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On Friday 5th August, Rewind The 80s Music Festival is back by popular demand to the North of England!  “Rewind North” will be in full force in the beautiful surroundings of Capesthorne Hall, situated between Maccesfield and Wilmslow, Cheshire

Tickets for Rewind North go on sale at 9am on Friday 29th January 2016. Full details about ticket outlets and prices are available from the official Rewind website: www.rewindfestival.com.

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The third Rewind North 80s Music Festival offers true connoisseurs of 80s music the best two-day line-up of iconic 80s recording artists and performers. 

Headliners include Adam Ant (Stand and Deliver, Prince Charming) and Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey (Hold Me Now, You Take Me Up), plus a stellar line-up including Marc Almond, UB40, Rick Astley, Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, Midge Ure, Paul Carrack, Slim Jim Phantom From Stray Cats, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Jason Donovan, Lloyd Cole & The Leopards, The Christians, Snap, Hazel O’Connor, Annabella’s Bow Wow Wow, Former Rainbow Lead Singer Joe Lynn Turner and many more.

One of the biggest highlights at this year’s festival is the Rewind North debut of the British Electric Foundation. B.E.F. is the brainchild of Heaven 17’s Martyn Ware, and will showcase a unique and dazzling performance featuring a raft of legendary pop artists. 

Ware has assembled a stellar line-up featuring the full Heaven 17 band performing songs made famous by the stars themselves, plus cover versions in the inimitable B.E.F. electronic pop style featuring The Noisettes’ Shingai Shoniwa, Joy Division’s Peter Hook, Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, Thomas Dolby and Mari Wilson.

B.E.F.’s 80’s themed electronic extravaganza promises to be a hit-packed highlight of the entire weekend. Don’t dare miss it!

In addition to the live music, the festival will also feature plenty of fun-filled side attractions including the Live Karaoke Bar, Funfair, Posh Nosh, Theme Bars, Kidzone, plus Camping and Glamping (aka Glamorous Camping) options. 

Other festival attractions include The Silent Disco - a fun-filled, innovative and highly entertaining way to party! They provide everyone with a set of headphones and have two DJs spinning the tunes simultaneously on two separate channels, leaving you to flick between them and listen to the music you want to throw your best shapes to!

Adam Ant
Adam Ant made a name for himself as the lead singer of post-punk group “Adam and the Ants”. After this he changed direction as a solo artist and gained 10 top ten hits from 1980 to 1983 including three number ones.

After he went solo, taking his writing partner Pirroni with him aswell as Merrick who ended up being his producer/drummer for the UK edition of his first solo single “Goody Two Shoes” and demos for the forthcoming “Friend Or Foe” album before moving onto other production work. His “Friend Or Foe” album once again constructed another top ten single

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Marc Almond
Marc Almond is an internationally acclaimed and successful artist. He has sold over 30 million records worldwide and is an icon and influence to a generation of musicians. Marc Almond and David Ball formed the internationally successful 'electro duo' Soft Cell in 1979. Soft Cell were signed to Stevo's underground label Some Bizzare and licensed to Phonogram as part of the new electronic music phenomena. They went on to record four albums.

Marc has worked with a number of acclaimed producers including Mike Hedges, Trevor Horn and Marius DeVries as well as more experimental producers such as Iceland's Johann Johannsson. He's also had licensing deals with a number of Major labels including Phonogram, EMI. Warners, Universal, Rough Trade, Echo, Tres Bis XIII, Sanctuary and Virgin.

Naming themselves after the unemployment benefit form, UB40 formed in 1978, before releasing their debut album ‘Signing Off’ in August 1980 – considered by many to be one of the greatest reggae albums ever released by a British band. It was the start of a career that has since seen the band have over forty UK Top 40 hit singles and achieve sales of over 100 million records, making UB40 one of the most successful British groups of all-time. The band’s latest Top 30 album ‘Getting Over The Storm’ was awarded BBC Radio 2’s ‘Album Of The Week’ accolade and received 5-star reviews from the UK’s music press on its release in September 2013.

UB40 are Robin Campbell (co-lead vocals and guitar), Duncan Campbell (lead vocals) Earl Falconer (bass, vocal), Brian Travers (sax and keyboards), Jimmy Brown (drums), Norman Hassan (percussion, vocals). The band also feature, Martin Meredith (sax) and Lawrence Parry (trumpet), who have both been in UB40’s touring line-up for over twenty years, and Tony Mullins (keyboards).

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Midge Ure
One of Britain’s most prolific and well-respected songwriters, co-organiser of the Live Aid concerts and former member of such iconic groups as Visage and Thin Lizzy; Midge Ure is a man of many talents.  True musical royalty, he received an OBE back in 2005 for services to music and charity.  Midge achieved huge success in the 80s with the synthpop band Ultravox, with worldwide hits such as “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes” and “Vienna”, going on to have a successful solo career too.  Having performed a reunion tour with Ultravox back in 2010, this summer he plays solo bringing his extraordinary back catalogue to Rewind.

Slim Jim Phantom From Stray Cats
Slim Jim Phantom has secured his place as a true rock n roll icon. As the legendary drummer for the Stray Cats Phantom, alongside band mates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker, spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 80s. With a love for 50s rock n roll the Stray Cats took inspiration from the bygone era and mixed with their youthful energy and aggression produced the updated hard-edged rockabilly sound that saw them conquer London, Europe and later the US, gaining fans among the likes of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Robert Plant along the way.

Over 25 years and millions of record sales later and Slim Jim Phantom continues to inspire and excite audiences worldwide.

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Go West
Peter Cox and Richard Drummie first met in 1974. Their debut single ‘We Close Our Eyes’, reached number 5 in the UK charts in the spring of 1985 and hit the top 10 in the US. This ‘overnight’ success was followed by three further UK top 10 hits – ‘Call Me’, ‘Goodbye Girl’ and ‘Don’t Look Down’. The album 'Go West' sold 2 million copies worldwide and remained on the UK chart for 83 weeks, establishing them as one of the finest songwriting partnerships to emerge in the 80’s. . They have enjoyed chart success worldwide too, notably ‘King Of Wishful Thinking’, the opening song in the hugely successful film ‘Pretty Woman’.

Six albums and 20 million sales later, Go West are stronger than ever, continuing to play live all over the world.  In the Autumn of 2015 they completed a hugely successful tour with 80s contemporaries Nik Kershaw & T’Pau, playing to 31 packed houses across the UK. The current Go West Album is called '3D' and is available from gowest.tmstor.es.

Lloyd Cole
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions arrived perfectly formed in 1984 with'Perfect Skin', 'Forest Fire' and their era-defining album ‘Rattlesnakes'. They went from Glasgow clubs to stadiums in 18 months.  Hits 'Lost Weekend' and 'Brand New Friend' propelled LP2 'Easy Pieces' to the upper reaches of the album charts all over the world.  One last album 'Mainstream’ and one last hit 'Jennifer She Said', and by 1989 they were gone.

Solo debut 'Lloyd Cole' was released in 1990 and he has been making albums ever since. 2013’s universally acclaimed ‘Standards’ found Cole back with electric guitar and a rock’n’roll sound, but no band. Old Glasgow pals Mick Slaven (guitar) and Campbell Owens (bass) were enlisted…supplemented by ex Commotion Blair Cowan on keyboards, and Lloyd Cole and the Leopards was born.

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Renowned for their work with SNAP! producers Luca Anzilotti & Michael Münzing have written more than one chapter in the history of dance music. Their international megahit “The Power” is not only one of the world's most played dance-tracks, but also the one that launched the “SNAP!-attack” 15 years ago, taking the world by storm and turning Anzilotti and Münzing into one of Europe´s most successful producer teams.

SNAP!’s 1990 debut album “World Power” has sold more than 7 million copies and is one of the most successful dance albums ever.

“Rhythm Is A Dancer” was the bestselling single of 1992 in both Germany and the UK, occupying the number 1 slot in Germany for over 10 weeks and listing in the US Billboard Charts for 39 weeks in a row.

Annabella’s Bow Wow Wow
Annabella Lwin, at the tender age of fourteen, was one of the most photographed, talked about and popular vocalists in the early 80’s with her band, BOW WOW WOW, who enjoyed success with massive hits such as ‘I Want Candy’, ’Do U wanna Hold Me?’, ‘Go Wild in the Country’, ‘C30, C60, C90, Go!’. Her unique vocals, which swung between sweet fourteen and banshee squeals, defined the sound of a new and energetic pop culture; her memorable performances influencing and inspiring a brand new wave of up‐and‐coming artists such as the ‘Red Hot Chilli peppers’, ‘No Doubt’, ‘Smashing Pumpkins’ and ‘Green Day’ amongst others.

Performing low‐key shows on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as large promoted concerts under her own name & Bow Wow Wow. the new millennium found Annabella also expanding and employing her talents as a songwriter in new commercial, as well as spiritual, directions.

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From the Jam
The Jam exploded onto the punk scene in 1977 delivering their ferocious mission statement - debut single ‘In The City’. With a catalogue that includes 18 UK Top 40 singles The Jam became the sound of The British youth and one of the greatest and biggest selling bands in British history. In 2000, Q magazine placed The Jam’s third album ‘All Mod Cons’ at Number 50 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.
From The Jam, featuring former The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, legendary vocalist & guitarist Russell Hastings and drummer Mike Randon will be at The Cressett on the 18th of June as part of their legendary “The Public Gets What The Public Wants” Tour.

Dr & the Medics
Dr and the Medics were created in 1982 by the Rev. Dr. Clive Thomas Jackson and now in 2016 they celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the song that they are best known for, their massive 1986 No 1 “Spirit in the Sky,” which sold over 23 Million copies worldwide and was number 1 in 19 countries!!

Throughout their career they have also been recognised as a great live act, never more so than with the current line-up that delivers a unique and sensationally flamboyant show.

2015 saw the band return to the recording studio releasing a couple of singles including the 29th Anniversary dance remixes of Spirit in the Sky which reached No. 1 in several American dance charts. With a new album and more singles due in 2016 the band are in for a busy year!!

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Hazell Dean
Hazell Dean established a formidable reputation as undisputed "Queen of Hi-NRG” with her debut single "Searchin’”  and went on to score the first top 5 single for Stock, Aitken & Waterman with “Whatever I do”. This was followed with a succession of massive club and dance hits which crossed successfully into the mainstream charts during the 1980’s including "Turn it into Love”. "Who's Leaving Who?", "Maybe" and "Turn It Into Love".

Hazell Dean has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and O2 Arena and achieved massive worldwide success having chart hits across Europe, America, South Africa, Australia and the Far East.

Thompson Twin’s Tom Bailey
After his triumphant first debut gig in 27 years at Rewind South last year , The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey revisits the Thompson Twins classic hits for the 2016 Rewind NORTH Festival. Hits like “You Take Me Up”, “Doctor Doctor”, “Hold Me Now” and “Love On Your Side” will feature amongst his other hits in a show which revisits the cooler side of eighties electronic pop. The Thompson Twins provided the soundtrack to our lives in the mid-eighties.

Bailey has worked in many different areas of music from the experimental electronics of Babble and Kolab to the Indo-fusion of the Holiwater Band, the visual astronomy project BSP and the sound-system dub of International Observer.  

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Rick Astley
Exploding onto the music scene in 1987, Rick Astley appeared fully developed with a rich tone and a soulful depth of delivery that belied his years. Following the release of his debut single “Never Gonna Give You Up”, the 21 year old became a pop sensation overnight. Within 2 weeks of its release, the single reached Number 1 in the UK, and went on to hit Number 1 in 16 other countries worldwide. The following 2 years saw Rick continue to dominate the charts around the globe. In the UK, Rick was in the Top 40 every week for the first 6 months of his career, and today still holds the record of being the only male solo artist to have his first 8 singles reach the Top Ten in the UK.

As well as appearing at all 3 Rewind Festivals this summer, Rick will be touring the UK for 13 dates in April 2016, has a music documentary in the pipeline and always the songwriter, is working in his studio on a new album for release in the Autumn. Exciting times ahead.

Earth, Wind and Fire Experience
AL MCKAY worked together with Maurice White in establishing the sound of EARTH, WIND & FIRE that would catapult the group to stardom. Al McKay was not only the musical director of the band, but was also the co-composer of many of the bands hits. They unfortunately split in the eighties, with Al forming 'Earth, Wind and Fire Experience feat. The Al McKay Allstars'.

They have since performed at all the major jazz festivals and concerts across the world. The audience gets one of the best live shows around, performed by top musicians at all the major jazz festivals around the world. 

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Paul Carrack
Paul Carrack, the hugely respected singer-songwriter who is the voice of many of the landmark British pop songs of the past 40 years will return to Rewind 2016.

Paul is, of course, the voice of such undisputed classics as Ace's 'How Long,' Squeeze's 'Tempted,' the Mike & the Mechanics anthems 'The Living Years' and 'Over My Shoulder' and many others. He was a distinguished member of all three bands, recorded and toured with countless others including Roxy Music, Ringo Starr, B.B. King, Elton John and the Pretenders, and has had his songs cut by the Eagles, Diana Ross and Tom Jones to name only a few. 

As a solo artist, Carrack continues to enhance an illustrious catalogue that stretches back to 1980, and a measure of his standing among legions of fans. He has just released stunning new album, ‘Soul Shadows’, in January of this year.

Nik Kershaw
Nik Kershaw - Nik released his platinum selling debut album “Human Racing” in 1984 which included the hits “Wouldn't It Be Good” and “I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”. The equally successful “The Riddle” followed and in 1985 Nik performed at Live Aid.  As well as a career as a performer, Nik is a highly respected producer and song writer, working with such artists as Elton John, Imogen Heap, Gary Barlow, Ronan Keating and of course Chesney Hawkes with the Kershaw penned “The One and Only” - a Rewind performance favourite by Nik. In 2013 Nik completed a tour of New Zealand as well as a string of acoustic shows in Norway. He also appeared as special guest on Kim Wilde’s Christmas Party Tour. In 2014 Nik toured his unique ‘Me, Myself & I’ show, where he performed a solo acoustic set.

In the Autumn of 2015, together with Go West he embarked on a hugely successful Australian tour followed by a UK tour, playing to 31 houses up and down the country.

This year saw the release of the Eddie The Eagle movie including Nik's song, 'The Sky's The Limit'.

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Jason Donovan
Jason Donovan came into our lives in the late 80s as Scott Robinson on the hit Australian series, ‘Neighbours’. Throughout 1988/89 he had several hits and his album ‘Ten Good Reasons’ was the best-selling album of 1989.  He has also appeared in musicals including ‘Joseph’, ‘Priscilla’ and ‘The Sound of Music’. More recently, Jason starred in the theatre version of ‘The Kings Speech’ and has just finished a 33 date tour of the UK celebrating the Ten Good Reasons album.

The Christians
Described by The Mirror as “arguably the best voice in pop”  Garry Christian is both “the face” and “the voice” of THE CHRISTIANS...another Liverpool success story emerging in the late 80s - renowned for their endless string of soul-inspired hits and often described as a later-day TEMPTATIONS IN RIPPED JEANS …Their first album THE CHRISTIANS exploded onto the scene with hits like ”Forgotten Town”, “Born Again”, “When the Fingers Point”, “Ideal World”, “The Bottle”, ‘Father’, “Perfect Moment”, “What’s in a Word”, “Harvest for the World' and the haunting 'Words”, to name but a few…Their 2nd album COLOUR knocked Phil Collins off the number one spot! ...often forgotten until you hear the songs and remember how much you loved them!  In 2012 THE CHRISTIANS celebrated their 25 year anniversary with Deluxe packaging and rerelease of their iconic eponymous album THE CHRISTIANS and Autumn 2015 saw the launch of a brand new studio album WE.  Currently touring UK Switzerland Spain and France and still looking and sounding pretty special don't miss them.

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Hazel O’Connor
The first major female star of the 80’s, Hazel O’Connor rose to fame in 1980 starring in the film Breaking Glass with spawned the singles "Eighth Day" and "Will You", famous for its poignant lyrics and haunting saxophone solo. She continues to tour extensively with her own  projects “An Evening with Hazel O’Connor” featuring Clare Hirst (Bellestars/Communards/Bowie) and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) in addition to her autobiographical theatre/music show “Beyond Breaking Glass”.  In 2009 she was awarded her own star on Coventry's 'Walk of Fame'. Hazel celebrated 35 Years of Breaking Glass with a major city tour in 2015 which included a sold out date at Union Chapel in London".

Former Rainbow Lead Singer Joe Lynn Turner
Joe Lynn Turner has a career that spans over 70 album credits, and is best remembered for his work with Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow and Deep Purple. When Blackmore decided to focus on expanding Rainbow's audience, he employed Turner's talent for writing radio-friendly rock hits, combined with his stage appeal, vocal range and ability to sing a variety of songs. This helped catapult Rainbow to a higher level of commercial success. In the late 80s, JLT revived the career of another guitar virtuoso, Yngwie Malmsteen. In 1990, he reunited with Blackmore and joined Deep Purple.

Turner has toured, recorded and performed with a diverse array of artists including Alice Cooper, Billy Joel, Cher, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Mick Jones (Foreigner), Michael Bolton, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and more.

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British Electric Foundation (B.E.F.)
British Electric Foundation were formed in 1980, the brain child of Martyn Ware (The Human League and Heaven 17) the group showcases a variety of different musical artists performing classic songs with an electronic slant.

‘British Electric Foundation are proud to present a unique and exciting performance at the Rewind Festival featuring legendary artists.’

Martyn Ware has assembled a stellar line-up featuring the full Heaven 17 band performing songs made famous by the stars themselves and cover versions in the inimitable BEF electronic pop style. Rewind 2016 hosts Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, Joy Division’s Peter Hook, The Farm’s Peter Hooton, Mari Wilson, Landscape, Jaki Graham, Noisette’s Shingai Shoniwa and Thomas Dolby.

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Glenn Gregory
(Heaven 17)
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Mari Wilson

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Thomas Dolby

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Peter Hook
(New Order)

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Shingai Shoniwa
(The Noisettes)

Originally launched at Henley-on-Thames in 2009, Rewind has become the biggest 80s festival in the world. Rewind has featured everyone from Boy George, ,Human League, The B52’s, OMD, Kool & The Gang, Holly Johnson, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, and many more.

Rewind Festival in Henley-on-Thames has proven to be so popular with audiences that it has expanded to Rewind Scotland, Rewind North, as well as South Africa, Dubai and Bangkok.

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