Every year, we ask for feedback from Chislehurst Rocks participants. Here are just some of the fantastic responses we've received.


We have supported Chislehurst Rocks for several years, not only because our office are a bunch of music enthusiasts but because we think it is important that a well-run community event provides an opportunity for local musicians, artists and bands to perform and be seen. For a small town Chislehurst has an enviable music history - a legacy that needs to continue.
— Steven Way, CollierStevens Chartered Building Surveyors
As a resident of Chislehurst for half a century and a music fan for even longer, I am delighted to be able to sponsor Chislehurst Rocks through my position as Chairman of Chislehurst Lawn Tennis Club, and thus further the community links of the club with this laudable event. I have supported ‘Chis Rocks’ since its inception, in the early years using my experience as music journalist and radio DJ to assist with auditions and even acting as M.C. on a couple of occasions!

More recently I have been able to add a little personal financial support to this important event celebrating local music and culture, and have been enthused by the growing attendances, even in inclement weather, taking the music and related entertainment to both the young and young-at-heart. This year the Tennis Club is involved as major sponsor, pleased to be of assistance to this fine event and to further enhance the reputation of the Chislehurst community.
— Clive Richardson, Chislehurst Lawn Tennis Club
I had a pleasure to take pictures for the very first Chislehurst Rocks when it was part of Chislehurst Festival back in 2011. It was a perfect day with great weather, Recreation Grounds was packed with families, friends and local supporters. The artists who performed on that day showed us that we live in a very diverse community but so talented, friendly and happy. Nothing’s changed since then and Chislehurst Rocks in 2016 was again a massive success with a brilliant line-up on stage, young local performers, food and atmosphere. I’m so looking forward to 2017 now!
— Robert Piwko, Photographer
Chislehurst Rocks, but not just for one day of the year. It rocks all the time! As a local resident, I decided I wanted to get involved and give something back to the great place I’m fortunate to live in. Being a fan of live music, this event fitted the bill. Not only does it give up and coming musicians and bands, the opportunity to gain exposure for their performance and material, but what better way than to foster community spirit and to give a fantastic day out to all ages and generations. The organisers work very hard to put on a great show and this is reflected in the amount of people that come to the event and have a wonderful day out. Local businesses are involved as well and this interaction is very positive for the event and the community as well. I look forward to this year’s event and can only hope that we get a warm and sunny day!
— Rob Archer, Countach Automotive


I think it really brings out everyone’s feelings of community. It’s great to have a local event where I generally see people from all sorts of different contexts in one place. I like how people show up in all weathers because they really do feel that they want to support the local event. The kids’ performances are good too - an open forum for sharing what’s going on in the community.
It is lovely to know people have given up their valuable time to organise such a great event.
Had a fantastic time - well done!
I loved seeing everyone getting together and enjoying the day.
A feeling of togetherness and a chance to support local businesses, whilst promoting individual businesses through meeting new people.
I’m glad that Chislehurst finally has something that appeals to ALL age groups and I think that the support it gives to local artists is great! I can’t wait to go next year. :)


It’s always a great day and very different to the gigs we normally do. With a house PA provided, a big stage and receptive audience it allows the band to concentrate on their performance.

Also, the daytime aspect and mixed audience brings a chance to reach other people we wouldn’t normally have at a ‘pub’ gig. Finally, there is the opportunity to observe how other artists deal with a large show and, of course, how the professional crew operate.
— Richard Sharman, "Bouncer"
Chislehurst rocks is like no other festival I’ve performed at. It’s run amazingly well and professionally. Gets bigger every year, yet still maintains that local family vibe. Being a part of it has helped me to network with other professionals e.g other artists, photographers and agents and allowed me to build my fan base. With the devastating cuts that are happening all over the country to the arts, this festival is vital to grass roots music. Best of luck!
— Nix Nugent
We’ve played Chislehurst Rocks roughly 3 times now and every time has out done the last. We’re always super impressed by the professional set up and amazing sound we get at the festival. You never know what the sound system is going to be like at a venue, let alone an outdoor festival but every time Chislehurst Rocks has pulled it off.

Getting live exposure around the Bromley / Chislehurst area can be difficult for an originals band due to the lack of live venues, so this event really helps us to gain exposure locally. We’ve actually had people at London shows come up to us after and say how they first heard us at Chislehurst Rocks, it’s definitely been a key factor for helping us build a home crowd.
— George Ivings, "Silent Crowd"
Chislehurst Rocks has provided a unique platform for over 250 of our pupils, who are all local youngsters, to perform in front of an audience of family and friends. These opportunities in the local community are so few, yet so beneficial for local young people to take part in. The sense of pride, morale and achievement it provides is so valuable for our young people and the event makes them feel part of the wider community. I do hope that the event continues to run and to provide this brilliant opportunity for our children and teenagers.
— Lucy Morgans, "All the Arts"