Summer is the perfect time to get lost in music. It’s a golden time for touring the biggest music festivals and seeing the big stars perform. However, you can skip the waiting lists, muddy fields, and overpriced beers & tickets and do music a bit differently this summer. Instead of experiencing the ‘real’ performers, you should give tribute festivals a go.
The UK’s biggest music festival returns in 2017 for a two-day extravaganza. The first night is dedicated to the music greats from the 70s and 80s – so plenty of Elvis and the Blues Brothers. On the second day, the stage is set for Rock & Legends, like Robbie Williams and Pink. The festival also features stalls selling food and crazy festival accessories.
When? The Summer Sound Tribute Music Festival takes place in Gisborough Priory (above) on July 28.
For something small and communal, the Festival on a Farm near Swindon is a fantastic tribute festival. The three-day event is filled with organic food, face-painting and music. Neil Diamond tribute the Ruff Diamond band and Faux Fighters are among the performances to watch out for.
When? The Festival on the Farm is organised at Purton House Organics farm near Swindon on July 21-23.
Paddington Covers returns for the third year for a free music festival to combine tribute acts with great food and children’s entertainment. There are two available days to get involved with tribute acts performing music by Take That, Spice Girls, Abba and Michael Buble. DJ Duo Freight Train will be performing on both dates to get everyone in the right mood.
When? The Paddington Covers Rock and Pop Legends Part II happens on July 28 and Part III takes place on August 25. Both events are organised in Norfolk Square Gardens in London.
Herne Bay in Kent is hosting a fun tribute festival right at the end of summer. The festival will feature big tribute acts such as Bon Giovi and Luther Vandross Tribute. There’s even a mini zoo for kids to engage with birds of prey, lizards and reptiles.
When? The Kent Tribute Festivals takes place in Strode Park (below), Herne Bay, Kent on August 27.
If you are planning for a fun festival getaway, then the above tribute festivals are definitely worth trying if you want something different yet guaranteed to give you a great time!