Published: Monday, 11th June 2018

There’s less than a month to go until Rochester Castle Concerts returns with five nights of live music in the picturesque castle gardens.

This year we will welcome the Australian Pink Floyd Show, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Ronan Keating, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra to Rochester from Tuesday, 10 to Saturday, 14 July.

Thousands of people will visit historic Rochester and dance under the stars during the concerts and it is not too late to book your tickets. However, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey has now sold out.

This year we’re celebrating 25 years of Castle Concerts which is held in the safe environment of the castle gardens. Over the years the concerts have grown from a small series of music events to a highlight in the Kent concert calendar and artists, such as Craig David, Van Morrison and Blondie have previously performed at the castle.

We have also announced that Ronan Keating will perform on Thursday, 12 July, with special guest, The Only Way is Essex TV personality turned country star, Megan McKenna.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, will feature Gilson Lavis with special guest Marc Almond and guest vocalists Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Rosie Mae on Wednesday, 11 July.

Special guests Jo Appleby, Oliver Tompsett and the Hertfordshire Chorus, conducted by Michael Reed, and Stringfever, will join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the castle Proms on Saturday, 14 July. The picnic style concert will have the audience waving their flags as the Castle Concerts series draws to a close. Dancing water fountains and a spectacular firework display will make the perfect finale for the family event.

Tickets and information

Customers can buy tickets online at, by calling 01634 338 338 or by visiting The Brook or Central Theatres in Chatham or the Visitor Information Centre in Rochester High Street.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, Cllr Howard Doe, said: “We’re looking forward to celebrating 25 years of the Castle Concerts series this year. We have some fantastic acts and we can’t wait to welcome thousands of residents and visitors to the picturesque castle gardens. I would encourage residents to book their tickets soon to avoid disappointment.”

In previous years, visitors raised concerns to us about unpleasant behaviour during the concerts, suspected to be caused by people bringing in an unlimited amount of alcohol. Therefore, to ensure overall safety and enjoyment, we will now be following live music events best practice, similar to other concerts of this nature. No drinks - except for sealed plastic bottles of water - will be allowed into the Castle Concerts from Tuesday to Friday. Drinks will only be allowed to be brought in for the Saturday night picnic-style Proms concert, however, no glass is permitted with the exception of pressurised corked bottles, such as Champagne, sparkling wine and prosecco. Food can be brought in for all five nights.

A range of stalls selling food and drink will be available in the castle gardens and card payments will be accepted.   

Please remember, gates will open at 5pm for the Tuesday to Friday concerts and at 3pm for Proms (Saturday).

Keep an eye on and the Castle Concerts Facebook and Twitter accounts (@castleconcerts) for updates and information.

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