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80's vs 90's: ABC + Blue + Hue & Cry + Heather Small + Howard Jones + Atomic Kitten + The Christians + Captain Sensible + B*Witched + China Crisis + Brother Beyond
Chart stars of the 1980s and 1990s will go head to head at Lytham Proms Festival this summer in the ultimate pop battle.
Organisers of the three-day event have unveiled a stellar line-up of stars for the opening evening of the big Fylde coast party in August. And it is being billed as the '80s versus the '90s – with the stars of each decade going all out to woo the crowds on Lytham Green.
The '80s team is packed with talent and includes Hue & Cry, The Christians, Howard Jones, China Crisis and Captain Sensible. Representing the '90s are pop legends Blue, Heather Small, Atomic Kitten and B*witched.
It all makes for a massive fun evening of musical nostalgia on Friday August 1st as the festival kicks off its fifth birthday.
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.
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A four-piece boy band with a more aggressive edge than most. Formed in the summer of 2000, Antony Costa, Duncan James, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe shot to the top of the charts with all their releases and won 'Best Newcomer' award at the 2001 Smash Hits Poll Winners Awards and at the 2002 Brit Awards. The boys went their separate ways in 2005 to pursue solo careers, but have since reformed due to huge demand from their loyal fanbase.
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Brothers Pat and Greg Kane from Glasgow whose compositions and performances took the best of American jazz and soul and made it hip and trendy. Supporting everyone from Madonna and U2 to Ray Charles and James Brown, they set the charts alight with a string of hit singles and albums in the late 1980s.
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Former lead singer with nineties dance outfit M-People, Heather's rich and distinctive voice has earnt her a reputation for being one of Britain's most accomplished soul divas.
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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'.
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Atomic Kitten have had 14 top ten hits and 3 number 1 singles; ‘Whole Again’ the fourth best-selling single by a girl group of all time, ‘Eternal Flame’ and ‘The Tide Is High (Get the Feeling)’. They have also had two double-platinum number 1 albums, their debut ‘Right Now’ and its follow-up ‘Feels So Good’, and sold over 10 million records worldwide.
Featuring Liz McClarnon, Natasha Hamilton and Kerry Katona.
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Formed in Liverpool in 1986 The Christians went on to become one of the UK's biggest soul bands with hits like 'Ideal World' and 'Harvest for the World'. A unique blend of soul, gospel and heartfelt acoustic pop, topped off by Garry Christian's distinctive vocals. Still sporting the Raybans, incredibly rich and sultry voice and the string of gorgeous songs that made a million women swoon.
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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.
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Popular girl band from Ireland who mix Irish folk with pop music. Best known for their single 'C'est La Vie', the girls made a comeback in 2013 via the ITV2 reality series 'The Big Reunion'.
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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.
China Crisis tour dates
Fronted by the very handsome Nathan Moore, Brother Beyond had their first hit with the production giants PWL ' The Harder I Try ' (No. 2). Other hits followed including ' He Ain't No Competition ' (No. 6), ' Be My Twin' (No. 14) and ' Can You Keep A Secret’ (No. 21). The Album 'Get Even' was a top ten hit in December '88 selling over 400,000 copies in the UK alone.
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