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
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.
See 27 tour dates featuring Billy Ocean
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 17 tour dates featuring Howard Jones
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
Midge Ure's Band Electronica
Midge Ure's Band Electronica takes the Ultravox frontman back to his roots, reuniting with synthesisers and electric guitars. Midge says: "I want to revisit some material that I've not really been able to perform with the recent acoustic line up, so you can expect to hear songs that haven't been aired for a while as well as the classics and a couple of surprises! I've really enjoyed touring with a band and now I want to expand back to a four piece and return to a more electronic based format".
See 6 tour dates featuring Midge Ure's Band Electronica
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.
See 24 tour dates featuring Go West
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
A colourful character, part of the '80s post-punk New Wave scene, Toyah had considerable chart success with hits such as It's A Mystery, I Want To Be Free and Brave New World. Alongside her ongoing recording career and role as a TV presenter, Toyah has also trod the boards with the lead role in the musical Anne Get Your Gun.
See 35 tour dates featuring Toyah Willcox
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
Seminal Scouse maverick who, along with Ian McCulloch and Julian Cope, pioneered the Eighties art-indie scene. His debut gig was at the legendary Eric's in Liverpool - the night it was raided and closed down for ever. He bounced back with a series of bands - Wah! Heat, Wah! and The Mighty Wah! - and achieved chart success with the anthemic 'The Story Of The Blues' in 1982. Still writing great songs, Wylie's shows provide entertainment both musically and through his extravagantly opinionated conversation. The man's a legend, miss him at your peril!
See 18 tour dates featuring Pete Wylie
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
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
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.
See 9 tour dates featuring Modern Romance
Captain Sensible (born Raymond Burns) a singer, songwriter and guitarist that co-founded the punk rock band The Damned in 1976. He has also enjoyed a successful solo career and is a member of supergroup Dead Men Walking.
See 9 tour dates featuring Captain Sensible
Herrington Country Park
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