The Scorchers begin the Saturday evening entertainment at The Burstin Photo: Ray Duff

Words and pictures by Ray Duff – The annual Skabour music festival, now back in full swing for 2022, was held over last weekend at The Burstin on Folkestone seafront, and The Royal George, The Ship, and The Mariners on The Stade.

The Skabour 2022 crew, with John Sims, second left Photo: Ray Duff

Numerous bands, DJ’s, singers and vendors joined the Skabour organising co-operative to provide festival-goers with a wide range of events to visit and enjoy.

Left–Dancing in The Royal George pub.  Right- The Skabour Van Photos: Ray Duff

On Friday the music started with DJ Ade2 Tone Dawkes followed by ‘The 2 Tones’, whilst the Skatuesesques launched the evenings entertainment which lasted well into the early hours of Saturday.

The Ship In on The Stade entertains festival-goers Photo: Ray Duff

Saturday’s festivities included music sets by such as The Skabratts and The Scorchers whilst late evening entertainment came from singers Janet Kay and Carroll Thompson. 

Meanwhile festival-goers also attended music events at The Royal George ( Toot N Skamen), The Mariner (Jimmy & The Riddles), and at The Ship, an outdoor music DJ played. There were other events even way up at The Valiant Sailor near Capel.

Left -A visiting Skabour fan’s van. Right-Just one of the several vendors stalls Photos: Ray Duff

On Sunday the festival began with local piper Christopher Bone providing a send-off for the famous Scooter Ride-Out event where around 20 bikers left at midday, circled The Burstin, then returned for, this year, a slow ride past whilst Mr Bone played in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

They then rode back for their ride around parts of East Kent returning about two and a half hours later. Music continued with DJ’s and such as The Local Motives band at The Burstin, and at other venues during the afternoon.

The Mariner pub on The Stade also held music nights for Skabour Photo: Ray Duff

The festival was hailed a great success by one of the main organisers, John Sims, and looked forward to the 2023 festival which is already being planned. Indeed, due to the current cost of living crisis, Skabour have launched a new ‘pay-monthly’ , either over 3 or 10 months, scheme for next year which launched on the last day of this years festival

Left- Piper Chris Bone waits to play. Right- The Annual Scooter ride-out gets underway on Sunday Photos: Ray Duff

For full details of the new scheme and for general information see

By Ed

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