Kent punk duo Slaves set to headline Wheels and Fins festival

Punk-rock duo Slaves are set to headline and curate the line-up at this year’s Wheels and Fins music festival.

The weekender which takes place at Joss Bay, Broadstairs features surf and skate competitions as well as a DnB night on Sunday, September 8 which is curated by famed electronic label, Hospital Records.

Slaves headline the sea-facing Light House Main Stage on Saturday, September 7.

Formed in Tunbridge Wells, their mix of rap, punk and rock captured the nation’s attention and their debut single Where’s Your Car Debbie? caught the attention of record giant, Virgin EMI.

An appearance on Later… with Jools Holland, a nomination for BBC’s Sound of 2015 and a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their debut album, Are You Satisfied followed.

Laurie Vincent and Issac Holman of Slaves have handpicked a bill of breaking talent including, Willie J Healey, Lady Bird, Queen Zee, Para Fiction, Hockeysmith, FEET, MarthaGunn, and Ditz. The duo are no strangers to Thanet having previously played Tom Thumb Theatre in Cliftonville.

Wheels and Fins Founder Dave Melmoth (pictured) says securing the Kent duo will ensure a thrilling festival experience. He said: Having Slaves involved was a total no brainer for us. With the success of The Libertines curating the line-up in 2018, we needed something energetic, credible and in your face – and there’s no denying that Slaves are that band.

He added: “Personally, I love a bit of punk plus these dudes are from Kent so they’re the perfect fit for the festival – it’ll be sick to see them rock out on home turf. Watch out for this one, it’s going to go off,” he said.

So far, the 2019 lineup includes a Hospital Records Takeover with drum ‘n’ bass legends, S.P.Y, Kings Of The Rollers, Logistics, Nu:Tone and more, and spanning all things electronic, a Ministry of Sound Takeover featuring Noisia, Redlight, DJ Zinc, Barley Legal plus other leading names

Adult day tickets start from £40, weekend tickets from £75, or a VIP experience with access to the VIP area, private bar and luxury toilets costs from £80 for the day, or £150 for the weekend.

Wheels and Fins takes place between Saturday 7 – Sunday 8, September.