Chester Rocks - the city’s annual summer music festival will not be returning for a fifth year, organisers have confirmed.
Despite attracting crowds of up to 20,000 every year and bringing in more than £1m to Chester’s businesses, bosses at Chester Racecourse , where the festival has been staged ever since it began in 2011, say their summer schedule is just ‘too busy’ to accommodate it in 2015.
The news will come as a huge shock to music lovers, who in recent years have flocked to the two-day event in their droves to watch acts like Jessie J, The Saturdays and Iggy Pop.
It was also a fun day out for the whole family, who could enjoy fairground rides and various trade stalls.
But Richard Thomas, CEO of Chester Racecourse, confirmed that the decision has now been made to scrap the June festival.
He said: “Having been staged at the racecourse for the past four years, it has become increasingly difficult during a busy summer schedule to find a suitable date that works for Chester Rocks in 2015.
“It has also become increasingly difficult to field the right combination of acts in an already saturated music market. For these reasons, the race company is currently investigating alternative events which compliment the event programme this year,” he added.
However die-hard music fans shouldn’t despair too much - there’s always the woodland concerts at Delamere Forest in July, headlined by Paloma Faith, 90s indie rockers James and award-winning singer-songwriter Tom Odell. Tickets are still available at www.forestry.gov.uk/music.