UnFest Map

Please be aware that because everyone is playing for the love, the ‘time schedules’ displayed on each day will be flexible.

UNFEST 26 MAY 2017


The Forum

The launch for the unfest weekend is on the 27th May, FREE tickets available (PLUS exclusive Friday Unfest Tshirts and stuff) >> HERE <<

Performing this year 

7:30pm  Orestea

8:20pm  Top Cat Collective

9.10pm  Joeyfat

9:59pm  #oneminuteformanchester

10.00pm  Standard Lamps

10:45pm The Bay Rays

PLUS Philip O Fish & Beat Wellington - Superstar DJs from the gehtto of the Pantiles.

The Sussex Arms

9:00pm Riff Raff

9:45pm The Sweeney

The Royal Oak

8:30pm  The Velvet Goldmine

9:45pm  Higgs and the Bosons

King William IV [Pembury]

7:00pm  Kaos Roadshow


Art & Words

Photography exhibition from Molly Smith

UNFEST 27 MAY 2017

The Forum

Main stage (Doors 1:00pm)

1:00pm Shep!

1:30pm  Vispers

2:00pm TED Talks - Nick Hammond, Ring Pull Man 

2:45pm  Higgs and the Bosons

3:30pm  Joanna Louise Parker

4:15pm  I Am Aquitaine

5:00pm  TED Talks - Jordon Jones

5:45pm  Glassmaps

6:30pm  Kid Kapichi

7:15pm  Billionaire

8:00pm  Youth

8:45pm  WAX

9:30pm  Lady Bird

10:15pm  Lectures

11:00pm - 1:00am  Lunar Rhythms DJ Set

The George

1:00pm - 7:00pm  Hype Vibes  [DJ's]


Art & Words

Photography exhibition from Molly Smith

King William IV [Pembury]

12:30pm  Daniel Gurney

1:00pm  The Sea Rockets

1:30pm  Jon McDevitt

2:20pm  Arthur O'Hara

3:00pm  Insane Society

4:00pm  Strawberry Blue

4:45pm  Frankie Swain

5:30pm  Sivix

6:15pm  Steve Hewitt

7:00pm  Second Helpin

7:45pm  MoVe OvEr DaLi

8:30pm  Jason Lloyd-Bevis

9:15pm  Si Genaro (BBCs The Voice)

10:00pm  Duvet Dogs

The Ragged Trousers

from 12.00pm Unfest playlists, peace, love and lunch.

The Royal Oak

3:00pm  Repligators

4:00pm  Feed the Fish

5:00pm  Faded Shades

6:00pm  Ebsen

7:00pm  Kachi

8:00pm  Pete and Friends

9:00pm  Fox Force Five

Sussex Arms

1.00pm  Alex Wallace DJ

8:00pm - 12:00pm  Eclectric Jam

Basement Stage (downstairs)

2:25pm  The Gallerys

3:20pm  Suncharmer

4:15pm  Method Actress

5:05pm  Spire Cranes vs Code:Marla

5:55pm  Nun Slayer

6:45pm  Lower Slaughter

7:30pm   Dissociates

8:15pm  Atlas Shrunk

9:00pm  We Are Bandicoot

9:45pm  Fishhead

Local & Live Stage (Sussex Mews) 

2:00pm  Hamish Donald

2:40pm  Emily Izen Row

3:20pm  Jack Clarke

4:00pm  John McLane  

4:40pm  Hannigan

6:00pm  Nate Austin

6:40pm  Thomas Ashby

7:30pm  Eliza Lewis

8:00pm  The Floodgates

8:50pm  Josh Renton

The TWBC Museum

From 10:00am - 1pm


Paul Cheese Recording Studio

Live music and spoken word

Coffee and tea stall

Postcards From The Hedge 

UNFEST 28 MAY 2017

The Forum

Main stage (Doors 1:00pm)

1:00pm  DJ Alex Wallace / DJ Matty Dread / DJ Karl

1:30pm  Naming of Things

2:00pm  Dave Holman

2:45pm  Bombay Monkey

3:30pm  DCW Briggs

4:15pm  Alex Metcalfe's Catastrophic Organ Failure

5:00pm  Lady Bird (DJ Set)

6:10pm  Hunters Loaf

7:00pm  Night Without Sleep

7:50pm  Jellyskin

8:35pm  Joeythin

9:30pm  Dead Ceremony

10:15pm  Lily & Jessie Denning

11:00pm - 1:00am  Recent Vegan Dj Set

The George

1:00pm - 7:00pm  Cozy in the Garden [DJ's]

1.30pm  Paper Swan Press Presents "A Game Of Two Halves"

Featuring Abegail Morley, Jess Mookherjee, Jill Munro, Daniel Culmer and Susan Evans

6.00pm  Jazz Funk Giants


Art & Words

Photography exhibition from Molly Smith

King William IV [Pembury]

1:00pm  Ukelear Fallout

1:45pm  Flick Bennett

2:10pm  Natalie Moore

2:30pm  Alley Devils

3:20pm  One Night Love Affair (Mark & Amy)

3:40pm  Revellation (Sophie & Jason)

4:30pm  Tom Alexander Haacke

5:15pm  Dickie Ticker

6:15pm  Lee Willz

7:00pm  Blackadder

The Ragged Trousers

Unfest playlists, peace, love and lunch.

The Royal Oak

3:00pm  The Harveys

4:00pm  Ukelear Fallout

5:00pm  Eleusia

6:00pm  Dan Sumner

7:00pm  Cardinal Fink

8:00pm  Nate Austin

9:00pm  The Harveys

Sussex Arms

12:00pm - 8:00pm  DJ Abstruse and the Inscrutable Few

8:00pm - 12:00am  Vinyl Tap

Basement Stage (downstairs)

3:30pm  White Heat

4:15pm  Lee Martin

5:00pm  Mitch Emery

5:35pm  Shelbyville

6:20pm  Tarot Rats

7:00pm  Sarah Tonin

8:00pm  Boogaloo Dudes

9:15pm  Pillows

9:30pm  **Chris Cornell Tribute**

10:30pm  Operation Kino

Local & Live Stage (Sussex Mews)

2:00pm  Gronk

2:40pm  Hannah Richards

3:20pm  Alana Hazzard

4:00pm  Roberto Piacazo

4:35pm  Paul Monham

5:10pm  Bison

5:50pm  Lui Peng

6:30pm  Harry Whitty

7:15pm  Kyla & Nat

8:00pm  Alex Beharrell

9:00pm  The Varlies

UNFEST 29 MAY 2017

The Forum

1:00pm  Frost

1:30pm  Amber Anderton

2:00pm  Spyplane

2:45pm  Darcie Mountney

3:30pm  Kelly Bourne

4:15pm  Uplift

5:00pm  Tierz

6:00pm  TWUNTS


Art & Words

Photography exhibition from Molly Smith

The Royal Oak

Sussex Arms

1:00pm - 8:00pm  One Man and his Decks

Local & Live Stage (Sussex Mews)

1:15pm  Benjamin Lewes

1:50pm  Jack Leon Mackey

2:25pm  Milly McCarron

3:05pm  Mark Morriss

3:50pm  Migden & Gibson

4:45pm  Joe Ackerley

5:20pm  Poppy Raine

5:55pm  Steffan James

6:35pm  Paul Dunton Orchestra

7:20pm  Harley and Woods




Unfest is an annual local music and arts fringe festival for Tunbridge Wells and the SouthEast region.


Unfest is held every Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May. In 2017 it will be held on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th May.


The festival centres around The Forum on Fonthill and its sister pubs on the Pantiles, The Ragged Trousers and Sussex Arms.

In 2014 we were delighted to be joined by several affiliated venues. 2017 venues will be announced soon.


The festival is curated by the volunteers who work year round at The Forum. It aims to showcase the town’s independent spirit: its music venue, it’s businesses, its music and art - with three days of free entry to see the best of what is being created and hosted in Tunbridge Wells.

Unfest is named for, and curated by Unlabel – the Forum-based independent record label founded in 1996 to highlight the town’s flourishing underground music scene, and which has gone on to work with bands throughout the UK and beyond.


Unfest is a largely free, not-for-profit festival (another reason for the ‘un’). It is made possible by organisers giving their time for free, musicians playing for free, and venues providing their space for free.


More info on Unlabel:

The Forum listings:

Excellent Unfest videos from Francesca Daisy Hill showing everything Unfest from music to wildlife:
Unfest 2012
Unfest 2011
(Shot on a Braun Nizo 561 macro super 8!)


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