Fes­ti­val of best of the trib­ute bands

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - MU -

A WORLD-CLASS trib­utes fes­ti­val will take place in the re­gion.

The West Park Fake Fes­ti­val in Hull will in­clude trib­utes to Green Day, Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon.

With the suc­cess of last year’s tour, Fake Fes­ti­vals will also host a free Big Fake Fes­ti­val, three days of live mu­sic with 18 world­class trib­ute bands. And this event is exclusive to Fake Fes­ti­val ticket hold­ers.

There are still a few tick­ets left for the West Park Fake Fes­ti­val and for more in­for­ma­tion visit www.fake­fes­ti­vals.co.uk or tele­phone 0800 652 2852. WITHIN the space of a few years Jonathan Ansell ex­pe­ri­enced the plea­sure and pain of fame.

He was the one, if you re­mem­ber, who led the clas­si­cal boy­band G4 to the X-Fac­tor au­di­tions in 2004, which proved a spring­board to in­ter­na­tional star­dom.

The four­some, who had met as stu­dents at the Guild­hall School of Mu­sic toured the world, sold mil­lions of records and were ex­actly the kind of nice boys moth­ers hope their daugh­ters will set­tle down with.

“Hon­estly, we went to that au­di­tion with no ex­pec­ta­tions and so when suc­cess came overnight it was pretty sur­real,” says Ansell, who re­cently moved to Leeds with his wife and young fam­ily. “I re­mem­ber go­ing back to the Guild­hall for our grad­u­a­tion fol­lowed by a cam­era crew and while our teach­ers were al­ways in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive, I think some of the other stu­dents thought we had some­how dumbed down.

“I don’t buy into that. What­ever you think of the show it was a great op­por­tu­nity for us and when those chances come along you have to seize them.”

When G4 went their sep­a­rate ways a few years later – Ansell in­sists they still all keep in touch – he turned to mu­si­cal theatre mak­ing his de­but as The Man in the Bill Ken­wright tour­ing pro­duc­tion of Andrew Lloyd Web­ber and Jim Stein­man’s Whis­tle Down The Wind. While he might not have en­joyed quite the same high pro­file as he had in the G4 days life was pretty good.

How­ever, his de­ci­sion to ap­pear in Andrew Lloyd Web­ber’s tele­vised search for a lead in a new pro­duc­tion of Je­sus Christ Su­per­star in 2012 would demon­strate just how quickly celebri­ties can be re­cast from he­roes to vil­lains.

“It was a big de­ci­sion to do that show. I knew I was tak­ing a risk, but the truth is that I re­ally wanted that part in that show. There were a lot of other es­tab­lished leading men who were go­ing for it and in the end I thought that if I didn’t put my­self for­ward, I would re­gret it.”

Un­for­tu­nately, the show didn’t quite pan out as he had hoped. Ansell had al­ready landed a part in

ATale of Two Cities be­fore go­ing on the show. When it emerged he would have to leave that mu­si­cal early if he was suc­cess­fully cast in Je­sus Christ Su­per­star, the judges, in par­tic­u­lar Ja­son Dono­van, and view­ers turned on him. Ansell was por­trayed as an ego­tist out for his own gain

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