Like many 2020 events Cheshire’s Family Friendly Music, Food and Lifestyle Extravaganza Deva Fest had to be postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, but the organisers promised they wouldn’t be beaten and they have stayed true to their word by doubling down and adding more star names to their rearranged 2021 event.
The event now takes place on the weekend of the 13th – 15th August 2021 at Chester Lakes, Dodleston near Chester and the organisers are showing their gratitude to NHS staff and key workers by giving away over £8,000 of tickets as their way of saying thank you to the heroes who have worked so hard to keep us all safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Visit devafest.co.uk/thankyou to check eligibility and to enter a free ballot for 50 pairs of tickets per day with entrances closing at 5pm on Wednesday 5th August.
Managing Partner Phil Marston said “Having had such a great opening year in 2019 we were really looking forward to making the 2020 event bigger and better again and had already brought Symphonic Ibiza back for the Old School Dance Anthems Day on the Friday as well as booking Sophie Ellis-Bextor for Pirate Day on the Saturday and Scouting for Girls were headlining on Festival Sunday.
It was quickly apparent that trying to hold a festival wouldn’t be right during the current outbreak and we made a fairly early decision to postpone to 2021. We are really grateful that nearly 90 percent of our ticket holders supported us by holding on to their tickets for the rearranged 2021 event and we promised them we would make it worth their wait by turbo charging the event”.
And that’s exactly what they have done!
The organisers had already announced that the festival would start with 2019’s stand out act Symphonic Ibiza returning to headline the Old School Dance Anthems Day on the Friday. The collective are back to reimagine more classics from the White Isle complete with renowned DJ Andy Joyce, conductor Steve Etherington and a full symphony orchestra. 90s dance legend Sonique has now also been added to the line-up. The Brit award winning platinum selling singer, musician and DJ ripped up dance floors with hits like I Put a Spell on You, Sky and It Feels so Good. She brings back all the best memories of the 90s and noughties dance scene with some absolute anthems.
Saturday is Pirate Day with parades, street art and fancy-dress competitions rounded off by a set from the nation’s lockdown kitchen disco sweetheart Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Having pulled off one coup by securing Sophie the organisers have pulled off another by adding Heather Small to Saturday’s roster. Heather became one of the voices of the 1990s as lead singer of M-People. Tunes like Moving On Up, One Night In Heaven and Search For The Hero became the soundtrack to the decade. Heather has since had great successes with two solo albums and the title track of her ‘Proud’ album has gone on to become an Olympic anthem.
Deva Fest finishes with Festival Sunday where the organisers had already announced a set from everyone’s favourite singalong festival band Scouting for Girls. Added to the bill for Sunday are Britpop royalty Dodgy with their string of anthemic tunes including Staying Out For The Summer and the massive hit Good Enough – officially one of the most played tracks on British radio in the last 20 years. Gigs and festival appearances have always been a crucial part of the Dodgy experience, and for many they are the perfect festival band.
The Deva Fest organisers like to do things a little bit differently, so there is a fairground on the festival field which is free to use, the main stage will again be in a huge big top, so there is no need to worry about the weather and there will be plenty to do for families. New for 2021 is a second outside stage for local artists to showcase their talents.
The Deva Fest team try and think of everything and are the only festival in the country who can pick you up and get you home free of charge via their shuttle buses. New for 2021 is an expanded network which will operate from Chester City Centre, Chester Railway Station, Hoole, Handbridge, Westminster Park, Ellesmere Port, Wrexham, Gresford and Rossett (see the Deva Fest website for route details). For those who want to drive there is plenty of free parking right outside the festival gates.
What set Deva Fest apart from many festivals was the quality of its food offering and Taste Cheshire will again be hand selecting street food vendors to make sure that locally produced tasty offerings and treats are on offer whilst Chester venues Liquor and Co and Craft & Company will be providing full bar facilities via parent company iKO Ventures.
Tickets will be on sale for the August 2021 event on Friday 7th August at devafest.co.uk. Early Bird Day tickets are £27.50 for adults and £18.50 for children, tickets for the whole weekend are £59.50 for adults and £37.50 for children whilst weekend tickets to include camping from Friday to Monday are £79.50 for adults and £54.50 for children