Fake Festival Tour Set To Stop Off In Sandbach


PosterAcclaimed tribute bands & local support acts hitting Sandbach for the first time thanks to local licensee

Fake Festivals is back for 2013 and thanks to the success of the licensee system introduced last year, more parts of the UK than ever will get to enjoy live music right on their doorstep with Sandbach coming along for the rock ‘n’ roll ride for the very first time on Saturday, 10th August, and early bird discounted tickets already on sale.

Now in its seventh year, the Fake Festivals tour will be calling at Sandbach Rugby Union Club bringing with it performances from some of the best and internationally acclaimed tribute bands in the world, including Queen, Green Day and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Hosted inside the Fake Festivals’ marquee boasting a main stage with a state of the art sound and lighting system, 2013 will see Fake Festivals visiting more places in the UK than ever before.

Jez Lee, founder of Fake Festivals says: 
“Every year the tour just seems to go from strength to strength and because of the huge success of the licensing system which launched last year, more parts of the country are going to get to experience it thanks to Fake Festival goers wanting to put on ones of their very own,
With more places getting to enjoy some great live music courtesy of a festival rolling up right on their doorstep and some incredible new tribute acts lined up like The Total Stone Roses to boot, this year’s tour is already shaping up to be the best yet.”

Queen B 2Also performing at the community led event will be five local up and coming support bands handpicked for their talent, as well as a secured area featuring food stalls, face painting, a bucking bronco, bungee run and a bouncy castle.

Andy Bruno, licensee of the festival, is thrilled that Sandbach is to be part of the Fake Festivals tour:

Andy talks of his first aspirations:
“I first met the Fake Festivals team last year when my girlfriend and I travelled to a Fake Festival in Yorkshire to see the Green Day tribute band as we are massive fans. I was really impressed with the music, sound quality, lighting, the security and the sensibly priced food and drink, all contributing to a brilliant day’s entertainment.
When I found out that you could license a Fake Festival I quickly investigated the possibility of bringing one to South Cheshire, and I thought Sandbach would be the ideal location as it is within easy reach of several other Cheshire towns. It fits in well with the Fake Festivals’ philosophy of bringing the festival experience to small to medium sized towns, and showcasing local musical talent alongside established professional tributes. When I approached Sandbach Rugby Club with the idea, the committee were keen to host the event.
I have never put on an event like this before, but the support from the Fake Festivals’ team is outstanding. The tributes have been chosen to appeal to wide tastes, starting with the infectious rhythms of The Really Hot Chili Peppers, Green Date, who are my favourite tribute band and personal friends, and Flash (Queen) which I think is the band that has the most universal appeal, and who are headlining the event.”

RHCP AlastairWith previous tours selling out, people are encouraged to grab their tickets now either online at www.fakefestivals.co.uk or from local outlets listed on the website.

Alistair Jamieson, lead singer of The Really Hot Chili Peppers comments:
“We’ve been part of the Fake Festivals tour for a number of years now, and they are our favourite dates in our gig calendar,
We put on the full Chilli’s show, along with some impromptu performances along the way, so get your dancing shoes on and be ready to jump around with us on stage.”

Sandbach’s Fake Festival’s line-up this year includes Flash, Green Date and The Really Hot Chili Peppers.


On behalf of Fake Festivals, we have a FANTASTIC competition for all the Crewe News Readers. There is a chance to WIN 2 prizes by simply answering the question below to be entered into the draw for the following prizes:

1st Prize: 1 Family ticket to admit 2 Adults(18+) & 2 Children(10-17 Years).

2nd Prize: 2 Adult tickets (18+)

Simply answer the following question:-

  • How many local support bands are listed to play at this years Sandbach Fake Festival?

Send your answer along with contact details via email, adding ‘Fake Festival’ in the subject line to: competition@thecrewenews.co.uk (Terms and conditions apply, see below)

Competition closes 23:59hrs on the 4th August 2013.

Both winners will be picked at random by independent judges and notified via contact details supplied after closing date. 1st Prize will be drawn first followed by 2nd Prize. Judges decision is final.

Terms and conditions:
Competition prizes consists of: 1st Prize of 1 Family ticket to admit 2 Adults(18+) & 2 Children(10-17 Years) and a 2nd Prize of 2 Adult tickets (18+).
Valid for the Sandbach Fake Festival taking place on the 10th August 2013 at Sandbach RUFC, Bradwall Road, Sandbach, Cheshire. CW11 1RA only.
Cannot be used retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer.
Only 1 competition entry per person accepted (duplicate entries will not be entered into the draw).
Any entries received after the closing time of 23:59hrs of the 4th August 2013 will not be counted.
There is no cash alternative. The prize for this competition is as stated and is not transferable.
Competition regulated by Fake Festivals

The Fake Festivals scouts have been on the look out for local talent, and the line up has now been confirmed.
Fake Festival will be kicking off with some of the greatest local musical talent, hand-picked by the team.

Organiser of Fake Festivals, Jez Lee explains:
“We’ve been showcasing local unsigned talent on the Fake Festival’s 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.”


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From 1.00pm onwards, festival goers will be able to catch the selected five local support acts on the main stage inside the huge Fake Festivals marquee.

Taking to the stage first will be well known local band Blunderbuss Benefit (Pictured Right)

Having performed at festivals across the UK and also in session with BBC, they will be ripping up the Fake Festivals stage with their unique set.

Jokers Hour

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Joker’s Hour (Pictured Left) is an original and covers band from Cheshire who have take their influences from Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones.

They will be entertaining the crowds with their energetic set list so make sure you’re down at the front.


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Junker (Pictured Right) are an alternative band from the North West with a bass driven sound. Combining heavy rock, hardcore punk, indie and funk, the band works hard to bring an upbeat sound to entertain the crowds. Get ready to rock the marquee.

Human Condition

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Taking you back in time, 80’s duo cover band, Human Condition (Pictured Left) will be performing a set of hits that we all know and love.

They will be playing some of the most amazing classic songs accompanied by synths to really get that 80’s vibe.

So get your singing voices ready.


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Opening Sandbach Fake festival will be The Current (Pictured Right), who are a local band from Stoke on Trent.

They have been together for just over a year, writing and performing their own original music. These guys are set for big things this year, so make sure you arrive early to catch them.

Jez continues:
“With guests such as the news editor of NME magazine, and other music industry professionals turn up on the Fake Festivals tour, you just never know who’s going to be there,”

Tickets are available from www.fakefestivals.co.uk and the following outlets:

  • Phil’s Sweet Stop, Unit C, Market Hall, Sandbach
  • Sandbach RUFC, Bradwell Road, Sandbach
  • Flower Passion, 68e Crewe Road, Alsager
  • Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, Congleton
  • Chrisholm’s Newsagents, 49 Wheelock Street, Middlewich
  • The Print Room, 5 Church Walk, Holmes Chapel
  • Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, Macclesfield

For further information about the festivals and to order tickets, please visit www.fakefestivals.co.uk

Information courtesy of ©Andy Bruno
Local Act Photos ©Simon J Newbury Photography – www.simonjnewburyphotography.co.uk
Other Photos & Images ©Bounce PR supporting The Neuroblastoma Society.