RAF Waddington Fake Festival
Saturday 3rd September 2011 saw the second annual Fake Festival event sponsored by the Station Commander and AAR as a thank you to Service Personnel and their dependants for their support to World Wide Operations’ and the Annual Airshow.
With a large marquee erected in the grassed area in front of the Officers’ Mess, the gates opened at 1300. With only a small crowd to start with, the Festival commenced with some fantastic Lincolnshire Tribute Bands covering songs such as ‘Green Day’ covers and music from other well known bands. As the live music continued to bellow out to the crowd, the weather improved and attracted more and more families out from their homes to come and enjoy the entertainment. An appearance from Tom Jones on stage surprised the crowds and got the event off to a great start, even Austin Powers was seen to mingle and pose for photographs with people.
There were a number of activities for all of the family to enjoy such as a bouncy castle, sweet stalls and inflatable slides to name but a few and a lot of children were seen to be made up as tigers and butterflies with their faces painted. The bungee run appeared to be utilised more by the adults than the children and some great camaraderie was heard emanating from there on occasion. There were many different types of food on offer – the hog roast stand was a particular favourite – closely followed by the traditional burgers and hot dog stalls. The beautiful cupcake stall with the muffins and chocolate fountains pleased all the sweet lovers and the smaller size cakes for the children were very popular. A bucking bronco provided entertainment as the alcohol flowed and the falls from the saddle became more and more spectacular as the day went on.
Later in the evening the first of the three main headline bands began. After demonstrating her fantastic talent last year, Blondie (Blondied) was invited back again this year and did not disappoint. She really got the crowd going with her renditions of the old classics such as the ‘Tide is high’, ‘Atomic’ and ‘Sunday Girl’. Looking and sounding the part, she could have been the real thing.
Then as darkness fell, the fantastic U2 (New2) band lit up the night and provided great entertainment which was thoroughly enjoyed by the crowd generating some of the loudest crowd sing-along heard in Waddington. ‘One Love’ was played in a solemn tribute to the late Flt Lt Jon Egging. Followed by renditions of ‘The sweetest thing’, ‘Pride in the name of Love’ and many others including some Bob Marley covers were also heard booming out of the marquee.
The night was then rounded off with the up-beat Red Hot Chili Peppers (Really Hot Chili Peppers). With an amazing display of strobe lighting and wardrobe changes, this was a performance on par with the real band and at a volume level which left ears ringing for days. With only the hardcore revellers left at the end, the evening was concluded with ‘Under the bridge’, ‘Give it away’ and ‘Californication’. This was a perfect end to a very enjoyable day and evening. It is fair to say that a great time was had by all and we are already looking forward to another Fake Festival next year.
By Flight Lieutenant Lynsey Poole