The big crowd puller may have been the Saturday night showing of Boyzone at the Newark Festival on June 20, but the Friday night’s entertainment rocked.
The boys from Ireland were great crowd pleasers despite the wet weather, with support from X-Factor winner Shayne Ward and this year’s X Factor pop act Only The Young.
The Friday night was for fans of music with a little more oomph with a series of top rock tribute bands to delight the dedicated crowds and they did not fail to deliver.
The evening kicked off with Green Day tribute act Green Date. This was swiftly followed by an extremely authentic sounding set by Coldplace, emulating Chris Martin and the boys excellently.
Things really started pumping though when The Really Hot Chilli Peppers burst on stage with such classics as Californication, Give It Away and Under The Bridge, with the lead singer leaping about madly.
Kins of Leon produced an amospheric light show as a back drop to their polished set. Things were rounded off in monumental style by the UK’s top U2 tribute act, U2UK, whose lead singer and guitarist mimicked Bono and the Edge’s looks and mannerisms to a tee.
Although it may not have been as packed as Glastonbury the following weekend, anyone who missed this, missed out.
Review by Andy Hubbert