Everything you need to know about the Margate Mod weekender this Bank Holiday

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Mods will be riding into Margate for the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Scooters and parkas will be out in force along the seafront, some 50 years after those infamous beach battles with the ‘Rockers’ on Margate sands.

Organisers from Great British Music & Culture are putting on a packed programme of music and events on Margate seafront and at Olby’s Soul Café and The Dug Out in the Old Town.

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Margate has a long association with the Mod scene starting way before those headline grabbing days and continuing throughout the end of the last century with a strong local scene, great bands, clubs and scooter runs.

The Mod weekender will celebrate that culture with live acts, internationally renowned and local DJs, a scooter run and show, market and record fair.


Friday, May 26

Grammy winner James Hunter, who has been compared to the great Sam Cooke, Ska Shack and DJs

Saturday, May 27

12-5pm – outside market, Bongolian and  Cat Black on stage and DJs

9pm-4am -Pretty Things, who have influenced the careers of The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and The Ramones to name just a few, take to the stage. Plus DJs, Garage/Psych

Sunday, May 28

12-5pm, market, scooter cruise and competition, Beatniks and The Gallerys on stage

9pm-6am – Northern Soul all-nighter

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Weekend tickets £35

Discounts on multi purchase Buy 4 = £125 or Buy 10= £315

Day Wristbands (Friday £15/Saturday £15/ Sunday £10)

Go to http://www.gbmusicculture.co.uk/

Get the clobber

Want authentic Mod clothes? Pop into Margate’s Rat Race at 34-36 High Street.

Fancy a drink or something to eat?

Check out the Harbour Arm for bars and cafes as well as everything from Pete’s fish and chips to Cinnamon Spice, Woodys, GB Pizza, the Harbour Cafe, Cafe G and more on the Piazza running up to Morgans and Sands in the town.

There will also be street food at Dreamland’s new ‘The Friendliest Food Court Ever’ which will be open until 11pm Friday and 10pm Saturday to Monday . Try out the Pizzalino, Acapulco Taco, Polite Panda, Fish Shack, Birdy Rock and Roly Poly!


Well, if you have a scooter you might just be able to park in the middle of it all! Otherwise there are spaces at the Harbour Arm and the car park in Sidney Place as well as the town’s two multi-storeys at Mill Lane and Morissons (College Square).

For even more bikes…

The Margate Meltdown with Ace Cafe comes to Margate for the tenth year on Monday, May 29

Margate seafront and harbour is given over to motorcycles and scooters, diverse club and trade stands and, from noon, a stage with live entertainment, including rockin’ DJ Bill Guntrip.

Margate Meltdown is the most recently established ride out from Ace Café London and their chosen charity for this event is The Royal British Legion Riders Branch.