EXCITEMENT is building with just one week until brand-new music, food and lifestyle festival, Deva Fest, comes to Chester.

The festival will be staged at Chester Lakes in Dodleston, Chester, across three days, Friday 6 to Sunday, September 8.

The event promises fun for all the family with amazing attractions, traditional fun fair, local artisan food and drink vendors, and an all-star music and live entertainment line-up.

Highlights across the weekend include headline performances from The Feeling on Saturday’s Carnival Day and Symphonic Ibiza with guest vocalists Natasha Hamilton and Marcella Woods on Sunday’s Old School Reunion.

Deva Fest is a collaboration between lifestyle businesses We Love Good Times and Taste Cheshire bringing a celebration of the finest music, food, drink and entertainment to the Cheshire region.

Friday’s ‘party night’ will be open 5pm-11pm, whilst gates open Saturday and Sunday at midday.

A circus style ‘big-top’ will house the main stage where visitors can sing and dance the weekend away come rain or shine.

Here we take a look at the full music programme which will be on offer over the three days of Deva Fest.

Friday evening will celebrate a wealth of talented local artists and music with a more international flavour.

The festival will kick off with 15-year old local singer-songwriter Lucy Bradburn performing a beautiful selection of soul, blues and jazz numbers in the big-top promising an unmissable performance.

David O’Connor is a regular on the Chester music scene and this versatile performer will bring his one-man band to Deva Fest, performing everything from 80’s classics to current hits.

One of the country’s most loved Um Pah bands The Bavarian Strollers will keep the Friday festivities going, playing a set of their traditional and rousing anthems.

Closing the night, eleven-piece rhythm and blues band Zoot Serious and The Bellyful of Bop are certain to keep the crowds of all ages entertained. Their repertoire spans from early jump jive, blues, modern swing, and classic soul tradition.

Saturday is Carnival Day promising a day of colour and fun for all the family which includes a headline set from award-winning UK pop/rock band The Feeling.

The Ivor Novello award-winning band burst on to the music scene in 2006 with their debut album Twelve Stops and Home which sold 1.5million copies worldwide and featured four Top 10 hit singles: Fill My Little World, Love It When You Call, Sewn and Never be Lonely.

Their second album Join With Us, released in 2008 reached number one in the UK charts and was followed by three further studio albums Together We Were Made (2011), Boy Cried Wolf (2013) and The Feeling (2016).

Saturday’s line-up will include Leeds based pop/rock band The Dunwells, who come to Deva Fest fresh from supporting legendary Welsh singer Tom Jones.

Festival goers will really get in the carnival spirit with The Carnival Day Ball – a magnificent and colourful Day of the Dead carnival spectacular featuring TRIX, fronted by the fabulous Trixabelle Bold. When she isn’t performing at Manchester’s Alberts Schloss, Trixabelle is touring the country as part of Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock! It promises fun and mischief galore…expect the unexpected.

Emerging rock group Mississippi Riot; indie quartet Camens; music collective SWJ Group; 2017 X Factor contestant Russell Jones Jr; tribute act Foo Fighterz; and DJ Ally Kidd Cameron complete Saturday’s music programme.

The live entertainment continues on the Sunday, with Deva Fest bringing the finest dance classics to the stage with its ‘Old School’ theme.

The weekend will finish with a bang with Symphonic Ibiza featuring special guest vocalists Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton and ‘diva of dance’ Marcella Woods.

For more information and to book tickets visit www.devafest.co.uk