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Festival of The 60s

at Butlins, Skegness
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Kinky boots, mini skirts, beehives and Beatles cuts at the ready. Butlin's brings you a weekend of swinging sounds from original 60s giants and amazing tributes.

Featuring

The Searchers

The Searchers appearing at this event

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.

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The Merseybeats

The Merseybeats appearing at this event

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'.

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Geno Washington

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Always ready to rock the house, the King of the Swingers Geno Washington is the incarnation of all things '60s. Hipsters and flipsters, movers and shakers alike, are all rendered incapable of having a bad time, when the Good Time Guru gets his army of fans on the good foot! The old Geno magic still drags them in and sends them home high.

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The Ram Jam Band

Infamous 60's UK Soul band, playing with Geno Washington.

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The Pretty Things

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Originally an offshoot of the primordial Rolling Stones, lead guitarist Dick Taylor broke away to form The Pretty Things in 1962. Securing a major label deal within months of their inception, the band attracted press attention with their unfettered power and controversial, unkempt appearance, their raunchy style of R&B spawned a run of successful releases. By 1967, The Pretty Things had become immersed in the underground psychedelic scene, developing a more harmony-led, experimental sound. Continuing to play live and record, The Pretty Things continue their evolution as an enduring musical force.

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Kenney Jones

Kenney Jones appearing at this event

As the drummer with The Small Faces, Faces and The Who, the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Kenney Jones has been at the heart of three of the biggest bands ever to have come out of the UK. From the moment Kenney began drumming in the front room of his parent’s home in Stepney, East London, he knew music would play a central role in his life. At the tender age of just 15, being part of a band had become a way of life. In 1965 when Jones was 16 he had his first hit record when he shot to fame with The Small Faces, who were at the heart of the Mod revolution which swept Britain at the time, and a band who have been cited as a major influence on musicians during the 50 years which have followed.

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The Jones Gang

Rock band fronted by Kenny Jones of Small Faces and Who fame.

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PP Arnold

PP Arnold appearing at this event

Soul singer who sang in Ike and Tina Turner's backing group The Ikettes in the mid-Sixties and later joined the Rolling Stones' Immediate Record label. She has continued to sing and act on stage and screen throughout the last three decades.

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Rey Ennis & The Original Blue Jeans

Ray Ennis is the legendary lead vocalist/guitarist and founder member of the Swinging Blue Jeans which he formed back in 1958! He is joined with a full line up with the Swinging Blue Jeans; responsible for all their hits including “Hippy Hippy Shake”, “Good Golly Miss Molly”, “Don’t Make Me Over”,” You’re No Good” and many more! Ray Ennis's Blue Jeans perform live all the hits that played a major part in the Merseybeat sound which changed pop music forever!

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Dave Berry

Dave Berry appearing at this event

'60s popster still doing the rounds and recreating all the fun of the times with hits such as 'The Crying Game', 'Little Things' and 'Baby its You'.

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Chris Farlowe

Chris Farlowe appearing at this event

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.

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The Nashville Teens

Formed in 1962, The Nashville Teens were the product of the merger of two local bands in the Weybridge, Surrey, area. The band were unusual in that they had two lead singers - Ray Phillips and Arthur Sharp. One of the world's best rhythm and blues singers, Ray has stayed loyal to the Nashville Teens through thick and thin, turning down offers to move to other groups, including an offer from Jack Bruce to be lead singer with Cream, and still fronts the band today.

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Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers

'60s pop/soul outfit who made the big time with a cover version of the Lennon & McCartney's classic Revolver track 'Got To Get You Into My Life'.

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Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich

Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich appearing at this event

60s popsters with all their classic hits including Hold Tight, Bend It and Save Me. Dave Dee sadly passed away in January 2009, but Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich continue to tour together throughout Europe.

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Mike Hurst and The Springfields

Mike Hurst and The Springfields appearing at this event

One of the original Springfields along with Dusty and Tom, who between them are responsible for 80 hits as artists, writers and producers. Mike's 'new' Springfields are Marina Berry, session singer and TV presenter, and Andy Marlow, a virtuoso 12 string guitarist. Mike had produced over 50 hits with Cat Stevens, Manfred Mann, The Move, Spencer Davies, Showaddywaddy and Shakin' Stevens. He made a successful 'Springfields debut' at the Albert Hall in May 2011 and is now officially on the road.

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Marmalade

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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.

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Vanity Fair

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Steve Ellis

Steve Ellis appearing at this event

Iconic mod-soul vocalist with 1960's chart-toppers The Love Affair, Ellis Band and Widowmaker... On 6 February 1968, one of the UK’s most endearing number ones - Everlasting Love - hit the top of the charts. The group behind it were called Love Affair fronted by singer Steve Ellis who was acknowledged as having one of the best soul-rock voices in the business. With their sharp Mod looks and a host of national TV appearances behind them, Love Affair found themselves enjoying the kind of exposure and adulation that was being afforded to the likes of the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Their version of Everlasting Love remains a stone-cold classic, one which not only reached number one in the UK, but went Top 10 in 7 other countries and has amassed over 10 million sales to date. Its enduring charm has seen it copied by everyone from U2 to the Cast from Casualty, as well as appearing in numerous films and adverts globally. However, the only member of Love Affair to appear on the actual record is Steve Ellis and it’s this fact that provides the backdrop to a 50-year tale of triumph, tragedy and resurrection. 2018 marked a very important anniversary for Steve Ellis. in the same year that Everlasting Love celebrates its 50th birthday, Steve releases a new album ‘Boom Bang Twang!’ on 20 April, 2018. Fittingly enough it reunites Steve with the label where he enjoyed great success with Love Affair � CBS/Sony � and is an expertly crafted mix of new songs and some heartfelt covers with guests and long-time friends Paul Weller, COW, Manfred Mann’s Mike D’Abo, Kev Wallbank (The Dream Foundry), Andy Crofts and Ben Gardelier (The Moons). ‘Boom Bang Twang!’ is the work of a man who believes in not resting on his laurels. Steve also received the honour of a plaque and star on The Brighton Walk Of Fame, which pays homage to the many famous stars and musicians associated with the City of Brighton and Sussex over the past 50 years. ‘Boom Bang Twang!’ shifts effortlessly through soul, rock, rhythm & blues, reggae and pop with all the quality one would hope for from an artist who’s been there, seen it, done it, and still has the t-shirt. The Steve Ellis story begins In 1966 when as a 15-year-old, Steve got his first professional gig singing in a group called the Soul Survivors. After the band’s first release on Decca, they moved on to the CBS label and became one of the most successful British pop acts of the late 1960s under their new name ‘Love Affair’. Affair scoring a string of chart busting singles in 1968 including Everlasting Love, Rainbow Valley, Bringing Back The Good Times, One Road and A Day Without Love, in autumn 1969, Steve Ellis walked out of Love Affair to re-think his musical direction. CBS retained him as a solo artist and his future appeared decidedly rosy. Steve seemed to have the world at his feet, but it didn’t work out that way. Some excellent solo singles and a killer soundtrack (Loot) failed to ignite, then came stints with 2 new bands - firstly under the name of Ellis - followed by one album with rock super group Widowmaker - before another solo album was shelved due to contractual issues. This was followed by tragedy when, having given up on the music industry to work as a Docker in order to get “match fit” and to re-think his next musical step, Steve suffered a most horrific accident or as he calls it “an altercation with some two-tonne forklift blades.” An incredibly brave, 8-year fight to regain his mobility ensued and led him back to music in the early 90s. For the best part of the next 10 years, he toured as Steve Ellis’ Love Affair and once again found himself being cited as a Mod hero to a new generation of fans whilst retaining the support and respect of his own musical peers. One such occasion was the 2001 Steve Marriott Memorial Concert (held at the Astoria), a much-revered show which saw Steve perform alongside Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Peter Frampton and Small Faces’ Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones. In 2004, It was somewhat fitting to see Steve joining Pete Townshend, Ronnie Wood and Slim Chance for the unforgettable Ronnie Lane tribute show at the Royal Albert Hall. The past few years has seen Steve release two acclaimed solo albums ‘Best Of Days’ & ‘Ten Commitments’, as well as touring regularly and generally applying himself at what he does best - singing and performing from the heart with that tremendous (and most definitely intact) voice of his. Now back with the label where it all happened originally and with a fine new album to unveil, Steve Ellis has come full circle.

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The Fortunes

The Fortunes appearing at this event

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.

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Stan Boardman

Stan Boardman appearing at this event

Popular seventies Liverpudlian comedian, known for his stories about the Germans!

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Also Appearing

The Crystals Feat. La La Brooks, The Equals, The New Mindbenders

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