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Festival Of The 60s: The Searchers, Gerry And The Pacemakers, Marmalade, Dave Berry & The Cruisers, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Fortunes, Easybeats, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Dreamers, Animals & Friends & more
Kinky boots, mini skirts, beehives and Beatles cuts at the ready. Butlins brings you a weekend of swinging sounds from the original 60s giants and some amazing tributes.
Following the success of The Beatles and capitalising on the Mersey Sound came The Searchers. In 1963 they quickly established their own distinctive sound and dedicated following, with a 12 string lead guitar and harmonies which anticipated the sound of The Byrds. 'Sweets For My Sweet', 'Sugar & Spice' and 'Needles & Pins' were their three number one hits, their total world sales exceed over 30 million. The Searchers have continued to play their music throughout the world and are as popular as ever with audiences of all ages.
The Searchers tour dates
Contemporary with - and often great rivals of - The Beatles, Gerry Marsden and the Pacemakers are still going strong and bring a breath of nostalgia for the early '60s.
The line-up consists of Gerry Marsden (guitar and vocals), Steve Thompson (lead guitar), Tony Young (keyboards), Nick Woolgar (drums) and Joe Mitchell (bass guitar).
Gerry And The Pacemakers tour dates
One of Scotland's most successful and long lasting groups. Their cover of the Beatles' Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da was their big number one and charted for 20 weeks in 1968. They were making hits right up to 1976 when Falling Apart At The Seams reached number 9 in the UK charts. In between that time they spent 120 more weeks in the charts with Reflections and Loving Things.
Marmalade tour dates
Sixties pop band still doing the rounds and recreating all the fun of the times with hits such as 'The Crying Game', 'Little Things', 'Baby its You'.
Dave Berry & The Cruisers tour dates
With stalwarts Alan Lovell (lead vocal/guitar) and Pete Oakman (bass/vocals) the group have become synonymous with having a great time and working up a party atmosphere that will have everyone up on their feet and dancing.
The Swinging Blue Jeans stormed the charts worldwide with Hippy Hippy Shake and other major hits including Good Golly Miss Molly, You're No Good and Don't Make Me Over.
Alan Lovell and Pete Oakman front the band. Pete was leader of the Bruvvers and wrote Picture Of You for Joe Brown, so you will also hear a taste of their other memorable hits.
The Swinging Blue Jeans tour dates
The Fortunes are one of the UK's premier harmony groups. A string of hit records including You've Got Your Troubles, Here It Comes Again and Freedom Come Freedom Go, have stood the test of time and still top the play-lists on any radio station. Ask any '60s group who they most admire for their vocal talents and The Fortunes would come out on top. Their last CD sold over 100,000 copies and 'It's The Real Thing' Coca Cola advert is, of course, sung by The Fortunes.
The Fortunes tour dates
Gary Puckett And The Union Gap was one of the most successful musical groups of the sixties. Gary's unmistakable signature voice garnered six consecutive gold records and top ten Billboard hits.
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap tour dates
Freddie & The Dreamers emerged as part of the '60s British Pop Invasion, good-natured and up-beat Manchester clowns scoring a number of hits on both sides of the Atlantic including If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody, I'm Telling You Now and You Were Made For Me'. The band toured until 1968 and broke up not too long after that. Frontman Freddie Garrity reformed an all-new Freddie and the Dreamers in 1976, the band continued to tour until Garrity's retirement in 2000 due to ill-health, when they changed their name to The Dreamers.
The Dreamers tour dates
Featuring John Steel and Mick Gallagher of The Animals, plus Danny Handley and Roberto Ruiz.
The Animals were the second British band to top the American charts after The Beatles with the now multi-million selling and legendary anthem, 'House of the Rising Sun'. The band subsequently achieved over twenty global Top Ten hit records, many of which gained the Number One slot. In Britain alone, the band had no less than twelve chart entries.
After almost 60 years, the legend still grows…
Animals & Friends tour dates
The Troggs were back in the limelight after the success of the cover version of 'Love is All Around' by Wet Wet Wet (for which Reg Presley received three Ivor Novello Awards) but the band initially burst onto the '60s pop scene with 'Wild Thing', which remains one of the most influential records of British pop music. The band have always been remembered for this '60s anthem, but it is just one of their many UK hits, including 'With A Girl Like You', 'I Can't Control Myself', 'Anyway That You Want Me' and 'Give It To Me'. Still featuring founder member and guitarist Chris Britton and bassist Peter Lucas (who first joined the band in 1974) and drummer Dave Maggs, who has been with the band over 25 years. Singer Reg Presley sadly passed away in 2013, but the band now features guest vocalist Chris Allen, formerly of the Denny Laine band and The Animals.
The Troggs tour dates
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair if you are going to a New Amen Corner concert because you''ll soon be in a 'Summer of Love' mood - their music is full of that feel good factor. The New Amen Corner have emerged in the last couple of years as the hottest band on the 60s circuit because of their ability to recreate so perfectly the sound and atmosphere of that era. Their power house live show has made them one of Europe's leading 60s revivalists.
New Amen Corner tour dates
One-time amateur boxer Chris Farlowe's musical career began with a skiffle group, before joining The Thunderbirds in the mid 1960s. Probably best remembered for his version of the Jagger-Richard composition 'Out Of Time' and 'Handbags And Gladrags', later being covered by Rod Stewart and The Stereophonics. In the 1970s he also sang in the hard rock supergroup Atomic Rooster.
Chris Farlowe tour dates
Pop band from the 60s, originally managed by Brian Epstein. The current line-up is Tony Crane (founding member) on lead vocals and lead guitar, Billy Kinsley (founding member) on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Bob Packham (joined 1974) on backing vocals and bass guitar, Dave Goldberg on keyboards and lead guitar and Lou Rosenthal (joined 2000) on drums. Their hits include 'Don't Turn Round', 'Wishin & Hopin', 'Sorrow', 'I Think Of You'.
The Merseybeats tour dates
Since 1969 The Cufflinks have been touring the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, visiting festivals, theatres, holiday parks, cruises and island tours. This endearing 60's vocal harmony band have obviously endured certain personnel changes over the years but still retain strong connections with the era with two of the original members. Their bus rolls on in endless travel ~ never failing to keep the spirit of the 1960's alive and you pleasurably entertained.
The Cufflinks tour dates