One of Britain’s most prolific and well-respected songwriters, co-organiser of the Live Aid concerts and former member of such iconic groups as Visage and Thin Lizzy, Midge Ure is a man of many talents.
Midge Ure (Sunday) One of Britain’s most prolific and well-respected songwriters, co-organiser of the Live Aid concerts and former member of such iconic groups as Visage and Thin Lizzy, Midge Ure is a man of many talents. True musical royalty, he received an OBE back in 2005 for services to music and charity. Midge achieved huge success in the Eighties with the synth-pop band Ultravox, with worldwide hits such as Dancing With Tears In My Eyes and Vienna, going on to have a successful solo career too.
The Christians (Sunday) Described as “arguably the best voice in pop”, Garry Christian is both “the face” and “the voice”. Renowned for their endless string of soul-inspired hits including Forgotten Town, Born Again, When The Fingers Point, Ideal World, The Bottle, Father, Perfect Moment, What’s In A Word and Harvest For The World, to name but a few, The Christians are celebrating 25 years since the release of their iconic album this year with a re-release along with a brand new album.
Go West (Sunday) Peter Cox and Richard Drummie had their first hit We Close Our Eyes in 1985, the first of many including Don’t Look Down, Tracks Of My Tears, Call Me and the opening song to the hugely successful film Pretty Woman, King Of Wishful Thinking. Their self-titled album Go West sold 1.5 million copies worldwide and established the pair as a chart force and as one of the greatest singer-songwriter duos to emerge in the Eighties. In 2010 they went back on the road, touring throughout the UK to celebrate 25 years together and the release of a new album ‘3D’ a unique album released in three parts. Fantastic performers with a huge repertoire of hits, the group are Rewind favourites and a real treat live.
Steve Augeri (Saturday) Steve Augeri is an American rock singer best known as the lead vocalist for the rock group Journey. Steve recorded three albums during an eight-year tenure that brought the world’s most accomplished melodic rock group back to the stage for multiple world tours to millions of fans. Get ready to channel your inner rocker and listen out for such massive hits as Any Way You Want It and the classic Don’t Stop Believin’, which made a come-back in 2009, thanks to featuring in the popular American TV show Glee. ge.
Heaven 17 (Saturday) Heaven 17’s lyrics were written at the height of Thatcherism by three left-leaning young men. The group was formed in the Eighties by Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware of The Human League. Joined by Glenn Gregory on vocals, their debut album Penthouse And Pavement made them one of the best-known bands of the Eighties, with hits including Let Me Go and the seminal Temptation.
The band celebrated the 30th anniversary of “Penthouse and Pavement” in 2011 by touring the album in full, and the following year embarked on a tour of “The Luxury Gap” around the UK and Europe. In 2013, Heaven 17 bring their classy synth-pop sound and lyrical post-modern critique of modern society to Rewind Festival. d.
The B-52s (Saturday) It is well known that the B-52s are the world’s greatest party band, and And 35 years and more than 20 million albums into their career, there can be no doubt as to why they remain one of rock music’s most beloved and enduring icons. Any mystery concerning the band’s longevity and ongoing appeal is immediately solved when exposed to a B-52s concert experience. From groundbreaking songs like Rock Lobster, Dance This Mess Around and Private Idaho to chart-topping hits like Love Shack and Roam and Deadbeat Club to their thrilling reemergence on the pop scene with their 2008 CD Funplex, the B-52s’ unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time their music begins. As they take their party-music revolution into the 21st century they show no signs of slowing down, serving up their own unique blend of music and showmanship to millions of fans around the world.
OMD (Sunday) UK synth-pop pioneers OMD released a new album in 2010, History Of Modern, in the spirit of the group’s early Eighties heyday, when Enola Gay and Souvenir lit up the charts and set the agenda for a bold new movement in British electronic music. In tandem with Human League and Gary Numan, OMD’s tuneful blend of cutting-edge synthwork, cool minimalism and soulful pop — honed to perfection on the albums Architecture & Morality, Dazzle Ships and Organisation — defined the decade, sold millions of records and turned childhood pals Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys into stars.
Roland Gift (Sunday) Roland Gift came to attention with the release of the first Fine Young Cannibals’ album. His high, soaring voice was immediately recognisable, his style combining both classic soul and modern techniques that provided him with an edge. It was with the second FYC album four years later, however, that the band began to break internationally, featuring the hit She Drives Me Crazy.
Wang Chung (Sunday) Coming out of the post-punk, New Wave scene in the UK, Wang Chung went on to achieve global success, selling millions of records throughout their 30-year career. Dance Hall Days achieved cult status as the soundtrack for William Friedkin’s movie To Live And Die In LA. Their huge smash Everybody Have Fun Tonight, with its now famous line “Everybody Wang Chung Tonight” saw the invention of a new US verb, “to Wang Chung”.
The Flying Pickets (Saturday) The group was formed in 1982 by members of the 7:84 Theatre group, a socialist fringe ensemble that used acappella singing in a production called One Big Blow, the story of the 1982 miners’ strike from the miners’ point of view. They soon came to the attention of Virgin Records, who signed the group in 1983. Only You, a cover of a song by Yazoo, went straight to number one in the UK charts and remained there for five weeks over the Christmas of 1983. Since 1983 there have been over 25 members of the Flying Pickets; some returning to the band more than once. The group continued to tour for the next quarter of the century and produced another 11 albums before celebrating their 25th anniversary with a new show Changing Times. In 2008 the album Big Mouth was released. In 2010 the group released a new Christmas album with a new version of Only You, hence this album was titled Only Yule. The Flying Pickets are now celebrating their 30th Year.
The Blow Monkeys (Saturday) The Blow Monkeys were formed in July 1981 when Robert Howard returned from living in Australia and met Neville Henry and Mick Anker. Gigging extensively throughout London with their idiosyncratic pop songs, the band secured a record deal in July 1983, adding Tony Kiley to the line-up as drummer and releasing their debut LP Limping For A Generation the following year. Their second album Animal Magic featured the worldwide hit Digging Your Scene. Their success continued with hits such as It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way and Wait a top five duet with soul diva Kym Maselle.
The band reformed in 2008 and released a new album “Devils Tavern” followed by “Staring At The Sea” in 2011. Their renaissance continues this year with the release of their latest, and possibly best ever album “Feels Like A New Morning”. This is a journey that continues to evolve and surprise...a unique musical odyssey.
The Sugarhill Gang (Saturday) Hip-hop’s first superstars, recording pioneers and touring group, The Sugarhill Gang debuted with their smash Rapper’s Delight, recorded for just $700. They succeeded in making hip-hop radio -riendly and commercial with an appeal that was different from Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s leather, studs, and furs. The group opened the record industry doors for all hip-hop groups with songs like 8th Wonder, then Apache and Kick It Live From 9 to 5 — all big songs.
Kim Wilde (Saturday) Recording artist, performer, journalist, actress, radio presenter and garden designer — Kim Wilde is one multi-talented lady. Her first single Kids in America became a worldwide hit on its release in 1981, and a string of million-selling albums and singles success followed, including Chequered Love, Water On Glass, You Came, Cambodia, View From A Bridge and You Keep Me Hangin’ On. Kim has enjoyed a varied and highly successful career. Still producing new material and touring Europe extensively, Kim returns to the Rewind stage by popular demand, to continue her reign as the Princess of Pop.
Chesney Hawkes (Saturday) After shooting to fame in the film Buddy’s Song in 1990, Chesney quickly became one of Britain’s best-loved stars. The following year, he released the single The One And Only from the film’s soundtrack which went on to become the 20th biggest selling single of the 90s. Since then, he has made numerous TV appearances and had found a whole new generation of fans who want to see him perform live.
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel (Saturday) South Londoner Steve Harley started out singing in folk clubs and later formed Cockney Rebel as a vehicle for his own work. Their 1973 debut album was The Human Menagerie, and among their numerous albums and singles are Judy Teen and Here Comes The Sun. The band’s biggest hit Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) is regularly voted among the top singles in the history of the charts.
Imagination featuring Leee John (Sunday) Celebrating more than 30 years in the entertainment industry, Leee John has been an all-round artist, singer, writer, record producer, actor and recently a film producer. Leee came to the world’s attention with his group Imagination which he founded in the early Eighties, making a mark not only as musicians but also as true masters of stage and performance, known for their outrageous costumes and stage shows. With hits such as In and Out of Love, Body Talk, Flashback and Just An Illusion, they sold millions of singles.
Then Jerico (Saturday) Citing Duke Ellington and The Rolling Stones among his influences, Mark Shaw formed Then Jerico in 1983 via an ad in Melody Maker. The group’s debut album First included hit single The Motive, and Muscle Deep, which was banned by Radio 1 due to its subject matter — apartheid. The band reunited in September 2012 and will hit the road again in May with their Reprise Tour, stopping at Rewind Festival on the way. Their new album Reprise is out now on Warner / Rhino Music www.thenjerico.com
Billy Ocean (Saturday) Grammy Award-winning Billy has sold more than 30 million records since 1972. His period of greatest success came in the mid-Eighties with hits such as Suddenly, Loverboy and When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going and in 1985 he took part in the Philadelphia leg of Live Aid. Billy returned to touring in 2008 and his songs remain as popular as ever.
A Rewind favourite, he won rave reviews at the first Rewind Festival back in 2009 and again in 2011 and is back by popular demand in 2013 to bring the sunshine out for our crowd with his massive smile and irresistible catalogue of classic pop hits.
Nik Kershaw(Saturday) Nik released his platinum-selling debut album Human Racing in 1984 which included the hits Wouldn’t It Be Good and I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, and in 1985 he performed at Live Aid. In 2012 he toured the UK playing his debut album in its entirety, and he also played Rewind festivals in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Nik is a highly-respected producer and songwriter, working with such artists as Elton John, Gary Barlow and Ronan Keating.
Listen out for a rendition of “The One and Only” the Chesney Hawkes smash penned by Kershaw himself.