Thu 19th Oct at 6:00pm
BBC Children In Need Rocks The 80s
@ The SSE Arena, Wembley, London
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BBC Children In Need Rocks The 80s: Bananarama, Boy George, Erasure, Europe, Imagination, Jason Donovan, Katrina Leskanich (Katrina and The Waves), Louisa Johnson, Nick Heyward, OMD, UB40 Featuring Ali Astro and Mickey
For one night only, Bananarama, Boy George, Erasure, Europe, Imagination, Jason Donovan, Katrina from Katrina & The Waves, Louisa Johnson, Nick Heyward, OMD, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey and more celebrate an iconic decade of music, fashion and of course, the first major BBC Children in Need appeal. In between iconic hits, hosts Fearne Cotton and Sara Cox will keep things in check, with Roman Kemp capturing all the action backstage with the star-studded line up.
That’s where you come in. Embrace the definitive decade: don your neon legwarmers, scrunchies and shoulder pads and join us for an 80s party you will never forget.
All proceeds, after costs, will benefit BBC Children in Need.
This event takes place at The SSE Arena, Wembley, which has achieved Bronze Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
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
Boy George needs little introduction. With a career spanning over 30 years he first shot to international stardom in the 1980s as the front man of one of the UK's biggest exports - Culture Club - and had continued success as a solo artist. He has sold over 150 million records with top 10 hits in every country, including classics such as 'Karma Chameleon' and 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me'. Boy George is also a hugely respected house DJ and continues to DJ successfully in clubs all over the globe.
Boy George tour dates
In 1985, former Depeche Mode and Yazoo songwriter Vince Clarke teamed up with unknown singer Andy Bell to form what was to become one of the most successful pop duos of all time. With a string of hits to their name, including Sometimes, A Little Respect and the Abba-esque EP, Clarke's catchy electro-pop and Bell's flamboyant, camp showmanship make their rare live shows an unmissable spectacle.
Erasure tour dates
Rock pioneers Europe have been together for over twenty years, have released over ten albums and created one of the most legendary anthems of the 20th century - The Final Countdown. The eighties heroes have happily returned with a new sound and a new album that has surprised both fans and critics alike, and pushed the boundaries of their success.
Europe tour dates
Founded by Leee John, Imagination was one of the most successful funk bands of the early '80s, with chart hits in twenty eight countries, earning four platinum discs, nine gold discs and over a dozen silver discs around the world between 1981 and 1989. Their biggest hits include Just An Illusion and Body Talk.
Imagination featuring Leee John have toured the world extensively and also frequently appeared on BBC's Top Of The Pops with a distinctive exotic style. In the '90s Leee starred in the reality tv show Reborn In The USA, and has continued to tour and record.
Imagination tour dates
'80s heartthrob Jason Donovan won nearly every Australian award during his time on Aussie soap Neighbours, and the hearts of millions. His vocal career began in 1988 when he released 'Especially for You' with Kylie Minogue and a debut solo album 'Ten Good Reasons'. Following the release of his second album in 1989, Jason became the biggest selling UK and European artist.
He kicked off a successful West End career in 1991 with a starring role as Joseph in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' at the Palladium. He's since gone on to star in productions such as 'The Rocky Horror' UK Tour during the show's 25th anniversary and Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert', as well as coming third in the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Jason Donovan tour dates
Katrina Leskanich is the lead singer from Katrina and The Waves.
Grammy nominated band Katrina and The Waves achieved international success with their iconic 80s hit 'Walking on Sunshine' and are the last UK winners of the Eurovision Song Contest with 'Love Shine A Light' in 1997.
Katrina has had successful solo tour in the UK, Europe and North America.
Katrina Leskanich (Katrina and The Waves) tour dates
Crowned winner of X Factor 2015, Essex girl Louisa Johnson was the youngest ever contestant to win the competition, at the age of just 17. Music experts are already predicting Louisia could be as big or bigger than Leona Lewis.
Louisa Johnson tour dates
One of the hottest and most popular artists from the '80s. Frontman of teenpop sensations Haircut 100, Nick went on to amass more hit singles as a solo artist in his own right when Haircut split up.
Nick Heyward tour dates
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.
OMD tour dates
UB40 are Britain's greatest reggae artists and have survived more than 30 years in the music business and have clocked up more than 40 million record sales worldwide with songs like Kingston Town and Red, Red Wine.
The summer of 1978 saw the eight members of the Birmingham band, soon to become UB40, drawn together by their love of Jamaican reggae. Taking their name from a notorious British unemployment form, the band played their first local gig in Birmingham in 1979, and spent the rest of the year performing at pubs and clubs around the UK. British radio legend John Peel was so impressed with the group's first demo tape that he invited them to perform on his Radio One show in 1980. At the same time, the band were also asked to support The Pretenders on their triumphant national tour. They released a Top 5 single in the UK in February 1980 and, in 1981, released a brace of albums, 'Present Arms' and 'Present Arms In Dub'. Their breakthrough came with the hit single, 'Red, Red Wine'. The song topped the British singles charts in 1983 and, after renewed promotion following the 1988 Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley, the single reached the number 1 spot in the US.
The band's initial line up lasted for 30 years from the band's formation in 1978 until front-man Ali Campbell's departure from the band in 2008. Since that time, two other founding members (Mickey Virtue and Astro) have also left the band, and the trio of Campbell, Virtue, and Astro have since formed UB40 Reunited.
These three founding members are now embarking on a huge world tour, which the fans have been crying out for, playing all the hits and new tracks from the forthcoming album, which will be released later in 2014.
UB40 Featuring Ali Astro and Mickey tour dates
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Venue: The SSE Arena, Wembley
Disabled Access: Bronze Status
Bookings: 0844 815 0815
Disabled Bookings: 020 8782 5629
→ Wembley Stadium 6 min walk
→ Wembley Park 8 min walk