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THE HERALD FRIDAYSEPTEMBER 02 2016


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11 News Te Big Tribute Festival


Dressed to impress: Winners of the Spellbound fancy dress competition (Pic. Helen Wyn Davies)


each group, there were drinks tokens from The Big Tribute bar for the adults, tickets for next year’s festival and also we gave a £25 gift voucher. “The opportunity to be present


at the festival was a good chance to promote the shop. We’re quite well known in Aberystwyth anyway which is good, and we liked the idea of being involved when they approached us about it. The festival organisers wanted to get a really good party atmosphere going and it was good to see what ideas people came up with. “This year was our third year


at The Big Tribute Festival. We attended about four years ago just for the Saturday and had a brilliant time. It is a good family festival and all of the other stall holders helped each other out for change and were really nice and friendly.” One of the many great things


about The Big Tribute Festival is that it caters not just to the adult festival goers, but the younger festival goers too. The expanded Little Rockers


Stage dedicated entertainment for the younger generation this year with live performances from pop tributes, puppet shows, circus skills, magicians, a disco and much more. In addition to this, the children had the opportunity to enjoy the bouncy castles, trampolines and the joys of having their face painted by The Funtastic Nets Team. Emma’s Crafty Kids tent made


another appearance this year to provide the Little Rockers with a range of children’s drop-in craft activities and workshops.


If that wasn’t enough, the Little


Rockers under five years were occupied with toys and games throughout the festivities at the Mini-Moshers Marquee. One of the supporters of The Big


Tribute Festival, Radio Ceredigion, talked to The Herald about their role and involvement with the festival: “Radio Ceredigion, for the third year in a row, were proud to support The Big Tribute Festival, Lovesgrove Aberystwyth. We wanted to work with them to not only show our support of such a great feel-good family event, being organised by local people, but because we saw the potential this event has to grow and wanted to back it 100%. “Event organisers Laura and


Steve have done an amazing job and we look forward to working with them again in all future events.” Taking the time to talk to The


Herald about the inspiration behind the event and their thoughts on this year’s festival, organisers Steve Pickup and wife Laura Dodds said: “Myself and my wife Laura are festival goers and always wanted to do something in Mid Wales but knew it wouldn’t be possible to do something with real bands due to the cost. “We knew we could recreate


the fun aspect of a festival and that’s what we’ve done really with tribute bands. We have a beautiful location, camping facilities and all of the production settings that you would expect to find at a mainstream festival. “This year, the turn out at the festival has been fantastic and we


Maybe Gaga: Performing to an enthusiastic audience (Pic. Keith Morris)


were very fortunate with the weather for the whole three days. We’ve been organising the festival every year and this year it felt like we were up on the numbers. We’ve yet to know the exact figure but the feedback that we received there, from acts to the festival goers, was absolutely superb. “Both Laura and I organise The


Big Tribute Festival alongside our full time jobs and it’s a year long timing thing. We do it with the support of a group of local people in Aberystwyth who are an incredible bunch of people. They help us with all aspects of the logistics, from the


site team to the security. “We are just fortunate that, in


a place like Aberystwyth, we have people that we can turn to in order to make things happen. It’s quite incredible what we can achieve within the timeframe we have. “We would love to bring the


festival back again next year and we hope we can. There are always things you need to sort out first before organising a festival but we are hopeful we will be back again. “We think The Big Tribute


Festival is probably as big as we want it to get in order to maintain that family friendly feel. It was so


enjoyable this year; the audiences came from the local area and further afield. It’s also amazing to get the feedback from people who travel from all around the UK to Lovesgrove in order to attend the festival. They all put in their diaries where they spent that Bank Holiday weekend and it’s great. “The feedback that we have


received so far this year was probably the best we’ve had. After all of the work and planning, you always hope it pays off, so this year it seems to be that it’s been great all round.”


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