Photo: Joshua Atkins photography

Photo: Joshua Atkins photography

By The Sea returns on 29 - 30 September 2017. More information on tickets will be announced very soon.

By The Sea Festival made a triumphant return to Margate over the weekend, 30th September - 2nd October. Continuing its two year winning streak, the festival - which saw alt-pop royalty including Super Furry Animals, Bat For Lashes, Wild Beasts and Wolf Alice descend on the iconic Dreamland amusement park - once again sold out.

Highlights included a rare and exclusive appearance from the legendary Jarvis Cocker, who made for a convincing fairground attendant with his health and safety briefings whilst DJing on the dodgems.

Elsewhere, the likes of Super Furry Animals and Wild Beasts were among the first artists to play in the newly refurbished Hall By The Sea, which re-opened to the public on the Friday. The iconic venue, originally built in 1870, previously hosted the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Who.

By The Sea is part of a unique period of regeneration in the Margate’s history. The seaside town is again becoming a haven for musicians and other artists away from the hustle and price tag of the big city, with many drawn to town because of its coastal location, relative affordability and more laidback ambience. By The Sea unites both the town’s glorious past and its burgeoning future by combining new visionaries and contemporary talent with a venue with a celebrated heritage.

By The Sea at Dreamland Margate is a special event for fans, locals and artists alike. We're already hard at work planning By The Sea 2017 and we'll be announcing more details, very, very soon! 


By The Sea returns on 29 - 30 September 2017. More information on tickets will be announced very soon. In the meantime, why not sign up to our mailing list to get ticket links sent straight to your inbox on announcement. 


By The Sea Festival takes place at Dreamland in Margate, Kent.

Margate is just 90 minutes from London by train with frequent services operating from Victoria, St Pancras and Liverpool Street.

Dreamland’s entrance is on Hall By The Sea Road, just to the side of the cinema.


Marine Terrace


Trains depart from:
London Victoria (1 hr 50 minutes / last train from Margate is at 10pm)
London St. Pancras (1 hr 30 minutes / last train from Margate is at 9.50pm)
London Stratford International (1 hr 30 minutes / last train from Margate is at 9.50pm)

Dreamland is approximately a 7-minute walk from Margate Station.

Frequent bus links means that travelling around Thanet and to Dreamland is quick & easy. The 8, 32, 33, 34, 36, 56 and Loop are the main buses that Stagecoach run through the towns, stopping at various places near the park.. 

Excellent road links with the M20 and M2 motorways close by provide easy links with London.
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Beside Dreamland is a public car and coach park, but parking is limited. 
The entrance is on Belgrave Road, CT9 1XG


Premier Inn
(100m from Dreamland)
Crescent Victoria
(10 minute walk from Dreamland)
Walpole Bay Hotel
(5 minute drive from Dreamland)

Margate Airbnb holiday lets are available for By The Sea Festival. Accommodation includes short let apartments and rooms available in local homes.
For enquiries please e-mail / 07534901419


There will be disabled platforms at both stages