Little Mix concert at Kent Event Centre in Detling

by Lauren Abbott

Little Mix fans heading to this Sunday's Kent concert have been told they can bring a drink with them into the venue.

The concert at the Kent Event Centre had initially requested that no pre-purchased food and drink was brought into the concert arena.

But ticket holders can now bring with them into the arena, one sealed 500ml bottle of water. The allocation is per person.

Little Mix are coming to Kent on Sunday
Little Mix are coming to Kent on Sunday

And as Kent's hot and dry weather spell continues, staff at the Kent Event Centre confirmed that there would also be free drinking water taps to allow people to refill their bottles, but the location of these stations in relation to the layout of the rest of the concert was so far unknown.

Food, however, must not be taken into the arena unless for medical reasons. With those who have special dietary requirements which mean they need to bring their own supplies, also asked to bring a medical card or other proof of their condition with them.

Food and drink outlets will be inside the arena to enable people to also purchase refreshments.

Around 30,000 fans are expected in Detling to see the girl band perform on Sunday (July 22).

Gates to the car parks will open at midday and people will be able to remain in two holding areas before being allowed into the arena at 4pm. These holding areas will have toilet facilities and concert-goers can also picnic during this time before packing it back away in their vehicles ahead of entering the arena.

During entry to the concert, lane two of the southbound A249 will be closed to allow traffic to turn right into the showground.

The cross overs on A249 will also be closed to prevent accidents from U-turning vehicles.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place on the northbound carriageway so travelling fans cross the northbound lane into the venue.

Anyone caught on the northbound A249 not intending to see Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock perform should use lane two.

For parents and other on-the-day chauffeurs, there will be a signed drop off and pick up zone in Scragged Oak Lane.

Little Mix are expected on stage at 8.30pm
Little Mix are expected on stage at 8.30pm

The day's music kicks off at 5.40pm with a KMFM DJ set, which will be followed at 6.40pm with performances from Rak-Su and Germein Sisters.

Little Mix are expected to come on stage at around 8.30pm.

Everyone entering the arena, says the Kent Event Centre, will be admitted into the bronze wristband area to begin with following security checks.

Those with gold and silver wristbands will then able to move into their dedicated areas.

However those with gold or silver wristbands who wish to stay among bronze wristband holders because they have friends or family with lower-grade tickets will be allowed to do so. Bronze ticket holders however will not be able to move up into other areas.

The concert is expected to end at around 9.45pm.

Organisers have warned it will take fans "a number of hours to get out of the venue via car or alternative transport".

Lane one of the northbound A249 will be closed to allow traffic to flow freely from Scragged Oak Lane as crowds leave the concert.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place at the showground exits, while traffic lights at the M2 junction five Stockbury roundabout, will be switched off.

Anyone wanting to avoid the crowds is advised to use the A229 Blue Bell Hill when travelling between the M20 and the M2.

For more details about the concert as well as transport information see our previous story here.

Anyone with questions about the concert or terms and conditions relating to admission is asked to contact concert organisers Liz Hobbs Group on 01636 555666.

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