Fifth RockthePav showcase returns to Broadstairs for bank holiday

The Rhythm Shack will perform at RockthePav

This bank holiday Monday afternoon is the date not to miss for a free mini festival of live music featuring rock, soul, blues, funk and much more at the Pavilion in Harbour Street, Broadstairs.

From midday on May 8 music fans are invited to celebrate the fifth annual RockthePav showcase that is dedicated to raising funds through donations for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Since 2018 the series of shows has raised more than £9,000 for charity and the organisers are hopeful that the busy bank holiday community spirit will encourage visitors to enjoy top rate live performances.

Starfire 98

The line-up features The Rhythm Shack, Starfire 98, The King Johnson Trio and The Joey Bluesbreaker Band ensuring a strong mix of various genres to suit all tastes.

The organisers said: “The stage is set, the bands are raring to go and we aim to celebrate this bank holiday weekend with cracker of a show for a fantastic cause.

“Entry is free – we hope that music fans will once again give generously for this fantastic cause. The previous shows have been packed out and we received wonderfully generous support from the public.

“As ever, the show is a celebration of our friend, guitarist and event co-founder Phil Hunt from Broadstairs, who lost a courageous battle with the illness in 2019.

Joey Bluesbreaker

“It is also a testament to the many musician friends and music fans whose lives have been affected by cancer – and our festival is a positive way of raising funds and raising awareness.

“All the musicians, the sound crew from DB Rising Audio Engineering and Acoustics, and the Pavilion venue have offered their services for free.

“See you at The Pavilion in Harbour Street, Broadstairs, at midday on Monday, May 8.”

*Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund : To find out more about the work and research that PCRF undertake, go online to  or contact Yasmin Bailey at [email protected] or phone 01843 491695.

RockthePav5 bands:

The Rhythm Shack is a lively five-piece soul, Motown and blues/rock band that covers major artistes from the 1960s onwards. Formed in 2019 with Colin Deblin on guitar, Perry White on keys, Chris Warner on bass, Andy Burring on drums. Singer Vicky Reed will replace vocalist Xanthia Geens for this show.

Starfire 98 were formed in early 2022 with Jeff Matthews on bass , Billy Linggood on lead guitar, Graham Goldwater at the front on vocals and guitar and Pete Giffen on drums (the current lineup has Dennis Metherell standing in on bass). They play good old- fashioned rocking blues and soulful ballads. They are also the nucleus of the house blues band at The Chapel in Broadstairs and the Lifeboat in Margate.

The King Johnson Trio blend traditional blues with upbeat and infectious funk and soul vibes. Their modernisation of some Chess Records classics blended with new unexpected interpretations leads to a journey from the traditional, deepest blues, to a creative unpredictable gumbo of the blues, rock, country, soul and funk that changes with each performance. The King Johnson Trio promises a ‘power rocking electric guitar in your face blues’ at every show.

The Joey Bluesbreaker Band is a newly-formed blues power trio based on passion for music and friendship. It features Joey Bluesbreaker on guitar and vocals, Justyn Smithers on bass, and Dan Lee Kennard on drums.