A music festival for tribute bands? TribFest 2013
It’s a music festival?
But the bands performing are not the bands who had the hits?
How does that work?
It works very simply, my friend.
Hello, and welcome to Tribfest.
Tribfest is a music festival for Tribute bands.
My cynical muso-self very unkindly thought that TribFest would be a lot of people pretending to enjoy themselves in front of musicians pretending to be other bands.
But I now realise that the truth is that TribFest is much more complex – and much more enjoyable – than that cynical thought.
This weekend around 4,000 people sat, in a slightly damp corner of Yorkshire, very close to the musical action and watched – and listened to – some excellent musical artists sing and play some excellent music.
I’m told that
We had a
We had a
And we had another helping of self-indulgent wankering guitar solos and a large dollop of
So what if there wasn’t one original song in all of the sets, what does that matter?
We don’t go to music festivals to hear material we are not familiar with.
We go to music festivals to stare at the wierdos and to dance and to drink and to sing ourselves hoarse to songs that we know the beats, the patterns, the solos and the lyrics to.
And we go to festivals to get up close and personal to the music action.
That, my friends, is what TribFest served up to me this weekend.
Close to the stage. Unobscured vision of the bands because the wankers with their too-fucking-large flags and “here I am” banners weren’t in the way.
Make no mistake, this was no ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ beauty competition.
Every single band/artist made huge effort to look like, to act like, and to sound like the people they were paying musical homage to.
And I feel that, by being there, and by singing and dancing and clapping and loving the tribute bands….
Yes, I actually feel that we were paying our own tribute to the original artists, as well as saying ‘thank you’ to the tribute bands.
And massive thanks to Michelle for allowing me to be her guest.