EVERGREEN pop stars and their fans turned back the clock at the Rewind South festival in Henley at the weekend
EVERGREEN pop stars and their fans turned back the clock at the Rewind South festival in Henley at the weekend.
A total of 40,000 people attended the seventh annual Eighties pop extravaganza on Temple Island Meadows on Saturday and Sunday.
More than 20 Eighties acts performed, including headliners Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and the Human League as well as Bananarama, Kim Wilde, Billy Ocean, The Selecter, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Altered Images, Nik Kershaw, Hot Chocolate, The Human League and T?Pau featuring Henley singer Carol Decker.
The crowds soaked up the sunshine on Saturday on one of the hottest days of the year as temperatures reached the high twenties.
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On Sunday there were heavy showers in the afternoon but the skies cleared and it remained dry into the evening.
There was the usual party atmosphere with many fans in fancy dress from the decade known for outrageous hairdos and fashion. There were Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and even people dressed as Subbuteo players.
On Saturday American singer Belinda Carlisle got the crowd clapping when she sang her hit Heaven Is A Place on Earth. Ocean delighted revellers with a 30-minute set that included his hit When the Going Gets Tough and a cover of Bob Marley?s No Woman, No Cry.
Wilde, who was dressed in black jeans and leather jacket, performed You Keep Me Hangin? On and Kids in America with her niece Scarlett Wilde. On Sunday, Kershaw told the audience ?you?ll never catch me doing a cover? and then performed I Am the One And Only by Chesney Hawkes and everyone sang along.
Sara Dallin, from Bananarama, had to ask a stage hand to open her bottle of water because she has ?weak wrists? but bandmate Keren Woodward then accidentally kicked it over so another stage hand had to mop up.
The Human League performed one of their songs against of backdrop of politicians? faces morphing into each other, including David Cameron, Barack Obama and President Kennedy as well as Home Secretary Theresa May, whose Maidenhead constituency contains the meadows.
Ocean, who appeared at the first ever Rewind festival in 2009, was back for a fourth time after returning in 2011 and 2013.
He said: ?It was as great as usual. I?m going out there and making people happy and they?re making me happy in return so it?s fantastic.
?I was one of the artists who helped to start the whole Rewind process so it?s great to see it has become this successful. There are so many people out there and it?s wonderful to see. You can never foresee how well these things will do. You hope it will succeed but I never thought it would develop into something so big. I look forward to doing it every time.?
Pauline Black, singer for The Selecter, said the band had performed at other Rewind events but had enjoyed this show the most. She said: ?I?d always wanted to play here. It?s a great privilege for us that people still enjoy our music after all these years.
?We always challenge our crowd and they were incredibly responsive today.?
Fan Janey Maple, of Gravel Hill, Henley, said: ?I come every year. I never who?s playing but I just come for the experience. The atmosphere is very friendly, everybody is from a certain era and remembers the music.?