Chesney Hawkes tells us about Devon & Let’s Rock Exeter!

Devon’s fantastic Let’s Rock Exeter! music festival hits Powderham Castle on Saturday 1st July 2017, with a fabulous line‐up of artists to bring you the very best of the 80s. Add in an action packed day of general 80s madness, and you’ll find there’s plenty to do for everyone at this family friendly festival.

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Visit Devon spoke to Chesney Hawkes, one of Let’s Rock’s headline artists, to find out why this fun music festival is one of his favourites – and what he thinks of Devon.

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You’ve performed at Let’s Rock Exeter! a few times now and you’re at Exeter’s Bierkeller in June – you must be pretty fond of us Devon folk!
Of course! I love Devon – it’s a beautiful part of the world especially at this time of the year!

What do you enjoy about performing at the Let’s Rock festivals?
I love the fact that people just want to have a good time and relive the music of their youth. It’s always so refreshing to play to a crowd that doesn’t care about being ‘cool’ or ‘hip’, they just check their inhibitions at the door and dance and sing along to the soundtrack of their lives. It’s also the most colourful crowd you’ll ever see!

Where will you be off to after Let’s Rock Exeter!?
I’m performing at a lot of the Let’s Rock festivals this year – Southampton, London, Norwich … as well as all sorts of other gigs (check out

Eventually, I’ll be heading home to LA, which is where I live now.

Do you ever get time off to enjoy Devon while you’re here? Where do you like to go if so?
I hope to do that this year actually. My parents used to take us to Torquay when we were young, so I’ll definitely try to visit there if possible … I also have friends in Plymouth!

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About Let’s Rock Exeter

Ideal for both families and adults, Let’s Rock Exeter returns to the magnificent Powderham Castle on Saturday 1st July 2017,  and promises a great show from a host of internationally-known retro artists.

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The organizers of Let’s Rock Exeter! pride themselves on the fact that their events are aimed at the whole family, with entertainment for everyone.  Children can enjoy tonnes of free stuff to keep them occupied, including circus workshops with the Bigtopmania Circus, face painting and crafts. With a super funfair as well as children’s entertainers, Let’s Rock Exeter! offers the perfect day out for all the family.  There will also be multiple bars, plus food from around the world.

VIP tickets allow access to the funky 80s themed VIP enclosure, where you can sit back and relax in the comfy chill out zone or enjoy the outdoor seating area. The VIP enclosure includes a full bar serving quality brands and 80s cocktails, plus of course the all-important VIP luxury loos – essential at any festival! VIP tickets include entry to the festival plus a souvenir programme, meal and welcome drink. Camping/glamping is available again on the Saturday night.

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