Fake Festival returns to South Shields with tributes to Kasabian, Blondie and The Stone Roses

Michelle Hendricks in Blondied.
Michelle Hendricks in Blondied.

A music festival paying tribute to some of the biggest names in rock is returning to South Shields.

Fake Festival is bringing tributes to Kasabian, Blondie and The Stone Roses to Bents Park next month.

The event will be at the park, off Sea Road, on Saturday, August 27.

It came to the outdoor venue for the first time last year.

Bec Evans, licensee of the South Shields Fake Festival, said: “We’re incredibly proud of our debut event in Bents Park last summer.

“The festival was a huge success and we were overwhelmed with the volume of positive feedback we received from locals who attended.

“It was amazing to close the North East Fake Festival season in a location with a great regional reputation for live music, so it’s fantastic to be welcomed back by the people of South Shields again this year.”

The gig will follow a series of four Sunday concerts as part of the South Tyneside Festival.

Also taking the stage will be a host of bands from across the North East.

The Middens, Outlander, Born Villains and Crying Lions will be getting the crowd warmed up with a mixture of mod, rock, indie and country.

The local bands are already making noise on the music scene.

Outlander were voted Horizon Act of the Year 2015 at the British Country Music Awards, while Jarrow band Crying Lions are already receiving praise and airplay from the likes of Dermot O’Leary on his BBC Radio 2 show.

The gig runs from 12.30pm to 10pm in a marquee inside Bents Park.

Food, drinks and entertainment will also be on offer outside of the marquee.

Discounted early bird tickets are on sale until Wednesday, July 27.

They cost £16 for adults, £8 for young people aged between 10 and 17, and £40 for a family ticket which covers two adults and two young people, and entry is free for children under 10.

To book, go to www.fakefestivals.co.uk
Prices will vary after July 27.

Fake Festivals is touring the country with tributes to some of the biggest names in music.

The tour includes various dates in the North East.

The event comes to Whickham on Saturday, July 16 with tributes to Bon Jovi, Coldplay and U2, and to Chester-le-Street on Saturday, August 6 with bands paying homage to Queen, Arctic Monkeys and Stereophonics. The South Shields leg of the tour will be the final North East date for the popular event this year.

Last year’s tributes to Jamiroquai, The Killers and Oasis went down a storm when they came to South Shields.