Chesil Rocks 2017 takes place on Saturday 24th June, and will again be at Higher Farmhouse, Langton Herring. The line-up will be performing alternately on two stages - one outside and one in a marquee - and include a great variety of music, comedy, magic, cabaret and storytelling from Dorset and beyond. Almost the longest day of the year, gates will open at 11am and the event will run until about 11.30pm. We are very proud to be supporting Samaritans of Dorset again. Last year we raised over £8,000 for this crucial charity - a quarter of their entire budget. Suicide remains the leading cause of death in men under 50 and disproportionately affects certain occupations such as those involved in farming, mothers of young children and in young people generally. This needs to change. As Chesil Rocks is not a commercial event, and due to our generous sponsors, the tickets, food and drinks are all keenly priced. We plan to have brilliant activities for children too, including facepainting, fossil painting, a treasure hunt, magicians, a play area and storytelling. Appearing on the stages will be a number of great bands and musicians, and we are delighted to welcome to Chesil Rocks for the first time Devon based folk-punk sensations The Leylines, the fabulous London Gay Man's Chorus Ensemble, Manchester based XTALK, Kevin Avebury and popular local band the Mad Hatters. We shall also be welcoming back the WTF Band - effectively a Dorset Supergroup - but featuring this year Robbie McIntosh, Steve Wilson, Lee Worsley, Mick Taylor and Lucy Hacket. Also returning are the Million Dollar Bash, Slipstream, the C Sharp Blues Band, Seren, the Portesham Ukulele Band and stand-up comedy hosted by Tom Glover. Wandering around the arena and performing unexpectedly to groups of people will be the Half Eight Quartet; the wonderful Jenny Moon will be telling amazing stories to people of all ages and in our healing area, there will be spiritual healing and massages available. Those wishing to attend should be aware that Chesil Rocks has a strict 500 person capacity and we have sold out in each of the last four years - so buy your tickets in advance or get there early! The food outlets will be even better similar to previous years with freshly made Pizzas from Dorset Woodfired Pizza, gourmet burgers from award winning Poundbury based Brace of Butchers, meat free street food from the Wylde Green Kitchen and gourmet fish soup made by the famous Riverside Restaurant in West Bay. Also available will be freshly brewed coffee from the Dorset Coffee Company, cream teas from Samaritans and delicious ice cream. We'll have an amazing bar, with real ale and cider fresh from the barrel - at just £3 per pint - wine and a selection of soft drinks also all at reasonable prices. This year there will also be a fantastic cocktail bar selling an exciting range of cocktails including the trendy Aperol Spritz and classic Mojitos and we will also be serving up Pimms and Prosecco! PLEASE DO NOT TRY AND TAKE ANY ALCOHOL TO THE EVENT. We take our legal responsibilities very seriously, and having control over the supply of alcohol is one of them and can only be achieved effectively by being the only source on site. The purpose of Chesil Rocks is also to raise funds for Samaritans - so we are reliant upon bar sales. Please respect this! We will operate a Challenge 25 policy, where anybody who looks like they may be under 25 will be asked for proof of age before being supplied with alcohol. Security will be provided ensuring the event runs smoothly and safely. One of their roles will be to ensure people don't bring any alcohol onto the site and entry will only be granted to those who are prepared to be subject to a search, to include bags and other items being carried or brought in. On grounds of safety, we ask that those attending do not bring any glass or BBQ's to the event and only Guide Dogs will be allowed entry. We are extremely grateful to Atlantic Audio who will be doing the sound and lighting and to our other sponsors including Weymouth and Portland Scaffolding who are providing our staging for the third year in succession.

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