This Thursday sees the start of the two week long “Castell Roc Festival” that is held within the stunning historic arena at Chepstow Castle. After the fabulous show held in 2014 this long awaited Event is a major attraction for the Town and County as thousands flock to see the big names hitting the big stage.
The Festival has been nationally recognised and “relaxed and chilled” and provides some excellent entertainment that is usually not seen outside of National Theatres or Concert venues. From major touring Artiste’s to Chart hitting stars to West End shows, the Festival has something for everyone all very neatly wrapped up in what must be one of the most beautiful open air venues in the UK.
We are highlighting the shows on offer this week as Castell Roc kicks off with some style.
Thursday sees a totally free Event. “The Big-C Charity Bash” has free entry with donations taken throughout the evening for Marie Curie Cancer Care. This Cider & hog roast themed night will include performances from two bands, a female vocal diva, a collection of four community choirs, comedy from James Redmond (from BBC’s hit drama Casualty) and finishing the night with a party will be Big Mac’s Wholly Soul Band. The Event is un-ticketed so it is simply a case of arrive and enjoy, but with entry limited to the fits 1500 we advise readers to be early to avoid disappointment.
Friday sees a switch of pace as three of the Uk’s finest rock tributes storming the Castle. “Monsters Of Roc” reminds us of the heady days of the massive rock concerts held in the late 80’s. The show will include high octane performances from ‘Hells Bells’, ‘The ZZTops’ and ‘Letz Zep’. These bands have a fabulous reputation for their dynamic shows and with a plethora of rock tunes blasting out in will be a classic trip down memory lane, just have your air guitars at the ready.
Saturday is a chance to see the hitmakers of the Mod and Ska era. Bruce Foxton’s ‘From The Jam’ and Buster Bloodvessel’s ‘Bad Manners’ will be taking to the stage in this double headed one off spectacular. Expect hit after hit as these two heavyweights come together for a night of pure “Mod:Ska Gold”. Bruce Foxton who with Paul Weller knocked up some of the finest tunes of the 70’s & 80’s with ‘The Jam’ such as Eton Rifles, Going Underground & Town Calles Malice joined with the 80’s stars ‘Bad Manners’ with their Special Brew, Lip Up Fatty & Can Can, the night is sure to be a corker.
Sunday sees a calmer night with the chance to experience the story of the American duo that became one of the most revered recording Artiste’s off all time. “The Simon & Garfunkel Story” arrives at Chepstow direct from London’s West End and a sold-out UK Tour and consists of a collaboration of projection photos and film footage blended with a full live band. It’s a fabulous trip down memory lane, told in a wonderful way. Described as “Fantastic” by BBC Radio 2 & “Authentic & exciting” by The Stage magazine and including all the hits such as Mrs Robinson, Cecelia, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Homeward Bound, we can’t think of a nicer way to spend a Sunday summers evening.
All shows commence open at approximately 6:30 and for those that haven’t already bought tickets a limited number will be on-sale at the gate.
Next week, we’ll have a review of this week’s shows and details of the Festivals second week.
Full details of all the shows are available at http://www.castellroc.co.uk