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Get your 80s groove on, it’s Chilfest 2021

The long-established Herts festival has confirmed its dates for this summer. It's got posh loos, tribute acts, sushi and nice wine - where do we sign?

Imagine: it’s a July evening and the sun is setting. You’re dancing in a field with your besties, wine in hand, listening to one of the country’s best Eighties acts. You take your VIP pass to the luxury loos and finally after a night of rocking out to the music of your youth, you wake up… in your own crisp, 500 cotton count bed. We’re telling you, this is festival 2.0 for the, ahem, more experienced festival goer, and yes, people, you can actually experience it this summer.

After a year of on-and-off lockdowns, the festival season is most definitely ON, and one of the first to confirm is local favourite, Chilfest. Set to take place in Tring on July 9- 10, Chilfest is aiming to come back big after being forced to postpone last year. The Friday night is dedicated to tribute acts – The Bootleg Beatles, Queen One Vision, Noasis and Tania Alboni’s Tribute to Amy Winehouse, among others. Then on the Saturday it’s time to get your double denim, hussar jackets and shoulder pads out for the main event – an 80s throwback fest.

L-R: Adam Ant, Tony Hadley, Leee John

Acts confirmed so far are Adam Ant (my big crush, 1982 – hands off) , Tony Hadley, Roland Gift of the Fine Young Cannibals, Leee John of Imagination, Boney M’s Maizie Williams, The Real Thing, Blancmange, The Christians, Matt Bianco and Heatwave. It’s like Smash Hits come to life.

Love the fact that Chilfest is committed to reducing waste by banning single use plastic bottles and using only bio-degradable food containers and there’s an annual hefty contribution to local charities too.

Tickets are a steal – for adults it’s £26.50 (Friday) and £52.50 (Saturday), or for families of four it will set you back £64 (Friday) or £135 (Saturday). Don’t forget the essential add-on – a luxury loo pass for £6 (Friday) and £10 (Saturday). Car parking costs £5, with the money going to Tring Rugby, Football and Athletics club. The Friday event runs 5pm-11pm and for the Saturday event get your carriage ready Cinders – the fun starts at midday and ends at midnight.

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Chilfest 2021

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