Wednesday, 18 August 2010

you've gotta, you've gotta, you've gotta fake it!!

this week has indeed seen my eventual return to the pages of the Enfield Advertiser, picking up with my feature on Room 9, although i thought they was intending on publishing the following article to coincide with the rather forgettable Fake Festival that it appears that nobody actually went to...

here's hoping this one will make it to print eventually as i think it raises some good points....

i was intrigued to find out quite how succesful Enfield's 'Fake Festival' could possibly be.

but since nobody from their press office responded to any of my enquiries about covering the event for the paper i'm afraid there isn't much more i can tell you.

i certainly wasn't willing to spend £25 (or £30 on the door) to see three tribute acts in a local park, and i wondered how many other people would have spent out on it considering everyone i had spoken to shared my stance on the ticket price.

even tickets for under 18s would have been setting them back £20.

taking into consideration the fact that there were 5 other support acts playing throughout the afternoon including a couple of specially picked local bands, it still felt like this was a disproportionate charge.

The biggest question though, should be that if Enfield can have a 'Fake Festival', why can't we have a real music festival?

We definetly have more than enough willing bands operating in our borough to fill up a whole weekend, my previous articles looking at local acts and coverage of gigs held by Rock For Change and Bar Form are quite clearly testament to this.

Teenagers and young adults across Enfield are clamouring to go out and enjoy themselves whenever they are able to do so, discovering new experiences and new music, so it is such a shame that Enfield Town's first ever dedicated music festival amounts to a handful of tribute acts, hardly something for anybody to be getting excited about.

Teenagers and young adults are clamouring to go out and discover new music, so it is such a shame that Enfield Town's first ever dedicated music festival amounts to a handful of tribute acts, hardly a reason for anybody to get excited.

The passion to support music shown by under 18s is still so strong despite having few oppurtunities to attend gigs locally and they would certainly lively up a field, while those above the legal drinking age would also relish a decent festival on their doorsteps and likely keep beer tents busy all day long.

mix in a few up and coming acts with a known reputation and, although being far from Hyde Park standards, Enfield could have a festival to really be proud of.

and if success provides a scope to stage such a thing annually

i couldn't possibly comment on the logistics of such an event, but surely we have the performers and the passion to make such a thing a real possiblity.



  1. The festival did feature some local bands, Kids Uncanny (who won the Rock for Change battle of the bands)and The Chambers. We went to the festival and had a great time, the tributes were brilliant!!

  2. you might wanna take another read of the this, since i did mention that there were a couple of local bands... my g=biggest quibble was the price of tickets

    it was far too much for what it was.