Rock & Pop The Mote Festival celebrating their 5th birthday

The fifth Rock & Pop the Mote festival will take place from 31st May-2nd June, 5:00pm-10:00pm at Mote Park, celebrating all the UK’s top music tributes with a stellar lineup this year including Muse, The Killers, Foo Fighters and Eminem.


Talking all things Rock the Mote, we spoke with Chris who discussed favourite moments, long-term goals and what we can most look forward to from this year’s festival.


For readers who might not know, can you explain your musical background and role with Rock & Pop The Mote Festival?

I program the event and book the acts. I also run the marketing including all of the paid and social media.


What would you say have been the festival’s most memorable moments so far?

Taking a risk on bringing a Limp Bizkit tribute to Rock the Mote paid off spectacularly, for a band that is quite divisive, the performance of Stiff Bizkit united the entire crowd and they had the whole park jumping. I had to book them again this year.

On a personal note, watching my toddler (who was under two at the time) get involved with the Circus School last year, and having the time of his life, was very memorable.


There have been so many amazing tribute acts who have performed at the festival, from a personal perspective, who have been your favourite acts to perform in Maidstone?

So many, it’s almost impossible to single them out. Dookie (Green Day tribute) and Stiff Bizkit from 2023 were amazing. Some Kind of Metallica in 2022 was the first ‘heavy metal’ band we’d booked and they were excellent – bringing an extra dimension to the event which we’ve since built on.

Magic Queen are probably the best tribute band around to close a show.


What can readers expect to see from this year’s festival?

More bands – this is the first year we’ve added bands to the Friday night.

Bigger stages – last year’s largest stage (the Rock stage) will now become the Pop Stage and the rock bands – they will be on a huge 18m orbit stage.

More entertainment – we have axe throwing and kids archery, a free fun fair, and the circus and drum schools are returning.

And a very eclectic line-up with some of the most amazing tributes around – including some who competed in (and won) ITV’s Starstruck.


This is your fifth birthday, what are your short-term goals over the next year and long-term goals over the next 10-20 years?

We think the formula works – we just need to keep tweaking and improving things. We’re not looking to reinvent the wheel, just make the customer experience better every year. This year we are also taking Rock the Mote on the road (albeit under a slightly different name – there’s only one Mote) and we will look to build the brand in other locations.


What do you enjoy most about living in Maidstone?

I actually don’t! The joys of remote working. I live in Braintree in Essex but spend quite a chunk of my life in Maidstone. A large portion of our staff live there, including the Operations Manager and Site Manager. It’s a nice town and the park is second to none – a lovely place to spend the summer.


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