80s Rewind Festival Review

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ukgemmab's review of 80s Rewind Festival

★★★★★

“The BBC was incorrect in forecasting light-heavy...”

Written on: 26/08/2010 by ukgemmab (1 review written)

The BBC was incorrect in forecasting light-heavy showers over the weekend as the sun shone in Henley for the second year running at Rewind. Bigger and better than last year's inaugural festival, the 2010 line-up didn't disappoint.



Aside from a couple of technical/ sound issues and some early acts overrunning (perhaps thanks to Kajagoogoo's six song set), Saturday's line-up was probably the best out of the two days. Jimmy Somerville looked and sounded as good as he did twenty-odd years ago as he sang hi-energy hits like "Don't Leave Me This Way" in his trademark falsetto voice.

The crowd went wild to Heaven 17 as they sung a special version of "Tempatation" featuring outstanding backing singers. Disappointment of the day for many was Ben from Curiosity Killed The Cat as he stumbled and mumbled his lines, also making a brief impromptu appearance on stage several hours later during Rick Astley's set.



Special mentions must go to Carol Decker who promptly told the crowd why she hadn't been introduced on stage ("because the compere was having a sh*t") before belting out just four T'Pau tracks (thanks, Limahl!) - still, her voice is as incredible as it was in the late 80s and "China In Your Hand" always gets the arms swaying in the crowd. Altered Images' Clare Grogan gave one of the most memorable performances of the day, announcing her wardrobe malfunction to the crowd and her need for safety pins. However like a trouper, she danced around with the same boundless energy that she had in 1981 to cheers from the crowd, until her small daughter ran on stage to hug her legs, thus preventing her dress from blowing up in the wind again!



The Rick Astley of 2010 is far from the shy, retiring rumoured ex-tea boy that reluctantly shot to fame in 1987. Pleading with the female crowd members to "jiggle their bits" at him, cracking jokes and generally not taking himself too seriously, he oozed confidence and drove the crowd wild, singing all nine of his hit singles. He opened his set by singing the first line of "Don't You Want Me Baby?" acapella, then pointing the mike towards the crowd as they happily sang the rest of the song, until Rick finally pointed out that they'd paid good money to do so!



Boy George did a fantastic job of headlining the day, singing four Culture Club numbers "Karma Chameleon", "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", "Church Of The Poisoned Mind" and the brilliant "Victims". Some of the crowd seemed disappointed that this was the Boy George Show and not a Culture Club gig, as some of his solo material was less well known ("Everything I Own", "Bow Down Mister" etc) but he also threw in a few covers (T-Rex's "Get It On", and the classics "Always On My Mind" and "Blue Moon". His voice is as outstanding as ever and he showed no signs of being a diva; appearing generally happy to be performing, and over-running his set by choice.

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Zacabi's Response to ukgemmab's Review

Written on: 07/09/2010

An excellent review. Just reading it reminds me what a good time we had! I think Sunday was just as good, though, if not better than Saturday. The Beat, 10cc and Odyssey were brilliant. Kid Creole, Marc Almond, Midge Ure... just one surprisingly satisfying performance after another!

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