April Fools Round Up

The best April Fools’ Day gags from music festivals this year

1st April 2019 Off By

A motor vehicle ban, a Gareth Southgate DJ set, Glastonbury Segways and an actual, real booking of Barry from Eastenders that people thought must be a joke.

Here’s our round up of the best festival April Fools’ Day gags.

Shambala bans all vehicles

Shambala Vehicle Ban
Image credit: Lindsay Melbourne

Weeks after confirming cow’s milk (really) will be banned this year, Shambala announced this morning they will go totally vehicle-free in 2020.

A ban on cars, lorries, vans and buses would apply to all audience, crew and artists. Alternatives included tripling the number of guided cycling tickets sold, canal barges, a horse-drawn carriage shuttle from the train station and human chains to transport equipment from major cities.

Standard tickets for Shambala 2019 sold out back in January, but coach and cycling packages remain available from the Shambala website.

The Only Way is elrow

elrow revealed this morning that a new ITV2 reality show called ‘The Only Way is elrow’ will be filmed at their Edinburgh and London festivals this summer.

The series would: “feature all the madness of elrow Town whilst getting behind the lives of the Town Mayors, performers and party-goers themselves, going deep into their personal lives and surrounding circle of friends”.

Volunteers were invited to apply via Facebook Messenger, and elrow later revealed everyone who applied would be entered into a draw to win 5 VIP tickets.

elrow Town Edinburgh tickets start from just £44.50 plus fees.
elrow Town London tickets start from just £54.50 plus fees.

Gareth Southgate at Truck Festival

Truck Festival rebranded to Gareth Southgate Festival last July “to celebrate the fact football is definitely on its way home”.

This morning they revealed a Gareth Southgate DJ set had been added to the line-up as a UK festival exclusive.

Weekend tickets for Truck Festival are just £120 plus fees and remain available online.
Wolf Alice, Foals and Two Door Cinema Club will headline for real, supported by Slaves, Nothing But Thieves, Johnny Marr, You Me At Six and Don Broco.

Segway rentals at Glastonbury

The Glasto Thingy, home of that awesome thing that shows you when every Glastonbury line-up announcement has been made since 2000, broke news of an off-road Segway hire service coming this summer.

At £100 a day, you’d hope nobody was seriously considering renting one, but either way it’s totally fake.

Bestival cofounder Rob da Bank had this to say:

No clashes at Slamdunk

Slamdunk Noclashfinder

Slamdunk revealed their stage times this morning, and in response to concerns about clashes, they’ve put every band on the same stage.

According to their ‘No Clashfinder‘, William Ryan Key gets things going at 6am, with bands playing back-to-back right up until All Time Low at 11pm. They ask that everyone arrives by 8am when the gates will close.

They later apologised and admitted the real stage times will be printed in Kerrang Magazine next week.

Fyre Festival 2

Someone registered the fyrefestival.asia web domain and put together a lovely little website, claiming to be putting on “the cultural experience of the decade”.

Fyre Festival 2 tagline

Hosted on the Malaysian island of Pulau Tinggi over two weekends, the organisers said 20,000 will be in attendance.

Anyone that attempts to buy tickets gets rick-rolled, though the final page does offer free entry and a free drink to anyone that screenshots it. For an event at a bar in Kuala Lumpur this Thursday. Fair play to them on the promo.

Fyre Festival 2 April Fools

Barry from Eastenders at Y Not?

Y Not? have spent all day insisting this is totally real and not an April fools.

Just an hour after Truck revealed that Gareth Southgate DJ set, Y Not? told us they’d be hosting the UK festival premiere of Barryoke. Exactly like it sounds, that’s the opportunity to do karaoke with Barry from Eastenders.

NME’s Nick Reilly and loads of Y Not? fans were convinced it had to be a joke.

Tickets for Y Not? are currently on sale for £129.50 plus fees.
Official glamping packages start from £369.50 per person, plus fees.
elbow, Two Door Cinema Club and Foals are set to headline.

Oasis reforming for a one-off gig

Oasis Liam Noel
Image credit: Will Fresch / (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Manc reported this morning that Oasis would be reforming for a one-off gig at Manchester’s Etihad Arena, supported by The Stone Roses.

Liam and Noel had apparently made up “over a few glasses of champagne supernova”, with tickets going on sale for a very limited window until 12pm April 1st.

Sorry Gemma.

Have we missed any great ones? Email editor@thefestivals.uk