10:01AM, Monday 18 August 2014
My first experience of Rewind Festival South which is held in Henley was one that I enjoyed from beginning to end.
I travelled to the site just before 2pm on the Saturday deciding that camping was a step too far for me on my first visit and I was delighted that the excellent organisation of access to the site meant that all my fears of lengthy traffic queues were completely unfounded.
Driving down the hill to the drop off point provided a perfect vantage point to see the scale of the venue and the host of attractions located around the site with the main stage the focal point for thousands of people already settled in for the day.
After a short queue we were in and decided to grab a beer or two sitting by one of the smaller stages listening to a mix of live music and DJ’s playing some memorable hits of the 80’s. What I was not prepared for was the colourful fancy dress adorned by many of those attending- personal favourites were the men from “CHiPS” who were happy to be part of many of the weddings that took place inside the inflatable church. Other outfits included Madonna, Baywatch, Hi-de-Hi but another memorable moment was watching a group dressed in Sesame Street character outfits dancing their hearts out to the theme tune of – yep you guessed it. Those watching loved it so much the DJ played it again.
First trip to the front of the main stage for me was for Level 42, who were excellent and seemed to love performing as much as they did when they first broke onto the music scene. Johnny Hates Jazz kept me there with some hits that I had long forgotten but brought back great memories.
Not being a particular Wang Chung fan I used their act to refuel and there was plenty of choice of what to eat. Thai, burgers, Mexican, Indian, fish and chips...not the cheapest but reasonable for event catering.
The day culminated with three classic acts at the end. Marc Almond was brilliant and had lost none of his ability to entertain especially with Tainted Love, Rick Astley is always a firm favourite with the ladies and the finale was Holly Johnson who had the crowd singing along to hit after hit with the finale before the fireworks being Two Tribes and Relax. It seems strange now the BBC would not play it on Radio 1 when first released.
The music was over for the day so all that was left to do was the silent disco where I donned headphones and danced away trying to guess what song the person next to was dancing to as there was no way it was the same as I was listening to.
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