Many consider Margate Rock & Blues their “Gig of the Year” and this year’s all-dayer brings together four amazing headline acts for the price of one-and-a-quarter.

THE RUTLES, featuring original members Ron Nasty (Neil Innes) and Barry Wom (John Halsey), make a rare live appearance, singing hits from the cult movie, All You Need Is Cash (The Rutles) and beyond. Expect all the classics, including ‘Cheese & Onions,’ ‘I Must Be In Love,’ ‘Piggy In The Middle,’ and ‘Ouch!’.

On January 21, 1959, the Rutles story began at 43 Egg Lane, Liverpool, where Ron Nasty and Dirk McQuickly first bumped into each other. Ron invited Dirk to help him stand up. Dirk, merely an amateur drinker, agreed and on that spot a legend was created, a legend that will last a lunchtime. They were soon to be joined by Stig O’Hara, a guitarist of no fixed hairstyle, but it would be another two years before they found their regular drummer, Barrington Womble, hiding in the van. When they did, they persuaded him to change his name to save time and change his haircut to save Brylcreem. He became simply Barry Wom.

The Legendary King of Sixties Mod Soul & Blues: Back in the heady days of the 1960s, GENO WASHINGTON & THE RAM JAM BAND were Britain’s hardest working live band. Their shows were immortalised in two of the biggest selling albums of the decade: Hand Clappin’ Foot Stompin’ Funky Butt Live and Hipsters Flipsters and Finger Poppin’ Daddies.

US-born Geno’s status as the undisputed “King of Soul” was cemented forever by Kevin Rowland and Dexy’s Midnight Runners in the 1980s with the world-wide number one smash hit single, ‘Geno.’ Still as active in his seventies as he was back in the 1960s, Geno has lost none of the old magic. He and the band (including full horn section) promise to deliver a blistering set of Soul and Blues classics to send us home with smiles on our faces.

British soul pioneers KOKOMO first came together in 1973 and feature some of Britain’s finest musicians and vocalists, recruited from bands such as Arrival, Joe Cocker’s Grease Band, and King Crimson. They released three albums, the second of which, Rise & Shine, was described as “the finest British funk album of the 1970s”.

Kokomo headlined the seminal ‘Naughty Rhythms’ tour alongside Dr Feelgood and Chilli Willi & the Red Hot Peppers, and became one of the biggest live acts of the time. Seven of the ten original members have reformed Kokomo and their reputation as one of the UK’s very finest “groove” units remains intact. If close harmonies and foot-tappin’ rhythms are your thing, you should not miss a second!

Special guest JOHN OTWAY first achieved notoriety with his eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test in 1977 and his subsequent hit single, ‘Really Free’. He had to wait twenty-five years for his next hit, ‘Bunsen Burner’. To celebrate his 60th birthday, Otway produced a documentary film, Otway the Movie: The Story of Rock n Roll’s Greatest Failure. It was subsequently shown in cinemas nationwide and voted the second best film of 2012 by readers of The Guardian newspaper.

As well as these wonderful live acts, Margate Rock & Blues 2018 also boasts two of the country’s best DJs…

Former Capital Radio DJ and presenter on Channel 4 TV’s The Tube, WENDY MAY, returns to Margate with her highly acclaimed Locomotion DJ set, hosting the main stage and playing top-notch Rhythm & Blues, Ska, Blues, and Punk discs between acts.

In the Seaside Bar, DEEJAY WHEELIE-BAG plays his selection of rare vinyl 45s and performs with his unique mix of music and cabaret, with quizzes and role-play games thrown in for good (or bad) measure. He invites audience participation and includes somewhat surreal games with even stranger prizes — all obtained at huge expense from the exclusive Dalston Pound Shop.

2018 Running Order
(subject to alteration).

16:00 – Doors open: Wendy May’s Locomotion (DJ) playing great music all day

16:30 – John Otway

18:00 – Kokomo

19:50 – The Rutles

21:45 – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band

Deejay Wheelie-Bag in the Seaside Bar from 16:30pm