Initially a private event for a small number of people, Chagstock has managed to grow and bring each year more loyal fans to Devon. This is a micro yet peculiar fest held in a garden, where there is enough space to grow seeds of music, dance and freedom.
Founded in 2003, Chagstock Festival’s goal has always been linked to the idea of having a gathering filled with good energies and a lot of entertainment possibilities. This has always been the philosophy behind it and the motto to which the Chagstock has remained true.
Situated in the northern edge of Dartmoor National Park, the event grew mature but kept its low profile ideology. Chagstock Fest’s intimate endeavour has continued and is still a priority but, nowadays, it holds capacity for a larger audience.
Yearly, it welcomes about 5,000 people, and 5,000 people only. Those are the numbers and those are the tickets sold for Chagstock since the team wants to assure that it keeps on being intimate, familiar and relaxed.
The media normally compare it to a field party that developed into something bigger, stronger, more solid, and more certain of what it’s the road to take. Now it is, actually, mentioned as one of Westcountry’s favourite music events.
Why? Because, besides staying true to its ideas, the Chagstock organisation also chose a stunning location for the music festival to take place and makes sure it offers a diverse line-up, edition after edition, after edition. Also one of the event’s statuses is being completely supportive of new local artists. They want to publicize them, whether they play rock, folk or blues. What matters most is that they have high standards when selecting their agenda.
On 18th and 19th of July, the programme has included performances from The Waterboys, The Selecter, Moulettes, Talisman and The Real Ish Band. “What makes Chagstock one of the Westcountry’s best-loved festivals is its stunning location with a backdrop of rolling green hills, its intimate atmosphere,” said Express & Echo and concluded by stating: “No one does festival quite like the Westcountry and Chagstock didn’t fail to disappoint this year.”