Love it or loath it but there’s no arguing that Rewind is now one of Scotland’s biggest and most successful festivals and depending on your point of view everything you loved or hated about the eighties in one big muddy field.

Rewind started back in 2009 in England but in 2011 Scotland got its very own Rewind festival based in the beautiful grounds of Scone Palace near Perth.

Rewind Scotland 2014 sees the return of seasoned Rewinders such as ABC, Heaven 17, T’Pau and Billy Ocean as well as a myriad of 80’s bands and solo artists spread over two days in the Scottish Sun…..NOT!

Saturday was let’s admit typical Scottish weather…wet and drizzly although it was warm, Perth town Centre was festooned with 40 and 50 something’s clad in garish pinks, yellows and leg warmers.. sights that the locals will be used to at this time of year!

Kicking off the festival and Saturday’s action was hip-hop legends The Sugar Hill Gang followed in quick succession by Haircut 100’s singer and front man Nick Heyward who receives a deafening welcome! His boyish good looks faded slightly not that mattered to this crowd. The entertainment onstage lit up a miserable (weather wise) Saturday afternoon with Bucks Fizz, 10cc and a slightly bizarre but entertaining set from 80’s one hit wonders Dr and The Medics that included a cyberman and some strange characters jumping around the stage. More conventional performances from Heaven 17 and Go West were served up before a blistering performance by Midge Ure, the Ultravox singer had the crowd eating out of his hand and singing along to his massive hit Vienna. 80’s gay icon and Communards front man Jimmy Somerville  got the crowd grooving in their leather chaps and warmed up for the headliner of the first night Billy Ocean. Ocean now almost unrecognizable from his eighties self sporting grey tied up dreadlocks and a sharp suit took control of the eighties ship and steered it into the warm muggy Scottish night.

Sunday saw a plethora of bleary eyed eighties revelers emerge from their damp tents to get ready for day 2 of the nostalgia extravaganza, more crazy outfits with some getting their 80’s mixed up with their 70’s!! Matt Bianco kicked of the proceedings in a typically smooth jazz style…just what the doctor ordered for a hung over audience. Another ream of 80’s stars took to the stage in quick fire succession…. The South, The Selecter and Johnny Hates Jazz. Just as The Boomtown Rats were due on stage a rain shower to end all rain showers hit the site subsequently turning it into a massive mud bath. This didn’t damp any bodies spirits let alone The Rats who delivered the performance of the festival with Sir Bob Geldof in fine form although visibly upset during I Don’t Like Mondays…

The rapid fire entertainment continued with The Christians, T’Pau, ABC, Roland Gift and Blancmange culminating with 80’s bad boy Marc Almond who despite looking a little strange with his pale complexion put in a mighty performance. Once again the scene was being set for Sunday’s headliners…80’s pop superstars Daryl Hall and John Oates.

Another Rewind finished and probably the most successful judging by peoples comments and the attendance numbers, parents going back to being parents and not teenagers, 80’s stars going back to their mansions bought on the proceeds of their 80’s successes, crazy outfits back in the wardrobes and Scone Palace returned to a beauty spot in the highlands……..well until next year that is when it all begins again!!

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