Festival fever hots up

Tony Hadley has been booked for Chilfest 2013
Tony Hadley has been booked for Chilfest 2013

Organisers of this summer’s Chilfest music festival in Tring have been bowled over by demand for tickets to the big event.

More than 1,000 tickets were snapped up within 24 hours of going on sale, and that figure topped 3,000 in the first week. Capacity at the venue is limited to 7,000 on each evening.

Chilfest will be staged on the Pendley Activity Meadow on Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6.

Friday night’s bill will feature a contemporary pop line-up with Little Mix and former M People chart-topper Heather Small already confirmed.

Saturday night is a 1980s extravaganza which will see famous names from the period including Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley, Howard Jones, Rick Astley, Midge Ure, Carol Decker and Hazel O’Connor rolling back the years.

Promoter Steve Butcher, managing director of Universal Event Production, who has lived in Tring for 14 years, said: “‘We are thrilled to have received such a massive reaction to this event. We recommend that those wanting to attend book their tickets as soon as possible to guarantee their place at the biggest event this area has ever seen!”

The event has a £32,000 charity fundraising target for Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care and Aylesbury Women’s Aid.

Tickets are available online at www.chilfest.co.uk as well as Michael Anthony offices in Hemel Hempstead and Tring, Fennel Delicatessen in Berkamsted, Chic Boutique in Tring, The Old Chequers in Gaddesden Row and Tring’s Iain Rennie charity shop.

The Iain Rennie Hospice Shop, 16 High Street, Tring