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Rewind – The World’s Biggest 80s Festival is back with a bang from Friday 19th August – Sunday 21st August 2016 at Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 29th January 2016 and are available from the official Rewind website: www.rewindfestival.com.

Rewind attracts 40,000 festival-goers and has sold out in advance during the last three years. As with the previous star-studded Rewind Festivals, this year’s Henley weekend extravaganza features another outstanding line-up of iconic 80s recording artists and performers.

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This year’s Rewind South Festival promises to boast the biggest 80s knees-up to date, with Saturday’s headliners Andy Bell from Erasure (Sometimes, A Little Respect) and Sunday’s headliners Adam Ant (Antmusic, Prince Charming, Stand and Deliver).

This year’s Rewind sees 14 new acts make their debut performances at the festival, including Leo Sayer, Lloyd Cole and The Leopards, Living in A Box and The Trevor Horn Band. Horn has produced massive hits for The Buggles, Seal and Grace Jones to name but a few. 

But that’s not all! The weekend will also play host to a number of iconic, star-studded performances from the likes of Rick Astley, Marc Almond, Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, Heather Small, Jimmy Somerville, The Beat, plus Tony Hadley performing for the first time with a full Orchestra accompaniment at a festival, plus many more exciting acts.

One of the biggest highlights at this year’s Rewind South is the return 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 Jaki Graham, Mari Wilson, Peter Hooton (The Farm), Landscape, and Heaven 17’s lead singer, Glenn Gregory

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 rollercoaster, jam-packed August weekend of non-stop 80s music, Rewind will also feature a great number of additional highlights including the Silent Disco, Live Karaoke Bar, funfair, Kidzone, plus Camping and Glamping (aka Glamorous Camping) options. 

Erasure's Andy Bell
English Musician Andy Bell is best known as the Lead singer and co-songwriter of the English Synthopop duo Erasure who have sold over 25 million records worldwide and charted with some of the most beloved songs of the past 30 years. Hits include “Sometimes” “Oh L’Amour “Chains of love” “Always” and the classic “A Little Respect” among dozens of others. Erasure achieved 24 consecutive Top 40 hits in the UK between 1986 and 2007 and are still writing and performing on tour to this day. Andy has released 6 solo albums as well as continuing to work with his Erasure partner Vince Clarke, when in 2014 they released their 16th studio Album.

Celebrating over 30 years in the music industry, Andy Bell will perform Erasure’s classic pop anthems and bring his vibrant personality and flamboyant visual performance to Rewind, during his debut at Rewind South this August. 

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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.

Tony Hadley
Tony has been an accomplished solo artist since 1990 following his successful career with Spandau Ballet. He has seen a lot of the world and performed to a sizeable chunk of it - both live and via television and radio - but remains as enthusiastic and ambitious as ever, constantly welcoming new opportunities and challenges within music. As well as his love for song writing and recording, his real passion lies within the live arena - something he hopes will continue for a long time.

As a solo artist Tony has worked with musicians and within musical areas that are extremely far-reaching and diverse. Also, he has worked with a variety of talented producers and musicians. Ron Nevison (one of America's top rock producers with Heart and The Who) and Steve Lukather (guitarist with Toto) were involved in his very first solo album "The State of Play" recorded in Los Angeles in the early 90's. Duran Duran's Simon le Bon (Tony's supposed archrival!) very kindly sang backing vocals on Tony's version of Save a Prayer on the album "True Ballads". He has also released three live albums - the first recorded at Ronnie Scott's in Birmingham and the other two recorded with his long-time friends Peter Cox and Richard Drummie from Go West, and Martin Fry from ABC.

Tony's versatility is further exhibited as he takes to the stage at Rewind South this summer with the Southbank Sinfonia.

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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.

Jimmy Somerville
The unmistakable voice of Bronski Beat and The Communards, featured on massive hits such as Smalltown Boy and Don't Leave Me This Way – it can be none other than Jimmy Somerville. Bronski Beat not only introduced the world to Jimmy's unique voice, their debut smash hit Smalltown Boy tackled pertinent social issues with its lyric addressing the isolation and rejection felt by a provincial gay youth forced into leaving town. The Communards, formed with Richard Coles, enjoyed great success with their albums Communards and Red.

1989 saw Jimmy embark on a solo career with more hit singles and seven albums. These included a stirring cover of Sylvester's disco anthem You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real). Jimmy’s latest album ‘Homage’ was released in 2015 and is a homage to the disco era.

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Trevor Horn Band
Often referred to as ‘The Man Who Invented The Eighties’, Trevor has been at the forefront of technological innovation in a career that has generated innumerable classic singles and albums. If the success of a record producer can be judged by the weight of awards on their shelves then Horn ranks as the world’s number one. He has a hat trick of Brit Awards for Best British Producer from 1983, 1985 and 1992. In the 80s he was Rolling Stone’s Producer of the Year 1983. In the 90s, Best Producer at the 1991 Q Awards. In the 00s, Music Week’s 2004 Producer of the Year. And in 2014 The Music Producers Guild honored Trevor with Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award. 

After forming The Buggles and recording the chart topping hit 'Video Killed the Radio Star', also well-remembered as the first ever music video to be shown on MTV in 1981, Horn has produced some of the most iconic records of the eighties, including three of the biggest selling singles of not only that decade, but of UK chart history: Band Aid ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, Frankie Goes To Hollywood ‘Relax’ / ‘Two Tribes’.  
Trevor Horn’s resume can boast an eclectic line-up of Paul McCartney, Cher, Tina Turner, Gary Barlow, Belle and Sebastian, Kylie Minogue, John Legend, Lisa Stansfield, Marc Almond, Jeff Beck, David Jordan, Genesis, Tom Jones and Olly Murs.

Now in his fifth decade as a record producer, Trevor has recently enjoyed Top 20 albums with The Overtones, Spandau Ballet and long-term collaborator Seal.  

In a career spanning over 38 years Toyah has had 15 top 40 singles including “It’s a Mystery “and “ I Want To Be Free”. From punk princess to high priestess of TV, Toyah is a uniquely gifted performer. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved actress and music composer. With continuing Film and TV appearances, as well as yearly touring, Toyah maintains a multi-faceted and vibrant career. Her latest movie AAAAAAAAH! Has been nominated for awards around the world. In 2014 she topped the Itunes Rock chart with her American band The Humans. This year see's more releases and more touring!

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Leo Sayer
Leo’s career started in 1972, when he met David Courtney through an audition in his home city of Brighton. Leo and David started writing songs together, and took these to Adam Faith, who himself had been a legendary pop singing icon the 50’s and 60’s. Adam saw Leo’s potential immediately, and producing his first albums with David, steered the singer songwriter to almost instant success with 1973’s ‘Silverbird’, Leo’s debut album release. His first seven hit singles in the United Kingdom all reached the Top 10.

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.

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The Belle Stars
Jennie Mathias first burst onto the pop scene in 1981 as the lead singer of the well-loved 80s all girl band ‘The Belle Stars’. After signing with the legendary “Stiff Records” the band produced 4 UK hits – ‘Sign the Times’, ‘the Clapping Song’, ‘Sweet Memory’ and ‘Iko Iko’. The rich Belle Star sound was enhanced by Jennie’s Ska and Reggae roots.

‘Iko Iko’ became a hit in the US charts and achieved worldwide recognition following its appearance in the Oscar winning US movie “Rain Man”.  In 1987 Jennie helped form the band “Dance like a Mother” and recorded album tracks with the System in New York then soon after with Randy Jackson, Preston Glass and Narada Michael Walden in California. Jennie continues to delight audiences with rich fusions of ska, rock, pop, latin, dun, blues and beyond.

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.

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The Real Thing
First formed in the 70’s, The Real Thing’s first hit ‘You to me are everything’ went straight to No.1- starting the beginning of their international success. After appearing in hit T.V. show ‘Opportunity Knocks’ they went onto release other hits like ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel The Force’. The Real Thing is made up of  Chris Amoo, Eddy Amoo & Dave Smith, now together for 44 years.  

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.

Earth, Wind and Fire Experience
AL MCKAY worked together with Maurice White in establishing the sound of EARTH, WIND AND 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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Heather Small
After selling several million records, winning two Brit Awards and the Mercury Music Prize, performing across the globe and recording a track that has become an unofficial national anthem - international anthem even - Heather Small is one of the most successful female recording artists of recent years.  As Part of M People, hits such as “Moving On Up”, “One Night In Heaven” and “Search For The Hero” saw Heather become one of the seminal British voices of the 1990s.  Heather has since had great successes with two solo albums – the title track of her ‘Proud’ album going on to become the soundtrack to a whole host of very special events including London’s successful 2012 Olympic bid.

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. This year Nik is performing on his ‘Me, Myself & I’ Tour that starts at the beginning of September and sees Nik performing solo at venues across the UK.
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The Beat
One of the biggest bands of the 2-Tone movement, The Beat present a wall of sound that transcends time and ska fusion rhythms to ignite a crowd. The 2016 line-up features Ranking Roger and Ranking Junior on vocals with Oscar Harrison on drums, Andy Pearson and Steve Harper on guitars.

The Beat formed in Birmingham in 1978, part of the West Midlands ska revival scene that also produced The Specials and The Selecter, whilst London saw the formation of Madness and The Bodysnatchers.

Roland Gift
At one time picked by People Magazine as one of their 50 most beautiful  people Roland Gift came dramatically to attention with the release of the first Fine Young Cannibals album. His high, soaring voice was immediately recognizable, his style being based both in classic soul singers and in modern techniques that provided him an edge. It was with the second FYC album four years later, however, that the band began to break internationally, with "She Drives Me Crazy" being heard everywhere, in movies, on television, on the radio. 

Gift spent the earlier part of his life in Birmingham then Hull. He entered music first as a saxophonist with punk band Blue Kitchen, moving on from there to the Acrylic Victims, eventually joining Andy Cox and David Steel after the disintegration of the (English) Beat sent them in search of a vocalist.

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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 Chili 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.

Living in a Box
Formed in Sheffield, England in 1985, the British pop-funk group Living In A Box boomed onto MTV early in 1987 with a song named after themselves. After debuting on the UK chart at #42, within two weeks it had raced up the charts to #5 and catapulted the band to instant stardom. 2016 will see Living In A Box tour again with Chrysalis label mate and long-time friend Kenny Thomas taking over the lead vocals. They will be playing all their hits, top album favourites and songs that have influenced them over the years.

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The Blockheads
The Blockheads are a legendary outfit that has grown in stature from the early days of the Stiff tour in 1977, right up to the present day. Backing up Ian Dury’s poetic lyrics, this is the band that brought you ‘Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick’, ‘What A Waste’, ‘Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3)’, and ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’, among many others. Rarely off the road since the demise of Ian Dury in 2000, but now with Derek Hussey fronting the band, the Blockheads are still one of the most underrated British bands of all time, with a legion of fans of all ages.

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
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Peter Hooton
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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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