Stolen aim to show they’re not faking it at music festival

STEALING THE SHOW Stolen are performing at Fake Fest in Southsea
STEALING THE SHOW Stolen are performing at Fake Fest in Southsea
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LOCAL boys Stolen plan to live up to their name when they appear at next month’s Fake Fest.

They are hoping to steal the show from the acts who will be headlining the day-long music festival at Castle Field in Southsea on October 1.

The band will be playing hits from across the decades, from rock to funk to ska, in a bid to get everyone up and dancing along.

The News-organised show will include top tribute acts for some of the biggest names in rock.

Stolen’s bass player Mick Hodgson, from Portchester, said: ‘What we do is pretty much across the board party music – we’re aiming for the feet. We want everyone to get out and have a good time.

‘The classics always go down well, particularly something like Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry, but newer stuff like 10/10 by Paolo Nutini goes down really well too.’

The band, completed by Beau Diakowicz from Fareham on guitars, Errol Meader from Portchester on drums, Adam Brown from Southsea on guitars and lead singer Sam Hoar from Waterlooville, have been together for nearly two years.

And from hard gigging around the region’s pubs and clubs they have started building a good following.

They got involved in Fake Fest after hearing about the day through an advert looking for local bands in The News.

They have previously played in front of hundreds at the prestigious Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea and at Drakefest, the annual fundraising bash organised by the Admiral Drake pub in North End.

But Fake Fest will see them playing to up to 5,000 revellers.

‘We go out and do what we do,’ said Mick. ‘But we’re always looking to step up to the next level.

‘We want to progress as a band and we’re always on the look-out for the bigger gigs.

‘We love what we do and we’ve got a great chemistry. I think that comes across when we play together.’