Your guide to the By The Sea Festival

Back for its third year at Dreamland, By The Sea festival  kicks off this Friday across venues including Dreamland, Margate Winter Gardens, Olby’s Soul Café and Margate Museum.

Headliners include The Libertines, who have just bought the Palm Court Hotel in Margate, Everything Everything and Metronomy.

Photo Jason Pay

The three day festival also includes a daytime stage on Saturday and Sunday on Margate Main Sands featuring some a hand-picked selection of exciting up-and-coming artists. And then after-parties running late into the night at various local venues.

When is the festival on?

Friday, 29 September – Sunday 1 October, a three-day event for the first time.

What’s the line-up?


Dreamland Hall By The Sea

Everything Everything; British Sea Power; Dutch Uncles; Wesley Gonzalez

Draft House Stage at Olby’s Soul Cafe

Snooker player Steve Davis hosts a DJ set


Dreamland Hall By The Sea

Metronomy; Marika Hackman; Shame; Deep Throat Choir

Roller Disco

Flamingods; HM LTD; Girl Ray; Snapped Ankles

Draft House Stage

Scotti Brains; Jen Cloher; Barbarossa

Margate Museum

Sweet Baboo; Rozi Plain; Martin Creed; Seamus Fogarty; Denai Moore

Quarterdeck – The Cinque Ports pub

Ghost Culture DJ Set


Margate Winter Gardens

The Libertines; Blaenavon; Dream Wife; Gang

Draft House Stage

Trudy and the Romance; The Rhythm Method; Alaskalaska; Annie Hart

Harbour Arm

Sea Shanties with The Snottledogs

Full timings here

Fringe events

Morning coffee or brunch at Cliff’s on Northdown Road. Cliff’s owner Ed is a one of the UK best live lighting techs and he’s roped in some of his musician friends to DJ with your coffee.

On Sunday morning there will be a meet-up for a morning dip in the Walpole Bay Sea Bathing Pool.

Saturday afternoon there are acoustic performances in Margate and Saturday and Sunday afternoons  there will be of up-and-coming artists playing the Draft House Stage in Olby’s Cafe on King’s Street..

Late night activities across town are free for all wristband holders.

On Friday from 11pm to1am there will be DJs in the Quarterdeck at The Cinque Ports pub and the legendary Steve Davis DJing on the Draft House Stage at Olby’s Cafe 11pm to 2am.

On Saturday the Dreamland programme goes until 2am, before DJs will be keeping things going on the decks at Sundowners  well into the early hours.


Dreamland: Marine Terrace

Winter Gardens: Fort Crescent

Olby’s Soul Café: 3-5 King’s Street

Margate Museum: Market Place

Sundowners: 1 Albert Terrace

Cliff’s: 172 Northdown Road

Harbour Arms: Stone Pier

Quarterdeck; In the Cinque Ports pub


Main Stage Doors Open

Friday – 5pm
Saturday – 5pm
Sunday – 4pm


Friday – 11pm
Saturday – 2am
Sunday – 10pm

Wristband collection

Friday and Saturday – Dreamland
Sunday – The Dug Out or Winter Gardens

If you arrive on Friday or Saturday head to Dreamland to pick up. If you arrive Sunday before 4.30pm collect your wristband from The Dug Out on King’s Street (and then enjoy some of the fantastic artists playing next door on the Draft House Stage). If you arrive after 4.30pm Sunday head straight to Margate Winter Gardens.

Festival beer

The Draft House has joined forces with Moshi Moshi to create a limited edition pale ale inspired by By The Sea.

Brewed  with The Ramsgate Brewery, headed by Eddie Gadd, By The Sea festival pale ale will be available in Draft House pubs and at the By The Sea Festival.

By The Sea festival pale ale is available from Draft House pubs for £4.50, or £22.50 for a six pack to take away.


Friday: 5pm – 9pm
Rides available –

Helter Skelter

Saturday: 11am-8pm and Sunday: 11am-6pm
All rides available


Weekend £90.75

Friday/Saturday £48.92

Friday/Sunday £59.95

Saturday/Sunday £74.25

Single day

Friday £22

Saturday £35.75

Sunday £43.45

Book here

Leave the car at home

The 8, 32, 33, 34, 36, 56 and Loop are the main buses that Stagecoach run through the towns, stopping at various places near the park.

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