Fake Festivals on look-out for real Rotherham talent

UP-and-coming bands are being offered a chance to perform alongside the stars when a successful touring music festival rolls into Rotherham next summer.

They’ll be showcased alongside some of the best tribute bands in the country at the Rotherham Fake Festival on August 20.

And even though the other acts will be sound-alikes, the local bands will have a real chance to make it big.

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“We will be encouraging professionals from the music industry and the entertainments industry to attend the festivals, so it’s a great opportunity for any support acts.

“There is also a cash prize to be won,” said Fake Festivals boss Jez Lee.

Jez said aspiring acts, real or tribute, could apply online at www.fakefestivals.co.uk, with some information about their act, an image and a sample track. The entries will then be judged by a festival panel, and five chosen acts notified.

The Fake Festivals, now in their fourth year, are held inside a marquee so the weather cannot spoil the day out.

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Inside the marquee is a main stage with a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, especially for when Coldplace, the international tribute to Coldplay, present their laser show as the original band do on stage.

To keep the outdoor festival feel there is a secure fenced area with a variety of food stalls, face painting and other activities such as surfing.

“As a band, the Fake Festivals tour is our summer highlight, not just that we play to a packed crowd, but the fact the whole day is a great experience,” said Dean Reynolds of The Antarctic Monkeys.

“We have been part of the Fake Festival circuit since it began, and it just gets better and better every year.”

For more information, visit www.fakefestivals.co.uk

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