Fake Festival proves a real success

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A sell-out crowd gathered for Chester-le-Street’s first Fake Festival.

Almost 2,000 music lovers flocked to the town’s Riverside Park for the event which featured a host of top tribute acts, as well as local bands.

The Fillers, a tribute to The Killers, headlined the festival which also featured Coldplace, a tribute to Coldplay, and Kings of Lyon, a tribute to Kings of Leon.

Organisers were so impressed with the crowds, which reached 1,700, that they are hoping to make the event an annual feature on the music calendar.

Bec Cottrell, licensee holder of the festival, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to all who came and supported Chester-le-Street’s first Fake Festival.

“We’ve been genuinely overwhelmed with the level of interest in the event and hope everyone had a great day in the sunshine.

“We’ve had some fantastic feedback from festival goers and sincerely hope we can make this an annual event on the summer calendar.”

Local acts who performed at the weekend included The Longsands, Ambershift, Afterlife, The Panic Report and Antonio Lulic.

Bec added: “Our local bands put on a fantastic show during the afternoon and gave people an incredible flavour of the talent the North East’s got to offer.

“We were completely blown away by the atmosphere in the marquee while the headlining tributes were on stage, and really hope Fake Festivals will be welcome back in Chester-le-Street to showcase another incredible line-up next year.”