Comedy Night at Ashford Fringe Festival Warm-up Evening

Ashford Arts Centre is hosting a warm-up comedy night in the lead-up to Ashford Fringe Festival.

Dave Bailey is headlining our debut Comedy Night at AshFord ARts CenTre on the 18th of MaRch

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Hosted by Matt Hoss

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Magnus Turner MP will be in the house on the 18th of March and the laughs keep coming….

The GOOD Times Will RoLL At AshFord Arts CenTre

March 18th… Mark that Date.

Janet Garner
Ravi Holy
Si Deaves
Jack Lock
Delboy Maliki

It’s in the town centre. Parking is free. Our building’s facing the Wilko and a long line of taxi’s.

The George Hotel sits to our right. Tesco to the left.

You might stand there looking for a sign.

But we don’t have one yet.

Make sure you eat before you come, we won’t be serving dinner.

It’s the laughter and good times to be had by all.

March 18th.

At Ashford Arts Centre.

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Digital Gumball Machine That Dishes Up Music and Movies Instead Of Gum

Imagine a digital gumball machine, but instead of gumballs it’s actually a digital jukebox that prints CD’s, DVD’s and Vinyl copies of anything you want, but it’s small enough and cheap enough to set up in tiny independent music stores, bookshops and other small venues.

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Digital music and film printer with a big glass dome like a gumball machine and USB ports

This is not about integrated marketing for iTunes or Spotify or some magazine conglomerate who wants to get into music and film distribution, but I won’t be surprised to see digital gumball machines all over the place within the next few months. Today is the 16th of February 2016 btw.

I want to offer independent musicians and filmmakers the opportunity to print small quantities of their products to sell or send to industry professionals whenever they want to do that at an affordable price. These content creators can then have their customers use the same machine to print copies at retail price. The shop is paid the same small fee per sale regardless of who buys what.

I want to offer people a chance to buy any song or movie they want, without the slightest worry about whether it’s in stock or not, because they can order it online and pick it up at their nearest shop. Better still, customers buy music in a physical format on impulse and they can watch the process of the music being burned and printed on the physical item of their choice through the glass of a digital gumball device. So, when people come to Ashford Fringe Festival and listen to our band perform the theme song ‘Is There Life On Mars?’, they can print copies of our music from any nearby music shop or venue with a digital gumball machine.

Who knows, it might slow the decline of CD sales when people are no longer limited by what’s on the shelf if licensing issues can be resolved. That’s why I propose only working with independent bands and filmmakers. is making it possible for these fantastic people to upload and store their stuff on our website for free. We’ve found some shops in Kent that will allow us to set up and test the machines. Today, it’s still just an idea, but we’re moving closer towards a solution in distribution.

Imagine a digital gumball machine, but instead of gumballs it’s actually a digital jukebox that…

Ashford Fringe Festival Unveils Theme Tune Artwork

The theme for Ashford Fringe Festival 2016 is ‘Mars’ and the theme song, written by Rhonda Merrick, lead singer of Ashford funk-rock band Rhonda and The Great Unknown, is called ‘Is There Life On Mars?’. The song was written and recorded by the band as a tribute to the life and music of David Bowie.

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The song will be performed with the support of daytime fireworks on Saturday the 4th of June! Very colourful stuff. Be sure to fancy dress as a martian or the planet or even the bar of chocolate! We might just hand you a random surprise if you do!

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Get ready!


The Ashford Fringe Festival returns 28May2016 to 5June2016.

There will be music, poetry and spoken word evening, movie night a music festival with a HUGE surprise. Stay tuned. Last year, we were The Brilliant Book Festival and we ran in conjunction with Artigras. This year, Ashford Fringe Festival has a new name and will run for an entire week.

Bloodstone Blue, Rhonda and The Great Unknown and Move Over Dali are confirmed to play!

Matt Hoss is presenting our comedy night.

We’ll have a “Highlights from Live in the Living Room’ evening.

To find out about performing, send an email to

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Rhonda Merrick Returns To BBC Radio Kent January 4th

Rhonda Merrick, Creative Director of KATFM CIC will be joining The Conversation on Drivetime with Dominic King, Monday evening about 6:00pm. Be sure to tune in to hear what’s coming up in 2016. There will be new feasts and festivals, a couple of last years events will be returning to Ashford town centre.


KATFM Studios is set for a make-over this year and our little CIC could be about to join hands with some unexpected friends. Stay tuned. It’s an exciting time to be in Ashford Arts.

First Annual Christmas Concert at KATFM

The first annual Christmas concert at KATFM took place on Sunday the 13th of December 2016. There was robust carol singing, Jessica Taylor sang ‘Light a candle’ a song about remembering people at Christmas, there was all sorts of lively and lovely music, laughter, conversation, food,  readings from 11 year old Benjamin Taylor ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ and the Christmas Story from St. Matthew shared by Paster Francis of The Potter’s House Ashford. Rhonda Merrick was music director, Ritchie Swann accompanist. Jessica played guitar. It was mellow and fun.

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The KATFM Christmas Concert was mainly a time for people who visit our centre to come together and wish each other a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Roll on 2016! We have a brand new tradition. From now on, KATFM will host a Christmas concert on the Sunday afternoon before Christmas at 3:00 pm.  Please mark your calendar for the 18th of December 2016 to join us next year. Please get in touch if you’d like to get involved with future events hosted by KATFM. Special thanks to The Potter’s House Ashford, a church group which meets every Sunday in the building, for co-hosting this event.

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Happy Christmas!










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