Stroud's annual music extravaganza Chalfest has announced one of its main acts for next years festival.

Taking to the stage on July 20 will be songstress Sophie Ellis Bextor, the latest performer to be announced alongside festival favourites Dick and Dom.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor shot to fame as a vocalist on Spiller’s huge number one single Groovejet and then followed it up with Take Me Home and her worldwide smash hit, Murder on the Dancefloor.

In 2014, in a departure from her previous dance pop albums, Sophie embarked on her debut singer/songwriter album “Wanderlust” with Ed Harcourt at the helm as co-writer and Producer.

It proved to be a critical and commercial success : certified Gold in the UK and spending 3 weeks in the UK top 10 album chart and spawning the hit single “ Young Blood “

In the Spring of 2018 with Ed Harcourt as Producer and Amy Langley (of Dirty Pretty Strings) arranging, Sophie will release orchestrated versions of all her hits and past single releases.

Last year, Chalfest, also known as the party on the hill, boasted 40 acts across five stages as well as workshops, games and children's activities for a one-day musical bonanza.

Held at Chalford Hill, the festival also saw plenty of street food trucks and bars selling craft beer and cider.

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