Rewind North: 80s Festival @ Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, 7-9 August 2015

Posted by Zyllah Moranne-Brown on Sunday Aug 9, 2015 Under 80s, Festivals

Gig review and photography by Ken Harrison

Remember the days of the 80’s. Well they are well and truly back with touring Rewind Festival. Ken Harrison popped along to Rewind North from the 7-9 August, to get involved with the festivities and take a few shots.
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Back for a second year, Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire hosts Rewind North with a much larger crowd this year with  a celebration of 80’s music, well mostly, if you discount Chesney Hawkes and Heather Small’s 1990’s pop fame.

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Saturday

First day: Saturday is bright and sunny and the colourful crowd are dressed up and warmed up from the get go with Toyah Wilcox in the MC position for the day. Between acts, Rusty Egan is on the wheels of steel spinning tracks to maintain the party spirit. Sets are short and target the hits – Saturday brings us the Sugar Hill Gang (Rappers Delight, The Message), The South (sans Paul Heaton) (Don’t Marry Her, A Little Time, Song for Whoever), Howard Jones get’s us bopping ( What is Love, Pearl in the Shell, New Song, Like To Get To Know You Well), Wang Chung (Dance Hall Days), Katrina (of Katrina and The Waves) (Walking on sunshine, Eurovision song Shine A Light),  Steve Augeri (of Journey) (Don’t Stop Believeing), Chesney Hawkes fresh from Celebrity Masterchef (One and Only), Kim Wilde (Kids in America, Chequered Love), Belinda Carlisle (Circle In The Sand, Heaven Is a Place on Earth, I Get Weak), Jimmy Somerville (Smalltown Boy, Why , Mighty Real, Dont Leave Me This Way), Soul II Soul ( Back To Life, Keep on Movin’) with the Human League headlining with an hour long set (Mirror Man, Sound of the Crowd, Heart like a Wheel, Dont You Want Me,Being Boiled, Forever In Electric Dreams).

Sugar Hill Gang

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The South

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Kim Wilde / Howard Jones

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Wang Chung

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Rusty Egan and friends

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Katrina & the Waves

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Steve Augeri (Journey)

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Chesney Hawkes

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Belinda Carlisle

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Soul II Soul / Jimmy Somerville

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Human League

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Sunday gives us Dr (of Dr & The Medics) takes over the MC role with great humour and stage presence. Rusty Egan DJ’s between acts again. The weather is slightly cooler to start with, but the sun soon makes its appearance felt.
Hue and Cry start off the day (Looking for Linda, Labour of Love), Kid Kreole (sans Coconuts) (Stoolpidgeon, I’m a Wonderful Thing Baby, Annie I’m not your Daddy), The Selecter (Too Much Pressure, On My Radio, Three Minute Hero), Bob Geldolf is back with The Boomtown Rats (Rat Trap, Like Clockwork, Mary of The Fourth Form,I Dont Like Mondays), Dr & The Medics (You Spin Me Round (Like A Record), Spirit In The Sky) John Parr going all bratpack movie (St Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)), Dave Edmunds (Queen of Hearts, I Knew the Bride, I Hear You Knocking), Imagination – though only Leeee John these days who comes off the stage into the pit to hand out posters during his set (Flashback, Body Talk, Just an Illusion), Heather Small (M People) (Search for the Hero, Proud, One Night in Heaven), ABC (Poison Arrow,Look of Love, All of My Heart, When Smokey Sings) the biggest selling female artists of the 80’s – Bananarama (Really Saying Something, Robert De Niro’s Waiting, Cruel Summer, It Ain’t What You Do) the day completed by OMD with an hour long set (Enola Gay, Messages, Joan of Arc, Locomotion, Walking On The Milky Way, Pandoras Box, Sailing on the Seven Seas, Electricity.

Hue & Cry

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Kid Creole

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Dave Edmunds

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John Parr

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Doctor and the Medics / Boomtown Rats

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The Selector

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Bananarama

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OMD

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The retro 80’s music scene is, by all accounts, still chugging along nicely – this is one of three festival weekend across the country under the Rewind banner. Most of these artists are currently out and about and you can catch them throughout the year at a venue near you. But this event was good fun and we sang out little hearts out.

One Response to “Rewind North: 80s Festival @ Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, 7-9 August 2015”

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