It is just like the real thing

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Music festivals have been gaining in popularity, and also gaining in cost. Do festival-goers really get value for money, or is it better to fake it?

With early bird tickets on sale for Halifax Fake Festival at just £16.50, which not only gains you entry to the one-day festival on July 11 with tributes to Kasabian, The Prodigy and Kings of Leon, it also gives you free entry to the three day event Fake Festivals holds each year as a thank you to its loyal followers, where festival-goers can rock along with all the tributes on the 2015 tour.

Lookalikes are increasing in popularity as they become an affordable alternative to the real thing.

“We pride ourselves on providing the festivals with the best the UK has to offer in the way of tribute bands,” says Jez Lee, owner and creator of Fake Festivals. “I started off running a lookalike agency. As a music-lover myself, I decided to branch into bands. After researching tributes and going to countless gigs, not all of them good, I began to discover some real talent in the world of tribute bands.”

“In 2007 I decided to test the waters in my local town and put on the first Fake Festival. At the time I didn’t imagine the brand would become what it is today.”

Eight years later, Fake Festivals now has a comprehensive tour list around the UK, and is more popular than ever.

“We’ve been on the Fake Festivals tour since it started, and never thought we would be touring across the UK each year with the festivals,” says Frank Farkas, Bono lookalike and lead singer of New 2, the U2 tribute band. “We’ve always thought Jez had a great concept, and now he has proved it with the success of the festivals in just eight years.”

lTickets can be purchased directly on Don’t forget to register for your free ticket to The Big Fake Festival in September.