Smugglers Festival 2018

Smugglers Festival 2018



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Regular price £102.00 incl. online booking fee On Pre-order

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Greetings smugglers festival 2018 has lift off!

Thursday 30th August - Sunday 2nd September 2018

Set in beautiful woodland near Deal we bring you news of 8th installment. To discover the true secrets you will have to visit but for now here are three of bands that will grace our stage and tickets below.
Ibibio Sound Machine
Fronted by Nigerian singer Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African and electronic elements inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West-African funk & disco and modern post-punk & electro.
Imarhan (Algeria)
Led by a cousin of one of The Tinariwen clan, Imarhan bring the Tuareg soul to Smugglers. They play a slightly faster version and mix in more western influences. Signed to Drag City they will headline the Friday, we can’t wait!
This is The Kit
Longtime Smugglers favourites are back, we never thought we would say that as they are now super huge. Here’s a track from their new record. So excited!


  • Ibibio Sound Machine
  • Willy Mason
  • This Is The Kit
  • Imarhan
  • Will Varley
  • Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi
  • Jouis
  • Paddy Steer
  • Alabaster & Betamaz & Capitolk & Danalogue
  • The Evil Uses
  • Big Ben Jorge
  • Donkey Hokey
  • Soccer96
  • Cocos Lovers
  • Tirikilatops
  • Kenney & Kilcawley
  • The Magic Lantern
  • Agile Experiments
  • Molly's Lips
  • Port Erin
  • Garance Louis & The Mitochondries
  • Hanami
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Dreamweaver
  • The Waywaves
  • Clusters Of Eyes
  • The Papylonian Babooshkees
  • The Old Moonshine Band
  • The Remains Of Johnny Cash
  • Emma Gatrill
  • Arlet
  • Malcolm Head
  • Tugboat Captain
  • Minotaur
  • Adam Beattie
  • Nina Violet
  • Meg Janaway
  • The Selkies
  • Charlie Hannah
  • South Deal School Disco
  • Diverse Frequencies
  • Mr Butler

Plus, The Return Of Club Shed, Beangoose Cinema & Prof. Appleblossom's Morning Maths Lecture, Workshops, Talks, Local Food, Drinks & Further Assorted Revelries


What ages are the tickets for?
Children under 12 are free. 12-16 inclusive need junior tickets. 17+ inclusive need adult tickets. 

Can I get a refund on my ticket?
No refunds, however, you can resell tickets

Do I have to pay extra for camping?
No. Your ticket price is the same whether you choose to camp or not.

How will I know if I have a ticket or not?
You will receive a receipt on email and then the tickets will be mailed to you.

Will tickets be available on the gate?
Possibly however weekend tickets sold out with 1 month to go last year.

I’m under 18, can I buy a ticket?
Yes, all ages are welcome, if you are under 18 you must be accompanied by an adult. You won’t be able to buy any alcohol or drink onsite but you can have as much new music as you like.

Do children under 12 need tickets?
Under 12's are free

Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, no dogs allowed

Disability and Access

We want to make sure nobody misses out on the event. If you have a disability but are unsure of whether the festival will provide the appropriate facilities for you, then please get in touch and we will do everything we can to help you out.

Getting to Smugglers

N.B. All info will be sent with tickets.

What time do the gates open?
You can arrive at the site any time after 17:00 on Thursday 30th Aug. A light evening of music shall begin at 19:00.

Do I need to exchange my ticket for a wristband?
Yes you do. When you arrive you will need to present your ticket to the gate staff along with some ID, which will be exchanged for a wristband allowing you access to the site.

On site

Is there a limit on tent size?
We ask you to be respectful or your neighbours as our campsite is not big, please bring reasonably sized tents to to accommodate a fair amour of people ie a bell tent for a family is fine but not for 1 person. No porches, gardens or lounges out front of tents!

Can I bring my live-in vehicle?
We don't have a designated camper van area, but you are welcome to park them in our car park for free. 

Is there free water on site?

Yes, there are 4 water points throughout the site.

Where can I find lost property?
Lost property will be taken to the Box office, which will be marked on the festival map.

And who can I contact after the festival for lost property?

Can I get cash out at the festival?
Sadly no, so make sure you bring enough to keep you going for the event.

Is there any lock up service for valuables?
No. We don’t have this facility, so please don’t tempt fate by leaving valuables on show.

Can I BBQ?
Sorry, no fires or BBQ in campsites.