Take That and Taylor Swift tribute acts join line-up for Harpenden music festival

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Tribute acts for Take That and Taylor Swift complete the line-up for a Harpenden outdoor music festival.

The sound of Take That – the pop group that has scored charts hits in the UK and around the world for close to 25 years – will be heard at the award-winning Festival on the Field.

It may not be Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen appearing in person but the next best thing in the shape of tribute band Take This, who will perform at the festival this summer on Saturday July 2.

And the songs of hugely successful American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift will be reproduced by the talented tribute performer Charlotte Hopley – completing a line-up that will appeal to music lovers of all ages.

Tickets for the festival have been selling at record speed so far and local sponsors are rushing to get involved with this family-friendly event.

Spokesperson for the festival, Mark Hill, said: “We’re delighted to have Take This performing at the festival. All the boys in Take This have appeared in London’s West End among a variety of other performing engagements. I’m sure they will really ‘Shine’ but whichever Take That tunes they perform are bound to go down well with everyone.

“And if boybands aren’t your thing, it’s great news that Charlotte Hopley, with her troupe of dancers, will also be entertaining our audience by performing as multi-award-winning Taylor Swift.

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“When you add the fact that Queen tribute band Killer Queen will headline, all I can say is, wow! what a line-up we’ve got for people. I can promise a festival of music that will be a truly fantastic day out for all the family – and certainly it will be one of best things happening in Harpenden in 2016!”

Festival on the Field 2016 will raise funds for projects at Harpenden’s Sir John Lawes and Manland schools – and the musical talents of students will be on show in the early part of the event before the tribute acts take to the stage.

There are also plenty of activities planned away from the stage that will keep children of all ages happy. New for 2016 is a beach area, complete with buckets, spades and deck chairs. Other attractions will include inflatables, trampolines, rides for small children, face-painting, football and tennis, plus plenty of food and refreshments.

The last Festival on the Field proved a big hit in 2014, attracting an audience of well over 2,000 people to enjoy a musical extravaganza that included Madness, One Direction, Katy Perry and Rihanna tribute acts. Like the show’s award-winning debut four years ago, the 2014 event raised more than £20,000 – this time being shortlisted in the prestigious UK Festival Awards. In 2016, proceeds from tickets sales at other Harpenden schools will mean they benefit from the event too.

There are some impressive commercial sponsorship opportunities for the festival and organisers would like to hear from local businesses who are interested in becoming a headline sponsor for this fantastic event, or who would like to be involved in some other way.

Tickets can be purchased from the Festival on the Field website: www.festivalonthefield.co.uk and you can get in touch with the festival organisers at festivalonthefield@gmail.com. Get the latest news via the Festival on the Field 2016 Facebook page, or follow on Twitter @FOTFHarpenden.