Festival season is well and truly here with live outdoor music events taking place all over the country and right here on our doorstep too.
The festival movement grows bigger every year with new events, large and small, springing up all over the place, writes Heather Jan Brunt.
One of the biggest in our area is Chilfest and this second year sees the best ever line up of sounds from the 80s and contemporary pop playing over the three days.
The gig at Pendley Meadow in Tring kicks off on Friday with the Boomtown Rats, Heaven 17, From The Jam, Big Country, China Crisis and Dr and The Medics.
On Saturday Jason Donovan tops a bill that includes Toyah, Leee John (Imagination), Boney M featuring Maizie Williams, Go West and Bad Manners.
And the festival finishes on Sunday afternoon with Union J, three piece girl band Stooshe, Rough Copy, 5th Story, 911, Tich, Amelia Lily, Loveable Rogues and The Reverie.
Union J is a boy band formed in 2013 exclusively for the second series of ITV2 reality documentary series The Big Reunion. The members are Gareth Gates, Dane Bowers, Kavana, Adam Rickitt and Kenzie.
The Reverie is the winner of Chilfactor and will open the gig on Sunday.
Chilfest organiser Steve Butcher said: “We had over 60 entries for Chilfactor from across the Home Counties. This was then whittled down to six semi finalists, and then an overall winner was chosen.
“The prize up for grabs was to open Chilfest on the Sunday, and to receive a cheque from Chilfest for £1,000 to put towards recording their first single.
“The Reverie is a worthy winner, and Dom Cox the lead vocalist is thrilled to be opening on Sunday.”
Last year’s festival was heavily criticised for not having sufficient bars, resulting in people having to queue for up to two hours.
This year changes have been made to ensure this is not repeated and so there will be eight bars.
These will include two main bars serving beer and cider, one bar serving ales, one Pimms bar, one cocktail bar, two bars serving water and soft drinks and one bar serving wines and spirits.
In addition to bringing first class live entertainment to the area, Chilfest raises money for two important local charities, Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Tickets are no longer available online but can still be purchased from several retailers across the area including Aylesbury, Wendover and Pitstone. For full details see www.chilfest.co.uk