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Tribute band festival is a first for Rotherham

One of the three headline acts at the Rotherham Fake Festival is the Four Fighters. Image courtesy of Cwarkup via Flickr.

Tribute bands are headlining a music festival this weekend, which will be held for the first time in Rotherham.

The Rotherham Fake Festival will take place at Clifton Park on Saturday 20 August from 1pm until 11.30pm.

It has been organised by Doncaster-based business Fake Festivals and their trip to Rotherham is part of their largest tour to date – as they have visited various towns in Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire this summer.

The line-up

Tribute bands of some of the world’s leading rock bands are headlining the community-led festival – including the Really Hot Chili Peppers (inspired by the Red Hot Chili Peppers), the Four Fighters (Foo Fighters) and The Fillers (The Killers).

Several local bands – such as Inlaze, Failed Theory, South View Juniors, Colour Me Stunned and Dirty Jeans – have also been booked as support acts.

There will be a marquee that hosts the main stage and licensed bar, where alcoholic beverages cost £2.50. The event will have four food stalls serving burgers, chips, Indian food, crepes, pizza, roasts and a vegetarian menu.

An entertainment zone also hosts face painting, a bucking bronco, golf and football games, a coconut shy, paintball shooting ranges and a sweet stall.

Tori Oldridge, Press Officer for Fake Festivals, said: “It’s a great day out [that is] enjoyed by families, young people, adults and even grand-parents. It’s a fantastic atmosphere both inside and out.

“Rotherham’s line-up is fantastic with Four Fighters (who will be playing tunes from the new Foo Fighters album), the Really Hot Chili Peppers (who have so much energy on stage and are guaranteed to get the whole marquee jumping) and The Fillers (who bring the Las Vegas show to stage, complete with palm trees and lights).

“They [The Fillers] also haven’t been long back from Florida, where they have been performing.

“We also have a national TV production company coming to Rotherham to film a documentary.

“But we can’t disclose any more details than that at the moment so, you never know, you might even be on TV!”

A good response

It is the first time that the Rotherham Fake Festival has been held, but there has already been a good response and over 75% of the allocated tickets have been sold.

Ms Oldridge explained: “Rotherham was chosen as a new venue to the Fake Festivals tour, as there are no major live music events that take place in the area.

“Not everyone can manage to get to the bigger live music festivals, such as Leeds and Reading.

“So Fake Festivals decided to bring live music to [the] more rural pockets of the region – where people can easily get to them without the expense of having to travel far, parking and high ticket prices.

“After doing some research, Rotherham has a great music scene already and Fake Festivals is looking forwards to hearing the local support acts that have been selected to play.

“We’ve been really lucky and had a great positive response from the Rotherham people. The local media have also been really great.”

Tickets can be bought in advance from the Fake Festivals website, the Rotherham Visitor Centre and the Arts Centre box office.

They cost £17 for adults and £12.50 for young people aged from seven to 17 years, while a family ticket for two adults and two young people is priced at £50.

There will be no entry fee for children aged up to six years, when accompanied by an adult.

Tickets can also be purchased on the door at £22 for adults and £15 for concessions.

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This news story was self-published in August 2011.