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REVIEW: THE REWIND FESTIVAL, HENLEY [2012]

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Rewind is probably the most eagerly anticipated 80s-themed music event of the past few years and true to form this year's festival in Henley didn't disappoint any of the thousands of revellers who enjoyed the weekend's entertainment.

But a review? There were so many different acts playing so many different types of music that it's difficult to know where to start. We know what we liked - Midge Ure's particularly heartfelt rendition of 'Vienna' is one that springs to mind; Adam Ant's set (if we ignore the rather messy ending to 'Prince Charming'!) is another, then there was the goosebumps moment when OMD opened with 'Enola Gay', Grandmaster Flash's effortless hip-hop set; and fantastic sets from Marc Almond and Jimmy Somerville...

But that's our Rewind, and we want to know what YOUR Rewind was like so please do leave your comments below...

WE'LL GIVE IT...

FESTIVAL LINE-UP

SATURDAY 18/8/12
The Bangles / Kool & The Gang / Grandmaster Flash / Rick Astley / Soul II Soul / Five Star / Starship / Heather Small / Jimmy Somerville / Sinitta / Right Said Fred / Dr & The Medics

SUNDAY 19/8/12
OMD / Lightning Seeds / Adam Ant / Roland Gift / Tony Hadley / The Straits / Wang Chung / Marc Almond / John Parr / Midge Ure / The Christians / T'Pau

CREDITS

Photographs by ANDY STURMEY. Review by This Is Not Retro.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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CONTENT ADDED: Aug 20th, 2012

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1 COMMENT
  1. ADDED BY tastyparmo on Oct 22nd, 2012

    I went to Henley Rewind last year and had a blast, but with living in Teesside opted to head the other way this year for Rewind Scotland at Scone Palace. A fantastic weekend was had by all and the weather stayed at bay following worries of cancellation from the previous fortnight's downfalls.
    The line-up shared a few acts at both venues but Scotland's headliners were Big Country (with Roddy Frame on vocals) on Saturday night and Holly Johnson on Sunday night. The "80's Festival" tag took slight licence with performances by Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers (70s) and Chesney Hawkes (90s) but that stop the crowd enjoying every single act. Loads of brilliant performances - the highlight for me, surprisingly, was Marc Almond's set, but other personal highlights were Holly Johnson, ABC, Jimmy Somerville, Adam Ant, and Midge Ure performing my all time favourite single "Fade To Grey". I opted for shelling out stupid money for VIP upgrades this year and managed to meet a few performers and get CD covers signed which was a good bonus. Special mention must also go to the live karaoke band that always had a packed tent each night after the main stage had finished, they were really good. Already pre-ordered tickets for next year at Scone, hope the line-up is better or equalled, and particularly hope that OMD and The Bangles who were at Henley this year decide to do Scotland in 2013.


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