Chester-le-EATS food, drink and music festival is back for 2023 and organisers, Durham Cricket, have unveiled a stellar line music line up
A Britain’s Got Talent finalist, X Factor contestant, Tik Tok stars and a whole host of other acts are all part of the entertainment line-up for Durham Cricket’s Chester-le-EATS festival.
Organisers of the food, drink and music event, which will take place at Seat Unique Riverside on September 30th and October 1st, have unveiled a top bill of talent.
It includes Tik Tok sensation, Lauren Amour, from South Shields who recently supported The Vamps, and who has more 300K followers on her account. Britain’s Got Talent finalist and Newcastle-born, Jamie Lee Harrison, who has opened for artists such as Becky Hill, Joel Correy, Ronan Keating, Sean Kingston, Lucy Spraggan and many more will also be taking centre stage as part of the festival.
Plus, Solo artist Jack Walton, who featured on X Factor – and who’s now performing in venues across the UK – will be wowing visitors with his vocals.
Ythan Sale, Durham Cricket’s Event Manager, said: “There’s some serious talent singing at this year’s event. Music and entertainment have always been an integral part of what we are trying to deliver with Chester-le-EATS, which is a fun-filled free weekend out for all the family.
“2023 also sees the addition of some children’s rides and Durham Cricket’s team mascots, lions Chester and River, will also be making an appearance. We are also excited to announce performances from Euphoria Dance Academy, a Chester-le-Street dance group led by Janet Balfour showcasing the vibrant dance culture and talent within our community.”
Indie and rock musician Connor Pattison, from Bishop Auckland; folk-pop singer Paige Temperley, from Newcastle; singer-songwriter David Stoker, and acoustic Geordie duo and twin sisters, Bicker, will also be performing at the event.
When it comes to food and drink, visitors can expect the North East’s finest producers selling food from all corners of the globe.
Street food favourites Redheads Mac N Cheese; The Calabash Tree serving up Caribbean cuisine; Bangladeshi food from Mivesi Spice; Scream for Pizza; Doughvine Desserts; The Gourmet Burger Van; Mr Chipstix; Parm-o-Rama; and Phi Pie – which will be tantalising taste buds with Greek gyros, are all confirmed for this year’s event.
Plus, guests can tuck into tasty buys from producers including The Great British Cheese Company which will be selling their famous cheese truckles; award-winning chutneys, jams and marmalades from The Cherry Tree, Durham-based Pitwheel Distillery; Le Mini Macaron; honey from the Travelling Bee Company; Durham Coffee; an outdoor freight bar from Durham Cricket and plenty more.
“Chester-le-EATS is only in its second year, but we’ve already upped the ante with a jam-packed food, drink and music line-up and entertainment for people of all ages. Thousands flocked to last year’s event, and we hope people are getting excited about this year’s festival,” said Rob Warren, Durham Cricket’s Venue Director.
“Seat Unique Riverside, the home of Durham Cricket, is not only known globally for its sporting events but for putting on top-class concerts with the likes of The Who, UB40, Sir Rod Stewart and Boy George gracing the stage this year. Our aim has always been to expand our events calendar and deliver a varied programme which not only appeals to people outside the area but to our local community too,” he added.
A spokesperson from Chester-le-EATS event sponsors StayLocal, a new promotion and discount platform bringing local independent traders and shoppers together, said: “It is so exciting for us to launch StayLocal at Chester-le-Eats. We believe that local, independent traders are the essence of a local economy, the lifeblood of our highstreets and the much-needed flavour, colour, and fight in what are ever homogenised and underfunded village, town and city high streets.”
Chester-le-EATS will take place on September 30th from 10am to 4pm and October 1st from 10am to 3pm. For more information about the event, including the full lineup, performance times and visitor car parking, visit www.durhamcricket.co.uk