Chester is ‘missing’ something because it lacks a regular live music venue, claims a teenager who has launched a petition to open a concert facility in the city.
Music fan Rachael Farrington decided she wanted to spend her summer holiday going to hear bands performing live at venues nearby but couldn’t believe Chester had nothing to offer, with the nearest events in Crewe, Manchester or Liverpool.
The 17-year-old who currently lives in Cholmondeley, felt so strongly about it that she created an online petition to bring the fact to the attention of Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) to see what can be done about it.
“What I’m hoping is that the council will just take the time to look into this,” Rachael explained.
“I understand such a project is a huge undertaking and I’m not expecting them to go out and build a huge facility, but perhaps they could look at sponsorship, much like the O2 Academy because there is a huge demand for it.
“Chester has a university full of students, countless high schools and even more average people that would love to see their favourite bands come to Chester.
“Yes, Chester has theatres and outdoor performance areas but none of the facilities are really suitable for a few hundred screaming fans to ‘mosh out’ to their favourite band.
“Of course Chester Rocks has been a huge success and has proved that big name artists have an audience waiting for them in Chester but this is only once a year, and there are, of course, a vast amount of pubs and bars that have fantastic live music performances but nothing really on such a scale that encourages big name artists to perform there.”
Rachael added: “As a result we’re forced to travel to Manchester to see groups perform, thus pumping money into Manchester’s economy and not our beloved Chester’s.
“Manchester has some fantastic small-scale venues which would be a fantastic precedent to Chester.
“What I’m trying to do is encourage CWaC to look into the benefits and viability of such a venue as personally I feel it would be a popular and long-awaited addition to the city and many whom I have asked agree with me.”
To sign Rachael’s petition, visit cmttpublic.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?id=76