Bluesky Pie Records’ Top 10 Kent Bands To See in 2018

A new year means new music, and boy do we have a whole host of bands for you lovely lot to be excited about! Not only are these bands fresh and up-and-coming, celebrating incredible independent and grassroots music, but they are all homegrown and from Kent! We have compiled this definitive guide (in no particular order) of the best bands you should be checking out live in the garden of England this year.


“Dreamy lo-fi pop diluted with heavy dose of psychedelia”, these boys are main players in the Canterbury music scene, having supported the likes of Gengahr and Nzca Lines.

Next live show: April 7th @ This Is Psychedelia 2018, Folkestone Quarterhouse


Crybaby Special

Medway titans with an “um-pap-pah heavy back beat, they take the best of British ska and have carried it forward with an infectious uncompromising gypsy punk attitude that is sure to get you off your chair and onto the dance floor.”

Next live shows: January 8th @ Poco Loco, Chatham / January 12th @ The Islington, London / March 17th @ Aces and Eights, London



Medway’s Eleusia are “a band who are in their element live. Bluesy garage rock, with elements of funk rock.”

Next live show: January 20th @ Campbell Road Music / Artists Studios, Brighton


Solar Nineties

Margate five piece “writing Britpop influenced songs featuring melodic vocals, chiming guitars and a driving rhythm section.”

Next live show: TBC, but these guys gig frequently and have new music is coming out in January


Flawless Carbon

“A unique blend of British and American influences provides a sonic backdrop for this Faversham powerhouse, where parallels can be drawn with the likes of Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart, and John Mayer and Joanne Shaw Taylor.”

Next live show: January 18th @ The 100 Club, London


Winners of Dreamland’s Battle of the Bands competition, this young Canterbury band mix contemporary blues rock with twists of classic 60s/70s rock and roll.

Next live show: TBC, but they have a handful of shows every month


Feisty garage rock duo from the Medway music scene. Expect high powered energy and dirty riffs.

Next live show: January 12th @ Poco Loco, Chatham

Broken Banjo

Described as “a furious live act, with visceral power and an intoxicating energy. Though buried under layers of sweat and howling rage, Broken Banjo have a soulful core and a mean ear for a hook.”

Next live show: TBC, but they gig frequently

Tokyo Tea Room

One of Canterbury’s best known bands, Tokyo Tea Room bring a psychedelic edge to a hook driven indie pop sound. “Visions of fuzzy guitar tones and ocean deep vocals.”

Next live show: TBC, but they gig frequently

Frau Pouch

BBC6 Music are fans of this off the wall trio from the Medway area that play no wave, sci-fi loving, art punk noise.

Next live show: January 26th @ Poco Loco, Chatham


Jasleen Dhindsa
Author: Jasleen Dhindsa

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