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Article by Editorial | 13th April 2019

Countdown To Canterbury's Summer Festival

After the resounding success of last year’s first ever City Sound Project In The Park, the exciting two-day summertime festival returns to Dane John Gardens.

Canterbury had long needed a dedicated summertime festival. It was missing a standalone music and arts event within the city walls. City Sound Project set out to change that and in 2018 created “CSP In The Park”.Now a staple in Kent’s events/social calendar and nominated in the Visit Kent Tourism Awards 2018, CSP In The Park has truly established itself as Canterbury’s Summer Festival – and is set to return for 2019 when it once again takes over the entire Dane John Gardens for the Bank Holiday weekend 4th and 5th May. 

The exciting two-day, free-to-enter event will, once again, deliver full festival production and some of the most impressive musicians, artists and performers from around the world, alongside the best hand-picked local talent. It stands as a celebration of all that Canterbury has to offer in music, culture and arts. 

Last year a staggering 16,000 people enjoyed the free festival and this year organisers expect more than 20,000 people, of all ages, through the gates, across the two days, making it central Canterbury’s single biggest music event, ever!  

Countdown to party in the park

Expect a diverse, cross-genre, line-up of acts ranging from full brass bands to spoken word poets and a whole array of other performers, artists, DJs, comedians and musicians. 

Children can enjoy their own
special area too, with face-painting, street entertainers, workshops and a dedicated second stage programmed with a host of acts perfect for little ones.

And on the side

Alongside the live entertainment, boutique bars and a range of the best street-food vendors will line the side of the park, as well as independent and unique traders aplenty. In line with the grassroots ethos of the festival, a firm dedication to championing local businesses will be upheld, with a large majority of traders already operating within the city walls or being based within the immediate area. Expect nothing but the best and most interesting locally-sourced food and drink that Canterbury and the surrounding villages have to offer. 

Organisers are delighted to announce that this year Chapel Down will host their own area of the event, complete with fully stocked bar offering the full range of Chapel Down products (Curious Brew, English wines/sparkling wines, as well as their vodkas and gins). 

More news for this year… 

• CSP In The Park will have a presence and area for performances on the Whitefriars Shopping Plaza. Part of the expansion plans for 2019 to extend the physical area, this will bring performances to an even wider audience. 

• The final addition to this year’s festival is the two-night After Dark series of official after-party events at Westgate Hall. From 8pm each evening (Saturday and Sunday) CSP will be continuing the festival activities ‘after dark’, transforming Westgate Hall into a traditional barn dance, complete with hay bales, live performances and partying set to go into the wee hours. 

Something for everyone!

Whether you want to lounge on the grass with a cider in the sun, spend some quality time with your family, get down to an amazing band, or dance away into the evening to a wicked DJ, CSP In The Park aims to deliver families and revellers alike the perfect day out to start summer and transform the Dane John Gardens into an amazing unmissable British festival experience unlike anything Canterbury has seen before! 

Impressive line-up

This year festival-goers can indulge in an even larger line-up including: 

• The Cuban Brothers 

• No Limit Street Band

• Local heroes High Tide 

• London-based Josephine and The Artisans delivering their unique Hip-Hopera show (yes, a fusion of Hip-Hop and, you heard it right, OPERA)

• Massaoke – an amazing live band playing the greatest pop, indie and rock anthems of all time and the crowd sings along, guided by big screen lyrics. 

CSP In The Park, the city’s ultimate free-to-enter music and arts festival, takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend
of 4th & 5th May. For more information, visit cspinthepark.com

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