Chilfest: Bananarama, Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey, The Selecter, Aswad, Jocelyn Brown, Five Star, Hot Chocolate, Modern Romance, Soul II Soul
The numbers speak for themselves – in just five years, Chilfest has captured the hearts of thousands of music fans.
Set in the idyllic Chiltern Hills, the festival has grown in popularity year on year. From original kids of the 70s and 80s to a younger generation of fans, a staggering 50,000 people have enjoyed our distinctive boutique festival experience.
The custom-built Chilfest arena comprises a top quality stage and sound rig, a wide variety of food and drink outlets and plenty of toilet facilities, providing all the ingredients for a great weekend of live music.
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The girl group that defined the '80s are back to their original, record-breaking line-up! Since their unforgettable last performance as a trio on The Brits in 1988, Keren and Sara continued as Bananarama, releasing records and touring to global audiences. Siobhan went on to have hit singles and albums around the world as part of Shakespears Sister before becoming a solo artist.
Bananarama made it into the Guinness Book Of Records as the most successful female group of all time on account of the fact they’d had more hit singles than any other girl band ever. To date they have had 30 chart hits. They hit the top of charts around the world. In the US, Venus became their first #1 single on the Billboard chart. Their combined record sales were over 40 million.
Bananarama tour dates
Formed in 1977, Thompson Twins had huge hits in the '80s with classics such as "You Take Me Up", "Doctor Doctor", "Hold Me Now" and "Love On Your Side". Disbanding in 1993, Tom Bailey now revisits the Thompson Twins classic hits and his other well- known songs in a show which revisits an era of electronic pop.
Bailey has also worked in many different areas of music from the experimental electronics of Babble and Kolab to the Indo-fusion of the Holiwater Band, the visual astronomy project BSP and the sound-system dub of International Observer.
Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey tour dates
Formed in Coventry in 1979 The Selecter spearheaded the 2-tone movement along with The Specials and Madness. Fronted by Pauline Black, they first hit the airwaves with 'On My Radio', followed by countless other hit singles. Mixing punk, ska and reggae, their debut album 'Too Much Pressure' successfully reflected the social and political issues of the early Thatcher years in Britain and gave a voice to disaffected youth across the racial divide.
The band split at the height of their popularity in 1981 but are now reformed and touring again with original lead singers Pauline Black and Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson.
The Selecter tour dates
After two decades on the music scene and fifteen albums under their belts, 'The Lions of Ladbroke Grove' remain one of the country's best loved reggae bands. Formed in the late seventies their early hits include "Warrior Charge" and "Three Babylon", which established the band with a massive following culminating in a UK number one hit "Don't Turn Around" in 1988. The band continued their assault on the UK pop charts with tracks such as "Shine", "Shy Guy", amongst many more.
Aswad tour dates
The legendary American dance diva with a powerful, soul shaking voice. One of the most wanted ladies in the music industry. Jocelyn has worked with the likes of John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson.
Jocelyn Brown tour dates
The Pearson siblings, dubbed the British Black Royal Family of Pop, and Britain’s answer to the Jackson Five by the media, burst onto the scene in 1983 and were managed by their father, Buster Pearson.
After performing a sizzling rendition of a song named 'Problematic' for the BBC’s Pebble Mill at one Show the group signed with a major record label TENT/RCA and released their 1985 debut album 'Luxury Of Life' and the rest is, as they say, a phenomenal pop history. Renowned for their dynamic sound and fabulous dance routines they rocked the British and US Pop Charts in the 80s and became a great inspiration to many young people worldwide.
Five Star were the youngest British group to have a number 1 album and the first group to achieve 7 consecutive hit singles from one album in the UK. They also broke Michael Jackson’s record of becoming the youngest group ever to top the British charts and the first Black group to top the UK charts in 1987.
Five Star tour dates
Hot Chocolate are one of the only bands to have hits each year in the 70s, 80s and 90s. The group have sold over 15 million records in The UK alone. They have also seen their greatest hits albums hit Number 1 in the charts three times - 1979, 1987 and 1993. Some of those hits include So You Win Again, Brother Louie, Everyone's A Winner, No Doubt About It, It Started With A Kiss and from the film The Full Monty, You Sexy Thing. The band are now fronted by Kennie Simon.
Hot Chocolate tour dates
Modern Romance emerged in 1981 from the remnants of UK punk band, the Leyton Buzzards. Their initial attempts to blend in with the new romantic wave were unsuccessful, although the connections they made on the London club scene during this time were to aid their developing sound.
After a second flop, they introduced Jaymes' brother Robbie on keyboards, Paul Gendler on guitar, Andy Kyriacou on drums and crucially John Du Prez on trumpet. They quickly recorded 'Everybody Salsa', which gave them their first UK Top 20 hit and set them at the fore-front of the emerging Latin-American salsa craze which broke out that summer.
In 2001 Andy Kyriacou reformed the band, joining the burgeoning 80's revival scene and whilst being the only original member, has put together a line-up of top flight musicians, to make Modern Romance the perfect 80's band for the 21st Century.
Modern Romance tour dates
Soul II Soul have been producing memorable quality music since the late eighties. They've sold over 6.8 million albums in 35 territories across the globe and appeared on over 100 compilation albums. Their Club Classics Vol. 1 album was named one of the top 50 British Albums Ever by Q Magazine.
They began as a sound system in the early 80s, playing at various house blues parties, street parties and local youth clubs, adopting a unique style which became known as 'Funki Dred'. Soul II Soul signed to Virgin Records, and the rest is history. Tracks such as 'Keep On Movin' and 'Back To Life' have stood the test of time.
Soul II Soul tour dates