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An amazing line-up to start the weekend on Saturday, August 20th.
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, 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.
Hazell Dean established a formidable reputation as undisputed "Queen of Hi-NRG” with her debut single "Searchin’". 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".
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions arrived perfectly formed in 1984 with'Perfect Skin', 'Forest Fire'. 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.
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. 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.
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. “Rhythm Is A Dancer” was the bestselling single of 1992.
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. 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.
Tony has been an accomplished solo artist since 1990 following his successful career with Spandau Ballet. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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).
English Musician Andy Bell is best known as the Lead singer and co-songwriter of the English Synthopop duo Erasure. Hits include “Sometimes” “Oh L’Amour “Chains of love” “Always” and the classic “A Little Respect” among dozens of others. Celebrating over 30 years in the music industry, Andy Bell will perform Erasure’s classic pop anthems
Toyah has had 15 top 40 singles including “It’s a Mystery “and “ I Want To Be Free”. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names. In 2014 she topped the Itunes Rock chart with her American band The Humans. This year see's more releases and more touring!