Leeds gears up for first ever Fake Festival

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Most of this summer’s hottest festival and gig tickets have already been snapped up.

But Leeds is bracing itself for something even better than the real thing when “Bono” takes to the stage.

By day Frank Farkas is just an area co-ordinator for Bradford City Council. But as soon as the lights go out he dons his shades to transform into the front man of U2 tribute act New2.

Frank, 48, from Leeds, is set to take centre stage on home turf with his band for Otley’s first ever Fake Festival.

He said: “I’m looking forward to being on home turf and I even put on the Irish accent in between songs. It was just a bit of fun to start off with and then I started to get sunglasses and hats just like Bono.

“Now every time I go out to the pub I always get people saying that they can’t believe Bono is in Yorkshire. But as soon as I start to speak with a local accent it just gives the game away completely.”

Frank and his band are used to performing in front of thousands of fans across the globe and they have even played for Prince William and his brother Harry.

New2 have also performed at a fundraising concert to help homeless children in Malta alongside the likes of Sir Bob Geldof.

But among their list of famous friends is Welsh crooner “Tom Jones”- Frank’s friend John Prescott.

Frank added: “We’ve been going for about 15 years now and I never get fed up of it.

“But I think I’ll just keep on going for as long as Bono does.

“We have got some fantastic gigs coming up and even though my children are grown up now they just love it.

“The band are just like brothers.”

Leeds-based Four Fighters - a nod to the legendary Foo Fighters - are also set to whip the crowds into a frenzy at the tribute festival at Wharfemeadows Park on Saturday, June 11.

Tickets will cost around £17 for adults and £12.50 for children.

For more information and tickets visit: www.fakefestivals.co.uk

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