There’s bad news and good news about Henley-on-Thames’ Rewind 1980s music festival. The bad news is that, due to high demand, it’s too late to book a ticket to see bands such as Bucks Fizz, Bananarama and The Village People, all of whom are scheduled to appear on Saturday, 20th August. But there is good news – tickets for Sunday, 21st August are still available; and the line-up is arguably better than the previous day’s!
The Human League are sure to get a great welcome at the festival. Now slimmed down to a no-frills three-piece, the Sheffield Band recently recorded an acclaimed new album.It will be lovely to hear some fresh music from them but I hope they still find room for classics such as Don’t You Want Me, Mirror Man and Sound of the Crowd in their set-list.
Ali Campbell’s UB40 will also be rolling back the years on the big day. The band’s live gigs have always been a pleasing mix of well-chosen cover versions and hard-hitting political songs. With rising unemployment and a Conservative government, lead singer Ali’s lyrics still have much relevance today.
Kim Wilde will be keen to show the Henley audience that, while she has found a second career as a landscape gardener, music remains her first love. Well-sculpted songs like breakthrough single Kids in America sound as fresh today as they did 30 years ago.
Toyah was one of Kim’s biggest rivals in the pop parades of the early 80s – she’s one of those rare artists famous enough to dispense with her surname! Hits like It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free earned the flame-haired singer an army of fans and a regular place in magazines’ top 50 greatest British female singer polls.
Nik Kershaw’s stage presence might be a little less manic than Toyah’s but his songs are just as catchy. Many of today’s artists would kill to write tunes as instantly recognisable as Wouldn’t It Be Good and The Riddle; perhaps they could visit Henley in August to see how it’s done!