HE may not be the man himself but New2’s Bono has performed for Prince William, rubbed shoulders with Sir Bob Geldof and entertained troops in the Falkland Islands.
This Saturday, he will be wowing the crowds at the latest Fake Festival to hit the area as hundreds of festival goers gear up for a day of top tributes and support bands.
Other internationally-acclaimed acts in the line-up are Kings Of Lyon and Four Fighters who will be playing inside the weather-proof marquee at Haxey Playing Fields.
The day also allows bands from the area including Doncaster’s 48ks, The Torn, Isle of Axholme covers outfit One More Mile an Hour and Haxey’s own The Colliers showcase their talents.
Frank Farkas, 49, – aka Bono – said: “When we last played in Haxey in 2007, it went down a storm. We can’t wait to get back and play again. It’s definitely going to be one of the highlights of the summer.”
With the glasses, the accent and a guitar signed by Bono, dad-of-three Frank gets fully immersed in his act.
He explained: “I’ve performed at some major events, with crowds of more than 40,000. I was once flown out to Norway just to perform two songs and I also played a charity gig just before Sir Bob Geldof – and he even told me that I was a credit to his mate.”
West Yorkshire-based Frank, who works for Bradford Council in his day job, explained that they may be a tribute but they are also the closest many people see to the real thing.
He said: “It’s not just older generations who come to see us. There is a real range of ages in the crowds and they all just love U2’s music. We really enjoy the Fake Festival circuit as they’re really well organised and really well-attended events.”
As well as the music, there will also be family entertainment with food stalls, face painting, a bucking bronco, bungee run and bouncy castle.
Children aged ten and under can go for free. Adult tickets cost £22, tickets for those aged ten to 17 cost £15. Doors open 12.30pm. Tickets are also available from outlets including Londis Stores in Belton, Greenhills Stores in Haxey and NE1 Clothing in Epworth.
For more information visit www.fakefestivals.co.uk