Anyone else go? Odd choice of name, it has to be said - if you were expecting 80s rock you would have been very disappointed! Although the line-up would have given it away...
Annabella (Bow Wow Wow)
Peter Coyle (Lotus Eaters)
Katrina (but not The Waves)
Black Lace (!)
The fabulous weather helped, but it was just a brilliant day if you're old enough to remember all these - which most of the 20,000+ crowd there seemed to be
. For me it was a golden opportunity to catch a lot that I'd missed seeing in the 80s all at one go... I think I've only actually seen Hazell Dean before - I actually played at a festival she was at about fifteen years ago, and she doesn't look any older!
Highlights for me were Heaven 17 (who played an inspired version of Bowie's Let's Dance), Nik Kershaw (great performer and guitarist, not afraid to show off a bit! - and played Chesney Hawkes 'The One And Only' which he actually wrote), Midge Ure (plenty of old Ultravox, sounded better than ever), and best of all ABC who were simply a cut above the rest - both Martin Fry and his songs have aged very well, and the band were superb - not least Agent Smith on bass
Black Lace were as annoying as ever but a lot of fun, Tony Hadley was much better than I expected (he started with To Cut A Long Story Short - although he should have applied that concept to some of the other songs, Gold especially), Marc Almond was the only real disappointment (Soft Cell classics don't suit cheesy rock arrangements, and a T.Rex cover wasn't a good choice...) and Billy Ocean isn't really my thing but was pretty good, and a nice feel-good closer at sunset - 10pm in Scotland!
Now home, tired and somewhat slightly sunburnt!
I can now go and get my hair cut - I had grown it specially for the authentic 80s look, along with turned-up 501s, red socks and a plain white T-shirt (tucked into the 501s)...
"Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski
"Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson