PREVIEW: Fake Festival, Chester-Le-Street, August 8

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A County Durham park is gearing up for some top tribute acts.

The big, white Fake Festivals marquee will be stopping off at Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street, again on Saturday, August 8, and will stage tributes to Foo Fighters, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Blondie.

Four Fighters

Four Fighters

“When we held the first Fake Festival eight years ago in a small village in Yorkshire, I never imagined how popular tribute acts would become,” says Jez Lee, owner of Fake Festivals.  

“People have really embraced the tribute act scene, especially in the North East, and this has been proven by the increasing tour dates each year that we have to put on to accommodate demand.”

Four Fighters, The Really Hot Chili Peppers and Blondied are hailed as some of the best in their field. Not only do they sound like their idols, but they also look like them and perform the same stage shows as the real thing.

“All of our tribute acts spend hours studying the real bands and performers, making sure that their moves, styling and sound is exactly like the real thing,” continues Jez.

The Really Hot Chili Peppers

The Really Hot Chili Peppers

“It’s not as easy as a covers band picking up instruments and playing the same tune, they have to act out the routines, accents and costumes of the real bands, and style themselves appropriately, making sure they keep up with the latest trends. They all put in a lot of hard work to their performances, which is why they are the best in the business.”

Iain Angus, frontman of Four Fighters, said: “Fake Festivals is a great concept, and we always love being part of the tour. It’s a great chance for us to perform in the UK and to also catch up with friends from the other tribute bands too. The Fake Festivals tour has gone from strength to strength each year, and this year with the Big Fake Festival, it’s guaranteed to be a winner”

•Tickets are £20 for adults, £10 for young people and under nines go free.They are available from www.fakefestivals.co.uk.