Botany Bay features in new Foals music video

The Foals video was shot at Botany Bay

Botany Bay features in the latest music video released by English rock band Foals today.

The bay provides the backdrop for the song which is the closer on the Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2 album.

The band, formed in 2005, has a current line-up of lead vocalist and lead guitarist Yannis Philippakis, drummer and percussionist Jack Bevan, rhythm guitarist Jimmy Smith and keyboardist Edwin Congreave. They are signed to Warner Records.

Botany Bay has also featured in a music video by Emile Sande and been the backdrop for Vera – with Brenda Blethyn- and a Burberry ad campaign amongst others.

Thanet’s title as a film and fashion shoot hotspot has grown over the last decade – and more than 70 productions chose the isle as a location, shooting for a total of 111 days, in the 2018/19 financial year.

The filming boom is aided by Thanet council’s dedicated film officer Sharon Kelley, who works closely with the Kent Film Office (KCC) to liaise with production companies.

Based on the size of the crews and the length of time they stayed in the area it is estimated that the benefit to the local economy is in excess of £304,000, just for that one year..


  1. Great, so we’ll be bombarded this summer by visitors thinking Botany Bay is the place to be. No parking, no toilets, nowhere to buy anything, cars on people’s drives, people fighting over the 9 car spaces available. Let’s see what TDC do about it this year… absolutely nothing. Never mind I’m sure all those traders in Margate won’t worry that hundreds of day trippers are sent to Botany Bay instead of Margate Main sands. Nuts!!

    • Wow that’s a very negative view on things.
      I think it’s great for Thanet.
      It’s a good job that there are people in Thanet who welcome these things isn’t it.

    • Exactly.

      TDC sees itself as a branch of South London’s social services. Not a business or organisation to benefit local businesses or residents.

      The £300k a year “benefit to the local economy” excuse for the vanity kick is pitiful

  2. Kathy, have a word with Sharon Kelly, I bet she’s never been to Botany Bay! How did TDC afford to appoint a dedicated Film officer, but can’t afford to pay for someone to work out where they should send day trippers. Crazy! Please let them know about the issues the residents in Botany Road and Percy Avenue have had in the past.

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