The Forum presents:


The Forum, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Entry Requirements: 16+


Some Footage of Unfest 2017 courtesy of Velmo Media


Unfest is an annual local music and arts fringe festival for Royal Tunbridge Wells and the South East region.


Unfest is held every Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May. In 2018 it will be held on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th May, Monday 28th May.


The festival centres around TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM on Fonthill and its sister pubs on the Pantiles, The Ragged Trousers and The Sussex Arms.

In 2014 we were delighted to be joined by several affiliated venues. 2018 venues will be announced soon.


The festival is curated by the volunteers who work year round at The Forum. It aims to showcase the town’s independent spirit: its music venue, it’s businesses, its music and art - with four days of free entry to see the best of what is being created and hosted in Tunbridge Wells.

Unfest is named for, and curated by Unlabel – the Forum-based independent record label founded in 1996 to highlight the town’s flourishing underground music scene, and which has gone on to work with bands throughout the UK and beyond.


Unfest is a largely free, not-for-profit festival (another reason for the ‘un’). It is made possible by organisers giving their time for free, musicians playing for free, and venues providing their space for free.


Website (launching soon): The Forum listings:

In 2017 we launched a free phone app for the festival with details of all the acts performing and listings of who was playing when and where. Within the app we piloted a new geo-based music platform called 'Geojuking’ that allows app users to stream music based on their location during the festival.

Excellent Unfest videos from Francesca Daisy Hill showing everything Unfest from music to wildlife: Unfest 2012 Unfest 2011 (Shot on a Braun Nizo 561 macro super 8!)