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Festival faces not what they seem

SUMMER might be a long way off but already some major "stars" are plotting festival antics for Barnsley.

On July 2 the town's Locke Park will become the latest venue for a Fake Festival, when a marquee will host tribute bands to Guns N Roses, The Kings Of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers plus five local support bands.

While Fake Festivals is a fairly recent venture, Guns 2 Roses, pictured above, have existed since 2002 and are regarded as the biggest GNR tribute for their tantrum-free renditions of Sweet Child o' Mine, Paradise City and the rest.

The Really Hot Chili Peppers sound like their California heroes, while there's no disguising what east Yorkshire lot Kings Of Lyon do.

Surely that's not allowed.

Country gents raise the Alarm

IT is 10 years since Big Country co-founder Stuart Adamson died but with the Scottish band's 30th anniversary approaching they've reformed for a series of shows.

They exploded onto the scene in 1983 with anthemic songs such as Fields Of Fire and In A Big Country, featuring a guitar sound that extended to classic debut album The Crossing.

They followed up with a number one album, Steeltown, and six others, tendering 28 singles in all. Many of them will feature at Big Country's O2 Academy show on April 17 with The Alarm's Mike Peters handling vocals.

"To play again as Big Country was something that was only going to happen if we could find someone who could sing the songs in the way they need to be sung - with heart and soul," says fellow original Tony Butler. Get your Mac on for dance night

THEY'RE always touting the phrase "in new music we trust" on Radio 1 and a week today they put their money where their microphone is with a tour bearing that legend.

A free night of dance music, it lands at Sheffield Students' Union with bubbly Irish miss Annie Mac kicking off proceedings at 7pm in Fusion.

Broadcast to the nation, she'll rope in special guests Mz Brattz, Breakage, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs plus new additions to Radio 1's In New DJ's We Trust, Skream & Benga.

Following on will be Pete Tong while Judge Jules begins a six-hour shift at 11pm with special live guests and DJ sets from Rob Da Bank, Kissy Sell Out, Kutski and more.

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