Famous Faces at Kings Hill
Some of the best known faces in the music industry were at Kings Hill, near West Malling, for a weekend of entertainment to raise money for children’s charities.
Kings Hill development partners Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd and Kent County Council provided the location for the well-attended three day Music on the Hill festival, which was organised by Demelza Hospice Care for Children and The Children’s Development Trust.
Classical singer Katherine Jenkins, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra, entertained the crowds on the Friday evening, along with Wynne Evans, well known from the Go Compare advert.
McFly and the Sugarbabes changed the pace on the Saturday evening and on the Sunday – one of the hottest days so far this year – it was a family day with games and entertainment from popular stars including Bjorn Again and X Factor star Ben Mills. This event was compered by Stacey Solomon and DJ Dave Berry.
Around 8,000 people attended the three-day event and in the special VIP areas businesses took the opportunity to entertain customers and clients.
“We are delighted to have been part of the Music on the Hill festival and to have been able to provide the location for the event,” said Andrew Blevins, managing director of Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd.
“We have around 5,000 people working here for the 100 or so businesses on site, and a further 6,500 living in the residential part of Kings Hill, and we wanted to be part of something that the whole community could enjoy. The feedback has been tremendous and we would welcome the opportunity to be the main event partner again.”
Music on the Hill Event Director and Trustee of the Children’s Development Trust, Colin Thacker, commented: “Music on the Hill exceeded our expectations in every way. The audience numbers, support and generosity of companies and people generally made it a very special event. We were highly praised by artists and management on our organisation and efficiency especially as it was our first festival.
“We were so inspired by the event that the decision was taken to return in 2013. This gives us all time to return to our normal lives, for a while at least! Finally I want to thank all those involved, within Demelza and the Children's Development Trust and everybody behind the scenes.'
Natalie Tegg, Demelza’s Head of Corporate and Community Income Generation said: “A huge thank you to everyone who helped make Music on the Hill such a great success. It has been amazing to have such a high calibre of stars supporting us over the three day event. We have been so pleased with the response from the local community to our first music festival and we hope everyone had a fantastic time.”