STATUS QUO, OMD, BONNIE TYLER, UB40, THE BOOMTOWN RATS, KICK OFF REWIND FESTIVAL'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN SCOTLAND
Status Quo, OMD, Bonnie Tyler, UB40, The Boomtown Rats, and a host of beloved music stars kicked off Rewind Festival‘s 10th anniversary celebrations over a blissful, warm weekend in Scotland. More than 15,000 dedicated fans joined the party at the historic Scone Palace in Perth from 20 to 22 July, reliving the biggest hits and fashion statements from the 80s. This party continues this weekend at Rewind North in Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire from 3 to 5 August.
Electronic music maestros OMD headlined Rewind Scotland on the Saturday night, treating the crowd to massive tunes from their four-decade spanning career including favourites ‘Enola Gay’, ‘Electricity’ and ‘If You Leave’. Gipsy Kings brought their flavoursome blend of flamenco and pop sounds, sending hips swaying en masse to their 1987 smash ‘Bambeleo’.
There was no better act to kick off the weekend at Rewind Scotland than Fife punk rockers The Skids, who took to the main stage and got fists pumping to their fiery anthems like ‘Into The Valley’ and ‘Working For The Yankee Dollar’. This is the band’s Rewind debut after releasing their first album in 37 years earlier this year. Frontman Richard Jobson took one look at the thousands of colourful ‘Rewinders’ and said, “We were going to wear some lycra but it wouldn’t fit over our stomachs”.
In one vibrant, genre-spanning Saturday afternoon, festival goers danced and sang their hearts out to hits by Howard Jones, Roland Gift and Tiffany. Kim Appleby pumped out fluorescent Stock Aitken and Waterman-styled bangers like ‘Respectable’ and ‘Showing Out (Get Fresh To The Weekend)’. She told the crowd: “This is my first time singing our songs for Rewind. I have to make my sister proud and to bring you guys joy”. The Weather Girls’ Martha Wash kept the energy high with their disco hit ‘It’s Raining Men’, bringing with her a gust of the Highlands wind for added effects.
Legendary rockers Status Quo closed Rewind with a bang on Sunday night with a breathless set of unforgettable hits. 2018 marks 50 years since the release of The Quo’s debut album and they are going strong as ever. The band, who played Rewind Scotland for the first time, has clocked up over 60 UK chart hits – more than any other rock band. Francis Rossi led ‘Rewinders’ into a lively sing-along to anthems like ‘Whatever You Want’, ‘In The Army Now’, ‘Caroline’, ‘Something ‘Bout You Baby I Like’ and ‘What You’re Proposing’.
Adding to what is unquestionably one of the strongest and most musically diverse Sundays at Rewind Scotland yet were stellar performances by Bonnie Tyler, The Boomtown Rats, Midge Ure, UB40, Heaven 17, Hue & Cry, Imagination and The Selecter.
The unstoppable force that is Bonnie Tyler also made her Perth debut, letting rip with ‘Total Eclipse of The Heart’ and ‘Holding Out For A Hero’. The Boomtown Rats – led by Bob Geldof – dropped a fiery and politically-charged set that got the whole crowd jumping. Synth-pop icons Midge Ure and Heaven 17 thrilled with killer performances of ‘Vienna’, ‘Fade to Grey’ and ‘Dancing With Tears In My Eyes’, and ‘Temptation’ respectively. Reggae pop hitmakers UB40 provided the perfect soundtrack to a warm summer’s day with ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’ and ‘Kingston Town’ while The Selecter brought 2 Tone/ska to the mix. Scotland’s own blue-eyed soul icons Hue & Cry opened the main stage with crowd-pleasers ‘Looking for Linda’, ‘Ordinary Angel’ and ‘Little Man’.
Love was certainly in the air at Scone Palace with two official weddings and a marriage proposal taking place at Rewind Scotland. Michelle Slater and William Colville won a Rewind competition to have their wedding officiated at the hugely popular inflatable chapel while the biggest music stars of the 80s were on stage. On the Friday night, mere hours after Rewind opened its doors to weekend campers, Donna and Joe Milligan also tied the knot on site. On the Sunday afternoon between UB40 and Imagination’s set, Caroline Brown proposed to Christine Mowbray on the main stage. Caroline had convinced Christine that they had won a competition to watch performances from the side of stage when it was revealed that she would actually ask Christine to marry her (she said ‘yes’).
On the Forever Stage, Rewind hosted a comedy line up of Reginald D Hunter, Daisy Earl and Janey Godley. There was also roof-raising entertainment by Hipsway, Magic Nostalgic, Ray Guns Look Real Enough, Rhythm of the 90s, Eight Ray Music Presents! and a Rock Choir. Inside the Disco Den, festival goers got involved with UV Ceilidh, Bang Bang’s Big Breakfast, Musical Bingo, Ultimate Silent Disco, John Leather’s 80s Movie Disco, and Guilty Pleasures Presents!.
Between live performances on the main stage, DJ Massaoke kept the crowd’s energy high with lung-busting sing-alongs to some of the biggest 80s hits. Festival-goers also enjoyed a selection of local craft beers from the Ale Collective stand, merry sing-alongs in the Cocktails & Keys piano bar, Crazy Golf, and yoga classes in the relaxing Unwind zone.
Rewind Festival continues its epic 10th anniversary celebrations at Rewind North this weekend (3 – 5 August) at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, and Rewind South (17 – 19 August) at Temple Island Meadows, Henley on Thames. The Jacksons, Billy Ocean, The Boomtown Rats, Bonnie Tyler, Leo Sayer, Soul II Soul and more will play Rewind North. Kool & The Gang, OMD, Marc Almond, Kim Wilde, Jason Donovan, Jimmy Somerville and more will be playing Rewind South. Tickets and full line up available at rewindfestival.com .
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