THE JACKSONS, OMD, MARC ALMOND, BILLY OCEAN AND MANY MORE STARS BRING THE PARTY TO REWIND NORTH, CHESHIRE
The Jacksons, OMD, Marc Almond, Billy Ocean and many more stars brought the party to Rewind North in celebration of the festival’s 10th anniversary. More than 15,000 people turned up to Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire over the weekend, rocking colourful and iconic looks from the 80s. This is the festival’s fifth year on the tranquil country estate with its biggest turn out yet.
Saturday night’s headliners The Jacksons showed why they are still the ultimate showmen, dazzling with great energy and even more dazzling jackets. The hit-filled set included ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘Blame It On The Boogie’, ‘Rock With You’ and a nod to their late father Joe and brother Michael with an emotional performance of ‘I’ll Be There’. Elsewhere, the big hits kept coming with Marc Almond taking us back with ‘Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go’ and ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’ – with a few fans spotted in the crowd rocking pink flamingo outfits. Billy Ocean, who was recently honoured with a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement, put on a joyous show with highlights such as ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car’, ‘Caribbean Queen’ and ‘When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going’.
The Undertones opened the main stage on Saturday with fiery energy, rocking out to ‘Teenage Kicks’ as the temperature soared. The afternoon continued with a diverse live music line up featuring Leo Sayer, Howard Jones, Kim Appleby, Tiffany, Captain Sensible, The Fizz and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel pumping out non-stop hits.
The North West’s very own synth-pop maestros OMD headlined the final night, bringing home wall-to-wall crowd favourites like ‘Enola Gay’, ‘Tesla Girls’, ‘Joan of Arc’, ‘Electricity’ and many more. Elsewhere, continuing the strong theme of electronic music icons, Midge Ure thrilled with killer performances of ‘Vienna’, ‘Fade to Grey’ and ‘Dancing With Tears In My Eyes’, while Heaven 17 matched him with their equally beloved hits ‘Temptation’, ‘(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang’ and their rendition of David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’.
The unstoppable force that is Bonnie Tyler led the crowd on a lung-busting sing-along to her epic hits ‘Holding Out For A Hero’ and ‘Total Eclipse of The Heart’. The seven-member group of Concert Signers, led by Jen Hughes, joined Bonnie on stage to sign along to her hit ‘It’s A Heartache’ for the deaf and hard of hearing. There was plenty of delectable soul and disco-funk tunes to soundtrack the Sunday afternoon, with Hue & Cry kicking off the main stage action with ‘Looking for Linda’ and ‘Labour of Love’ followed by Soul II Soul – led by Jazzie B and Caron Wheeler – taking Rewinders out of their euphoric throwback weekend and ‘Back to Life’. The blistering hot day in Cheshire was also soundtracked by rocking performances by The Boomtown Rats, Doctor & The Medics and Wendy James of Transvision Vamps.
More than 6,000 campers arrived at Capesthorne Hall on Friday when Roachford took to the Forever Stage to perform. The Forever Stage, with its own dedicated bar, continued to host a variety of entertainment over the weekend, with comedy by Milton Jones, Mick Ferry and Mrs Barbara Nice, as well as Magic Nostalgic, Ray Guns Look Real Enough, Rhythm of the 90s, Eight Ray Music Presents! and the Rock Choir. Inside the Disco Den, Norman Jay MBE treated party people to an irresistible Northern Funk and Soul set while the Ultimate Silent Disco, Bang Bang’s Big Breakfast, Musical Bingo, John Leather’s 80s Movie Disco and Guilty Pleasures Presents! were also big hits.
The blissful weekend was compered by crowd favourite The Doctor of Doctor & The Medics with DJ Massaoke keeping the tunes and sing-alongs going strong between the main stage performances, getting everyone hyped with some of the biggest 80s hits. Festival-goers also enjoyed a selection of local craft beers from the Ale Collective stand, merry tunes in the Cocktails & Keys piano bar, Crazy Golf, and yoga sessions in the relaxing Unwind zone.
Rewind Festival completes its epic 10th anniversary celebration at Rewind South (17 – 19 August) at Temple Island Meadows, Henley on Thames. Kool & The Gang, OMD, Marc Almond, Kim Wilde, Jason Donovan, Jimmy Somerville and more will be performing – with Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kempdoing a special 80s DJ set, and comedy by Milton Jones, Vikki Stone and David Morgan in the Forever Stage on Sunday. Tickets and full line up available at rewindfestival.com .
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