Hear from the stars of Rewind Festival
Danielle Cumber • Published 24 Aug 2012 09:30 0 Comments
"When it comes to the 80s a lot of people are nostalgic and there were many changes in that time - it was part of a new expression," said Debbi Peterson, ahead of The Bangles performance at Rewind Festival.
The festival now in its fourth year, was held at Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, on Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19, and featured star performances from 80s legends including Adam Ant, Kool And The Gang, Tony Hadley, Sinitta and OMD.
The Bangles put on a rare performance on Saturday afternoon and after touring off and on for the last year, Debbi told The Guide why they chose to play Rewind: "It's a really good thing for us, it's good to get in touch with the older fans, and we haven't been to England much." Unfortunately the band were not sticking around, flying back to the States the following day, but they hoped to catch a glimpse of headliners Kool And The Gang.
When you think of an 80s celebration, you imagine a middle-aged crowd remembering the 'good old days', but that wasn't the case according to Clive Jackson from Doctor And The Medics: "It's something that I've noticed, you look out and expect to see people of a certain age but it's all generations.
"There's so much that makes the 80s stand out - there's two main elements, it was cheesy but there was quality to it, so when you're watching performers you're having fun but still getting great quality."
Pop star turned internet sensation, Rick Astley, told The Guide: "A lot of stuff is influenced by the 80s and is the same now - the tech the artists use, the fashion, films are all influenced by the 80s. It was also a fantastic time for melody, and a lot of the songs still stand up today."
Saturday night headliners Kool And The Gang, who performed at Glastonbury last year, had just 'rocked up' when Robert 'Kool' Bell dropped by to chat to The Guide. The star said: "We're really pleased to be headlining! I think the 80s was such a big era, people come to events like this to remember them and see things as they did in the 80s - they also bring family and friends."
An excited Clive Jackson praised the organisation of the festival and added: "For me when I first started doing music, it was about getting people out of their box and together at festivals - that's what it's all about!"