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Ultimate 80s: ABC + The Christians + Kim Wilde + Brother Beyond
Nostalgia will be revisited at this years Junction 16 Festival on Friday night with a retro pop-tastic line-up of 80's Artists.
It has been revealed today that joining a stellar line-up of acts already announced for the Saturday and Sunday including Katy B, Foxes and Katherine Jenkins that chart topping 80s pop stars ABC, The Christians, Kim Wilde and Brother Beyond will be kick-starting the weekend events held at Betley Court Farm on Friday the 8th August.
Please note that Boney M are no longer performing at this event.
ABC were one of those groups who come along once a decade to effect a paradigm shift in the way music is heard and made, one of those groups who move the music forward, alerting us to the possibilities of strange combinations, employing radical ideas yet never confusing arrogance with ambition. They kick-started the Eighties with their own brand of pop for the new decade.
Fusing dance floor finesse with a post-punk attitude they released their first single, ‘Tears Are Not Enough’, in the autumn of 1981. More hits followed in rapid succession. ‘Poison Arrow’, ‘The Look Of Love’ and ‘All Of My Heart’. On its release in May 1982 their debut album ‘The Lexicon of Love’ crashed straight into the album charts at number one. Although they continued to release more albums over the years, they eventually made an acclaimed sequel to their debut, releasing 'The Lexicon of Love II' in 2017.
ABC continue to tour extensively throughout the world, playing sell-out concerts from London‘s Royal Albert Hall to California’s Hollywood Bowl. Whether performing as a band, or performing with an Orchestra, Martin Fry remains the consummate show man.
ABC tour dates
Formed in Liverpool in 1986 The Christians went on to become one of the UK's biggest soul bands with hits like 'Ideal World' and 'Harvest for the World'. A unique blend of soul, gospel and heartfelt acoustic pop, topped off by Garry Christian's distinctive vocals. Still sporting the Raybans, incredibly rich and sultry voice and the string of gorgeous songs that made a million women swoon.
The Christians tour dates
Daughter of the evergreen Marty Wilde, Kim's debut single 'Kids In America' was released in 1980 and was a massive hit single. Alongside rejuvenating her singing career, Kim has developed green fingers and is a presenter on the BBC's programme 'Garden Invaders'.
Kim Wilde tour dates
Fronted by the very handsome Nathan Moore, Brother Beyond had their first hit with the production giants PWL ' The Harder I Try ' (No. 2). Other hits followed including ' He Ain't No Competition ' (No. 6), ' Be My Twin' (No. 14) and ' Can You Keep A Secret’ (No. 21). The Album 'Get Even' was a top ten hit in December '88 selling over 400,000 copies in the UK alone.
Brother Beyond tour dates