The Stones and Quo tributes for Gig on the GreenBy Laura Nightingale
February 22, 2013
THE Rollin’Clones, Quo-incidence, My Everest, All Things Considered and Ultimate Boy Bands are the first five tribute acts confirmed for Yateley’s biggest music event of the year, Gig on the Green.
On June 29, thousands of music fans will flock to Yateley Green for a 10-hour festival of varied music.
The gig, now in its third year and organised by Yateley Sports CIC, will again feature most of the original attractions such as the battle of the bands and the Y-Factor competitions, as well as refreshment tents, stalls and children’s entertainment.
Dianne Dunne, a director of the gig, said: “It has been very successful over the past couple of years and Yateley really welcomes it.
“It has established itself as a major social event in the annual calendar.
“It’s not just a tribute event. We have local singers and bands showcasing local talent and that is why we will continue with the Y-Factor.”
The competition showcases Yateley’s singing stars in a TV’s X Factor style contest with talent from local schools and colleges before the winner takes centre stage on the day.
Winner of the 2012 contest was 16-year-old Siana Schofield from Yateley School who has since gone on to win Open Mic UK this year.
Mrs Dunne said: “We like to think that we are giving local youths the opportunity to showcase their talent.
“We hope to introduce a similar contest for adults this year.”
Yateley chart sensation Alexa Goddard has performed at both previous events, but she is yet to be confirmed for a third year.
Mrs Dunne said: “She has been a firm favourite but it depends on her international travels.
“She really loves performing to a home crowd, but it will all depend on her touring schedule.”
Acts already lined up for this year’s festival will appeal to a range of audiences from fans of the English rock phenomenon The Rolling Stones to cheesy-pop-goers idolising the pretty boy band. “The Rollin’ Clones is a brilliant act,” Mrs Dunne added.
“Everybody knows a Rolling Stones song and their performance looks to be good fun.”
Each year the event raises thousands of pounds for sporting facilities in Yateley. The organisers are now applying for charity status so that more money can be raised for good causes.
Colin Ive, chairman of Yateley Sports CIC, said: “The gig is run by volunteers and we allow local charities to hold a stall for free as it would be silly charging them, as all the profits go back into the community.”
He said the problem with a CIC, half way between a limited company and a charity, was that profits were taxed at 20%, and becoming a charity would reduce this.
“We are looking for a long-term project,” Mr Ive added.
Early bird tickets cost £15 for adults, £10 for youths – up to 18 – and under 8s go free. After May 13, tickets prices will increase.
To buy tickets or to find out about volunteering opportunities, visit gigonthegreenyateley.co.uk/default.asp.