Thousands flock to Doncaster to pay tribute to music heroes

Fake Festival at Sandall Park. Family ferstival go-ers, the Braisby's from Balbly.  L/r Harry (four), Jason, Louise and Abbie (four).   Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Fake Festival at Sandall Park. Family ferstival go-ers, the Braisby's from Balbly. L/r Harry (four), Jason, Louise and Abbie (four). Picture: Malcolm Billingham

More than 1,000 people flocked to a Doncaster park to enjoy top music – performed by leading tribute acts.

The Bon Jovi Experience, Stereotonics and The Total Stone Roses played alongside the best of local talent at Sandall Park Fake Festival on Saturday, including Goodfellas, The 48Ks, The Colliers, White Valentine and Fluidity.

And thanks to the glorious sunshine, people turned out in force to enjoy the festival atmosphere in a giant marquee.

Among those entertaining the crowd was Austin Powers lookalike Brian Allanson.

He said: “It’s a fantastic day out for all the family.

“I thoroughly enjoy coming to these events and meeting everyone.”

Lucy Stewart, aged 34, from Cantley was enjoying the sunshine with Steph and Jack Lynskey, aged 33 and 12, 31-year-old Debbie Ormshaw and Rebecca Steel, aged 16.

Lucy said: “It’s the first one we’ve been to.

“We thought it would be something really fun to do for a change, and we like to support local bands.”

Sandra Crabtree, chairman of The Friends of Sandall Park, said: “It’s fabulous. It’s great for us.

“We brought organiser Jez Lee here a good few years ago.

“It’s great to see the park full of people. It’s all about families, every generation attended.

“Jez is so professional, the next day you can’t even tell they’ve been here.”

Festival-goer Christine Garrand said: “We’ve been coming for about four or five years now and I’ve never seen a fight or any trouble, it’s just a great day out.”

Fake Festival organiser Jez said: “Sandall Park Fake Festival was the best we have had in Doncaster since we started the concept back in 2007.

“The sun was shining and the crowds flocked to the park to witness some amazing local bands and soak up the festival atmosphere.

“More than 1,000 people attended the event and basked in the glorious sunshine before heading into the marquee to see the Total Stone Roses, Stereotonics and The Bon Jovi Experience rock the marquee.

“Will we be back? You bet we will.”

n To find out where Fake Festivals 2014 is touring throughout the rest of the year – including dates in Sheffield and Barnsley, visit Fake Festivals