Photos: Bikers roar into town for annual Margate Meltdown

Margate Meltdown Photo Frank Leppard

Motorbikes of all shapes and sizes could be seen today (May 27) at the annual Margate .Meltdown.

The seafront from the clocktower to the harbour arm was jampacked with bikes and trikes on show and visitors.

The event, 60 years on from the “legendary seaside meetings of the Mods ‘n’ Rockers” in 1964, also included live entertainment with DJ Bill and George Guntrip, alongside three-piece band Bamboozle.

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Organised by Ace Café London, the chosen charity to benefit from the event is The Royal British Legion Riders Branch (RBL RB).

The Meltdown comes on the heels of the annual Mod Weekender organised by Olby’s Soul Café.

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The Whitsun event started in 2015 under the Great British Music Culture banner. After a decade or more in decline, the fortunes of Margate were starting to turn around thanks to people like Eli Thompson from the Westcoast CIC/Olby’s who teamed up with renowned Modernist promoters the New Untouchables to deliver the Mod and 60s event.


  1. I should say, I am not a motorbike person, I have only been a passenger once in my lifetime (as a child which was enjoyable). But I have to say, it is really nice to see “real” people attending an event in Margate, doing their own thing, without any influence or control from the so called arts community. These people attending this event do Not require a grant from us taxpayers or are trying to indoctrinate us and more importantly our children with their defective ideas. But instead through a charity are giving something back to our society and having an enjoyable day out in Margate.

  2. it was epic to see all them epic bikes me and my mum and are friend went to the margate meltdown everything was epic apart from the weather it was just a epic day

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