Fake festivals: Why some-more song fans are tuning in

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Paul Higginson of Oasish, rocking it vast during a feign song festival

While song fans onslaught to get tickets to a likes of Glastonbury, Reading and a Isle of Wight festivals, many are branch to supposed “fake” versions of these song events featuring reverence acts to get their live fix.

Over a past 5 years, sheet sales for Glastonbudget, Tribfest and The Big Fake Festival have seen a healthy increase, according to The Entertainment Agents’ Association, and there are now some-more than 30 outside song festivals in a UK showcasing reverence acts, such as Coldplace, Antarctic Monkeys, Guns2Roses, Stereotonics and Blondied.

Like Glastonbury, feign festivals benefaction live acts on mixed stages alongside camping, glamping, food stalls and face painting.

The large pull is “price and accessibility”, says Neil Tomlinson from a Entertainment Agents’ Association.

“The cost is right, during a tip finish a quality’s right and it’s family friendly,” he tells Radio 4’s You and Yours.

“If we adore a Killers though they’re furloughed or carrying dual years off we can see The Killerz who’ll play all a songs we love, strike after strike after hit!”

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The Police Force are one of a reverence acts renouned with “fake” festival fans

The thought is to get people into a “festival mood” and “to try and replicate a genuine thing,” says Paul Higginson, who frequently performs as Liam Gallagher in a rope Oasish.

The former welder can play dual or 3 festivals a week during a summer to crowds of 1,000 to 10,000 plus.

‘Just a bit of fun’

“The feeling we get when we step onto a entertainment is fortifying and exciting. Your shoulders go behind and a chest goes out, all of a remarkable a strut arrives and we collect adult a tambourine and we think, ‘This is what it contingency have felt like for them’. we feel like a stone god!”

When he’s not personification in Oasish, Higginson is a event guitarist for Chesney Hawkes and is also Kelly Jones for a Stereotonics.

“It’s only a bit of fun,” he says though admits they take Oasis’s song “very seriously”. “We’re doing good out of it and I’m dreading a day Noel Gallagher knocks on my doorway seeking me for commission!”

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The Big Fake Festival

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The Big Fake Festival is one of a largest

Tribute acts have come a prolonged approach given initial behaving in amicable clubs in a 1960s, impersonating a likes of Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley.

With advances in lighting, entertainment make-up and sound technology, musicians can flattering many “look and sound like a genuine thing”, says Tarquin Shaw-Young, handling executive of Stagecoach Talent Agency UK.

He says a biggest markets are in America, Germany and a UK, quite for outside festivals. “The attention generates £20m to £30m any year,” he adds.

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Can’t get tickets for a Arctic Monkeys? The Antarctic Monkeys have been sketch sell-out crowds

For a organisers of The Big Fake Festival a many sparkling bands are those that can fill whole stadiums and don’t have to rest on subsidy marks or lipsyncing.

These embody acts such as Green Date for Green Day, New2 for U2 and Flash for Queen, whose lead thespian “Freddie” is an Italian former show singer.

He frequently flies to a UK to perform during one day feign festivals in places like Leeds, Reading and Chelmsford, that all have their possess determined genuine festivals.

‘Cheap thrill’

But are fabrication bands any good? And can feign festivals contest with a genuine ones?

Broadcaster and song publisher Paul Morley says what you’re removing is “a inexpensive thrill” and an “Aldi cut-price chronicle of a genuine thing”.

He believes audiences are experiencing “the heated diluted chronicle of a iconic properties of a cocktail star when they were during their heights”.

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Queen reverence act Flash are fronted by an Italian former show singer

“If you’re sentimental for it you’re only as expected to go to a reverence chronicle as we are a genuine thing.

“My approach of substantiating a good from a bad now is their names and we know that Oasish is a genuine understanding in that world.”

But he warns of feign reviews and believes a attention could advantage from dilettante critics.

“I should be ‘Paul Nearly’ reviewing them since you’re requesting opposite standards. It’s a bit like a mainstream entertainment censor reviewing a pantomime.”

Yet rather than impede a repute of genuine bands, reverence bands can indeed “enhance them”, according to Jez Lee, co-founder of Fake Festivals.

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Never mind The Killers, it’s The Fillers

“When people come to Fake Festivals and listen to Queen’s biggest hits they’re reminded of how good they are and will go behind home to their internal supermarket and buy that CD. It’s like a badge of honour carrying a reverence band.

“You’re nobody until you’ve got one and it’s a bit of a compliment.”

He reveals that reverence rope Kazabian were given a drum pack by a genuine Kasabian since they wanted them to sound authentic.

Jon Bon Jovi has achieved with a Bon Jovi Experience and some cover acts have left on to form bands that are commercially successful such as The Rolling Stones (who started out as a blues cover band). “There’s also Queen + Adam Lambert,” says Lee, “a partial real, partial reverence hybrid”.

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Bjorn Again contend they have being profitable reverence to Abba longer than a genuine organisation were together

Tribute bands are now apropos super brands in their possess right like a Bootleg Beatles and Bjorn Again, who have been profitable reverence to Abba longer than Benny, Bjorn, Frieda and Agnetha were together. They also play during genuine festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading alongside a likes of Cher, Kylie and Metallica.

“Given that a lot of a low-pitched heroes are no longer with us, they’ll be some-more reverence festivals in a future,” says Rod Stephens, co-founder of Bjorn Again. “People wish that live experience, they wish to see and feel what it’s like to watch The Beatles or Pink Floyd adult on stage.”

When Stephens set adult a rope in a late 1980s Benny and Bjorn invited them to assistance foster their manuscript Abba Gold, that is still in a charts. Even if Abba got behind together it wouldn’t be fate for a reverence act, according to Carla Winters who plays Agnetha.

“I consider it would element a business since each time Abba do something or there’s a Mamma Mia film people have a need for Bjorn Again – and again and again!”

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