WITH 60 cans of lager, a bottle of Jack Daniels, two packets of tortillas and thousands of Chester Rocks fans it will be a happy Sunday for Shaun Ryder.
The former Happy Mondays frontman and I’m A Celebrity star tops a list of extraordinary gastronomic demands placed upon Chester Racecourse’s catering department.
The ‘Madchester’ icon, who is in the Sunday line-up, also wants honey/lemon and ginger root to fuel this weekend’s Rock and roll festivities.
Phil Dougherty, general manager for Chester Race Company, has had his culinary skills tested with some puzzling requests.
Iggy and the Stooges have demanded four cans of sardines along with a selection of Belgian chocolates whilst The Saturdays have requested salt and vinegar flavour chipsticks and assorted types of popcorn.
Boy rockers McFly want a cheese board whereas The Sugababes asked for six bottles of Japanese lager and three bottles of real ale.
Phil said: “We want to make sure that the artists have the best possible time while they’re with us over the weekend and that means pandering to their every request, however odd.”
Chester Racecourse have also ordered in two metric tonnes of chips, 3,000 pieces of fish, 12,000 burgers, half a tonne of local sausage and bacon and 40,000 cold drinks to cater for this weekend’s 30,000 strong crowd.
Meanwhile work on the Chester Rocks main stage is due for completion tomorrow.
The build for the stage includes 20 tonnes of steel for the base, 2.5 tonnes of aluminium for the roof and 22,000 litres of water ballast to ensure that it keeps in position. Four large arctic trucks were required to bring all of the equipment on to the site and it’s the job of a crew of 50 to convert all of the elements into a 277m square stage.
The stage will be completed when the huge LED back screen is added on Friday, the screen. Measuring 20 m x 10m, it will ensure that everybody gets a great view of all of the performances.
Mark Cowley, festival director for Chester Rocks, explained; “A stage build of this scale is a huge operational task but it is a great feeling to start to see things coming together after months of planning.
“We have ensured that we have used the highest spec available for this job.”