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Thousands of people partied in the summer sunshine at Audley End House for The Greatest 80's Party... Ever featuring T'Pau, Nik Kershaw, Rick Astley and more.
On Saturday 4th August thousands of people descended on Audley End House near Saffron Walden to relive their youth with The Greatest 80's Party…Ever!
Thousands of people enjoyed an evening of live music from 80s legends at Audley End House near Saffron Walden. The evening got underway with Toyah. In a career spanning thirty years Toyah has had thirteen top 40 singles and recorded twenty albums.
Wang Chung. They have had 6 US Top 40 hits including a number 1 and international Top 40 hit, "Dance Hall Days". Their huge smash "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" with its now famous line "Everybody Wang Chung Tonight" saw the invention of a new US verb; 'to Wang Chung'.
Dr and the Medics wowed the crowd.
Dr and the Medics
Dr and the Medics prepare to perform
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.
Carol Decker. T'Pau burst onto the music scene in 1987 with "Heart and Soul", enjoying success in both the UK and US before releasing the classic "China In Your Hand" which stayed at no. 1 in the UK for five weeks. With her mass of red hair, soulful voice and commanding stage presence Carol Decker continues to "rock out" T'pau's greatest hits.
The view from the stage at Audley End House as thousands of people partied in the summer sunshine.
Nik Kershaw. One of the most successful recording artists of the 1980s, his hits included "Wouldn't It Be Good", "The Riddle", "Wide Boy", "Don Quixote", "Dancing Girls", "I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" and countless others.
Nik Kershaw. Nik appeared at Live Aid in 1985 and on Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas". Elton John asked him to play guitar on "Nikita" and he established himself as an '80s icon by writing "The One And Only" for Chesney Hawkes.
The view from the stage
Jimmy Somerville. Jimmy Somerville. Glaswegian Jimmy Somerville first shot to fame back in 1984 with groundbreaking band Bronski Beat. Their debut single "Smalltown Boy" introduced the world to Jimmy's unusual "falsetto squeal" (his own words), making the top three in Britain as well as being a huge hit all over Europe.
Jimmy Somerville. Having had several lively pop dance hits in '84 and '85 with the band, Jimmy left for a rest after the pressures of new found fame took its toll. Within months he was back forming the Communards with his old friend Richard Coles and enjoyed a string of hits with their mixture of good old fashioned disco and more bluesy, acoustic, political and social comment songs, including a cover version of the soul classic "Don't Leave Me This Way".
Su from Heart Breakfast with Rick Astley
80s legend pictured alongside Rick Astley
Rick Astley. Hand picked by legendary producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman, Rick went from obscurity in Warrington to chart stardom when his debut single "Never Gonna Give You Up" went to the top of the charts in the summer of '87 and a string of hits followed.
Rick Astley. After walking away from the music industry at the height of his fame, he made a comeback in the noughties with new material and a new legion of fans whose 'Rickrolling' antics swept the internet.
Rick Astley. As popular as ever, he's recently toured with Peter Kay.