Top ITV soap Emmerdale have been busy creating their own fake music festival to feature in an upcoming episode.
The festival “Home Fields’ has been organised (in the soap, like, not in real life) by Home Farm residents Declan and Megan Macey and it features real stages, bars, toilets and mud. Headlining the entirely fictitious festival are the entirely real Scouting For Girls and The Proclaimers and the gig was filmed over three days using hundreds of extras.
The festival will feature in the show as part of its 40th birthday celebrations. Series producer Stuart Blackburn said the festival had proven on the biggest technical challenges the show had ever faced: “It was an amazing feat to put together an entire festival in such a short space of time. Technically it is probably one of the biggest challenges we have ever had on the show but the end result looks great. This festival represents the modern countryside: vibrant, young and energetic.”
Lead singer of Scouting For Girls, Roy Stride, said: “Having played the Woolpack in 2010 we felt the next step as Emmerdale fans was to appear in the show… and finally now our dreams have come true. Our Drummer Pete is the biggest Emmerdale fan I’ve ever met and I think we’re going to have to work hard to keep him focused on the job in hand.”
The week long 40th anniversary celebrations will also feature a live episode and the birth of two babies. Presumably those won’t be live.