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Posted May 15th 2020

Kent we 💓 You

Melting Vinyl’s impact on the vibrant and growing Kent music scene.

Over the past decade We (Melting Vinyl) has programmed an eclectic mix of live music across  Kent, providing a platform for local acts such Salvation Jayne and Tokyo Tea Room and bringing internationally renowned talent such as Joan as Police Woman and Ezra Furman to the county. From intimate church concerts to festivals slots and headline shows at local arts centers, We have enjoyed both the enthusiastic reception from audiences and artists alike to the creative, dynamic International, national and local artists we have brought to your lovely county. 

If you have been to a Melting Vinyl gig you will know that live music is our passion and we will do what we can to keep bringing quality acts to Kent when the lockdown is over. But we need your help to get through these imposed months of live music silence.

Cheryl Pierce: Head of Performing Arts & Learning, Creative Folkestone “Always upbeat and surprising; Melting Vinyl have been quirkily invigorating the music scene in East Kent with cutting edge bands and performers over the past ten years.”

Sarah Lowndes: (audience member: Kent). “I love MV at the Quarterhouse because it’s local, intimate and I get to see bands I love and new bands that I’ve never seen before. Favourites so far have been, Esra Furman and Snapped Ankles. Can’t wait to be able to see live music again!”

Ivan Marziano, A Certain Kind Records: “The expansion of Melting Vinyl’s promoting activities to Kent has been essential in providing a springboard for key emerging local band. Their championing of Tokyo Tea Room has meant that the band were able to further open up their audiences and secure gigs at prestigious venues such as Folkestone Quarterhouse, and as a record label we are immensely grateful for their support and professionalism. Long Live Melting Vinyl!”

Toby Cotton (audience member): ”Melting Vinyl has been responsible for bringing many of my favourite bands to play in Kent, and is a sign of quality live music. Seeing Ezra Furman playing at the Quarterhouse in my home town was very special, though I could mention any number of great shows.”’

We have launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover our overheads during the Covid-19 pandemic. Every penny received will help ensure that we are back to programming live music in Kent. To donate and share go to:

#longlivemv #saveourvenues #loverecordstores 

Donate and choose a reward: Exclusive live music photographic prints from renown photographer #CarlWarren, 10% off in-store purchases from wonderful independent, Kent based, record shop @Vinylstore Jr ( to be redeemed in person once the store reopens), 121 tutorials, cool gig posters and much much more.

Folkestone Quarterhouse Here’s what we booked and you listen to, saw and enjoyed in 2016-20

Frazey Ford  + Katie Wintie

Michelle Stodart + Raevennan Husbandes:   

The Divine Comedy + Lisa O’Neill  

Kristin Hersh (Folkestone Book Festival) Sold out

The Handsome Family + Courtney Marie Andrews:   

This is Psychedelia: Folkestone Psychedelic Festival: Vanishing Twin, The Lucid Dream, Josefin öhm + The Liberation, Cosmic Thougths, The Embrooks. 

Hot 8 Brass Band   

Hannah Peel (Normal?)

Ibibio Sound Machine + Pierre Kwenders

Jane Weaver + Syd Arthur+ Hot Salvation DJs  

This is awkward pop: PINS+ Madonnnatron +  Salvation Jayne   

John Smith + Will Stratton + Emily Watts

The Ballad of Shirley Collins


The Handsome Family +  The Drunkan Prayer + Arcelia

Ezra Furman: Sold Out

The Fish Police + Electric Fire (Normal?): 

This is Psych : Folkestone Psychedelic Festival: Flamingods, Death & Vanilla, Snapped Ankles, Cobalt Chapel, Dreamweaver+ DJ  The Kaleidoscope. 

Beans On Toast + Boss Caine

Three Acres and a Cow 

Laura Veirs + Lucy Feliz

Gruff Rhys + Group Listening

Viv Albertine : In conversation 


Kristin Hersh (Electric trio) Fred Abong  

This is Psych: Folkestone Psychedelic Festival: AKDK + Spill Gold + Swedish Death Candy + Tokyo Tea Room  + DJ Chrome Yellow 

The Unthanks ‘Unaccompanied, as we are’ + Tim Dalling 

Joan as a Policewoman ‘Joanthology tour’

Salvation Jayne + Karobela + The Ovines 

Toyko Tea rooms + Imperial Daze + I Norton 

Damien Jurado + Dana Gavanski

Richard Dawson

British Sea power


Listen here to our Kent spotify playlist: of the artists who played in 2016-17 and a few new ones, we’ll be sharing 2018 and 2019-20 in the next couple of months x