‘Up for everything’: Sir Bob’s verdict on Chilfest crowd

Thousands of people poured into a field on the outskirts of Tring for the town’s second annual Chilfest music festival – and Sir Bob Geldof was very impressed.

He and his band the Boomtown Rats headlined the three-day entertainment extravaganza on the Friday night.

Sir Bob Geldof performing at Chilfest - photo courtesy of www.adamhollier.co.uk

Sir Bob Geldof performing at Chilfest - photo courtesy of www.adamhollier.co.uk

He said: “It looks like the crowd is up for everything - which is exactly what you want.”

He said it was great that the festival was so close to the town, so that lots of people in Tring can go to it.

And the Boomtown Rats weren’t the only big act at the festival - Jason Donovan headlined the Saturday Chilfest and X Factor stars Union J were there on Sunday.

The first two days had a 1980s theme, while the third was aimed at a younger audience with pop bands like 911 and the Loveable Rogues on the line-up.

Reporter David O'Neill interviews Sir Bob Geldof

Reporter David O'Neill interviews Sir Bob Geldof

Other highlights included a stomping set by Bad Manners, dazzling synthpop by Heaven 17 - singers of the 1980s hit Temptation, and a psychedelic show by Dr and the Medics.

There were also sets by From The Jam, Big Country, China Crisis, Leee John (Imagination), Boney M featuring Maizie Williams and Go West.

A new band called 5th Story - featuring pop stars Dane Bowers, Kenzie,Kavana, Gareth Gates and Adam Rickett - got the girls screaming on the Sunday.

And that’s not even mentioning show compere, legendary TV personality Keith Chegwin.

Speaking to this website before going stage, Sir Bob said that performing at Chilfest would help him cope with the death of his 25-year-old daughter Peaches in April.

He said: “Once you are on stage you do not behave like you do here. You are in another space altogether, which is very intoxicating, liberating and cathartic.

“At the end of it, you are not just physically exhausted, but emotionally resolved and clear.”

He said performing for the show wasn’t as difficult as you may think.

He said: “I have a cup of tea – black tea – and put on my bobbing, booming snakeskin suit and transform instantly.

“It’s like David Suchet - as soon as he puts on the moustache, he becomes Poirot. Suddenly you are in the groove, because you are wearing this mega-suit.”

And the crowds were in good spirits too – there were eight bars, ensuring that there were none of last year’s delays in getting served booze at Chilfest.