Monday, 4 July 2011

Review: Chester Rocks with Taio Cruz, The Wanted, Sugababes and The Saturdays

Review: Chester Rocks with Taio Cruz, The Wanted, Sugababes and The
4th Jul 2011

When: Saturday July 2nd
Reviewed by: Chris White
Last weekend saw the launch of the new two day musical extravaganza Chester Rocks, held at the prestigious Chester Racecourse. Catering for fans of all music, Saturday showcased the best in UK pop while Sunday rolled out some cracking rock and dance acts. Skiddle headed down on the Saturday to see what all the fuss was about.
The weather could not have been better, blue skies, a light breeze and the occasional cloud to provide some much needed respite from the rays. Chester Racecourse is a mightily impressive venue; ornate old fashioned watch buildings look down onto the perfectly green racecourse. A refreshment village greets you on entering, with a selection of bars and food stands providing essential delicacies such as... fish and chips, beer, and champagne. The staff were friendly and the produce well priced, a good start to the day.
The main ‘arena’ comprised of a pretty huge stage, a large grass viewing space, with plentiful portaloos (all of an impeccable standard) and a selection of pretty thrilling fairground rides around the stage. The crowd was hugely varied; families enjoying a summer’s day out with blankets and picnics, younger pop fans waving their Heart FM flags and ‘We Love...’ posters enthusiastically, glamorous young guys and gals soaking up the party atmosphere. The whole day had a great vibe, very relaxed and family orientated with enough entertainment and space for the older crowd to hang out and have some fun.
First of the big pop acts was Eliza Doolittle at around half past three, who gave a confident and distinctly summery performance, a great start to the music.
Sugababes came on next (my personal favourites!), with a set of their greatest hits, new and old. The crowd lapped it up, and the ladies put on a fantastic show with boundless energy and some killer vocals.
The Saturdays followed, and I have to say, they were excellent. Complex dance routines, saucy outfits, and a perfect selection of up-tempo pop hits.
The Wanted drove the crowds literally wild with an energetic performance, and McFly blew us all away with pyros, fireworks and confetti cannons.
Taio Cruz rounded things off nicely with strong vocals, huge bass lines and all the electro bleeps of his biggest hits. The sound system was excellent, loud and clear, and videos shot from each side of the stage then displayed on a huge screen behind the acts, ensured the whole crowd got to see to the action up close.
A really fantastic day, helped undoubtedly by the glorious weather, the first Chester Rocks was in our view a huge success. A wonderful atmosphere, well priced tickets and refreshments, a truly impressive line-up of pop stars, and enough space to relax on the grass or go crazy to your favourite acts at the front of the stage. We will most definitely be returning.
Tickets are no longer available for this event

Record figures at the Roodee for the first Chester Rocks weekend festival

Record figures at the Roodee for the first Chester Rocks weekend festival
ABOUT 20,000 people descended on Chester Racecourse for the eagerly-anticipated Chester Rocks festival at the weekend,
Adults, youngsters and families alike gathered at the Roodee for the two-day open air event which saw some of the biggest names in music strut their stuff in the glorious sunshine.
McFly, Taio Cruz, Sugababes and The Saturdays were just some of the pop acts that thousands of adoring fans flocked to see on Saturday, while artists including Feeder, Iggy and The Stooges and The Lightning Seeds pleased the rock groupies on Sunday.
Luckily for the crowds, both days were blessed with glorious sunshine, and families were kept entertained between acts with a funfair, facepainting and a variety of trade stands.
Rob March, Chester Racecourse’s head of marketing and communications said that the 'amazing' weekend went better than he could have hoped.
He said: "It turned out to be amazing, such a success and such a great local event for the city of Chester.
"This was a brand new event so there is lots of learning to take forward. Nothing on this scale has ever happened in Chester before but both days went amazingly smoothly.
"This is definitely something we would look to make an annual event. We’ll be going through the review process very carefully and looking at ways we can improve for following years.
"We were really lucky to hold the festival at such a great venue and I’m really pleased that lots of the feedback on sites like Twitter and Facebook has been so positive."

Top Music Acts Rock First Chester Music Festival - BBC News

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The Sugababes were one of the main attractions for the festival. Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewan performed tracks including Round Round, About You Now and Freak Like Me.

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WHAT is it Abraham Lincoln once said?
You can't please all of the people all of the time.
But this weekend it seemed that Chester Racecourse did.
A music festival that books acts from Iggy Pop to The Saturdays just shouldn't work.
And yet, somehow, it did.
Of course, it helped to split it into two. The first day was a feast of pop as The Wanted, McFly, the Sugababes, The Saturdays, Taio Cruz and Eliza Doolittle attracted a crowd of teenagers and parents.
One of the best sets came from The Christians, whose summer soul-tinged pop worked perfectly in a festival environment.
The second day was devoted to a more alternative line-up with acts ranging from the Lightning Seeds to Iggy Pop.

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A Pair Of Tickets To T4 On The Beach with PopDash

A Pair Of Tickets To T4 On The Beach

Win a chance to see JLS, Cher Lloyd, The Wanted and many more...

By David Renshaw on Monday 4th July 201

This Sunday everyone from JLS to Katy B will be hitting Weston Super-Mare for the annual T4 On The Beach event.
The all day show, which is televised live on Channel 4 will, this year, see performances from Example, Wretch 32, The Wanted, Sugababes, Yasmin, Parade, Cher Lloyd, Aloe Blacc, Olly Murs, Nicola Roberts, Jason Derulo, McFly, N-Dubz and Alexis Jordan plus many, many more.
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Sugababes 25 photos at Cazfest 2011 from Herts and Essex Observer

Sugababes @ Chester Rocks - Sexy Right Now

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Sugababes headline Bishop's Stortford's third annual Cazfest [HD] 2.7.11

VIDEO: Sugababes thrill Stortford crowds at Cazfest

By James Burton     

THOUSANDS of screaming fans flocked to Bishop's Stortford when S Club, The Overtones and Sugababes played at Saturday's (July 2) Cazfest.
The day-long extravaganza also included performances by Stortford-born R&B sensation Ed Drewett, indie bands Goldheart Assembly, Major Major and The Last Men and dozens more.

Sorry can't embed the HD video , but very high quality , go visit and support Cazfest ~ JEF 

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Top pop trio Sugababes played for a screaming growd of thousands at Bishop's Stortford's third annual Cazfest.

Sugababes - Chester Rocks. Clip

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My video of Sugababes at chester rocks!