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Initially started as a festival for tribute bands it has expanded in recent years to include a showcase for new acts as well as the main tribute stage. Interest in the festival and those attending has increased year on year with the 2014 festival seeing almost 12,000 festival goers in attendance.
Since 2006, the festival has invited special guests to perform. These have included Chas and Dave (2006), The Neville Staples Specials (2007), Bad Manners (2008) and Chesney Hawkes (2009), Ex Simple Minds (2010), Doctor and The Medics (2011) and Showaddywaddy, The Sweet, and the return of Chesney Hawkes in 2012. In 2013, an 80's revival took place with ABC, Howard Jones, The Christians, and Heaven 17 playing the main stage.
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The event is organised annually by a small team including Nick Tanner and Murray Stewart. The event is run and managed from Turnpost Farm.
Founder, Nick Tanner was managing pubs that regularly booked tribute acts as entertainment. He was inspired to create a larger event dedicated to those bands. After refining the idea with his friend Murray Stewart, they found a location to hold the first festival at, Turnpost Farm in Leicestershire.
The first Glastonbudget festival was held in May 2005 and occurred for only two days over a weekend. The acts included the Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band otherwise known as the Ded Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis tribute band Oasish and Coldplay tribute band Coolplay. The attendance for the event was a mere 680 people.
Glastonbudget began to grow as more acts began to play at the festival. Some of these new acts included Who Tribute, Who's Who; a Guns n Roses tribute band Guns 2 Roses, a Queen tribute act called Mercury and a Green Day tribute, Green Days. Moreover, Glastonbudget had also become a host to a small beer festival along with showcasing local new original talents. The new acts were given their own stage to perform on, while the tribute acts remained on the main tribute stage.
In 2007 Glastonbudget hosted its first three-day event during the month of May which saw many new acts and returning tribute bands. Many of the acts from the previous years returned including Guns 2 Roses, Oasish and Mercury while some of new tribute acts that debuted were Antarctic Monkeys and Fake That.
Again, the event was hosted over three days in May and as the festivals popularity increased the number of stages increased to three The Main Stage, The New Acts Stage and The New Acts Marquee. Hosted at the event this year was The Real Ale Festival and new tribute acts included Maybe Winehouse, The Fillers and The Kaiser Thief's.
By 2009 Glastonbudget included a total of five stages and over the three day event The Main Stage, The Campsite Stage, The new Acts Stage, The Charnie Arny and the Bus Stage. New tribute acts included the Kins of Leon and Blurb. The festival also featured “ The Scrap Metal Tour “ which featured Ireland Maiden, Metallitia, Rubber Plants, ThunderStruck and User Illusion playing until midnight on the Saturday. Also in 2009 the festival featured Chesney Hawkes who had a number one single in the UK and a top ten hit in the US with the One and Only. Who's Who followed Chesney Hawkes
Glastonbudget now features six stages The Main Stage, The Showcase, The Charnie Arny, The Acoustic Tent, The Campsite Marquee and the BBC Radio Leicester Stage. New tribute act include Blings of Leon, Coldplace and Four Fighters. Returning acts featured Blurb, Mercury and Oasish. A Real Ale tasting was also held at the festival.
This year the festival featured five stages The Main Stage, The Charney Arny, The Saddle Span, The Acoustic Stage and The Showcase Bigtop. The new tribute acts included Beach Boys Smile and Hot Red Chilli Peppers. The returning tribute acts included Mercury, The Fillers, Guns 2 Roses and Four Fighters. The Real Ale festival was also held. A special guest appearance by Doctor and The Medics was also featured.
The festival this year featured six stages The Main Stage, The Big top, The Saddle Span, The Jubilee, The Charnie Arnie and The Acoustic stage. Acts new to The Main Stage this year included The Humberstones, Absolute Bowie, Bad Boys, Vogue UK, Michael Jackson UK and Kazabian. Also performing on The Main Stage was local Leicestershire 70’s band Showaddywaddy. Some of the returning acts included Who’s Who, One Step Behind and T-rextasy.
Glastonbudget featured five stages in 2013, The Main Stage, The Big Top, The Ic0n, The Charnie Arnie and The Acoustic Stage. Some of the new Main Stage acts were The FuFu Sailors, Come Undone and Bass Alien. The returning acts included Green Date, ABBA Revival, MJUK, The Fillers and The Four Fighters. The Festival featured several 1980’s artists including The Christians, Heaven 17, Howard Jones and ABC.
2014 featured five stages The Main Stage, the Big Top, Ic0n, LoCo and The Acoustic Stage. The Main Stage’s newest acts were The Bootleg Beetles, UK X-Factor finalist, Kitty Brucknell, Talon Eagles and Speak and Spell. Who's Who headlined on the Friday night; while Guns 2 Roses, The Fillers, Kins of Leon and others made a return to the Main Stage while other tribute acts such as The Four Fighters, Metallica Reloaded and Fell Out Boy played in the Big Top.
In 2010 Glastonbudget announced that they would be supporting Leicestershire-based charity LOROS.
In late 2008 a dispute arose between people involved in organizing the festival which eventually ended with the trade mark and glastonbudget.co.uk domain being transferred to Mockstar limited. During the dispute, two websites existed with contradictory claims to who was running the festival.
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