03:24PM, Tuesday 25 August 2015
This was my second time at Rewind South and it will not be the last. I was only able to attend the festival on the Sunday and thanks to the excellent organisation and welcoming security and admissions team getting into the festival site was trouble free and almost pleasurable.
I particularly like the drive down the hill to the drop off point, which provides a perfect vantage point to see the scale of the venue. Ok, Las Vegas or Glastonbury it is not, but still pretty impressive as you see 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.
The first thing to do was grab a beer and head on down to the main stage. The atmosphere was relaxed and fun and I take my hat of to the colourful outfits that many of those attending were wearing — it was hard not to walk along with a smile on your face. The walk to the main stage allowed us to see the various food options that existed and there was plenty of choice from great looking kebabs, Thai, burgers, Mexican, Indian, fish and chips...not the cheapest but reasonable for event catering.
The organisers like to keep the running a surprise so it can be a bit of a guessing game as to when to grab a drink or some food but moving around the site is not too difficult so was not an issue. The first act I saw on the main stage was the British Electric Foundation, with Thomas Dolby a member and playing hits such as Gary Newman’s Cars.
As well as enjoying Topaz and The Selector there were four acts that stood out from the rest for me. First is Nik Kershaw, always a crowd pleaser at these events and the timing was almost perfect as the sun set with him finishing his perfomance with I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me. Second was Midge Ure, whose voice was simply amazing and, combined with a great choice of hit singles, really had the crowd reliving the 80s.
Bananarama was not an act I was particularly worried about seeing but finding myself down at the front I decided to stay put. What a good decision that was. The girls were excellent, singing hit after hit including Venus and Robert De Niro’s Waiting. I am not sure who enjoyed themselves more — the crowd or Bananarama, who seemed to be loving every minute of being on stage.
The best act for me had to be The Human League — the main act I wanted to see and I was not disappointed as I joined in with the thousands in front of the main stage singing along to hit after hit. A great way to end the evening.
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