Rock music festival for Harrogate on the Stray this summer 2021

Hopes are high that a live rock music festival will be back on the Stray in Harrogate this summer.

Friday, 26th February 2021, 9:50 am
Updated Friday, 26th February 2021, 10:12 am
Flashback to 2019, the last time Harrogate Fake Festival took place and a nice photo of crowd members the Gunter family enjoying the event. (Picture Gerard Binks)

The organisers of Harrogate Fake Festival, which was postponed last year during the pandemic, are hopeful the Government's new roadmap out of lockdown will mean it can take place this year.

First held on Harrogate's Stray six years ago, the music festival was last held in Harrogate in 2019 when it had to move, temporarily, from its home on the Stray to Killinghall Moor Country Park. Live acts that year included tributes to Oasis and David Bowie.

The previous year's show on the Stray in 2018 attracted a record crowd of 2,000 people.

Harrogate Fake Festival's website is currently advertising the six big tribute acts who will play in a giant marquee on the Stray with the positive message: "After skipping a year, we really can’t wait to join you guys in the heart of Harrogate at the Stray), for another incredible day-long Fake-Fest feast of live music.

"It’s a ‘Fake Band’ line-up just perfect for singing, dancing, hands-in-air, with your mates, ‘till the end. “We will rock you - trust us, don’t miss it!"

Scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 17 from 11.45am to 11pm, the six live acts will be:

Queen: Flash.

Kasabian: Kazabian.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Really Hot Chili Peppers.

Duran Duran: Duran.

Green Day: Green Date.

The Police: The Police Force.

Tickets are on sale now for the event which, as in previous years, boasts a licensed bar inside the marquee and food traders in the outside area.

But there is a caveat from the organisers of Harrogate Fake Festival.

They say: "This event is currently going ahead. If it has to be cancelled, we will 100% refund all ticket bookings within two to four weeks."

Prime Minister Boris Johnsons's four-stage plan to return to normal announced earlier this week includes a target of ending all legal limits on social contact by June 21.

Music giant Leeds Festival may have announced it would be taking place this August but there is still some doubt over whether arts venues and events will still face social distancing and capacity restrictions in the summer.

For more information about Harrogate Fake Festival, visit:

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