Wednesday, 04 August 2021

B52s and Pointer Sisters headline Rewind

THE B52s and the Pointer Sisters head the line-up of performers at this year’s Rewind Festival.

THE B52s and the Pointer Sisters head the line-up of performers at this year’s Rewind Festival.

The Eighties music celebration, which is now in its fifth year, will take place on Temple Island Meadows, near Henley, on the weekend of August 17 and 18.

American band The B52s, who are best known for their singles Love Shack and Rock Lobster, will be making their only UK festival appearance on the Saturday. They have not played in this country for almost 10 years.

All-girl R & B trio The Pointer Sisters, who won Grammy Awards for their hits Jump (For My Love) and Automatic, will also be making a rare UK outing on the Sunday.

Also confirmed for the opening day are hip-hop pioneers The Sugarhill Gang, whose debut single Rapper’s Delight was the first rap song to chart in their native US.

Another new face this year is singer-songwriter Steve Harley and his backing band Cockney Rebel, who are playing on Saturday.

The group’s signature hit Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) reached Number 1 in the UK in 1975.

Saturday’s line-up also features The Blow Monkeys, Then Jerico, The Flying Pickets, ex-Journey frontman Steve Augeri and former Rewind stars Kim Wilde, Nik Kershaw, Chesney Hawkes, Billy Ocean and Heaven 17.

Paul Carrack, Blancmange, Aswad, The Orchestra, Matt Bianco, Sonia, Cutting Crew, Belinda Carlisle, Go West, ABC and Imagination featuring Leee [CORR] John are all playing on the Sunday.

Among the new attractions this year is a portable 80-bedroom hotel called Snoozebox, invented by Formula 1 racing driver David Coulthard.

There will also be a funfair, silent disco and live karaoke bar.

Organiser David Heartfield, from Rotherfield Greys, said: “We’ve become a fixture in people’s diaries - judging by the comments on our Facebook page, many of them plan their holidays around Rewind or even make it their holiday.

“We’ve already got people coming from as far away as Scandinavia and Japan, so I think most hotels and B&Bs in the area will be fully booked.

“There’s still a lot of organisation to do, but we’re really looking forward to it and are crossing our fingers that the weather will be as warm as it was last year.”

Last year’s festival drew a capacity crowd of 20,000 visitors on each day and Mr Heartfield said he was expecting another sell-out.

Tickets went on sale at 9am today (Friday) at www.rewindfestival.com.

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