When fake festivals are the real deal
Fake Festivals, the hit event that showcases the best tribute bands with some of the greatest local musical talent, is stopping off in Keynsham for the first time as part of its hugely successful 2013 tour.
Taking place at Keynsham RUFC today, Keynsham Fake Festival features tributes to Oasis, U2 and The Red Hot Chili Peppers plus five local support bands, all held inside the Fake Festivals marquee with a licensed bar, a variety of food stalls, face painting, a bucking bronco, bungee run and bouncy castle.
Music lovers can enjoy a true Gallagheresque experience with the UK's premier Oasis tribute band, Oasish. Fronted by the talented and charismatic frontman Paul Higginson, this band has toured all over the UK and abroad.
New2 are simply an awesome tribute band to U2, with their lead singer Frank Farkas the double of Bono in both looks and voice.
If you want to see a full-on band giving it their all, then the Really Hot Chili Peppers is definitely the band to see. These chaps are the original Chili Peppers tribute and have stacked up tons of gigs and are still going strong.
The bands will be supported by Bristol talent that has been hand-picked by the Fake Festival music scouts.
Jez Lee, organiser of Fake Festivals, says: "We've been showcasing local unsigned talent on the Fake Festivals tour for seven years now, and it's been remarkable the huge success some of our original artists have had.
"It's great for the artists as they get to experience a fully equipped and professional festival stage that you would see at events such as Glastonbury and Reading. They also work alongside our highly experienced sound and lighting team that work on the big arena tours with big-name artists, and also the main UK festivals, too."
First of the local bands to take to the stage are Tafijah Allstars, with their mix of what they term "dirty reggae". Tafijah Allstars believe the best things in life happen when you least expect them, so expect the unexpected from their set.
Loaded Madchester are a seven-piece band that brings 1970s funk-inspired indie grooves back to the 21st century. With influences from Primal Scream, Happy Mondays, Black Grape and Inspiral Carpets, expect some blasts from the past when these guys perform.
Fast and furious punk covers band The Sex Bristols will have everyone stomping around the marquee.
With Mike Riot on vocals, Anarchy Chaff on drums, Gary Nasty on bass and Dickie Strings on guitar, they will be performing songs from The Sex Pistols, The Clash and other classic punk bands from that era.
Marmalade Sky are a five-piece British rock 'n' roll band from Bristol who have a new voice for a lost generation. They will be performing their songs with bags of energy, putting on a great show, getting fans warmed up for the main tributes.
Finally, Sir Paul delivers one of the greatest rock 'n' roll back catalogues there is. Covering a musical career of well over 50 years, Sir Paul will be performing some of The Beatles classics, epic tracks from Wings and Paul McCartney's solo material.