The Big Day Out returns to Dartford in July – The whole town comes together for a huge free festival of entertainment, steam vehicles, food, rides and top class entertainment.

Live music, a steam rally, giveaways and more will be returning to Central Park as the free Big Day Out returns to Dartford on Saturday 15th July.

Fresh from a conquering appearance on America’s Got Talent which propelled him to superstardom, Singer Tom Ball will be performing live on stage in the park on Saturday, July 15th.  Big Day Out visitors can also dance along to tribute bands Badness & Wannabe, and enjoy live local music from The Soundcasters and fusion drummers Kings of Dhol.

The hugely popular steam rally is also returning with a huge range of vintage vehicles on display for families to enjoy. There will also be a Kids Zone at the Outdoor Theatre offering fully inclusive play, plus giveaways and roaming entertainment from Cohesion Plus.

Following the success of last year’s debut Big Day Out, Dartford Borough Council is extending the fun into Sunday too.  Day two of this year’s event will have a more relaxed vibe with families invited to attend the Big Chill Out on Sunday, July 16th to enjoy picnics in the park or visit one of the bars and food stalls.  Saturday’s noisy attractions will give way to a more laid-back event. The heritage Gallopers ride will be giving free rides to kids (and big kids!) all weekend and Sunday’s main stage will feature some chilled-out mellow performances.

Leader of the Council Jeremy Kite MBE said: “We can’t wait for the Big Day Out to return. People seem to like the new community focus of the event and the fact that so much more is free. We’ve made it an event for all the family to enjoy without worrying about how much everything is going to cost. A family can spend a great day here and not spend a single penny if they choose.  It creates a really nice atmosphere.

We’ve also planned a much more relaxed day on Sunday, 16th July to encourage everybody to enjoy our wonderful park.  Bring a picnic or visit the bar and food stalls and have a brilliant, easy-going afternoon in the park with some nice music in the background. There are rides for kids and all the park’s usual attractions are open. The whole weekend is free to everyone and you don’t need a ticket. I can’t wait to see everyone there.”