Lets Rock!, the ultimate retro festival, returns in 2020 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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OMD, aka Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, are the long established synth-pop Wirral duo Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys. The band rose to fame with their fourth single 'Enola Gay', which became a major hit throughout Europe in 1980, then went on to achieve worldwide popularity in '81 with their third album 'Architecture & Morality', selling over 4 million copies. The continued to be active throughout the rest of the 80s, through the 90s, 00s and into the 2010s, still scoring hit albums and delivering unmissable live shows.
See 8 tour dates featuring OMD
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.
See 14 tour dates featuring ABC
A respectable face of eighties pop with strong feelings on animal rights and life's excesses. His catchy chart-topping tunes with erudite and meaningful lyrics have earned him a fans and respect the world over. He scored a string of worldwide hits including 'New Song', 'What Is Love?' and 'No one Is To Blame'. Best known for his synth work, Jones is also a classically trained pianist and released 3 albums in 2007, including 'Piano Solos volume 2'.
See 18 tour dates featuring Howard Jones
As lead singer of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley has, over the years, earned the accolade of being one of pop music’s greatest vocalists. Pioneers of the '80s Romantic movement, Spandau Ballet had numerous chart topping singles and albums all over the world, the most memorable being the singles "Gold" and the international number one "True", the latter famously sampled by PM Dawn in 1991. As a solo artist in his own right who has continued entertaining audiences with his stunning rich voice that has lost none of its power. He released his first solo album back in 1992 and has continued to release albums sporadically, including a jazz/swing album and a Christmas album.
See 9 tour dates featuring Tony Hadley
Daughter of the evergreen Marty Wilde, Kim's debut single 'Kids In America' was released in 1980 and was a massive hit single. Kim took a break from music when she developed green fingers as a presenter on the BBC's programme 'Garden Invaders'. She later rejuvenated her singing career, with regular appearances at 80's festivals and new albums including 2013's 'Wilde Winter Songbook', a collection of Christmas and Winter-themed songs, and 2018's sci-fi themed 'Here Come The Aliens', which gave Kim her first UK Top 30 album since the early 90s.
See 20 tour dates featuring Kim Wilde
Sister Sledge, the original female pop act that paved the way for so many of today's girl band megastars, performing all their classic hits including We Are Family, Lost In Music and Frankie. Joni sadly passed away in March 2017, but Debbie and Kim announced they would carry on with pre arranged shows.
See 13 tour dates featuring Sister Sledge
The brainchild of Martyn Ware and born from the collapse of the original Human League, 80's synth pioneers Heaven 17 have stood the test of time and been an influence on the future of modern music for over thirty years. Their debut 1981 album, 'Penthouse And Pavement', was, and remains, a modern classic. Glenn Gregory and Martyn continue to perform the hits from their overwhelming back catalogue, including 'Temptation' and '(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang', along with unveiling their newer material.
See 18 tour dates featuring Heaven 17
Fronted by fiery redhead Carol Decker, T'Pau were one of the first acts to have a number one single and number one album in the charts at the same time with China In Your Hand and Bridge Of Spies. Other hits include Heart And Soul, Secret Garden and Valentine.
See 7 tour dates featuring T'Pau
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.
See 5 tour dates featuring Betty Boo
The Beat Starring Dave Wakeling
The singer, songwriter and guitarist behind the biggest 1980's 2-Tone Band, The Beat, Dave Wakeling is the consummate showman, touring the world with an all-star line-up, performing all the hits of The Beat, General Public and his new songs.
See 26 tour dates featuring The Beat Starring Dave Wakeling
American actor and singer, best known for his late 80s UK hits 'If Only I Could' and 'Sit And Wait'.
See 12 tour dates featuring Sydney Youngblood
The Gibson Brothers
Famous hits include 'Cuba'.
See 14 tour dates featuring The Gibson Brothers
Perth New Wave band, best known for their 1983 no.6 UK hit (Feels Like) Heaven.
See 11 tour dates featuring Fiction Factory
Any self-respecting early 90s clubbers will still remember dance diva Rozalla's biggest hit, the nigh-unavoidable 'Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)' which went top 5 in 1990.
See 9 tour dates featuring Rozalla
80's duo, best known for their hits ‘Dance Hall Days’ and ‘Everybody Have Fun Tonight’, which was a US no.1. Although a British duo, the band found more success stateside, and have even been name-checked in episodes of The Simpsons and Frasier, whilst their songs have featured in The Fighter, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Glee, amongst others.
See 7 tour dates featuring Wang Chung
Fun Punk from Edward Tudor-Pole and the boys, best known for their 1981 no.6 hit 'Swords of a Thousand Men'.
See 12 tour dates featuring Tenpole Tudor
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.
See 13 tour dates featuring Nik Kershaw
Temple Newsam House & Gardens
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