In pictures: The return of the Fake Festival in Southampton

In pictures: The return of the Fake Festival in Southampton

The Fake Festival has returned to Southampton after a two-year absence – much to the delight of rock fans.

Known for hosting famous tribute bands, the event features a large marquee set up in Mayflower Park.

Tribute acts include: The Fillers (The Killers), Muse (Museum), Kings of Leon (Kings of Leon), Enjoy the Silence UK (Depeche Mode), Guns2Roses (Guns N Roses), and The Jammed (The Jam). )

Southampton’s festival manager, 39-year-old Michael Harm, said it was “really nice” to be back.

He added: “[I] Can’t ask for better weather and the positivity is really great.

“I love Southampton, the people are really nice and it’s nice to be around people who are happy.”

The mock fest, which ran into the afternoon, brought the city’s classic rock anthems, including the Guns N Roses tribute band Guns2Rose.

Band member Gavin Felvas, since first formed in 2002, also stated that it was “great to be back” with Southampton being one of the first cities to be played by the band.

He also talked about the band’s transition to post-Covid replays.

He said, “We have crowd going which is great… but being isolated is not good for a person’s mind.”

“Still in the early days there’s always something to do but coming back to music gives a chance to go somewhere in people’s minds. Hopefully a happy time.”

Guns2Roses, an homage in the works to playing with the actual band, plans to return to Southampton for a performance at The Brook in August of this year.

Attendees were also excited to be back after a two-year wait.

Nikki and Caroline of Woolston and Sholing said: “It’s great to come over to have fun and be a part of it.”

Michael, who attended the Fake Festival in 2015, also spoke about the struggles of coming back from the pandemic.

He said the incident “is not at the numbers we were at”.

“We are coming back even though the industry has suffered,” he said.

Organizers are hopeful there will be “back to normal” with plans to grow up.

The three-day event called The Big Fake Festival is scheduled to be held in September.

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