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The artists performing at Rewind Festival in Henley-on-Thames on Saturday, August 17th.
The group was first formed in 1982 by members of the 7:84 Theatre group, a socialist fringe theatre group who used acappella singing in a production called One Big Blow, the story of the 1982 miner's strike in the UK, from the miner's point of view. The first recording was a live show 'Live at the Albany Empire' on the group's own label. They soon came to the attention of Virgin Records, who signed the group in 1983. "Only You", a cover of a song by Yazoo, went straight to number 1 in the UK charts and was to remain there for five weeks over the Christmas of 1983. Since 1983 there have been over 25 members of the Flying Pickets; some returning to the band more than once. The group continued to tour for the next quarter of the century and produced another 11 albums before celebrating their 25th anniversary with a new show Changing Times. In 2008 the album Big Mouth was released. In 2010 the group released a new Christmas album with a new version of Only You, hence this album was titled Only Yule. The Flying Pickets are now celebrating their 30th Year.
Then Jerico Citing Duke Ellington, Scott Walker, The Rolling Stones and fellow Rewind artist Cockney Rebel amongst his influences, Mark Shaw formed Then Jerico in 1983 via an advert in Melody Maker and signed to London Records (FFRR) in 1984. After two years of constant touring the group released their debut album "First" in 1986, which included the hit single "The Motive" which remained in the UK Top 40 chart for three months, becoming the most-played record on BBC Radio 1 in 1987 and bringing Jerico worldwide recognition. "Let Her Fall" and "Muscle Deep" also featured on the album, the latter being banned by Radio 1 due to its political subject matter – Apartheid. Nevertheless the band continued to tour the world with the "Artist Against Apartheid" banner and in 1989 released their classic gold status album "The Big Area" which featured singles "Sugarbox", "What Does It Take?" (featuring another Rewind artist Belinda Carlisle) and their biggest hit single, title track "Big Area". Following a successful solo career in the 90s and 00s, Mark Shaw reunited Then Jerico for a UK reunion tour in September 2012, to such success they hit the road again in May 2013 with their "Reprise" Tour, stopping at Rewind Festival along the way. A new compilation album "Reprise" is out now on Warner / Rhino Music
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. In 2012 he embarked on a UK tour playing his debut album in its entirety along with other hits, and also featured on the line up for Rewind Festivals in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. As well as a career as a performer, Nik is still a highly respected producer and song writer, working with such artists as Elton John, Imogen Heap, Gary Barlow and Ronan Keating amongst others. Listen out for a rendition of "The One and Only" – the Chesney Hawkes smash penned by Kershaw himself.
It is well known that the B-52s are The World’s Greatest Party Band. And thirty five years and over twenty million albums into their career, there can be no doubt as to why they remain one of rock music’s most beloved and enduring icons. Any mystery concerning the band’s longevity and ongoing appeal is immediately solved when exposed to a B-52s concert experience. From groundbreaking songs like "Rock Lobster," "Dance This Mess Around" and "Private Idaho" to chart-topping hits like "Love Shack" and "Roam" and "Deadbeat Club" to their thrilling reemergence on the pop scene with their 2008 CD Funplex, the B-52s’ unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time their music begins. As they take their party-music revolution into the 21st century they show no signs of slowing down, serving up their own unique blend of music and showmanship to millions of fans around the world.
Drawing on a range of diverse musical influences to deliver a unique take on the genre of melodic rock, Steve Augeri is an American rock singer best known as the lead vocalist for the rock group Journey. Steve recorded three albums during a successful eight-year tenure that brought the world’s most accomplished melodic rock group back to the stage for multiple world tours to millions of fans. Get ready to channel your inner rocker and listen out for such massive hits as "Any Way You Want It" and the classic "Don’t Stop Believin’", which made a chart come-back in 2009 thanks to featuring in the popular American TV show Glee.
Recording Artist, Performer, Journalist, Actress, Radio Presenter and Garden Designer - Kim Wilde is one multi-talented lady. Since her first single "Kids in America" became a worldwide hit on its release in 1981, and a string of million-selling albums and single success followed including "Chequered Love", "Water On Glass", "You Came", "Cambodia", "View From A Bridge" and "You Keep Me Hangin’ On", she’s enjoyed a varied and highly successful career. Still producing new material and touring Europe extensively, Kim returns to the Rewind stage by popular demand, to continue her reign as the Princess of Pop.
The Blow Monkeys were formed in July 1981 when Robert Howard (Dr Robert) returned from living in Australia and met up with Neville Henry and Mick Anker. Gigging extensively throughout London with their idiosyncratic pop songs, the band secured a record deal with RCA two years later in July 1983, adding Tony Kiley to the line-up as drummer and releasing their debut LP "Limping For A Generation" the following year. The band broke through with their second album "Animal Magic" featuring the worldwide hit "Digging Your Scene", and continued to have great success throughout the 80s with a series of albums and singles such as "It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way" and "Wait" a top 5 duet with soul diva Kym Maselle. The band reformed in 2008 and released a new album "Devils Tavern" followed by "Staring At The Sea" in 2011. Their renaissance continues this year with the release of their latest, and possibly best ever album "Feels Like A New Morning". This is a journey that continues to evolve and surprise .. a unique musical odyssey.
Heaven 17’s lyrics, written during the height of Thatcherism by three left-leaning young men, are perhaps as relevant today as they were back then. The group were formed in the early eighties when on the brink of mainstream success, Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware split from The Human League. Joined by Glenn Gregory on vocals they released their debut album "Penthouse and Pavement" and became one of the best known bands of the eighties, with hits including "Let Me Go"," Come Live With Me" and the seminal "Temptation". The band celebrated the 30th anniversary of "Penthouse and Pavement" in 2011 by touring the album in full, and the following year embarked on a tour of "The Luxury Gap" around the UK and Europe. In 2013, Heaven 17 bring their classy synth-pop sound and lyrical post-modern critique of modern society to Rewind Festival.
Grammy Award winning Billy has sold over 30 million records since his recording career began in 1972. His period of greatest success came in the mid-eighties with hits such as "Suddenly", "Loverboy", "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" and "Caribbean Queen" and in 1985 he took part in the Philadelphia leg of Live Aid. Billy returned to touring in 2008 and he and his songs remain as popular as ever. A Rewind favourite, he won rave reviews at the first Rewind Festival back in 2009 and again in 2011 and is back by popular demand in 2013 to bring the sunshine out for our crowd with his massive smile and irresistible catalogue of classic pop hits.
After shooting to fame as the title character in the film ‘Buddy’s Song’ in 1990, Chesney Hawkes quickly became one of Britain’s best-loved stars. The following year, he released the single "The One and Only" (penned by Nik Kershaw) from the film’s soundtrack which went on to become the 20th biggest selling single of the 90s. Chesney has never been far from the spotlight since, with numerous TV appearances and new material, finding a whole new generation of fans who want to see him perform live.
South London born & bred and former Fleet St Journalist Steve Harley began his singing career "floor-spotting" (singing for free as a member of the audience) in London folk clubs in 1971/72. He later joined folk band Odin as rhythm guitarist and co-singer, going on to form Cockney Rebel as a vehicle for his own work when the folk scene proved a little tame. The band signed to EMI for a guaranteed three album deal in 1972 and released "The Human Menagerie" early in ’73, going on to release numerous albums and singles over the next three decades, including "Judy Teen", "Mr Soft" and "Here Comes The Sun". Their biggest hit, "Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)" reached number one in 1975 in the UK and many European countries and is regularly voted among the top singles in the history of the charts. The song has been covered more than 100 times in seven languages, and is bound to be a Rewind Festival anthem this summer.
Hip-Hop’s first superstars, recording pioneers and first touring group The Sugarhill Gang debuted with their smash "Rapper’s Delight," recorded for just $700 and succeeded in making hip-hop radio friendly and commercial with an appeal that was different from Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s leather, studs, and furs that were popular back then. The group recorded for Sugar Hill Records and opened the record industry doors for all hip-hop groups with songs like "8th Wonder", then "Apache" and "Kick It Live From 9 to 5" – all BIG SONGS.