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Hit Factory Live - Christmas Cracker: Steps + Rick Astley + Bananarama + Jason Donovan + Dead Or Alive + Pepsi & Shirlie + Princess + Sinitta + Hazell Dean + Sonia + 2 Unlimited + Lonnie Gordon + Brother Beyond
The Hit Factory Live - Christmas Cracker is set to be the ultimate Christmas party!
This unmissable show celebrates the legendary Stock Aitken Waterman songwriting and production team, the phenomenal success of Pete Waterman's PWL label and, above all, the irresistible pop that came to define an era in British music history. Once called 'The Sound of a Bright Young Britain', it undoubtedly now stands as the soundtrack to a generation, with sales of over 500 million units worldwide.
Pete Waterman said: "Hit Factory Live - Christmas Cracker will be the biggest and best celebration of SAW and PWL ever. This will be the perfect party to commemorate our 25th anniversary. We were devastated when Hyde Park's Hit Factory Live had to be cancelled but now the party is back on with an epic line-up of our classic artists!"
This once-in-a-lifetime concert will take place at London's O2 Arena on December 21st.
A proportion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Cancer Research UK.
This event takes place at The O2, which has achieved Gold Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Steps originally formed in 1997 and, over four and a half years, they sold over 15 million records and achieved 14 consecutive top five singles with their albums Step One, Steptacular, Buzz and Gold. The group also won 'Best-Selling British Live Act' at the BRIT Awards in 1999, and continued to fill stadiums until their spilt in 2001.
All five original members of the band, Claire Richards, Lisa Scott-Lee, Faye Tozer, H and Lee Latchford Evans, reunited in 2011 to take part in the Sky Living-commissioned four-part documentary series charting their reconciliation, and then returned once again in 2017 for their 20 year reunion.
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Rick Astley has had a career spanning over 25 years. The '80s Pop Icon and multi-million selling artist had massive hits with Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, including his massive debut single 'Never Gonna Give You Up'. He holds the record for being the only male solo artist to have his first 8 singles reach the Top 10 in the UK and has sold approximately 40 million records worldwide. In 2008, 'Never Gonna Give You Up', became one of the most viewed pop video of all time on YouTube with over 51 million views to date, due to the unstoppable phenomenon of 'Rickrolling'. This has earned him a nomination at the MTV Europe Music Awards for 'Best Act Ever'.
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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.
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'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.
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Fronted by the dynamic Pete Burns, Dead Or Alive were the first group to sell over 1 million singles and became the biggest selling worldwide single for PWL for You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) reaching No 1 in 32 countries. Hits followed like Lover Come Back To Me, In Too Deep, Brand New Lover, Something In My House and That's The Way (I Like It).
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Pepsi and Shirlie rose to fame after being a pivotal part of Wham! As the backing singers they featured heavily both live and in their seminal videos and Top of The Pops performances. After Wham! split, the girls embarked as a group in their own right and had two top ten hits 'Heartache' (No. 2) (produced by Phil Fearan of Galaxy fame) and 'Goodbye Stranger' (No. 9).
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Hazell established a formidable reputation as "Queen of the British Clubs" during the '80s, scoring a succession of massive club and dance hits which crossed successfully into the mainstream charts. She's probably best known for the huge hit 'Searchin' (I Gotta Find A Man)', which sailed in to the UK Top 40 singles chart at number 6 and remained in the top 75 for 15 weeks in 1984.
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Bubbly, bouncy Scouse songstress who achieved multiple chart successes in the early '90s.
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Formed in the early '90s, the Dutch eurodance group was the brainchild of Belgian producers Jean-Paul DeCoster and Phil Wilde. Fronted by rapper Ray Slijngaard and singer Anita Doth, the band had five years of enormous worldwide popularity, scoring 16 chart hits, including 'Get Ready For This', 'Twilight Zone', 'No Limit' and 'Tribal Dance'. During their career, they have sold more than 18 million records worldwide.
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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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