York Fake Festival

On Saturday 23 May, Fake Festival comes to The Knavesmire. A showcase of local up and coming York talent, plus three of the UK’s top tribute acts, there’s something for everyone. We run down some of the talent on offer.

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Beth McCarthy – photo by John Illingworth

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A Joker’s Rage – photo by Andy Argyle

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RSJ – photo by Chris Mackins


The UK’s only touring tribute festival will be rocking as York Fake Festivalplays host to an amazing line-up of local support bands and headlining tribute bands.


Opening the festival  will be the sublimely charasmatic Beth McCarthy. This young singer/songwriter shot to national fame last year after appearing on BBC’s The Voice. With her music adeptness, confidence and lyrical prowess, it’s hard to believe that she has yet to have her 18th birthday.


Joining her will be teenage 5-piece Minster Conspiracy. Despite their youth, they’ve already been playing for years as products of the Rocks and Pops programme aimed at getting school kids into bands. Supremely accomplished, they write their own material as well as performing superb covers.


Also playing will be a trio of rock bands Blind Eye, A Joker’s Rage andRSJ.

“Providing a variety of classic rock anthems and original material, Blind Eye’s performance was not to be missed. Guitarist Marcin Ellingham provided the audience with raw Hendrix-like riffs, and vocalist Harley Daniel gave the band a somewhat Arctic Monkeys-eque vibe with his broad, Yorkshire vocals – a style that gave their cover of The Beatles’Come Together an excellent indie-rock twist.” – Charlotte Puckering, York Calling

“Ever present was a giant, glowing RSJ logo, made from at least a hundred individual bulbs. Frontman Dan Cook saw the girders above him as a climbing frame and the mosh pit as an extension to the stage and the band’s heavy noise was juxtaposed with interludes of children’s TV theme tunes between songs.” – Graeme Smith, York Calling


In the evening, tributes to Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys and U2 will be smashing up the main stage, bringing the festival spirit with their uncanny likeness and voices.

“We’re always look at trying to offer more to our loyal followers, and again this year when you buy your York Fake Festival ticket, it will give you free entry and camping to our three day Big Fake Festival, so you get four days of live music for the price of one,” said organiser, Dave O’Hara.

Tickets can be purchased directly through the Fake Festivals website. Don’t forget to register for your free ticket to The Big Fake Festival in September after your purchase.

York Fake Festival takes place at The Knavesmire on Saturday 23 May 2015.