The acts might be fake, but the crowds genuinely loved the celebration of tribute acts as they took to the stage at a new festival for South Tyneside.
Bents Park is hosting today’s event, bringing together four local bands with internationally renowned covers bands who will celebrate the music of the Killers, Oasis and Jamiroquai.
Doors opened at 12.30pm and by mid-afternoon, the tent, bar and food area was already up to capacity of 1,800.
The team behind it, who brought in around 50 workers to staff the event, have said they plan to bring it back for the same weekend next year given its success.
The concert is the last in a line of events lined up for the park as part of the South Tyneside Summer Festival, but is run separately than the free shows set up by South Tyneside Council.
Bec Evans, who organised the festival’s arrival on the seafront following on from others held in Tynemouth, Chester-le-Street and Whickham as part of its North East run, said the performances had been given a warm welcome by the crowds.
“This is the first time the festival has come to Bents Park and it’s probably going to be one of the biggest of the summer.
“Within 24 hours of us putting it on Facebook, we had more than 2,000 likes and it’s gone from strength to strength.
“People have come from South Shields, but also from across the North East, so it’s been accessible to people from across the region.
“Some people have been to the others and come down to this one as well or seen it and decided to make a day of it.”
This is the first time the festival has come to Bents Park and it’s probably going to be one of the biggest of the summer.Bec Evans
She added the team like to keep the festivals for the same weekend each year to help people plan their summer and time off as it becomes an annual event.
Among those enjoying themselves were Claire Howard, 36, a drug and alcohol support worker from South Shields, and her daughter Evie Jeffers, six, a pupil at Seaview Primary, and Helen George, head of year 9 at South Shields Community School, who was celebrating her 36th birthday and in the company of her daughter Lucy, four, who attends the same primary.
Claire said: “We wanted to do something for Helen’s birthday and we thought this would be something a bit different.
“My sister went to the one in Whickham last year and said it was really good, so we decided to come down to this one.”
Helen added: “It’s just something different to do and something new for the town as well.
“We wanted to come and see what it was all about.”
The event was opened with a show by North East bands The Face, followed by The Shakes, Sun Dance and Hip Hop Hooray, with headliners Space Cowboy, The Fillers and Oasish.