Festival of best of the tribute bands
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