SOME of music’s brightest stars will descend on Chester Racecourse this weekend for the city’s highly anticipated Chester Rocks festival.
The musical extravaganza is returning for its second year and promises to be every bit as exciting as last year when gates open on Saturday at 2pm.
And the people of Chester appear to have embraced the event; tickets have been quickly snapped up ever since the show was first announced in March, and crowds are anticipated to be well into their hundreds.
The show will be opened by the winners of the Chester Rocks unsigned local band competition, The Fifth Movement who won over judges with their eclectic style of music which includes an eight-piece string section and small choir.
Other local bands including The Suns, The Fallows and Sound of Guns will then take to the stage, followed by performances from The Rifles, The View, Cast and headliners The Courteeners.
Kicking off events on the Sunday will be local girl-band Indigo City, before an exclusive first performance from stars of Britain’s Got Talent, The Loveable Rogues.
Tinchy Stryder will then take to the stage, followed by Labrinth, Maverick Sabre, Katy B and Pixie Lott.
During both days there will be plenty of entertainment for families to enjoy whilst enjoying the onstage action, including human zorbing, an oxygen bar, face and body painting as well as a fun fair.
Drivers should note that there will not be on-site parking at the racecourse on either days, but extra trains will be provided by Merseyrail.
Chester Rocks will also affect certain roads in the city and closures will be implemented to safeguard pedestrians.
Nuns Road will be closed from noon each day until approximately 11.30pm and police are to make an assessment about Lower Watergate Street over the weekend if conditions start to become unsafe for pedestrians.
Lynsey Jones, special projects manager at Chester Racecourse said Chester Rocks is set to be ‘a great show’.
“We are looking forward to the weekend, we listened to customer feedback last year and have moved the event on from last year with two distinctive days and an affordable ticket price, which we have been told is the best value for money on the festival circuit this year,” she explained.
“Ticket sales have been great, Chester is really embracing the event and we look forward to putting on a great show for everybody over the weekend,” she added.