Let's Rock Exeter!

at Powderham Castle, Exeter
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Lets Rock!, the ultimate retro festival, returns in 2019 for some more fantastic days with the best in 80s music.

Top acts, more entertainment for children, more street entertainment, more catering offerings, more fun stalls, more space and some great surprises for the guests!

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Featuring

The Human League

The Human League appearing at this event

Formed in the late 1970s by Sheffield-based computer programmers Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware, The Human League evolved into one of the seminal '80s electro pop bands. Fronted by former hospital porter, Philip Oakey, and featuring Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall, the band went on to record some of the most influential songs of the decade.

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Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean appearing at this event

Billy Ocean holds the prestigious title of being the biggest selling British black artist of all time. Billy has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime and has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world. Having hit the number one spot worldwide on pop charts including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland and the UK, Billy has achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter.

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Belinda Carlisle

Belinda Carlisle appearing at this event

Former member of California super-babes The Go Gos and a highly successful solo performer in her own right, Belinda has sold over 90 million records worldwide throughout her career to date.

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Nik Kershaw

Nik Kershaw appearing at this event

80s pop hero and acclaimed singer/songwriter who has successful re-launched his career as a 'serious' musician. Expect a mixed selection of new material as well as all the old favourites.

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Go West

Go West appearing at this event

Formed in 1982 by Peter Cox and Richard Drummie, Go West went on to have huge commercial success, establishing the pair as one of the most successful singer/songwriter duos of the eighties. Producing hits such as We Close Our Eyes and Goodbye Girl, the pair have continued working together to this day and are still producing chart topping hits.

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Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate appearing at this event

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.

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SNAP!

Renowned for their work with SNAP! producers Luca Anzilotti & Michael Münzing have written more than one chapter in the history of dance music. Their international megahit “The Power” is not only one of the world's most played dance-tracks, but also the one that launched the “SNAP!-attack” 15 years ago, taking the world by storm and turning Anzilotti and Münzing into one of Europe's most successful producer teams.

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Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby appearing at this event

Acclaimed British musician and producer Thomas Dolby, best known for his 1982 hit She Blinded Me With Science. Renowned for his work in the synth pop genre, he has worked with Def Leppard, Foreigner, David Bowie and Roger Waters, amongst others, making him one of the UK's best loved artists.

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The Real Thing

The Real Thing appearing at this event

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

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Betty Boo

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Betty Boo (born Alison Clarkson) is a singer, songwriter and pop rap artist. After cutting her teeth in hip hop trio She Rockers and collaborating with The Beatmasters. Betty Boo had a string of top forty chart hits in the early '90s with her feisty beat-heavy pop and accompanying cartoonish tinsel-wrapped videos. Betty Boo went onto write songs for the likes Girls Aloud, Dannii Minogue, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor interspersed by collaborations with Alex James, The Feeling, and Jack Rokka.

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Johnny Hates Jazz

Johnny Hates Jazz appearing at this event

In 1987, as the era of Electronic Pop and New Romantics was reaching its culmination, Anglo-American group Johnny Hates Jazz featuring Clark Datchler and Mike Nocito were catapulted to success with the release of their single 'Shattered Dreams' on Virgin Records. It became a top 5 hit worldwide, reaching number 2 in the USA and Japan, and has since been played over 3.5 million times on American radio alone. 'Shattered Dreams' was followed by other hits including the anti-war anthem 'I Don't Want To Be A Hero', 'Turn Back The Clock' (featuring Kim Wilde) and 'Heart Of Gold'. Their album 'Turn Back The Clock' entered the UK charts at number 1, going double-platinum and selling 4 million copies in the process. It is arguably one of the definitive albums of the 1980's, and is one of only two debut albums released by Virgin Records that immediately went to the top of the charts upon its release — the other being ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ by The Sex Pistols. The band went their separate ways shortly afterwards, deciding to focus on other musical projects instead. In fact, over the next 20 years, they completely lost contact with one and other. However in 2010, original members Clark Datchler (lead singer/songwriter/keyboard player) and Mike Nocito (producer/engineer/ bass guitarist) decided to come back together to write, record and produce a brand new Johnny Hates Jazz album. At the same time, they began to perform live at international festivals. That album, titled 'Magnetized', was released in 2013, and the single of the same name became a huge radio hit in both the UK and Germany. Unfortunately, Clark collapsed in London shortly afterwards, and was diagnosed with a serious illness. All promotion came to an abrupt halt, and he spent much of the following year recovering. Fortunately, he made a full recovery and JHJ began to perform again at festivals in Europe and Asia. They toured the UK in 2016, appearing at theatres across the country. During this time, Clark also joined forced with Genesis legend Mike Rutherford to co-write the new Mike and The Mechanics album, ‘Let Me Fly’.

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China Crisis

China Crisis appearing at this event

Formed in 1979 in Kirkby on Merseyside, China Crisis are essentially vocalist/keyboardist Garry Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon. With hits including 'Wishful Thinking', 'Black Man Ray' and 'King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up)', their distinctive AOR-fuelled pop songs were everywhere in the '80s, spending a total of 92 weeks in the charts. Who said the '80s were all bad? China Crisis, for instance, were largely considered one of the better musical things about that much-maligned decade. The guys continue to tour and play festivals today.

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Belouis Some

British 80's singer who scored a world-wide hit with 'Imagination' in the mid 80s.

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Owen Paul

Owen Paul appearing at this event

Owen Paul, the Scottish singer, producer and co-writer of the 1986 UK and European smash summer hit 'My Favourite Waste Of Time', has done many things in the twenty or so years since he first came to musical prominence. He has played a leading role in a major musical theatre production, toured the UK and Europe with Phil Collins as one of ' Mike and the Mechanics ' as well as being their vocal arranger on their last album ' Rewired ', and Owen has even been harassed by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne in the infamous " noisy neighbours " episode on MTV's record breaking show ' The Osbournes '.

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Jennie Matthias

Jennie Matthias first burst onto the pop scene in 1981 as the lead singer of the well-loved '80s all girl band The Belle Stars. After signing with the legendary Stiff Records the band produced four UK hits – ‘Sign of the Times’, ‘The Clapping Song’, ‘Sweet Memory’ and ‘Iko Iko’. The rich Belle Star sound was enhanced by Jennie’s Ska and Reggae roots. ‘Iko Iko’ became a hit in the US charts and achieved worldwide recognition following its appearance in the Oscar winning Rain Man. In 1987 Jennie helped form the band Dance Like A Mother” and recorded album tracks with The System in New York, then soon after with Randy Jackson, Preston Glass and Narada Michael Walden in California. Jennie continues to delight audiences with rich fusions of ska, rock, pop, latin, dun, blues and beyond.

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Musical Youth

Musical Youth appearing at this event

The Midlands based pop outfit who burst onto the scene with Pass The Duchie which was a hit in 1982. Other hits followed such as Youth Of Today, Never Gonna Give You Up and the massive hit with Donna Summer - Unconditional Love.

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Westworld

80's bubblegum rock 'n' roll band formed by former Generation X guitarist Bob “Derwood” Andrews and American vocalist Elizabeth Westwood. They are best known for their 1987 UK top 20 hit 'Sonic Boom Boy'.

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Tight Fit

Tight Fit appearing at this event

Their live show delivers non stop hits from the 80s - performed live with a full band of talented musicians.

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Powderham Castle

  • Powderham Park
  • Exeter
  • EX6 8JQ

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