Friday, 23 July 2021

Crowds 'Rewind' despite weather

Thousands of people braved rain and high winds at the eighth annual Rewind Festival

Thousands of people braved rain and high winds at the eighth annual Rewind Festival.

Eighties music fans donned ponchos and raincoats over their fluorescent outfits and fancy dress for the festival last weekend (20 and 21), which saw acts including Rick Astley, Erasure’s Andy Bell and Adam Ant.

A total of 40,000 people visited the site on Temple Islands Meadows over the two days, with many camping overnight.

The festival was hit by heavy rain for much of the weekend, while strong winds on Saturday caused part of the stage to be damaged, including one of the big screens.

But the wet conditions failed to dampen spirits as visitors danced and sang along with the acts.

The party atmosphere saw many revellers dressed in Eighties outfits including leg warmers and bright colours, while others attended in fancy dress as characters including Maverick from the film Top Gun, B. A. Baracus from The A-Team and even Liverpool footballer Graeme Souness.

The festival was headlined on Saturday by Bell, who walked out on stage to cheers before singing hits including Oh L'amour and Electric Blue. Bell, wearing sparkly shorts and a T-shirt with an image of Marilyn Monroe on it, was also joined by two women dancers he called his “fembots”.

The festival was closed on Sunday by Adam Ant, who was wearing his iconic highwayman outfit. He sang some of his best known hits including Antmusic and Kings of the Wild Frontier.

Other acts included Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet, Toyah, Leo Sayer, Marc Almond, the Blockheads and composite group British Electric Foundation.

Other smaller bands played in different venues around the site, while there were also fairground rides, stalls selling arts and crafts and food and drink available all weekend.

For the full report see this week’s Henley Standard.

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