Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Hotels full up as pop fans arrive

AROUND 40,000 music fans will descend on Temple Island Meadows this weekend for the fifth annual Rewind Festival.

AROUND 40,000 music fans will descend on Temple Island Meadows this weekend for the fifth annual Rewind Festival.

Some of the roads near the site entrance and exit will be closed or partially closed, including the entire length of Aston Lane and sections of Remenham Lane.

The event, a celebration of Eighties pop music, will include performances by The B-52s, The Pointer Sisters, Belinda Carlisle, Chesney Hawkes, Billy Ocean and ABC.

Promoter David Heartfield, from Rotherfield Greys, said only a “handful” of Sunday tickets remained. He said: “I know all the hotels and B&Bs this side of Reading are full — we can’t find any more accommodation for anybody.”

Among the new attractions this year will be an inflatable church with a costumed “vicar” and a choir where visitors will be able to take part in a pretend wedding ceremony.

There will also be a bandstand showcasing local performers for the first time.

Among those playing will be teenage rockers 2D Glasses, who won the battle of the bands competition at this year’s inaugural Music on the Meadows festival inHenley.

Also appearing are Gillotts School pupils Jade Allum and Bella Bull, who came top in the school’s Superstar talent contest in March. Both acts were given a slot at Rewind as part of their prize.

The festival will begin with a welcome party tonight (Friday) featuring Doctor and the Medics and hip-hop artists the Sugarhill Gang will open the festival tomorrow afternoon.

Hobbs of Henley will be running a regular river shuttle to the site and there will be bike racks for people who want to cycle.

Aston Lane will be closed to all traffic from 9am today (Friday) until 1pm on Monday as will two sections of Remenham Lane. Remenham Lane and Remenham Church Lane will also be one-way only during certain hours.

There will be no right-hand turn from the A321 Wargrave Road on to the A4130 White Hill and no left-hand turn from White Hill on to Wargrave Road.

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