Your guide to what’s on offer at the 2018 Wheels & Fins Festival

Sports and music for Wheels & Fins FestivalPhoto Adam Dark

It is almost time for the biggest Wheels & Fins Festival ever at Joss Bay.

The action sports and music event, now in its sixth year, has a massive list of headliners including The Libertines, Feeder, Faithless DJ set and the Tim Peaks coffee shop and stage. In all there are more than 80 live acts across 3 stages – main, dance and Tim Peaks.

Wheels and Fins Festival 2017 Photo Adam Dark

Also at the festival, which runs from September 7-9, will be skateboarding (UK Mini Ramp Champs), surfing, stand up paddle boarding, beach DJs,  environmental workshops, lifesaving demo’s and competitions, street food, epic beverages and plenty of dancing by the sea.

There is also camping, including luxury yurts and bell tents.


Main Stage

Friday 7th September – Faithless (DJ Set)

Saturday 8th September – Feeder

Sunday 9th September – The Libertines host the Sharabang festival (see below)

Dance Stage

Friday 7th September – High Contrast

Saturday 8th September – Sub Focus DJ Set & ID

Sunday 9th September – Example & DJ Wire

Other artists performing include: Friction, Camo & Krooked, Kideko, Phillip George, TCTS, Wide Eyed Boy, Reigning Days, Frazer, Hey Charlie, The Luka State, Jess Bays, Josh Parkinson, Shapes, Collyer Twins, The Wholls, Asylums, Solar Nineties, Theatre Royal, Raturous, Autopilot, HVMM, Meister, Waco, Danny Allen, Nik C, DJ Twisted Fish, Steve Zest, Enthus, Trial & Error and The Boombox Experimen and the Totally Wired DJs.

The Libertines Sharabang fest

The Libertines Photo Roger Sargent

The band, made up of Peter Doherty – vocals/guitar, Carl Barât – vocals/guitar, John Hassall – bass guitar and Gary Powell – drums, will host their Sharabang Fest on the last day of the action sports and music event on September 9.

Sharabang line-up

Echo & The Bunnymen – one of Peter and Carl’s favourite bands, led by frontman Ian McCulloch. They have released many timeless classics such as ‘The Killing Moon,’ ‘The Back Of Love,’ ‘The Cutter,’ ‘Bring on the Dancing Horses,’ ‘A Promise,’ ’Lips Like Sugar’ and so many more.

Reverend & The Makers – have long been friends of The Libertines and in singer Jon ‘the Reverend’ McClure, can boast one of the true natural    frontmen of the modern era. McClure, along with long time songwriting partner Ed Cosens have a passion for truth, a loathing of injustice and a belief that music should have something to say.

Cabbage – ‘serving up an idiosyncratic, satirical attack in the form of   neo post-punk’(their words) are from Mossley and one of The Libertines fa-vourite new bands.

Mic Righteous – British rapper who has collaborated with Emeli Sandé and Ed Sheeran. A local Margate boy and neighbour of The Libertines, he recently joined them onstage at the Roundhouse for ‘Hoping For Palestine’.

Lock – new wonder women on the block, led by Libertines family members, sisters Edie and Gita Langley. Have been described by The Sunday Times as “a brooding, storm-tossed, Fleetwood Mac”.

Zuzu – rising stars from Liverpool, led by Zuzu herself, take their influence from the likes of Pavement, The Beatles and Bright Eyes. The Libertines heard them, loved them, and immediately added them to the lineup.

Chas and Dave have cancelled tour dates due to illness.

Tim Peaks Diner

On Friday, September 7 the Tim Peaks stage will feature Gemma Moon, Crybaby Special, Zachery Stephenson and Totally Wired DJs

On Saturday, September 8 it will be  Dirty Laces, Tom ‘Mouse’ Smith, Drawstring and Totally Wired DJs and on Sunday, September 9 acts will be Deja Vega, Average Sex, Autopilot, Meister, Delights and the Totally Wired DJs.

The Charlatans lead singer Tim Burgess will bring the Tim Peaks travelling festival stage/ coffee shop, after getting an invite from The Libertines – there will even be a Libertines tea on offer!

Find the full festival line-up by day here

Mini Ramps

Wheels and Fins Festival 2017 Photo Adam Dark

Wheels and Fins will once again host the 2018 UK Mini Ramps Champs. In 2017 the event was live streamed, in partnership with Bou Mou Productions, globally to an audience of 270,000 live viewers. It gained 2 million Facebook impressions of the competition alone in the first week after the event. Nic Powley of Skate Pharmacy will again oversee the judging with the help of Dan Cates (Death Skateboards).

This year will include the introduction of the women’s competition and Lucy Adams, of Skateboard England, will oversee this and ensure fair play.

Sam Watling

Sam Watling (pictured) of Revolution Skatepark will be running a junior competition and Marc Churchell will be present as the live stream presenter.Ben Powell will be comp MC.

King Ramps have again designed the ramp for the festival.

Prize Money will be men’s – £2000, women’s – £2000 and juniors – Prizes

The festival also offers camping, a VIP area, the Boombox Experiment with a number of nationally renowned DJ’s playing sets on Joss Bay beach and an athlete’s lounge.

The huge music line-up has been negotiated by festival organisers, brothers Dave and Dan Melmoth, and legendary Supernova Entertainments boss  Richard Beck.

Find a full list of ticket prices here

Camping Tickets:  

Weekend (Fri – Sun) £115.00

Limited child tickets

Prices subject to booking fee

See website for glamping options

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