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First Chester Rocks festival attracts 20,000 music fans

CHESTER Rocks will be back – and next time it will be bigger and better.

That was the pledge from hosts Chester Racecourse in the aftermath of the first pop and rock festival to be held at the Roodee.

About 20,000 fans from Cheshire, and North Wales and beyond flocked to the venue across the two days to see acts such as The Wanted, McFly, The Saturdays, Sugababes, Feeder and Iggy and The Stooges.

Rob March, Chester Racecourse’s head of marketing and communications, said the ‘amazing’ weekend went better than he could ever have hoped.

“This is definitely something we would look to make an annual event,” he said.

“We’ll be going through the review process very carefully and looking at ways we can improve for following years.

“It turned out to be amazing, such a success and such a great event. We’re still waiting for a final number count but it’s looking at about 20,000 up to now.”

He added: “This was a new event, nothing on this scale has ever happened in Chester before, but both days went amazingly smoothly.

“We were really lucky and I’m really pleased lots of the feedback on sites like Twitter and Facebook has been so positive.”

General opinion of the biggest pop and rock festival ever staged in Chester has been largely positive, with the majority of festival-goers saying they hope the show will become an annual event.

“This definitely should become a yearly thing,” said dad David McMillan, 49, who took his children George and Charlotte to watch the fun.

“The area needs something like this, there’s not been anything like it so far. You would usually have to go to Manchester or Liverpool for this kind of thing.”

And Gemma Merna, who plays Carmel Valentine in Chester-based TV soap Hollyoaks said: “I think it should become a once-a year event – I’m having a great day.”

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