan (vocals) captures that massively huge, guitar-driven classic rock sound, with rock-solid drumming and a riff-oriented approach to song writing backing up Buchanan’s soaring vocals.

The festival will take place in the beautiful Mote Park in Maidstone. The park is one of the largest in South East England with more than 450 acres of mature parkland and a 30-acre lake. With multiple travel links via train (Ashford International, Maidstone East and Maidstone West in close proximity) and road (with three park and rides available around Maidstone).

The festival takes place on July 29 and 30.

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