Fake Festival is to go ahead after all

Gaucho on stage at Gainsborough's Fake Festival G110730-4n
Gaucho on stage at Gainsborough's Fake Festival G110730-4n
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Next year’s Fake Festival will go ahead in Gainsborough after a private investor came forward to offer a new location for the event.

The future of the festival had be thrown into doubt after Gainsborough Town Council decided to more than treble the fee to lease out Roses Sports Ground.

The council felt that another event could generate significant income and it was only fair for the council to share in that.

But festival organisers said they failed to make any profit last year and said splitting profits would not be financially feasible.

“This is great news for Gainsborough and also for Fake Festivals,” said Jez Lee, owner of Fake Festivals.

“It means we can now start to plan for another great day next summer of live music,” said Jez Lee, owner of Fake Festivals.

“It was unfortunate not to be able to return to the Roses Playing Fields, but the new location is perfect and fits within our budget, so I am extremely pleased.”

Around 600 people attended the summer event and councillors argued that with attendance expected to double, the fee should be put up to £1,000.

But Fake Festivals has a policy of paying every venue it uses a flat fee of £300.

“We pay a flat fee for all the locations on the Fake Festivals tour,” continued Jez.

“We have to scrutinize every overhead we have, as we want to keep the festival affordable to everyone.”

“And we also have not increased our prices on either tickets or drinks for the last three years,” he added.

July saw the first ever Gainsborough Fake Festival. Well attended, Jez believes it helped to bring together the local community, while providing a great day out for all ages.

The festival also provided a much-needed platform for local talent, giving young musicians an opportunity to perform on a large stage with a professional sound and lighting crew - an experience they will not forget.

The new location and date of next year’s Gainsborough Fake Festival will be revealed in the new year.

The landowner, who wishes to remain anonymous, approached Fake Festivals after reading that local people were set to lose their music event in last week’s Standard.

For more information about Fake Festivals, and to find out about the new venue in Gainsborough when it is announced in the new yeat, visit www.fakefestivals.co.uk.