The Winter Social is a boutique music festival showcasing the world’s greatest dance music acts in the idyllic setting of the Kent County Showground in Maidstone. The Social originally launched on the 28th September 2013 and closed the summer in style, bringing a taste of Ibiza to the south east of England with a line-up of the world’s most discerning electronic music talent.

The Winter Social will take place on the 6th of February 2016 and this year’s lineup includes the likes of Adam Beyer, Eats Everything, Maya Jane Coles, Steve Lawler, Nina Kraviz and more. We caught up with the team behind The Winter Social to find out what they’re all about and what they have in store for us this year.

So first of all, tell us a bit about The Winter Social - where the name came from and how it all came about?

The directors Luke Bendall and Nic Fanciulli came up with the whole Social concept. They wanted it to sound friendly and interactive as the event is meant to be a sharing of experiences in regards to adventure and new, innovative music.

The Winter Social came along because we couldn't wait another full year to start the next adventure.

What would you say is the best thing about the location?

The best thing about the location is the fact it has never been used for a event like this before. The Warehouses there are perfect for an event like ours and we’re really looking forward to people seeing what we’ve done to these warehouse spaces.

If you had to sum up the festival in 3 tracks, what would they be?

I would say…


David Bowie - Let’s Dance

Joris Voorn - Goodbye Fly

Nic Fanciulli - Movin' On

From the previous editions - who has played the most memorable set?

It has to be the world exclusive b2b2b by Sasha, Joris Voorn & Nic Fanciulli, 3 hours of joy!

What can we expect to see, hear, taste and smell?

Production is vital for us at The Social, so we are stepping it up a gear to make sure these warehouse spaces wow everyone. In terms of sound, we work very closely with Function 1, who always do their best to ensure the sound is perfect for the event. Food, well you will have to come & taste it for yourselves but you will find all of the office staff at the burger pitch for sure!

What else will be on site in terms of entertainment (other than the music, of course!)

As we only have 2 arenas at the Winter Social, we are spending a lot of time putting together indoor and outdoor lounge and smoking areas ensuring our customers can have chill out time throughout the 12 hours of madness.

Do you have any surprises up your sleeve that you’re able to share with us?

Well we have been trying to explain to everyone that the venue is mind blowing but its hard to do that until you stand in the Warehouses. Especially when you see the production, so I guess you'll have to come down and find out!

Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

Yes, get your tickets asap as they going to sell out!

Tickets for The Winter Social are available right here on Ticket Tannoy. See below for further information…