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Tom in the BBC Radio Kent news studio
Tom in the BBC Radio Kent news studio

Meet Tom

Tom Kirkby from Hadlow will be Kent's blast reporter for 2006. This summer Tom is set to race round the county in search of all the hottest acts playing in our area.

Name: Tom Kirkby

Age: 18

Born: Tuesday 3rd August 1987

Occupation: Currently I am a waiter at The Great House restaurant in Hawkhurst. I have never been a waiter before, which proves to be a problem when pouring the wine.


I have had a passion for music since my life began and I later grew to love writing. To fuel these passions, I try to attend as many gigs as possible. As well as reviewing the acts I also interview bands that have been booked for our local Forum in Tunbridge Wells

I want to further my love for music and writing by creating a small publication with a friend that will go out to the South East's music lovers. This should consist of the interviews completed and the reviews of the various gigs that have taken place round the local area.

As well as music, I have a great interest in football. As a Newcastle United fan, I can safely say that I am not a 'glory supporter'. With the abysmal attempt at winning the world Cup, my confidence in the national team has somewhat waned.

I am always eagerly waiting for the summer to creep round the corner in wait for Reading Music festival, which I attend with my mates every year.

Another interest of mine is investigative journalism. Louis Theroux and Nick Broomfield are two journalists that appeal to me. Their short films are interesting to watch as they are full of intrigue and the peculiar sides to life.


My overall aspiration in life is to be happy with what I am doing. Hopefully my career will be media based and more specifically involve music journalism.

After my three year course at Oxford Brookes university I hope to embark on a gap year, desperately trying to lengthen the gap from student life to full time employment.

With my main passion firmly set in music, it would be a dream for me to be playing in a successful band. As a former drummer, I am eager to start playing again.

Interesting fact

One vaguely interesting fact about me is that I have completed six weeks of work at the NME (New Musical Express).

During the six weeks I have managed to enter two of my own reviews into the magazine. It was amazing to see my work within Britain's biggest selling music magazine and still can't quite believe it.

I have never been in an office containing so many friendly and helpful staff apart from BBC Kent of course.

During the latest week at the NME, I managed to wangle my way into a photo shoot with one of my favourite bands, We Are Scientists, which will be featuring in the magazine soon. An amazing day to say the least.

Best moment

One moment that sticks in my mind occurred outside the London Forum three years ago. Being an avid Libertines fan, a friend and I managed to get tickets for the eagerly anticipated reunion after their highly publicised problems.

Arriving two hours before the doors opened, my friend and I managed to bump into the infamous lead singer Pete Doherty  round the back of the venue. After a short chat, Pete then offered to give us some guest list tickets which meant, not only did we exchange the seating tickets to standing but it also allowed us to roam free round the venue. This is one memory that will stay with me for a long time.

What I will be doing at Blast?

I am aiming to create awareness for these festivals that all feature some of the hottest bands in the country. Over the next six weeks I will be racing round the county in search of the latest bands and festivals now appearing this summer.

Already booking interviews with bands attending Lounge On The Farm Festival in Canterbury, I also intend to visit the Electric Gardens event in Faversham, talking to the likes of, The Automatic, The Audio Bullys, The Fratellies, The Long Blondes, The Charlatans and many more. 

last updated: 13/07/06
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