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Big Fake Festival - East Midlands

  • Fri 02 Sep - Sun 04 Sep 2022
    Walesby Forest, Nottinghamshire
    Walesby Forest, Newark NG22 9NG
  • LIVE MUSIC 3 days, 24 Fake Bands

    Day 1 Fri 02 Sep

    Flash

    Oasish

    Guns 2 Roses

    Really Hot Chili Peppers

    The Stones

    Stereotonics

    NEW2

    The Police Force

    Day 2 Sat 03 Sep

    Coldplace

    Antarctic Monkeys

    Kings Of Lyon

    Duran

    Aladdinsane

    Blondied

    Total Stone Roses

    Green Date

    Day 3 Sun 04 Sep

    Vicky Jackson is Pink

    The Fillers

    Bon Jovi Experience

    Fore Fighters

    Kazabian

    Space Cowboy

    The Jam'd

    Laid

  • HUGE CAMPSITE Beautiful setting
    FREE camping for tents
    Family/Quiet zones
    Up to 5 nights camping

“Let’s get this faking party started… right now!” 🤪 Our biggest event is back for 2022, and judging by the storm of positivity after the last one, this is going to seriously rock! 🤟

It all started back in 2014, when we wanted to mark the end of our Tour season by treating the Fake-Fest Fam (staff, crew, bands and yourselves) to ONE BIG PARTY! 🎉 It was a bit of a ‘thank you’, and a way for us all to see the bands that had played for us over the summer. This meant running over 3 days, inside a giant ‘big-top’ tent, with camping sorted for everyone – quite a step! But it was totally worth it… it was beyond incredible! 🤩

From then on, ‘The Big Fake Festival’ became our annual ‘end-of-season’ finale and most anticipated event, eventually outgrowing its original site at Thoresby. We noticed you guys were coming from all over the UK, and because of the ticket sell-outs you were asking us for “more like this”. 🤔 You were right, it was time to grow. This will be our first season with multiple Big-Fake-Fest locations... huge for us, because we’re so proud of our Big-Fake-Fests and how much they mean to you all! 😎

The story now continues with our 7th Big-Fake-Fest in the East Midlands! As our season finale, we can’t wait to see everyone we’ve met or missed during the summer. And you’ve seen how awesome the new site at Walesby is… so let’s fill it to the brim, go out with a bang and make enough memories to carry us into 2023!

Tickets

COVID-19: This event is going ahead. If it gets cancelled then we will refund everyone in full, like we did in 2020 & 2021. Refunds will not be given due to customer illness or self isolation. See our latest COVID-19 Information.

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FRI/SAT/SUN INCLUDING EARLY WED SITE ACCESSCamping from Wed 31 Aug FRI/SAT/SUN INCLUDING STANDARD THU SITE ACCESSCamping from Thu 01 Sep VEHICLE CAMPSITE ACCESSFor the full event duration
Adult 18+ yrs £115.00 £105.00 N/A
Young 10‑17yrs* £95.00 £85.00 N/A
Disabled Adult (18+) with PA conditions apply £115.00 £105.00 N/A
Disabled Young (0-17yrs) with PA conditions apply £95.00 £85.00 N/A
Camping Vehicle (Each) Vehicle used for sleeping (Motorhome, Campervan, Caravan or Trailer Tent etc). Towing vehicles do not require seperate ticket. N/A N/A £25.00

Children (0-9yrs) enter for FREE (no ticket needed) when accompanied by a paid adult. Maximum of two children per adult.

*Under 16 year-olds must be accompanied by a paid adult to enter the festival. 16-17 year-olds must show proof of age if entering the festival alone, or otherwise must enter with a paid adult.

Please see the Help & Contact page for further ticket information.

Terms & Conditions apply to all ticket purchases wether booked from this website or purchased from a ticket outlet.

Fake Bands

Wait 'til you see how our Fake Bands look, sound and move. Almost the real deal, these guys really know how to play a festival crowd – it's an incredible feeling being so close to the bands!

Our finest Fake Bands will take turns to impress you with their mind-blowing performances and classic anthems. Could you handle 8 bands a day, for 3 days of live music - rocking from 12:00 NOON until 12:00 MIDNIGHT? Plus, we use arena-level sound and lighting inside our giant big-top marquee to give you an unbeatable festival experience, whatever the weather tries!

Day 1 - Fri 02 Sep

10.45 PM

Flash

9.00 PM

Oasish

7.30 PM

Guns 2 Roses

6.00 PM

Really Hot Chili Peppers

4.30 PM

The Stones

3.00 PM

Stereotonics

1.30 PM

NEW2

12.00 PM

The Police Force

Day 2 - Sat 03 Sep

10.45 PM

Coldplace

9.00 PM

Antarctic Monkeys

7.30 PM

Kings Of Lyon

6.00 PM

Duran

4.30 PM

Aladdinsane

3.00 PM

Blondied

1.30 PM

Total Stone Roses

12.00 PM

Green Date

Day 3 - Sun 04 Sep

10.45 PM

Vicky Jackson is Pink

9.00 PM

The Fillers

7.30 PM

Bon Jovi Experience

6.00 PM

Fore Fighters

4.30 PM

Kazabian

3.00 PM

Space Cowboy

1.30 PM

The Jam'd

12.00 PM

Laid

Party with the Fam

Our ever-growing 'Fake-Fest Fam' are a special kind of groovers. You won't meet a nicer crowd anywhere, and we're not just saying that. Come and see for yourself, or check-out the Facebook Group!

At a Big-Fake-Fest the vibe is relaxed and fun and exciting. Rocking with your fellow live music lovers is such a pleasure, it’s a party atmosphere that’ll keep you buzzing for weeks! We don’t tolerate nonsense behaviour, chilling and camping with 'the Fam' is an organised, clean, respectful and positive experience.

Join the Facebook Group for pre-fest buzz, tips and info. Everyone welcome.

Facebook Group

Site Itinerary

After rocking 6 years of Big-Fake-Fests with you guys, we've listened and learned so much. We're as organised as possible and go that extra mile for a special fest feel you will always remember.

After many years at Thoresby, we moved this event to Walesby in 2021, for the extra space. It's a stunning location, within 250 acres of woodland, unspoilt scenery and great camping facilities. There’s so much space, you’ll easily find your perfect campsite spot, whether that’s in amongst the party or tucked out the way in one of the many quiet corners. Dib dib dib!

Site entry

The site is easy reached because of its UK midlands location and access near the A1. Set your sat-navs for Walesby Forest, Nottinghamshire NG22 9NG and you'll be delivered right to the gates! For large vehicles and towing, beware the bridge on Whitewater Lane.

View the latest version of our Site Map here: Site Map

New arrivals

HAVE TICKETS READY for immediate check-in at the site gates. No valid ticket, no site access.

Site gates will open for newcomers (require ticket check-in) between 10:00 and 22:00 daily. Both PERSONAL and VEHICLE tickets will be scanned and checked in and site access wristbands provided (you may be asked to show ID to prove your age).

Day visitors

If you are not camping, your access wristbands allow you to enter daily. A secure day carpark will be provided and access is daily from 10:00.

Camping

For tents, look for the drop-off areas to offload your equipment. Parking is not permitted with tents.

For camping vehicles, display your vehicle ticket and follow the signs.

Leaving & re-entering

Your access wristbands allow you to leave and enter the site as you wish, within reason.

Site times

EARLY WED SITE ACCESS - Wed 31 Aug

Access only for those with an 'EARLY WED SITE ACCESS' ticket.
10:00 Site opens
22:00 Site closes for new arrivals

STANDARD THU SITE ACCESS - Thu 01 Sep

10:00 Site opens for new arrivals
22:00 Site closes for new arrivals

Event day 1 - Fri 02 Sep

08:00 Breakfast food traders open
10:00 Site opens for new arrivals
10:30 Breakfast food traders close
11:00 Event 'Big-top' doors open, event bar and day food traders open
22:00 Site closes for new arrivals
23:45 Event 'Big-top' bar closes
Midnight Event 'Big-top' doors close, food traders close

Event day 2 - Sat 03 Sep

08:00 Breakfast food traders open
10:00 Site opens for new arrivals
10:30 Breakfast food traders close
11:00 Event 'Big-top' doors open, event bar and day food traders open
22:00 Site closes for new arrivals
23:45 Event 'Big-top' bar closes
Midnight Event 'Big-top' doors close, food traders close

Event day 3 - Sun 04 Sep

08:00 Breakfast food traders open
10:00 Site opens for new arrivals
10:30 Breakfast food traders close
11:00 Event 'Big-top' doors open, event bar and day food traders open
22:00 Site closes for new arrivals
23:45 Event 'Big-top' bar closes
Midnight Event 'Big-top' doors close, food traders close

Post event - Mon 05 Sep

12:00 Site closes, everyone must be vacated

Event area

Performances are held inside a 'Big-top', with plenty of access outside into the event garden area. During the event days, doors open at 11:00, close 12:00 MIDNIGHT. Use your access wristband to come and go as you like.

Food & Drink

Food & drink you bring must only be consumed in the campsite. Do not bring it to the event area 'Big-top', bags will be checked when you enter.

Quality food traders will be located inside the event garden area, offering delicious types of food to keep you going all day and throughout the night. The licensed bar inside the event 'Big-top' will serve the usual Fake Festivals range of chilled bar and soft drinks. The bar and food traders are open from when the event 'Big-top' doors open at 11:00. The bar closes at 11:45 and the food trading finishes at 12:00 MIDNIGHT.

At Fake Festivals the bar is operated on a drink token system, a single drink token can be exchanged for a bar drink or two soft drinks. Drink tokens can be purchased at token desks inside the event 'Big-top'. Both cash and card are accepted at the token desks and 'cash-back' will be available.

Campsite

Camping in tents is FREE for all ticket holders and no tent permits or additional tickets are required. Camping Vehicles (Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans and Pods etc) require their own ticket which once checked in will be replaced by a permit that must be shown on the vehicle at all times. There are no reservations and pitches are provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

Site access for new arrivals is from 10:00 - 22:00 daily. You must vacate the grounds by 12:00 NOON on Mon 05 Sep.

Camping areas

You'll love the luscious space and greenery, with dedicated camping zones.

  • QUIET AREA - this area is tucked out the way, for families or anyone wanting to enjoy a relaxed and quiet campsite. No shouting or loud music permitted and we ask for extra-extra quiet during the hours of midnight to 8:00AM. No cars. Security will patrol and move anyone not adhering to the area rules.
  • CAMPING VEHICLES - for motorhomes, campervans and caravans only. Cars can park with caravans.
  • GENERAL - for tents only. Cars must be parked in the car park, not with the tents.
  • MIXED - for motorhomes, campervans and caravans (with cars) and tents (cars not permitted) and for those wishing to camp in groups. No group pitch reservations and caution when moving vehicles around tents must be shown.
  • DISABLED - situated in a convenient place near facilities. To use this area somebody in your group must have a disabled ticket and have shown proof of disability. Blue badge cars may park in this area. Please read our Disabled Information sheet.

Food & drink

You are welcome to bring your own food and drink with you, but it must only be consumed within the campsite area. Please remember that no glass is permitted on the site at any time.

Breakfast food traders will be open from 08:00 to 10:30 in the garden area ready to cook up a full breakfast and fresh coffee for all the Fake Festival campers. Once the event area opens at 11:00 the food traders will be available inside the garden area until close at midnight.

Rules & facilities

NO GLASS is allowed anywhere on the site.
NO PETS of any type allowed on the site.
NO GENERATORS of any type allowed on the site.

Parking cars next to tents is not permitted, but we do allow the drop-off of gear before you park. You are able to retrieve items from your car at any point.

FIRES & BBQ'S - that are sat at ground level are not permitted, for fire risk reasons. We do allow BBQ's and stoves that are raised off the ground to about 0.5m-1m on legs or by such other means and must be fully extinguished after use, with all waste/ashes removed from site in the appropriate manner.

ELECTRICAL HOOK-UPS - will not provided.

STANDING WATER - will be provided around the camping areas.

TOILETS - will be provided all around the camping areas.

DISABLED FACILITIES - disabled toilet and shower facilities can be accessed with a Radar Key. Please read our Disabled Information sheet.

Parking

There will be adequate FREE parking for both those who are camping and for anyone staying outside the site and visiting daily.

The camping and parking areas will have 24 hour patrolling security to ensure everyone can relax and have a great weekend and by all means leave your vehicle on site overnight if you need to. If you do leave your car overnight on the last day then please ensure you collect your vehicle by 12:00 NOON on Mon 05 Sep.