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We Love The 70s: David Essex, Jimmy James and The Vagabonds, The Real Thing, Showaddywaddy, Mud II, Darts, ABBA Tribute, Bootleg Blondie - The Official Blondie and Debbie Harry Tribute, Freddie Mercury Tribute, Carpenters Tribute & more
Join Butlins Bognor Regis for We Love the 70s, a break showcasing some of the biggest and best stars of the 70s.
This is your chance to see some amazing live performances from brilliant headliners and supporting acts. And with plenty of fun activities taking place throughout the day, all included in the price, we can't think of a better way to spend the weekend. This break is fancy dress friendly, so get busy planning your outfits!
David enjoys a remarkable career that has combined concerts, records, theatre, composing, films and television with striking success. He has written, recorded and produced albums and singles that have sold millions of copies worldwide and has had twenty-three Top 30 singles in Britain alone.
David Essex tour dates
During the mid to late '60s, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds were one of the most popular soul acts on the live circuit, only rivalled by labelmates Geno Washington & His Ram Jam Band. Jimmy’s recording of Neil Diamond's ‘Red, Red Wine’ in 1969, taken from the Vagabonds’ second album ‘Open up your Soul’, gave them their first commercial hit record. He continues to play to full houses on the cabaret circuit across England and has appeared with artistes such as The Drifters, The Four Tops and the late Edwin Starr.
Jimmy James and The Vagabonds tour dates
The UK's own disco pioneers The Real Thing still whip up the crowds from the minute they hit the stage. Following the sad passing of Eddy Amoo, his brother Chris and Dave Smith have decided to continue as a duo backed by The Real Thing band.
Return to the glory days of dance music with the real music legends in a soulsational evening of non-stop, live dancefloor anthems including You to Me Are Everything, Can't Get By Without You and Can You Feel the Force. Backed by their critically acclaimed band, one of The Real Thing's original frontmen, Chris Amoo plus Dave Smith, revive the sensational 70s and 80s, performing all of the UK's most successful soul group's formidable repertoire.
Rainin' Through the Sunshine, So Much Love to Give and Love's Such a Wonderful Thing give way to the classic Children of the Ghetto famously covered by Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire. Also featuring a specially composed tribute to the biggest dance hits of their era, including Ladies Night, Ain't No Stopping us Now and Celebration, prepare to use up and wear out the dancefloor one last time!
" ... these guys are pure class, and really hold up their songs vocally, even after all these years" - Clair Woodward, Sunday Express
The Real Thing tour dates
70s popsters recreating the music of the 50s. Showaddywaddy were one of the biggest successes of the 70s and dominated the British charts with their releases including the smash number 1 hit Under The Moon Of Love. Wham-a-lang-a-ding-dang - you know it makes sense! Dave Bartram recently stood down as lead singer but continues to manage the band, with founding members Romeo Challenger and Rod Deas plus Paul Dixon. New members are Andy Pelos on lead vocals, Rob Hewins (drums/guitars/vocals) and Dean Loach (keyboards/vocals).
Showaddywaddy tour dates
Band featuring ex-members of Les Gray's Mud, keeping alive legendary hits like Tiger Feet, Dynamite, Cat Crept In, Oh Boy, Rocket, Lonely This Christmas and so on.
Mud II tour dates
Darts, who had a string of chart hits in the late 70s and early 80s, are a nine-strong, energetic doo-wop group whose brand of visual excitement and tight harmonies earn them rave reviews wherever they play. Their unique style which combines first-rate musicianship and intricate vocal acrobatics creates a larger-than-life stage show where the humour they inject into their live performance plays a large part in their appeal.
Darts are Den Hegarty, Rita Ray, Griff Fender, Pikey Butler, Horatio Hornblower, Jimmy ’the Nit’ Compton, George Currie, Nosmo King, Thump Thomson and are undoubtedly Britain's best loved doo-wop band - a fantastic live act who get rave reviews wherever they play. Great voices and irresistible personalities make for a fantastic show.
Darts tour dates
Bootleg Blondie is the official Debbie Harry & Blondie tribute band, the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGB’s in New York City before it's demise in 2006 and to have the honour to be mentioned on Blondie’s 11th album ‘Pollinator’.
Lead vocalist Debbie Harris appeared on two shows for BBC1 when she was picked out of 15,000 applicants to represent Debbie Harry on ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’ hosted by Paddy McGuinness which attracted an audience of 10 million viewers!
Debbie Harris and Bootleg Blondie have played the Isle Of Wight Festival, the 100 Club, the Hammersmith Palais, The Electric Ballroom in London, Eric’s in Liverpool, and have opened up for amongst others The Undertones, Slade, The Beat, Bad Manners, Heaven 17, Toyah, Hazel O’Connor, Tony Hadley, David Essex and Nick Kershaw and can be seen at all the major venues and festivals around the UK and Europe.
Debbie Harris and the boys have met the REAL Blondie and are officially endorsed by the band. Debbie Harry got in touch in 2006 when she heard we were playing CBGB’s in New York City to wish us good luck with our show and when Clem Burke, Blondie's charismatic drummer, found out that we were making a replica of his Premier drum kit, he arranged a meet up to sign the Bootleg’s bass drum skin. ‘During the 2010 Blondie tour of the UK we took Clem out for a trip around London in our tour bus, he signed that too!!!!’
In 2014 Clem invited Debbie and Andy to a recording session at the Foo Fighters’ famous 606 Studio in Los Angeles, where they saw Clem and the awesome Neve mixing desk in action!
Debbie and Andy got married in March 2016 and to their great delight received two video clips from both Blondie and Debbie Harry herself congratulating them on their wedding day. What a wedding present!
And probably the best Xmas present in the world ever was in 2016 when Clem Burke came along to a Bootleg Blondie gig and actually got up and played drums on stage with the band! He said afterwards that watching and playing with Bootleg Blondie was very emotional. Well Bootleg Blondie were very touched by Clem’s presence!!!
Debbie Harris, lead vocalist of Bootleg Blondie, has the looks, the voice and the attitude of the original Blondie bombshell and like her heroine is typically outrageous on stage. She has been known to wear dustbin liners, thigh length boots and t.shirts with more holes than t.shirt! Debbie's pride & joy is her guitar which she plays at every show and is signed by all the Blondie band members.
Debbie Harris is the niece of the celebrated singer and actress Shani Wallis who played Nancy in Lionel Bart’s musical film 'Oliver'!
‘Good luck with your show!’ Debbie Harry
'Playing with Bootleg Blondie was very emotional' Clem Burke
‘Thank you for your support’ Chris Stein
'Hey Debbie and Andy congratulations, rock the house!' Debbie Harry and Blondie
Bootleg Blondie - The Official Blondie and Debbie Harry Tribute tour dates
The most royal of tributes to one of rocks most outstanding stars Freddie Mercury. A must for all fans, don't miss the chance to relive the best songs of all time.
Freddie Mercury Tribute tour dates