Tuesday, 09 August 2022

resistence to Rewind is futile say returning icons

ANDY McCluskey told the crowd “resistance is futile” at the beginning of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the

ANDY McCluskey told the crowd “resistance is futile” at the beginning of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s headline set at Rewind.

After delivering a string of hits featuring the band’s trademark infectious electronic-synth beats the whole crowd was dancing.

The hour-long set on Saturday night included Tesla Girls, Enola Gay, Electricity and Sailing on the Seven Seas.

Founding members McCluskey and vocalist and keyboardist Paul Humphreys haven’t lost their touch and McCluskey, as the band’s frontman, seemed to truly enjoy his time on stage.

He joked :“I hope you can hear because I can’t in this thing. That’s what you get for buying a cheap deaf aid.”

The band performed at the festival in 2012 and were undoubtedly glad to be back in the company, once again, of fans who adore their music.

Earlier in the day Kim Wilde proved a huge hit with the audience when she performed You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Kids in America and I Won’t Change the Way That I Feel.

Her soaring voice hasn’t waned in the last 30 years and she was ably supported by her niece, the hugely talented Scarlett Wilde.

Wilde seemed genuinely delighted with the reception she received from the “Rewinders”, as she called them, and got into the spirit of the occasion by wearing a black leather jacket during her performance.

From one fantastic voice to another and Belinda Carlisle, dressed all in black, closed her slot with Heaven Is a Place on Earth much to the delight of the crowd.

Power ballads make up the majority of her work and she looked comfortable on stage, moving around and engaging the huge crowd.

One of the most popular performances of the day came from the Grammy Award-winning Billy Ocean, who was back at Rewind for a fourth time. He sounded crisp and clear as he performed his most famous hit When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going.

His soulful voice, so familiar to fans, was on show when he performed Nights (Feel Like Getting Down) and Bob Marley’s No Woman, No Cry.

On the basis of this performance, I’m sure we will see Ocean back at Rewind soon.

THE Human League showed they have lost none of their style as they brought Rewind to a close on Sunday night. The trio came on stage to screams and applause from the thousands of revellers at the Eighties festival.

Their set opened with Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall, wearing white dresses, striking a beat on either side of the stage before Philip Oakey made his entrance, wearing his iconic trench coat and sunglasses.

The group played some of their most famous hits, including Mirror Man and the number one hit Don’t You Want Me Baby? Oakey was energetic throughout, running from one side of the stage to the other and ditching his sunglasses just two songs in. A giant screen behind the trio played videos throughout the set, with a montage of world leaders including David Cameron and Barack Obama.

Earlier in the day, Bananarama rolled back the years with an upbeat set. Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward, dressed in bright tops and leather trousers, sang hits including the 1986 classic Venus. A two-piece since Siobhan Fahey left in 1988, the girls made up for their lack of numbers with extra energy. The performance was so frenetic that a stagehand had to rush on when Woodward kicked over a bottle of water at the end of their first song.

T’Pau’s Carol Decker, from Henley, opened her set with a marriage proposal, which was answered with a firm “yes” by thousands in the audience. After a shout-out to her local Henley Waitrose store, Decker, who is recovering from bronchitis, belted out hits culminating in China in Your Hand.

Midge Ure, co-founder of Band Aid, followed in the footsteps of friend Bob Geldof, who performed at last year’s festival. Ure took to the stage with guitar in hand as he performed hits including No Regrets. He sang Fade to Grey, which originally featured Rusty Egan, who had been DJing earlier in the day.

As the sun began to set, Nik Kershaw and David Edmunds played together. Edmunds belied his years with a performance of big notes and guitar solos, while Kershaw told the crowd that playing to them in the setting sun was “amazing”.

Kershaw joked about covers, telling the crowd “you’ll never catch me doing a cover” before playing his own version of Chesney Hawkes’ The One and Only, which he wrote, and by the end he had the whole audience singing along.

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