What is the perfect recipe for an evening out?
First, take one absolutely gorgeous Welsh Castle. Add a big stage, a great sound system and quality theatre lighting. Squeeze in a superb bar selling quality local ales, ciders, quality wines and spirits. Mix in locally sourced food outlets. Finally sprinkle with an array of amazing stars of the stage and “viola”, you have a taste of CASTELL ROC FESTIVAL.
Held inside the historic walls of Chepstow Castle and hosting a variety of different shows to suit all tastes, the Festival has been nationally praised for its relaxed atmosphere as well as its world class Venue. It’s not like Glastonbury, for one it’s small (but perfectly formed), it’s definitely quaint, it’s intimate, the acoustics are brilliant, it’s perfect for all ages and it is by far much prettier.
The Festival has a star studded array of brilliant shows all lined up for August 2018. We know that with the weather like it is at the moment August does seems a long way away, but tickets to these shows sell out really fast, with fans flocking from all over the UK and Europe (as well as attracting sales from Canada & USA), to enjoy seeing the big stars ‘under the stars’. The shows on offer are usually reserved for Inner City locations, so a chance to see these Artistes in such a picturesque Venue is what makes things so special.
The Festival kicks off on the 16thAugust, with its now legendary annual rock show “Monsters Of Roc” which this year features the best tributes to Led Zeppelin (LedZep), Whitesnake (WhitesnakeUK) & Guns N Roses (UK Guns N Roses). Bring you ‘air guitars’ and be catapulted back in time, when Rock ruled the World.
Friday 17thAugust is a chance to see a band hailed as “the best live band in the country” by The Guardian, “Alabama3”. The band (probably most famous for the theme tune to the TV “The Sopranos”) also features the incredible singer songwriter “Philippa Hanna” with her live band.
Saturday 18thAugust is a very special intimate evening, when the incredible “Dr Hook”, starring Dennis Locorriere arrive at the Castle. With a whole host of hits lined up, this show is the only show in the UK with tickets available to purchase in 2018! A guaranteed sell-out…….so do be quick……
Sunday 19th August is a night of Blues & Grooves, featuring the multi award winning stars of modern blues “King King”, saluted as ‘the best blues-rock band in the world’ (Blues Rock Review), credited for ‘setting the blues world on fire’ (Classic Rock), nominated for Best New Band at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour and handed back-to-back British Blues Awards. Support is provided by “Buck & Evans” featuring virtuoso guitarist Chris Buck who was recently named as ‘best new guitarist in the world’, plus a slot from Blues stalwarts “The Worried Men”.
After a brief rest, Friday 24thAugust is a chance to see one of the biggest success stories in British Theatre history as the “Magic Of Motown” cruises in to town. Seen by over 1 million people worldwide the incredible ‘Magic Of Motown’ is packed with stunning musicianship, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves as well as over 40 non-stop Motown hits.…….You will be ‘dancing in the streets’ after this show.
Saturday 25thAugust is an intimate chance to see the wonders of UK Country Music “The Shires”. Undeniably the biggest thing to hit the UK Country music scene, ever! The duo, consisting of Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes continue their total domination with two albums both hitting the UK top ten and a stunning third album release just out entitled “Accidentally On Purpose”. Close fans of The Shires will already know that the BBC documentary ‘The Shires – New Country’ which discusses their incredible rise to stardom and the catalyst for a rise in UK County featured footage taken from a performance in Chepstow Castle in 2016.
Sunday 26thAugust, all the way from Australia is the one and only Grammy Award winning, international chart topping “Leo Sayer”. This show will be stuffed full of Leo’s incredible hits from over the years and will include a special guest appearance from “Mari Wilson & The New Wilsations”.
Monday 27thAugust is a first in the UK with a show dedicated to two pop icons “Prince” & “Michael Jackson”.Both Artistes will be bringing their full bands along with backing singers, making this show effectively two shows for the price of one. The only question is will there be a Prince & Michael Jackson duet?
Thursday 30this a chance to enjoy a great night of Ska & Reggae when the brilliant “The Dualers” hit the big stage. The 9 piece Jamaican rhythm & blues band have broken musical barriers by catapulting their style of music back in to the UK Top 40 with no industry or professional backing. Support provided by the 7-piece Cardiff stompers “The Naverones”.
Friday 31stAugust sees the return of The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club. Yes the TV star of Red Dwarf, Coronation Street, The Gadget Show plus many others is also an incredible DJ hosting his own BBC Radio show dedicated to funk & soul, from classics to fresh new talent! Support provided by the ever entertaining “Big Macs Wholly Soul Band”
Saturday 1stSeptember hosts an unforgettable evening celebrating a global superstar “George Michael” with the spell binding full blown theatrical show ‘FastLove’. Jam packed with crowd pleasing anthems, from the Wham classics right through the awesome tunes of the nineties and noughties. A chance to relive the passion, the flare and the unique sensitivity of George Michael.
The Festival proudly rounds off its 2018 shows on Sunday 2ndSeptember with a Family Fun Day. With totally Free Entry from mid-day until 10:00pm and featuring a whole host of talented local musicians and other attractions on offer including free entry to explore the Castle between mid-day and 5:00pm (saving £6.90 per adult).
Tickets to all shows are strictly limited however if you head over to www.castellroc.co.uk you can grab yourselves currently discounted ‘Earlybird’ tickets, plus get loads of information on each of the shows as well as the Venue. There are also some brilliant photos of previous Events to show you what you’ve been missing in previous years.
Alternatively the Festival Box Office is at Hannah’s Music, Chepstow (01291 627122).