Main Stage

Craig Charles

From Red Dwarf to Robot Wars to Radio 6 and Radio 2 via the cobbles of Coronation Street, Charles’ career has seen him transform from respected actor to musical icon with twenty years of broadcasting under his belt!

Craig’s pioneering BBC 6 Music Funk and Soul Show was born in 2002 and has since broadcast live every Saturday night with an assortment of emerging talents and classic gems, earning him global support and recognition as one of the UK’s foremost funk and soul tastemakers, DJs and promoters of new music.

With a jammed packed year in the making, the Funk and Soul train keeps movin’ along without a stop in sight – in the words of the dancehall don himself, ‘No sleep till way past bedtime’.

The Beat featuring Rankin’ Junior

The band crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they created an infectious dance rhythm. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, The Beat became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British ska movement.

By Christmas of 1979, The Beat were riding high in the UK charts with their first single, a smoking remake of the classic Smokey Robinson tune Tears of a Clown.

Over the course of the next five years The Beat toured relentlessly and released three studio albums: “I Just Can’t Stop It”, “Wh’appen”, both reaching number 3 in The UK album charts and “Special Beat Service”. The band toured the world, touring with such artists as David Bowie, The Police, REM, The Clash, The Talking Heads, The Pretenders, and The Specials, to name but a few.

The Beat kept scoring hits with tunes that have now become so popular that it’s hard to remember a time when they didn’t exist, such as Mirror in the Bathroom, Hands Off… She’s Mine, Too Nice To Talk To, Save it for Later, I Confess, Stand Down Margaret, and their serene cover of Andy William’s Can’t Get Used To Losing You.

The Beat featuring Ranking Jnr continue to perform all the classic hits in their dynamic live shows 

Love Distraction

Love distrACTION is the UK’s no.1 premier Tribute to The Human League. Utilising a clever mixture of live synthesizers and guitar, this truly accurate, authentic, dedicated and genuine tribute act capture the exact mood, essence and feel of The Human League. Known for their ability to sound exactly like the iconic 80s group, Love DistrAction’s attention to detail and musicianship is the reason why many are already referring to them as the UK’s premier Tribute to The Human League. There may be other bands who look the part, but Love DistrAction is as true as it gets to the real thing, with their captivating concert style show, guaranteed to bring back special memories, keeping you fully entertained and mesmerised from the time they walk on stage, right through to their breathtaking finale.

The Wurzels

In 1976 The Wurzels hit jackpot with their hit ‘Combine Harvester’ which was a parody of Melanie’s Brand New Key.  It made No 1 and sold over 500,000 copies in the U.K. alone.  The B-side ‘Blackbird’ was No 1 in Canada. This was followed up by ‘Cider Drinker’, which rocketed up the charts, giving the group a No 3 hit and their second silver disc for sales over the 250,000 mark in a matter of weeks. Their third single ‘Morning Glory’ sold 40,000 in the first week .

Twenty-five years after their number one smash ‘Combine Harvester’,  The Wurzels were back in the Top 40 Hit Parade with a Remix.They followed this in the summer of 2003 with their OO-AR-SIS parody of the Oasis hit ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger; taken from their album ‘NEVER MIND THE BULLOCKS’.

The single generated unprecedented interest not only from clubbers and DJs, but also in the national press, on TV and radio – and BBC Radio 1 Also E.M.I. released “The Finest ‘Arvest of The Wurzels.” featuring tracks recorded between 1966 and 1978 by The Wurzels – and the late, great Adge Cutler which has sold over 100,000 copies.

The Wurzels continue to play over 100 sell-out shows throughout the UK,every year.

They are Festival favourites at Glastonbury,Bestival,Boomtown Fair,Car Fest,Wychwood,Beautiful Days etc.etc.

This bunch of haystack-headed,not- quite- so-young lads have long paved the way for Scrumpy n Western – a genre packed full of double entendre,mainstream parody and a comical folk style – the perfect accompaniment to cider drinking.

Dick and Dom

Dick & Dom have established themselves as entertainment powerhouses and Chalfest royalty, boasting a diverse portfolio spanning television, theatre, film, and radio. Their groundbreaking BBC1 Saturday morning game show, ‘Dick & Dom in Da Bungalow‘, earned them double BAFTA wins, captivating audiences with its unique blend of humour and interactive challenges. Furthermore, they produced acclaimed shows such as ‘Diddy Movies‘, ‘Diddy TV‘, ‘Splatalot‘, and ‘The Legend of Dick and Dom‘. Their science entertainment program, ‘Absolute Genius‘, secured them yet another BAFTA for best presenters, showcasing their versatility and appeal across different genres.

In addition to their illustrious careers in entertainment, Dick & Dom have found success as DJs, delighting tens of thousands of fans with their unique raves across the UK. Their memorable performance at Boomtown in 2022 drew record crowds, and they’ve graced the stages of renowned festivals such as Kendal Calling, Camp Bestival, Gone Wild, Standon Calling, Carfest, and the Cambridge Club Festival.

Ozma

Having surrounded herself with some very notable names in the music industry and worked alongside some top recording artists and producers, after years in the planning Ozma is now ready to release her music to the world.
Since hitting over 2,000,000 streams on her cover of ‘So Sick’ she has proven what an extraordinary young talent she is and has now pushed her focus towards the R&B/Pop genre to take the UK music scene by storm with her fresh take on the early 2000’s sound. Her first solo release is due before this summer.
Ozma has been tipped to be the next best female artist and we are delighted to have her play the Chalfest main stage. One to watch. 

Graham’s Stage

Stereotonice, Break the Rules, The Big Bamboo Band, Casual Six, The Hands, The Leon Daye Band, Fallen Idols

Badger, Catching Cairo, Kaz, Ree$ featuring Avocado Mountain, Valporate, Junglecast, Kray-Z-Legz, 145AYWON

Village Green Stage

Chalford Brass Band, Befit, The Surge, Rock your Asana – Yoga to power ballads, Ballyhoo

Kids Entertainment

Silly Science,Thomas Trilby, Steve Kaos, School of Larks, Ballyhoo

Play Circle, Adventure Team Party, climbing wall plus a host of kids activities

CrazyBird Comedy Tent

Jon Pearson MC, Julia Stanton, Phil Cooper, Andrew White, Sean Gorman, Kevin Daniel

Chalfest 2024 will be held on July 19th and 20th and will just get better and better. If you want to get involved by trading, performing, sponsoring or helping with the production you can email info@chalfest.co.uk