Sunday, 01 August 2021

Eighties band Spandau Ballet closes Festival

Spandau Ballet closed the Henley Festival yesterday to screams and hoots reminiscent of their Eighties heyday

Spandau Ballet closed the Henley Festival yesterday to screams and hoots reminiscent of their Eighties heyday.

The popstars performed classic hits Gold and True as well as This is Love, which was released with their 2014 documentary Soul Boys of the Western World.

Part of the band's set was dedicated to friend and fellow singer Steve Strange who died in February this year.

The Kemp brothers, Gary and Martin, and fellow Spandau member Steve Norman were pallbearers at his funeral in March.

As the group were beckoned out for an encore the grandstand was shaking to the stamping of the audience.

Frontman Tony Hadley, wearing an undone bow tie around his neck, left the stage half way through the set to get a whiskey and coke.

He said: "I've been up here for a while and been looking at you all drinking so I decided to go and get one myself. Good health to you all and thank you for coming."

Other songs from the group's set included Only When You Leave, Highly Strung, Communication, I'll Fly For You Lifeline and Through The Barricades.

Lead guitarist Gary Kemp, labelled during the performance by Hadley as the man "who would wear something you couldn't think of in your sleep", had the final word on stage.

He told the crowd: "Thank you, you lovely people, now go and enjoy yourselves."

For a full review and in-depth coverage of the festival, see next week's Henley Standard.


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