Let’s Rock 80s Returns To The West Midlands

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Thousands of people descended on the West Midlands on Saturday for the latest Let’s Rock festival.

Let’s Rock Shrewsbury brought people from far and wide to the town’s Quarry Park for the popular retro event that takes place in towns and cities up and down the country.

Let’s Rock

The line-up for the day featured Adam Ant, OMD, ABC, Howard Jones, Marc Almond, Midge Ure’s Electronica, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Peter Hook & The Light, Then Jerico, and Peter Wylie.

The same line-up was due to appear at the venue last year, but the event was postponed due to the impact of the pandemic with the sold-out tickets being rolled over to this year.

The 80s festival was one of the largest events to take place in Shropshire since the lifting of Covid restrictions on 19th July.  Festivalgoers had to produce a negative test or a vaccine pass.  However, this did not deter the thousands of people who were all set to enjoy the music, despite the overcast and showery weather.

Many of the crowd had gone to a lot of effort to come in 80s fancy dress and this all added to the great atmosphere of the day.  Hannah Morris, from Shrewsbury said, “The whole day has been one great big party.  We have loved every minute!”

©Sharon Evans
©Sharon Evans

The 80s acts did not disappoint and all belted out their popular hits from the era.  Peter Cox, lead singer from Go West, was quite emotional when he explained this was the first time he had sung live in front of a crowd for over 18 months.

Peter Cox from Go West ©Sharon Evans
©Sharon Evans
Midge Ure ©Sharon Evans
©Sharon Evans

Midge Ure, who appeared with his band Electronica, commented, “What an absolute joy being back, seeing friends and getting out in front of a great crowd at Shrewsbury.”  One of his biggest hits, Vienna got the crowd singing in unison.

Marc Almond ©Sharon Evans
©Sharon Evans

Marc Almond’s set included many of his hits with Soft Cell.  ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’ and ‘Tainted Love’ were particular favourites of the crowd.  Marc was so overcome with the response, that he wanted to catch it all on his mobile phone!

DJ hosts Pat Sharp and Dave Benson Phillips kept everyone entertained with shout outs and mentions from the crowd.

Dave Benson Phillips ©Sharon Evans
Pat Sharp ©Sharon Evans

Nathan Moore, lead singer of Brother Beyond, led the singing and dancing over in the VIP tent, where guests were treated to their very own private concert.

Nathan Moore ©Sharon Evans

As OMD and Adam Ant brought the festival to a rousing finale, the crowd seemed very happy to have live music back in Shropshire, as they all partied into the night.

Written by: Sharon Evans

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