Nothing fake about the fun at this festival!

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DONCASTER band White Valentine hope this weekend’s Fake Festival will be a chance to get their new sound out to the masses.

They will join three more support bands and headline tributes to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2 and Arctic Monkeys at Sprotbrough’s Fake Festival on Saturday at Wheatley Hills RFC.

Guitarist Danny Flanagan, 26, of Adwick, says the band are really excited about their first gig in the popular Fake Festivals circuit.

He said: “We’ve had a really good reception this year. We’ve been playing gigs in the Doncaster area most weekends and we’ve got a great summer lined up, including playing at The Hallcross for the Mapfest festival on August 4.

“We’re also putting a lot of time into our first, full-length album, which we’re hoping to release in September. We really want to make it as big as possible and we’re working with other artists including a violinist to make sure it has a really different sound.”

Former High Melton College student Danny, who was one of the founding members of White Valentine in 2008, doesn’t like to see the band’s music limited to any one musical genre.

He said: “We really wanted to make an album that made us stand out. I wouldn’t call it indie or rock. It’s a really different sound.”

Also in White Valentine are singer/guitarist Richard White, of Bessacarr, drummer Richard Stott, of Doncaster town centre, and bassist Jason Moorhouse, of Skellow.

Last year, the four-piece played several gigs in London and Manchester and, though they’ve been playing mainly local venues this year, they’re also due to play at Birmingham Arts Festival.

From 12.30pm onwards in the Fake Festivals’ marquee, festival goers will also have the chance to catch other Doncaster bands Down To Earth, Talkin Strangers, Tuesday Lates and The H Conspiracy.

Jez Lee, organiser of Fake Festivals, said: “Fake Festivals is the perfect platform for unsigned artists as they not only get to showcase their talent in front of a friendly local crowd, but they can also take advantage of the fully equipped stage that you would fine at other festivals such as Leeds and Reading – something not a lot of unsigned artists ever have the opportunity to do.

Tickets priced £17.50 for adults and £10 for under 18s are available from and also from the following outlets: from Doncaster Free Press, Sunny Bar, Day Today Store, Crompton Road, Wheatley and C & N News, 52 Brecks Lane, Kirk Sandall.

All tickets can now be sent to mobile phones by selecting the M Tickets option when purchasing online and printed off before the event, or issued at the gate upon scanning of the mobile phone.