THE city is gearing up to host world-famous names fresh from the beaches and clubs of Ibiza for a festival and DJ battle in Priory Park next month.
Waxfest will see Chichester DJs going head-to-head to win the chance to play at the Ministry of Sound nightclub and jet off around the world to hit the decks in exotic locations.
Billed as ‘DJ aristocracy’, Judge Jules will be headlining at the all-day festival, with Jazzy M, the ‘godfather’ of house music, and Brandon Block and Lee Osbourne hoping to pull in the crowds.
The festival is set to take place on Saturday, August 24, over the bank holiday weekend, from midday until 10.30pm.
“We are extremely excited to be hosting Waxfest 2013 in the city centre and bringing something never seen before in Chichester,” said organiser and DJ Jamie Cummins.
“Waxfest is very much a local community event and we are running our DJ competition in our wax-off arena, giving the winner a fantastic first prize to become one of our wax-on, wax-off resident DJs and play at the world famous Ministry of Sound.
“We are really looking forward to be supporting the Chichester Macmillan cancer relief foundation and raising money for the charity that does so much good work for thousands of cancer sufferers each year.”
Chichester salon Q Hair and Beauty is collaborating with the organisers, and donating a percentage of money from the ticket sales to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Dawn Lawrence, managing director of the salon, said: “We are very excited to be part of this wonderful new event.
“Our team are very much looking forward to it and we hope everyone comes along and supports the Macmillan cancer care charity.”
Macmillan’s fundraising committee will be at Priory Park on the day.
“We’re delighted that the organisers of the inaugural Waxfest in Chichester have pledged to donate a proportion of the profits from ticket sales,” said Stephanie Georgalakis, Macmillan fundraising manager for West Sussex.
“We’re all looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere and great music.”
Judging the DJ competition will be John Ryan and Foreman, who are two up-and-coming producers and DJs. They will be looking for the best techniques, music selection, use of effects and most importantly, crowd reaction.
Priory Park will be transformed with a beach area, a swimming pool, jacuzzis, a pool table, cocktails and the wax-on Ibiza DJs.
There will also be an after party in the Vestry in South Street, Chichester.
To enter the competition, DJ’s have to live within a ten-mile radius of Chichester.
To enter, find out more or buy tickets to the event, visit www.waxfest.net.
WAXFEST has not pleased everyone in the city.
Speaking at a Chichester City Council meeting last Wednesday, councillor Richard Plowman said: “We are deeply concerned about the recent concert which is being proposed.
“Priory Park was given to this city as a war memorial.
“Two years ago we had someone approach us about a small festival called I am Joy.
“It turned out to be little short of a riot. In the end there was no control over what was happening. Everyone rushed over the Vestry for the after-party. The police had to be called in.
“We heard the festival was going to be a Waxfest, which is a series of DJs playing techno music.
“We have some very distressed residents at the moment because of this issue.”
A Chichester District Council spokesperson said:“The organisers of Waxfest have been in talks with the council about hiring its land.
“However, to date, we have not reached a formal agreement and we have not received a licensing applications.”