ORGANISERS of the hugely-popular AlderFest event in Whitchurch say they will never forget seeing Eurovision superstar Sam Ryder join pop sensations McFly for an exclusive performance last weekend.

The 2022 Eurovision entry, who was the deserved winner in many peoples’ eyes, joined the popular band as they headlined the festival over July 1 and 2 at Alderford Lake.

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The band only told organisers earlier that day that they and the Spaceman singer were planning to team up.

They joined famous dance DJ Dave Pearce among other acts with a packed out crowd, while Whitchurch’s dancing brothers AJ and Curtis Pritchard hosted, which Kelly Lowe, from Alderford Lake, says has left all of her staff delighted.

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“We are absolutely overwhelmed by the feedback from last weekend, every single member of the team worked so hard to make this festival what it is,” she said.

“We are a small team who work with a small number of contractors (no big promotors) to put this festival together so it really does mean the world to us when people have had the best time.

“A highlight for us is being told in the afternoon, Sam Ryder and McFly are practising and are going to do an exclusive, never seen before, performance together during McFly’s set, a moment which will stick with us all for a long, long time.”

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Other acts over the weekend including Aston Merrygold, Heather Small from M People, Artful Dodger and Ultrabeat.

Organisers have already started fielding questions over whether AlderFest will make a return for 2024, but they said that time will be needed to make that decision and called for patience.

They said: “To answer truthfully, everyone at Alderford wants more than anything for that answer to be a yes.


“AlderFest is an event that every member of staff is so proud of, and a weekend which we all look forward to all year.

“Yes, it is a lot of hard work and gave us a few sleepless nights, but it is all worth it to see customers creating memories that will last a lifetime.

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“We will be having a lot of conversations over the next coming weeks, about the feasibility of AlderFest 2024 and put our heads together to try and make it happen.

“We are only a small, family-run business and putting on a festival comes with a lot of expenses, which will continue to grow.

“Therefore, we ask you to bear with us and trust that we are all going to be doing everything possible to bring you all AlderFest 2024.”

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