Tributes to Blondie, Kasabian and Stone Roses: Win tickets for South Shields Fake Festival

Michelle Hendricks in Blondied.
Michelle Hendricks in Blondied.
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A music festival paying tribute to some of rock’s most famous faces is returning to South Shields – and you could win tickets.

The South Shields Fake Festival comes to Bents Park on Saturday, August 27.

Last year's South Shields Fake Festival.

Last year's South Shields Fake Festival.

Tributes to top rockers Blondie, Kasabian and The Stone Roses will take to the stage alongside a host or regional bands at the park, in Sea Road.

It came to the outdoor venue for the first time last year and proved a hit with crowds.

Bec Evans, licensee for the event, said: “The atmosphere last year was brilliant in South Shields, it was one of the best Fake Festivals we’ve ever done so we’re really looking forward to coming back later this month.

“The marquee we use is designed to create that sort of atmosphere with the purpose-built stage and the lighting rig, and it always does. One of the big things we go for is ‘sing-alongability’. It sounds a bit corny but when people are singing along to tunes they recognise it’s always a great day out and the atmosphere last year was really electric.

“We do think our event is good value for money and there are some of these bands that you’d pay £20 to see on their own.

“These really are top tribute bands that play all over the UK, Europe and even places like Abu Dhabi and Dubai, so that’s what sets us apart from other events.”

She added: “Bands like Queen and Blondie aren’t around anymore and this is the closest people can get to seeing the real thing.

“I think people sometimes forget that these people are brilliant musicians in their own right. A lot of them are in bands of their own or session musicians working with big names.”

We’ve teamed up with organisers to offer two pairs of adult tickets for the gig.

To be in with a chance of winning, tell us the name of Blondie’s lead singer.

Send your answer on a postcard, along with your name and contact details, to Vicki Newman, Shields Gazette, 2nd Floor, Alexander House, 1 Mandarin Road, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton, DH4 5RA.

The first band takes to the stage at 1.15pm. Tickets booked before August 26 cost £19 for adults, £10 for those aged 10 to 17, and £48 for a family. Children and carers accompanying a cared-for person with a ticket enter for free.

Tickets on the door will be more expensive.

To book, go to www.fakefestivals.co.uk