Music fans enjoy first fake festival

THE weather gods smiled on Tynemouth and Percy Park Rugby Club on Saturday as the crowds turned out for North Tyneside’s inaugural Fake Festival.

A mixture of bands took to the stage – including local bands in the afternoon – followed by professional tribute acts Coldplace (pictured), Really Hot Chili Peppers and Kings of Lyon.

Fake Festivals have been going for about three years and tour the country performing in different locations each year.

And this was the first time it came to North Tyneside – thanks to Bec Cottrell from Durham who decided to become a licensee after rocking it out at Brough Fake Festival last year.

It was a good opportunity to go to a festival minus the mud and with clean hair – and one that was taken by a sell-out crowd of a mixture of ages.

There were groups of friends, a fair few families and several hen parties.

And because all the bands were performing within the marquee, rain wouldn’t have been a problem – but we needn’t have worried as the sun was out for a large portion of the day.

Still the marquee added to a great atmosphere, which the festival may otherwise have lacked due to its smaller scale.

Facilities-wise there was everything you would have expected, drinks sales worked on a token system which supposedly reduces queuing, there were two food stalls, a coffee stall, and a kids’ area and there seemed to be enough toilets.

As per most festivals, you undergo a bag search when you go in to ensure you haven’t smuggled your own booze.

Given the chance I would go again, and I would urge others to do the same.