A TOTAL of 40,000 people will descend on Temple Island Meadows near Henley for the eighth annual Rewind South festival this weekend.
The Eighties pop extravaganza will kick off tonight (Friday) with a welcome party headlined by West Country folk band The Wurzels.
Tomorrow’s performers include Rick Astley, whose latest album, 50, topped the charts this week, Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Jimmy Somerville, the Trevor Horn Band, Toyah, Leo Sayer and Andy Bell of Erasure.
The festival concludes on Sunday with appearances by Adam Ant, Earth, Wind and Fire, M People’s Heather Small, The Beat, The Blockheads and Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, among others.
There will be scores of attractions around the site including an inflatable church where revellers can get “married”, real ale and cocktail bars, food stalls, a roller disco, a funfair and a second stage featuring local performers.
The weather is expected to be warm and overcast with sunny spells and the chance of the odd shower tomorrow.
Organiser David Heartfield said: “Everything is looking great for the weekend. We’re looking forward to it.
“It has been incredibly hot this week so I’d welcome slightly cooler weather.
“I’m sure the performances will have an Olympic flavour with Tony Hadley singing Gold and Heather Small singing Proud!”
Rewind was first held in 2009 and has taken place at the Remenham site every year since.
It now has sister events in Scotland, South Africa, Dubai and Thailand.