FOUR TOPS, THE WATERBOYS AND MANY MORE ACTS ROCK REWIND SOUTH 2019
Music legends Four Tops and The Waterboys cap off a massive weekend of Rewind South at Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames. Kathy Sledge of the Original Sister Sledge, Lulu, Grandmaster Flash, Belinda Carlisle, Heaven 17, UB40 (feat. Ali Campbell and Astro), The Undertones, The Neville Staple Band and many more rounded up a vibrant summer of Rewind. Thirty-six thousand revellers turned up for a joyous, three-day celebration which included stand-up comedy by Joel Dommettand Tom Allen.The Forever Stage, Riverside Stage, Disco Den, Crafty Taps and Studio 54 provided round-the-clock entertainment with outdoor film screenings, Bottomless Brunch Gameshows, an exclusive Q&A withTiffany and boat parties through the weekend.
Katt Lingard, Event Manager said: “It has been yet another brilliant year of Rewind and we want to thank the Rewinders for all their support and passion for the festival. It is because of them that this festival has such a feel-good and welcoming atmosphere, where everyone can escape and embrace the magic of the 80s and beyond. The diverse line-up, which included several artists who were playing Rewind for the first time, and stand-up comedy were particular highlights. We have already started working hard on Rewind Festival 2020 and look forward to seeing everyone again at Scotland, North and South next year.”
The Waterboysdelivered a lively and eclectic set to close Rewind on Sunday. The folk-rock band, led by Mike Scott, stepped in to headline after Michael Bolton cancelled due to illness. Making their debut at the festival, Scott – dressed in a chic black pinstripe suit – said, “Good evening Rewind, it’s great to see you at short notice. You were expecting one Michael but you got another!”, to which the audience responded with a huge cheer. While the majority of Rewinders were looking forward to basking in The Waterboys’ major hit ‘The Whole of The Moon’, the entire set was a real treat, immediately engaging and seamlessly traversing the band’s different styles, from the grandiose “big music” era through to more earthy, traditional folk. For their surprise closing number, The Waterboys kicked into a soulful rendition of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’, much to the delight of the audience who sang their hearts out.
Kathy Sledge of the Original Sister Sledge brought a tour-de-force of disco music to Rewind South, keeping everyone on their feet with their wall-to-wall up-tempos which include ‘We Are Family’, ‘Lost in Music’, ‘Everybody Dance’, ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’ and more. On ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, Kathy picked five Rewinders from the crowd to dance with her on the Main Stage. There was a tender moment of reflection in ‘Thinking of You’ where she showed a montage of Sister Sledge’s past photos and performances, including an appearance on Top of The Pops.
Earlier in the day, Belinda Carlislehad the crowd in the palm of her hand as she performed her hits ‘Summer Rain’, ‘Heaven Is A Place on Earth’, and more. Paul Youngcharmed the crowd and had everyone on their feet singing along to classics like ‘Every Time You Go Away’. The Wailerskept the spirit of Bob Marley alive with ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘No Woman No Cry’, and more. Making their first appearance at the festival, the amazing reggae band complimented the crowd saying: “I love the looks, I love the colours and love the vibes!”.
This year, the festival launched its own talent search Rewind’s Got Talentwhere the winner got a chance to join the legendary line up of hitmakers. Local singer Rachel finally got a chance to shine on the Main Stage where she had the crowd cheering from start to finish as she belted ‘River Deep Mountain High’. Other artists on Sunday’s line-up include: Midge Ure, Hazel O’Connor, The Selecter, Neville Staple andFrom The Jam.
Comedy headliner Tom Allenwas a big hit, performing to a packed out Forever Stage on Sunday. The quick-witted comic was also seen talking to festival goers after his hugely popular set. The comedy line up featuredAngela Barnes, whose unique world view has put her on the map, and The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue. Joel Dommett, Saturday’s comedy headliner, played to a lively crowd, proving particularly popular with the ladies. Opening for him was award-winning actor and stand-up comic Dave Johns and the outrageous duo The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revuewho brought their signature out-of-the-box entertainment to the mix. The party went on in the Disco Den with Silent Disco, Karaoke Rumble andMusical Bingo, and at Rewind’s own Studio 54. On the Riverside Stage, there were a fantastic line-up of live music including Manoeuvres, an OMD tribute band, plus a roving Mariachi band.
Four Tops lit up Rewind’s Main Stage on Saturday night, treating revellers to feel-good tunes from their 65-year career. The current line up, led by original member Duke Fakir, took the audience on a trip down memory lane with classics like ‘Loco in Acapulco’, ‘Baby I Need Your Loving’, ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’, and more gems from the Motown era including a cover of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’. The quartet looked sharp as they strutted and twirled on stage in matching sequined white suits under the summer sky. Spotted in the crowd losing themselves to the music were several artists who performed earlier in the day, including 80s pop sensation Tiffanyand her band.
Luluput on a rapturous performance, opening with ‘Relight My Fire’ – her energetic 90s hit with Take That – before taking the audience through the hits of her career, including ‘To Sir With Love’, ‘Shout’, and her cover of David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’. One excited fan who ran to the front of the stage to catch her set was Lawrence Payton Jr. of Four Tops, who was happy posing for selfies with fans at the front while he was still wrapped in his velour dressing gown.
Earlier in the day, as the clouds made way for a glorious sunny afternoon, there was no better soundtrack than the smooth reggae stylings of UB40. The band, featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, were a huge hit with Rewinders, sending crowds swaying gently in the breeze to ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, ‘Food for Thought’ and more. Also complementing the mood was The Dire Straits Experience,whobrought to life a sumptuous set sure to please any music lover, all while gently building up to the excitement of ‘Sultans of Swing’. Soul vocalist and M People frontwoman Heather Smallturned up the tempo when she stormed on stage in a fierce leopard-print jumpsuit, opening with ‘One Night in Heaven’ and leaving the audience breathless by the time she closed with the mega hit ‘Moving On Up’. After her candid Q&A session in the Forever Stage, Tiffanyhit the Main Stage performing a new, more soulful rock version of ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ and ‘Pieces of Me’. Other artists on Saturday’s line up included: Heaven 17, Kim Appleby, Johnny Hates Jazz andThe Undertones.
Friday night’s headliner Grandmaster Flashdropped a major set taking the Henley crowd on a journey of hip hop history through the Bronx. Not even the rain could dampen the crowd’s spirits as they danced the night away, enjoying the ever-popular Silent Disco and Studio 54, as well as entertainment by Ray Guns Look Real Enough and Rory’s Disco Juke Joint.
Rewind Festival returns to Perth (Scotland), Macclesfield and Henley-on-Thames next summer bringing more icons from the 80s and beyond, plus award-winning comedians and round the clock entertainment. Next year also marks the 10thanniversary of Rewind Scotland, so expect a big party to mark the major milestone. Early bird tickets will be available soon. Visit rewindfestival.com and follow the festival on social media for the latest updates.
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