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THE HERALD FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 02 2016


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Another great year for ‘THE BIG TRIBUTE


FESTIVAL’ was a success, as the event saw thousands of people flock to the fields of Lovesgrove for a memorable Bank Holiday weekend. The festival ran from Friday


(Aug 26) until Sunday (Aug 28) and had the added bonus of fantastic weather in the area of Aberystwyth. The three days were filled with


the UK’s very best tribute acts. The Main Stage saw Nirvana UK, Manc Floyd, Money For Nothing, Kings Ov Leon, Guns 2 Roses and Musest play on the Friday. On Saturday, the stage invited


Endorphinmachine, Atomic Blondie, Vicky Jackson as Pink, Meet Loaf, Ohasis and The Bohemians to entertain the crowd. The final day had the crowd


dancing along to the likes of Bryan Adams Experience, Ed Sheeran Experience, The Beach Boys Band, Maybe Gaga, The Stones, Bon Jovi UK and Coldplay. The Herald spoke to Vicky


Jackson about her career and her tribute act as Pink at the Festival: “I have been singing for 18 years, I have been a tribute artist for nine years and I am also a recording artist. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world performing and I still love it! “I loved the festival atmosphere


over the weekend and the lovely people. It was well organised and a brilliant crowd too as I performed all of Pink’s huge hits crammed into an hour!” “I have more tribute shows lined


up this year, and hopefully more festivals next year. I also have more dance releases out, too! You can find out much more on my social media @vickyjacksonfanpage or Twitter @


vickyjackson.” ‘Maybe Gaga’ also told the


Herald about her singing career and what songs she performed at the festival: “I’ve been singing all my life really; coming from a showbiz family, it runs in the blood. “I’ve performed with, and for,


various people on stages as big as Wembley arena. Then I fell into the tribute world, starting off as a Kylie Minogue tribute, then Gaga came on the scene and I just knew that I had to do a tribute to her. “Our voices are very similar


so it was quite easy to impersonate her. Plus, I just fell in love with everything about her! She’s just crazy and outrageous and so fabulous on stage. “I also do tributes to Katy Perry


and Jessie J, plus sing as myself as much as I possibly can! “At the festival, I had my band


and dancers with me and we all had a ball on stage - it was so good to be back! I think the performance went really well, and I think by the crowd reaction, they loved it. “It’s the best feeling in the world


when everybody is singing along with you and whatever you tell them to do they do! The crew are just so amazing, it really is a pleasure to work with such amazing guys. From the sound and lighting, to the security, Steve Pickup really does have a fantastic team. “This was my fourth time


appearing on the main stage and I’ve loved every single one more than the last.


‘ARTPOP’, ‘Pokerface’, ‘Telephone’,


“At the festival, I performed ‘Just Dance’, ‘Paparazzi’,


‘Bad Romance’, ‘Born This Way’, ‘Edge of Glory’, Festival goers: Enjoying the atmosphere (Pic. Keith Morris)


‘Applause’ and ‘Radio Gaga’. “I’m back and forth from Corfu


at the moment. In fact, I travelled back straight after the Big Tribute Festival and performed on Monday night. I am also travelling all over the country at home in England too. “I do a fair few big corporate


dos and private parties, and I have some coming up, plus I’ve just been booked for a wedding in 2018! “I will perform for anyone


(within reason) and absolutely love doing big festivals, as it gives me a chance to work with my band more. All of my upcoming events are on my Facebook page.” The fun did not end there as the


MADE TO MEASURE - FITTEDWITH PRIDE


Other Stage, which showcases the best local acts from Aberystwyth and around Wales, introduced Gunpowder Factory, Stix, The Moonbirds, Henebion, Calum Duell, Sgarmes, Aber Jazz and many more. As well as the Ale and Cider


Festival, the festival goers had a wide variety of food stalls to choose from to keep their spirits up. From a Backyard BBQ, succulent


pork from the Bow Street Butchers Hog Roast stall, the Dixie Kitchen stall that served hot dogs, Event Eateries, pizzas from the Fratelli Brothers stall, homemade curries from Mama Singhs, Rustic Cooks Field Kitchen and even sweet treats from Sarah Bunton Chocolates. Among the other entertainment


stalls that kept that crowds energised throughout the weekend were stalls from Spellbound Balloon and Party Shop, Isaacs Sweet Shop and Dress Rail X.


Talking about their support to


the festival and the party atmosphere they provided, the owner of ‘Spellbound Balloon and Party Shop’, Alison Richards, told The Herald: “On Saturday, Spellbound Balloon and Party Shop sponsored the fancy dress day at The Big Tribute Festival. There were five categories and if people wanted to get involved, they would just turn up in fancy dress. “There were a few judges


walking around the festival throughout the day looking for good ideas and combinations. For example, the people who won ‘the best group’ made a cardboard rollercoaster with fake legs hanging over and went around the fields with their hands up shouting things like ‘to the left’. They made it look like they were going up and down like a real rollercoaster, which was great. “The prizes were brilliant. In


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Vicky Jackson: As Pink (Pic. Keith Morris)


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